MENA Programme Lead

Institute for Strategic Dialogue

The Strong Cities Network (SCN) is recruiting for a Programme Lead, MENA, to carry out SCN engagement with cities and relevant partners across the MENA region. This is a core role within the newly launched MENA Regional Hub, employed by ISD but dedicated to SCN regional coordination, engagement and activities as SCN seeks to deliver on a new strategy to enhance its impact at a city, national, regional, and global level.

The Programmes Lead, MENA, will work closely with the Head of MENA and the broader SCN Management Unit to foster strong and effective relationships with municipalities across the region. The role includes a significant emphasis on engagement with member and non-member municipalities to ensure the network is driven by – and ultimately responds to – the needs and gaps that cities themselves identify in their ability to prevent violent extremism, hate and polarisation at local levels.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Strengthen and maintain effective long-term relationships with member cities
  • Identify, develop and deliver regional programming that responds to the needs of cities
  • Facilitate city peer-learning through the identification and exchange of best practices
  • Project management and Development

Candidates must have the following skills and experience:

  • Experience in developing and/or delivering peacebuilding/preventing violent extremism/local governance programmes with a range of stakeholders.
  • Some experience in network building
  • Working with or in national/local governments, civil society and/or international organisations on prevention initiatives.
  • Organising and leading meetings and events with national government and/or local officials and planning, organising and delivering regional or other events.
  • Ability to independently conduct opensource desktop research
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills and ability to speak independently and confidently with city officials.
  • Native or professional working proficiency in Arabic. Working proficiency in French, desirable

This is a 1-year contract, the role can be based in Jordan, Morocco, or Tunisia, and includes a competitive salary package dependent on experience. To view a full job description, click here.

How to apply

Please submit your application on the ISD Careers page by 29 September @ 09:00 GMT including your CV/resume and a one-page cover letter outlining your experience and motivation. ISD reserves the right to interview and appoint candidates prior to the advertised closing date.