Strong Cities Network Director

March 12, 2021
Preferred Start Date:
London or Remote
Contract Type:
£70,000 - £95,000

We are looking for an experienced and visionary leader to join ISD’s senior team. The Strong Cities Network (SCN) Director will provide leadership and represent ISD’s flagship cities programme. Established at the United Nations General Assembly in 2015, the SCN exists to pool knowledge, tools and good practice, to support city exchange and to scale local-level capacity and response to hate, polarisation and extremism globally. The post holder will lead the next stage of the SCN’s consolidation, development and growth.

The successful candidate will have substantial experience delivering capacity building programming in challenging global environments and the gravitas to represent the SCN at the highest levels within relevant multi-lateral institutions, the international donor community, and national and local governments.

They will work with the SCN’s international team to drive forward a dynamic global engagement strategy, with the ambition of building the SCN into the preeminent international support infrastructure for cities looking to counter polarisation and extremism by 2025.

Drawing on the expertise of the research, policy and programming teams at ISD as well as ISD’s wider networks of experts and practitioners, the SCN Director will lead engagement with key donor countries, national and local government officials, mayors, multilateral institutions (including the UN, GCTF and EU) and a range of local and international civic stakeholders.  For full details click here.

Please note that applications will be considered on a rolling basis and ISD reserves the right to appoint before the end of the advertisement.


Shortlisted Candidates
Due to the high volume of applications we receive, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Applications without a covering letter or CV will not be considered. ISD reserves the right to reject any proposals submitted that do not meet this criteria, and to request additional information as necessary in order to evaluate applications. Please note that applications will be considered on a rolling basis and ISD reserves the right to appoint before the end of the advertisement.

Work with us

ISD is an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to safeguarding human rights and reversing the rising tide of polarisation, extremism and disinformation worldwide.
Benefits at ISD
ISD offers competitive salaries and a range of attractive benefits including a 5% employer pension contribution, 20+ days holiday, flexible working, employee support & assistance programmes, and an annual individual training budget.
Speculative Applications 
ISD welcomes speculative applications from talented and dedicated individuals at all levels who would like to join our global team. If you are committed to challenging extremism, hate and disinformation 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].
Consultant Roster Application
ISD often works with consultants to deliver on a range of projects. We invite talented researchers and consultants to join our roster in order to be considered for engagement on a range of assignments. To express an interest in working with ISD, please send a copy of your up-to-date CV, details of two employment/assignment references and a link to your LinkedIn profile or personal website (if available) to [email protected].
ISD Guiding principles
Our four Guiding Principles run through every part of ISD, reflect our culture, and define who we are as an organisation. They are:
We’re passionate about doing the right thing and holding ourselves to high standards
Together we create more than the sum of our parts
We’re dynamic, fast, responsive and proactive in our work
We take considered risks in order to drive change
Equal Opportunities
ISD is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from candidates from a broad range of backgrounds. ISD is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and we have a zero-tolerance policy towards any discrimination or harassment based on race, colour, sex, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic.

We operate fair recruitment and selection procedures based on the principle of selecting the best person for the job. We make a concerted effort to ensure our workplace, employment policies and organisational culture creates an inclusive, positive and progressive environment in which all members of our team are treated with dignity and respect. For any further information about this policy or our recruitment practices, please email [email protected].