Current Vacancies

Young Cities Coordinator (West Africa)   

  • Organisation: Institute for Strategic Dialogue
  • Reporting to: Senior Manager
  • Location: Central London
  • Type of Contract: Fixed-term contract to February 2022 with possibility of extension
  • Start Date: ASAP
  • Salary Bracket: £28,000-£35,000 depending on experience

ISD is looking for an exceptional individual to work on our Young Cities programme as Project Coordinator  based in London with responsibilities for covering West Africa. Young Cities is a joint effort by two of ISD’s longest-running programmes, the Strong Cities Network (SCN) and the Youth Civil Activism Network (YouthCAN), and 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. Young people have the insights, ability and creativity to affect change on deeply entrenched community challenges. Young Cities supports and amplifies these efforts through local research, capacity-building, seed funding and direct support, giving young people the skills and freedom to develop programming that responds to the needs of their communities.

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 2 pages) to [email protected] by Monday 4th November 2019.

Strong Cities Network – Project Coordinator  

  • Organisation: Institute for Strategic Dialogue
  • Reporting to: SCN Programme Manager and Lebanese National Unit for Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE)
  • Location: Beirut, Lebanon
  • Type of Contract: One year fixed-term full time contract
  • Start Date: ASAP
  • Salary Bracket: USD 2,500 per month

ISD seeks to engage a Project coordinator consultant to work with the SCN and National PVE Unit in Lebanon. The ideal candidate will have 2-4 years’ project coordination or management experience, and the ability to coordinate and manage all aspects of project delivery, ensuring that the activities meets its targets. The Project Coordinator will be responsible for project delivery in close coordination with the SCN team and the National Unit for PVE and project partners. The Project Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating a National “Call for Proposals” activity encouraging municipalities and Civil Society organisations to implement localised PVE activities.

If you would like to apply for this position, please read the full job description here and send a one-page cover letter to [email protected] by 23:00 on Friday 15th October 2019.

Operations Manager – Maternity Cover 

  • Organisation: Institute for Strategic Dialogue
  • Reporting to: Deputy Director, Operations & Finance
  • Location: Central London
  • Type of Contract: Maternity Cover
  • Start Date: ASAP
  • Salary Bracket: £35,000-£45,000 per annum, dependent on experience

ISD seeks to appoint maternity cover for the Operations Manager role, to join our growing and busy team, who will sit within the Operations and Finance division. This vacancy is for an integral position within ISD’s Operations Team, ensuring all staff have high quality, timely support on Operational matters that enables them to do their work effectively and efficiently.

If you would like to apply for this position, please read the full job description here and send a one-page cover letter explaining how you meet the requirements of the job and an up-to-date CV (no more than 2 pages) to [email protected] by 12:00noon on Monday 21st October 2019.

Strong Cities Network: Request for Proposals Local Partnership Grants (Kenya)

  • Donor Organisation: Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD)
  • Eligible Organisations: Civil Society or grassroots organisations registered in Kenya
  • Location: Isiolo, Kwale, Lamu, Mombasa or Nakuru
  • Budget: $8,000 – $10,000 USD
  • Length: 6-9 months
  • Start Date: 1st November 2019

The SCN is seeking to fund a minimum of five local civil society or grassroots organisations to carry out projects which support the implementation of the CAPs in SCN member or engaged counties (Isiolo, Kwale, Lamu, Mombasa and Nakuru). The SCN is particularly interested in funding promising and vibrant grassroots organisations who work directly with communities and have existing experience of partnerships with local government officials.The terms of reference are available upon request.

If you would like to submit a proposal, please read the full details here and complete the application form here and the budget template here and send them via email to [email protected] by 5pm on Sunday 13th October 2019.  (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).

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, 25 days holiday, flexible working, employee support & assistance programmes and an annual individual training budget.