Current Vacancies


ISD seeks to engage a Consultant to work with the ISD and SCN team in delivering this work in Bangladesh. Acting as a Local Coordinator, the Consultant will serve the project as an on-the-ground point of contact responsible for logistical coordination of SCN activities, day to day stakeholder management of city officials and coordination support to four civil society partners and grantees.

The SCN Local Prevention Coordinator will work closely with the City Corporations of Dhaka North, Dhaka South and Narayanganj in Bangladesh with the support and expertise of the wider SCN team based in London. The successful candidate will be based in Dhaka, or the wider Dhaka Metropolitan Area. Frequent travel within the region when permitted will be required. International travel restrictions permitting, we would also envisage at least one coordination/collaboration visit to our HQ offices in London, UK.

The experienced, proactive and dedicated Consultant will work with the SCN team to ensure ambitious plans in the region are achieved. The successful candidate will be a collaborative and solutions-focused professional with the ability to work to deadline and produce outputs to a high quality. Click here for full details.

To apply, please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter (no more than 2 pages) to [email protected] .

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted and applications without a covering letter will not be considered. All applicants who are invited to interview will be asked to produce evidence of their right to work in the UK.

ISD reserves the right to assess any applications throughout the application process and may conduct interviews earlier than the closing date of the vacancy as stated above.


Led by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) and launched at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015, the Strong Cities Network (SCN) is the first ever global network of mayors, governors and local practitioners united in tackling extremism, violence and polarisation in local communities in every major global region.

We help cities and local authorities design polices, practices and partnerships to enable locally-designed responses to these challenges that meet the needs of each local context. We provide our members with leading subject-matter expertise, practitioner training, and policy/leadership support.

Building on engagement and training activities across South Asia since 2015, the SCN is implementing an exciting new project focused on building multi-agency and multi-stakeholder local coordination to prevent violent extremism (PVE). Following initial engagement and assessment with three City Corporations (Dhaka North, Dhaka South and Narayanganj) in 2019, the SCN will support a programme of work aimed to build cooperation and engagement on PVE between City Corporation leaders and officials, relevant public services and local civil society organisations.

The SCN is seeking to fund a small number of local civil society or grassroots organisations to carry out projects in Bangladesh which aim to build awareness, local coordination capacity and community engagement on PVE issues. Projects should proactively engage with local government officials throughout, building capacity for City Corporations and district/local governments to work more effectively with public services, civil society groups and their communities on awareness-raising and community resilience agendas to prevent extremism. Projects are expected to take place over 6 months from June 2020 and be worth a maximum total of $10,000 USD. The SCN is particularly interested in funding promising and vibrant grassroots organisations who work directly with communities and have existing experience and strong partnerships with local government officials.

  • Eligible Organisations: NGOs/ civil society organisations registered in Bangladesh
  • Budget: Maximum $10,000 USD per award
  • Length: 6 months
  • Start Date: June/July 2020

Application Process

All applications must be submitted electronically in English and include the following documents. Applications not containing all four documents will not be considered.

  • Application in the provided application form
  • Budget in the provided template
  • Letter of support from a city corporation or local/district government official or staff member
  • A copy of your organisation’s registration documents, including proof of registration with the Bureau of NGO Affairs.

There is no need to submit any other documents, supplementary attachments will not be reviewed by the evaluation team. Hand written applications will not be accepted. Application forms and budgets must be submitted to [email protected] before 1700 GMT on Friday 29th May 2020.

Please read the full call for proposals here: Bangladesh – SCN Local Partnership Grants – Call for Proposals – PDF

PROACT: Community-based interventions to address polarisation, radicalisation and extremism in Isiolo, Kenya

ISD seeks to increase community resilience to violence in Isiolo, Nakuru and Kwale Counties, with the long-term vision to support highly vulnerable communities in Kenya through a coordination mechanism that is ethical, effective and sustainable. To achieve this, PROACT envisions a series of activities, which will improve the capacity of existing county-level violence prevention structures and enhance the coordination of efforts across county-level actors. This will be undertaken through enhancing support for and awareness of a human rights-framework for community-based interventions, increased cooperation and trust amongst actors, strengthened capacity and knowledge of community team actors, and improving sustainability mechanisms.

More broadly, PROACT is seeking to effectively and sustainably address the issues of polarisation, radicalisation, and extremism amongst highly vulnerable populations in Kenya and improve the capabilities of existing local P/CVE structures and actors in three target counties across Kenya. Central to this is coordinating existing actors at the county level in order to strengthen or build multi-sectorial approaches to community-based interventions.

ISD is therefore seeking an implementing partner who can play a lead role in engaging violence prevention actors, including civil society, county governments, and national government including security services and criminal justice system actors. It is anticipated that successful bidder will already play a key role in the County Engagement Forum (CEF) and be able to convene large groups of stakeholders, including national authorities such as the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) as well as reach grassroots, including in the interiors of the county.

