Wasafiri is looking for a Commercial Officer to join the team!

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The role

Are you a proactive business developer? Are you motivated by supporting organisations to grow and expand their impact?

We are looking for a brilliant Commercial Officer to support our business development efforts within Wasafiri’s portfolios:

  • Food Systems and Inclusive Growth
  • Climate and Nature
  • Conflict & Governance

You will be working at the heart of Wasafiri’s commercial team to look for new and exciting opportunities to help us deliver an even greater impact. In this role, you will be at the forefront of:

  • Helping increase our impact on complex problems – We work on issues of Conflict & Governance, Food Systems & Inclusive Growth, and Climate & Nature, and seek a Commercial Officer who will contribute to finding powerful opportunities for transformative impact.
  • Contributing to our team, culture, and distinctive ways of working – The Commercial Officer will bring a deep sensitivity to working within a diverse team with an inclusive culture, and emotional intelligence to the relationships at the heart of it.
  • Helping to identify and develop new business – The Commercial Officer will work across the spectrum of developing new business; helping to position Wasafiri and engaging with our client networks, spotting new opportunities, and overseeing our pipeline, qualifying potential bids, developing partnerships and consortia, coordinating proposal design and development processes, developing budgets, and helping us learn as we go.

About you

We are looking for the successful candidate to demonstrate a proven track record with the following essential professional skills and experience:

  • Professional background: Minimum 2-3 years business development experience within an international development context, ideally with development consulting organisations, contractors, INGO’s or similar.
  • Client experience: Experience working with international development donors, foundations, and clients, including having an up to date working knowledge of their market priorities, ways of working and procurement processes.
  • Proposal coordination experience: Proven track record of coordinating bid development processes. (The candidate must be able to produce evidence of contributing to commercial tenders and bids, involving complex consortia arrangements).
  • Proposal development experience: Experience in contributing to the design and development of proposals; including compliance, budgets, workplans and packaging. Working with bid teams and consultants.
  • Academic background: At minimum a bachelor’s degree (with minimum 4 years’ work experience) or master’s degree (with minimum 2 years’ work experience) in fields relating to international development, foreign relations, political science, public or business administration.
  • Sectoral/thematic background: Must have familiarity and working knowledge of at least one of the sectors and markets relevant to Wasafiri’s work (these could relate to areas such as conflict, governance, food security, inclusive growth, climate change, environmental sustainability).
  • Communication skills: Outstanding writing, analytical and communication skills with attention to quality and detail, ability to convey complex concepts clearly and concisely. Fluency in English is essential. Working knowledge of French a plus.
  • Technology skills: Must be able to demonstrate excellent skills and expertise in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel.

Please find the detailed Job Description here.

Additional Information

  1. The salary will be the local equivalent of GBP30,000 per annum.
  2. You will be expected to work full time (225 days per year) with approximately 25 days paid leave per year (depending on location).
  3. You will be expected to work out of our office in either Brighton, UK or Nairobi, Kenya. We will expect you to have a legal right to work in either location (i.e., we will not cover the cost of Work Permits for this role). Wasafiri is a supportive employer. We support hybrid working with typically at least 2 days per week in office.

Application details

Submission

  1. Download and complete this application form. Please note that we will not accept submissions without a completed application form.
  2. Include a CV that is no longer than 3 pages.
  3. If you have one, please include a link to your LinkedIn profile.
  4. Please submit the application form and CV to opportunities@wasafirihub.com.

Selection process

  1. We will review applications as they arrive.
  2. Completion of satisfactory business references and background checks are essential conditions of employment.

Queries

If you have any queries on any aspect of the recruitment process, need additional information, or would like to have an informal discussion, please contact: Chiara Frattini, Impact & Business Development Manager at chiara@wasafirihub.com.

Closing date for applications

Midnight GMT Sunday, 19th June 2022. We will be reviewing applications as they arrive. Due to the volume of applications, we are expecting, we will only be able to respond to candidates that make it to the interview stage.

Ensuring equality of access

Wasafiri values the unique skills and experiences each individual brings to the organisation and we are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and accessible environment for everyone.

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Wasafiri is looking for a Senior Manager – Food Systems and Inclusive Growth (FSIG) to join the team

We seek a dynamic and engaging individual who can contribute to the growth of an impactful global Food Systems and Inclusive Growth (FSIG) portfolio to accelerate positive changes in food systems and reduce poverty.

In addition to generating new opportunities, the role will contribute significant leadership to the highly innovative African Food Fellowship, thereby strengthening its operational delivery and potential for expansion.

Does this sound like you?

We are looking for the successful candidate to demonstrate a proven track record with the following essential professional skills and experience:

  • Innovative collaboration experience including cross-sector and public-private collaboration with good networking capabilities.
  • Excellent project management experience.
  • Proven team and people management skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong and relevant thematic experience including in food and agriculture systems, small business entrepreneurship and economic inclusion (including with youth).
  • Proven business development track record with diverse clients/funders.

