Current Vacancies

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)

Project Associate – Young Cities & YouthCAN

ISD is seeking for a Project Associate that will work as part of the Young Cities and YouthCAN teams to deliver project activities predominantly with youth, but also local government stakeholders. This includes organising workshops, helping deliver project communications and social media presence, and providing research support. This is a global-facing role, and the Associate will engage with stakeholders across the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Australia and the Western Balkans. There is an opportunity to develop a larger focus on engagement in the Western Balkans, depending on language skills of the applicant.

  • Organisation: Institute for Strategic Dialogue
  • Reporting To: Project Manager
  • Contract: FTC to February 2022 with possibility of extension
  • Location: London, UK
  • Preferred Start Date; March 2020
  • Salary Bracket: £25,000 – £28,000 depending in experience

If you would like to apply for this position, please read the full job description here and send a one-page cover letter and up-to-date CV (no more than two pages) to [email protected] by Friday 31st January, 5pm UK time.

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.

Interviews will be held between 6th-7th February 2020 in London.

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.

Request For Proposals for Partner(s) In Isiolo, Kwale & Nakuru Counties, Kenya – PROACT

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 implementing partner(s) 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.

If you would like to submit your proposal;

  1. Please read the full request for proposals here
  2. Please read and complete the application template here
  3. Please read and complete the budget template here

RFP Timelines

24th January 2020 Request for proposals published
7th February 2020 Deadline for registering interest and any queries on the RFP, to be submitted to [email protected] Only organisations that have registered interest can submit full applications.
14th February 2020 ISD to share responses to queries with all registered bidders
24th February 2020 Applicants submit complete proposal package to [email protected] by 12 midnight, UK time.
2nd March 2020 Preferred bidder(s) to be notified, start of due diligence checks
March 2020 Start of contract(s)

Submission guidelines

All bidders must register their interest by 7th February 2020, via email, to [email protected]. Bidders should also submit any questions on the RFP by this date.

The deadline for submission is 12 midnight GMT on Monday 24th February 2020. Applications submitted after this time will not be eligible.

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

Documents must be submitted to ISD via email, to [email protected]

The deadline for submission is 12 midnight UK time on Monday 24th February 2020. Applications submitted after this time will not be eligible.

 

Request For Proposals Community Lead Research Programme In Kenya

ISD 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 building the knowledge and capacity of local stakeholders to carry out impactful community-based interventions while enhancing local communities’ awareness, trust and engagement of these structures.

The successful bidder will support ISD with large scale community driven field research to understand different stakeholder’s perceptions of extremism in Kwale, Nakuru and Isiolo counties. The programme will upskill, empower and coordinate with municipal stakeholders and grassroots organisations to conduct the majority of the research. The programme will also ensure that research outcomes are shared with key stakeholders including the local researchers and the community at large.

This programme will require a strong, mixed-methods approach to research, designed to provide statistically reliable data, representative of the beneficiaries at the practitioner, local community and vulnerable individual levels – including government and security stakeholders. This approach will require a large quantitative study among local communities in target counties with qualitative research methods including surveys, focus group discussions (FGDs) and in-depth interviews (IDIs) with key experts and community stakeholders.

If you would like to submit your proposal, please read the full request for proposals here

All bidders must register their interest by 24th January 2020, via email, to [email protected]. Bidders should also submit any questions on the RFP by this date.

The deadline for submission is by 10th February 2020, 12 midnight GMT at [email protected] .

Selection Criteria:

Bids will be evaluated and scored by a panel of ISD’s senior programme and operations staff, in line with the below selection criteria and weighting.

1. Experience and qualifications of key personnel  (20%);

2. Quality of technical proposal and methodological approach (40%);

3. Evidence of contextual awareness and responsiveness (20%);

4. Cost (20%).

All bidders must submit the following documents:

  • Technical proposal in PDF format (maximum 20 pages)
  • CVs for all key personnel in PDF format (maximum 3 pages per named individual)
  • Detailed budget, in Excel format

ISD reserves the right to reject any and all proposals submitted and to request additional information from all proposers. ISD reserves the right to appoint before the closing date, Monday 10th  February 2020.

The deliverables outlined in this tender may be subject to change, as required.

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)

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ISD staff receive competitive salaries and a range of attractive benefits including 5% pension contributions, 25 days holiday, flexible working, employee support & assistance programmes and an annual individual training budget.