  • Location: Isiolo County, Kenya
  • Expected start and end dates: June 2020 to August 2022
  • Total budget available: Maximum of US $170,000 for entire project duration
  • Please read the full request for proposals here

Application Process

Please note that this is RFP has been re-advertised exclusively for a partner in Isiolo County only. Partners in Kwale and Nakuru have been selected. Unsuccessful applicants may apply again but are encouraged to demonstrate their existing relevant programming and on the ground presence in Isiolo County.

ISD reserves the right to select a partner before the closing date and encourages potential partners to submit their proposals in a timely fashion.

All bidders must register their interest by 1st May, via email, to [email protected]. Bidders should also submit any questions on the RFP by this date.

All bidders must submit the following documents:

  • Completion of attached proposal template
  • Budget in attached budget template
  • Detailed budget narrative
  • Copy of registration in Kenya
  • Copy of audit from within the last three years
  • Timeline of activities
  • CVs of staff which may be involved in the project
  • Organigram of your organisations
  • Any other relevant document or reference

The deadline for submission is 12 midnight GMT on Friday 22nd May 2020.
Documents must be submitted to ISD via email, to [email protected].
Applications submitted after this time will not be eligible.

YOUNG CITIES: Web Design and Branding Package 

Young Cities is a joint effort by the Youth Civil Activism Network (YouthCAN) and one of ISD’s other longest running programmes, the Strong Cities Network (SCN), bringing youth voices to city halls across Lebanon, Kenya, Senegal and the Western Balkans. Young Cities works in partnership with both young people and local government to enhance and support youth-led solutions to community challenges such as hate, polarisation, extremism and violence.

We seek an experienced, proactive and creative website design and branding agency to work in collaboration with the Young Cities Communications Coordinator to ensure the website and branding is completed on-schedule, on-budget and on-brief. The agency will create a dedicated, professional brand and website that is able to effectively capture the attention of the target audiences, as well as to host – in a way that reflects its youth focus – relevant and created content from youth themselves.

  • Organisation: Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD)
  • Contract type: Tender
  • Reporting to: Communications Coordinator, Young Cities
  • Location: Preferably London, UK. Other locations acceptable.
  • Preferred Start Date: Mid-May 2020, with some limited scope for negotiation
  • Tender Amount: £20,000-£25,000 – competitive; based on value for money; slight flexibility.

The agency will be a legally registered website design or branding agency with:

  • Relevant capacities in UX/UI, graphic design, website development and branding.
  • High levels of organisational experience across programming languages and web-hosting services.
  • Experience in SEO theory and practice and web analytics.

It is also desirable for the agency to have:

  • Extensive portfolio of similar branding and web-design projects focusing on creative approaches to similar target audiences
  • Experience in training or imparting knowledge regarding web-design and maintenance after handover.
  • Familiarity with working on non-profit sector branding or web design, with a special emphasis on youth, peace or security.

Application process

The full contract term will be across a six-month time frame.  To apply, please submit the following:

  • One-page brief outlining a high-level development concept for branding ideas (logos, colour palette, font) and web design (functionality, structure and ergonomics), along with reasoning.
  • Portfolio demonstrating agency’s previous experience and capacities in web design, branding and/or UX/UI using examples.
  • CV(s) of the staff involved, and brief methodology/strategy for meeting the deliverables in this TOR (Word or Excel preferred).

The full application document is here.
Proposals must be submitted via email to [email protected] by 18.00 UK time on Monday 4th May 2020.
Subject of the email must be Young Cities Website/branding tender. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted within two weeks from the deadline’s closure to conduct a short interview before final selection the week after.

Consultant Roster Application 

As a global non-profit organisation with teams in London, Beirut, Toronto and Washington D.C., ISD enjoys strategic partnerships with the world’s leading technology companies and supports more than a dozen prominent governments and institutions in stemming the rise of violent extremism and hate speech. ISD undertakes a wide range of projects and delivers cutting-edge programming in the areas of policy advisory, research, communications, technology and education.

We invite talented researchers and consultants to join our roster in order to be considered for engagement on a range of assignments across our research and programming. We particularly welcome applications from consultants with expertise in qualitative and quantitive research, data analytics, policy analysis, monitoring and evaluation.

If you would like to express an interest in working with ISD, please read the full application here and send the following to [email protected]

  • Copy of your up-to-date CV
  • Details of two employment/assignment references
  • Link to your LinkedIn profile or personal website (if available)

Speculative Applications 

ISD welcomes speculative applications from talented and dedicated individuals at all levels – intern to senior leadership – who would like to join our global team.  If you are committed to challenging polarisation and extremism in all its forms, please send a CV and cover letter (no more than 1 page) outlining your experience, ambitions and suitability to [email protected].

We are currently particularly open to receiving applications from those with:

• Marketing, communications, tech and data analysis experience
• French, German, Russian and Arabic language skills
• International capacity building and training expertise
• International policy experience (particularly in polarisation, education and counter extremism)


ISD staff receive competitive salaries and a range of attractive benefits including 5% pension contributions, 20 days holiday, flexible working, employee support & assistance programmes and an annual individual training budget.