The following are desirable skills and experience:

  • Consulting experience.
  • Living and working in East Africa.
  • Language skills.

The successful candidate will thrive in the role in our culture if they are:

  • Excited to be in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Proactive and autonomous.
  • Focused on making real change happen.
  • Curious about Wasafiri’s systems change practice.

Please find the detailed breakdown of the role here.

Role details

  1. Salary: The position comes with an attractive compensation package dependent on skills and experience broadly in the range of GBP 50,000–60,000 per annum.
  2. Length: Two-year fixed-term position. Renewable for a second two-year fixed term and a final one-year fixed term. (Potentially 5-year fixed-term.)
  3. Benefits: Our standard company-wide international health insurance plan, retirement benefits and communication stipend.
  4. Paid leave: Each employee is required to work 225 days. Depending on the year, this usually equates to 36 days of annual leave including bank holidays (pro-rata for part-time).
  5. Office location with hybrid working: Wasafiri is a supportive employer. We encourage hybrid working typically 2 days per week in an attractive and comfortable Wasafiri Office in Westlands, Nairobi. NB: Applicants will be shortlisted if they can demonstrate they have the right to live and work in Kenya.
  6. Report: The position will report to our Food Systems and Inclusive Growth Portfolio Lead, a role that is expected to be filled by September 2022.

Application details

Submission

  1. Download and complete this application form. Please note that we will not accept submissions without a completed application form.
  2. Include a CV that is no longer than 3 pages.
  3. Please submit the application form and CV to opportunities@wasafirihub.com

Selection process

  • We will review applications as they arrive.
  • Completion of satisfactory business references and background checks are essential conditions of employment.

Equal opportunity

Wasafiri values the unique skills and experiences each individual brings to the organisation and we are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and accessible environment for everyone.

Closing date for applications

Midnight GMT Sunday 12th June 2022. We will be reviewing applications as they arrive. Due to the volume of applications, we are expecting, we will only be able to respond to candidates that make it to the interview stage.

Queries

If you would like to discuss the role, please contact either:

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Alex Rees is Wasafiri’s new Managing Director

Alex Rees became Wasafiri’s new Managing Director on April 1, 2022. He sat down with Communications Officer Stella Odhiambo to discuss his new role and what he’s most (and least) looking forward to.

In one sentence, what is your one new responsibility as MD that you did not have as Food Systems and Inclusive Growth portfolio lead?

Wow, well I’m very excited to be leading such a wonderful, innovative and values-driven organisation and of course, playing an MD role for the first time!

What’s the most exciting aspect about becoming MD of Wasafiri?

There are many exciting aspects of becoming MD of Wasafiri, and let me share two…

The first is that it allows me to continue to heed my father’s advice from when I was setting out in my career: ‘…seek out the most effective people who are fun to work with – and go work with them’.

Another is that over five years I’ve seen just how amazing Wasafiri is from the inside, not just in the accomplishments it has achieved typically in very complex areas where we work like countering violent extremism on the coast of Kenya and helping food systems evolve through support to small food businesses – but also in how we work in the world. I’m consistently impressed by how Wasafiri manages to punch above its weight – in part because we build relationships for the long term. I intend to continue this trajectory.

What’s most daunting?

Good question, I think the most daunting aspect is filling the shoes of the wonderful Kate Simpson who has done a fantastic job over the past four years in enabling our operating system, culture, systems approach and impact to really take off.

I’m delighted she will be around in the months and years ahead to offer sage advice. She now leads our new Wasafiri Institute as we create new ways to help systems leaders have even more impact with the challenges they are facing. You’ll hear about this in 2022!

What’s your vision for the future of Wasafiri as we launch Wasafiri 3.0?

My vision for Wasafiri is that we accelerate how we support diverse systems leaders to better grapple with some of the world’s toughest problems from local communities to global gatherings in the areas of violent extremism, conflict, climate change, loss of nature, food systems and reducing poverty.

I believe that Wasafiri can play a leading role, both in bringing systems leadership into focus for more people and critically, helping people develop their systems leadership in day-to-day decisions so that it is used to improve lives and the environment.

Anchoring collaborations that empower individuals and groups to make different decisions, particularly if disadvantaged, is what truly inspires me.

I’m very excited about the next year or two with Wasafiri looking to advance three areas:

  1. Establish our Wasafiri Institute with firm foundations so it can thrive in years to come
  2. Grow and diversify our work stabilising conflict settings and transforming food systems
  3. Making a meaningful contribution in tackling climate change and encouraging nature to rebound

 

Connected to these, I’d say we intend to make strides in innovating at the nexus between conflict, food and climate. These issues typically affect people and our environment together and I’m confident there is more we can do to tackle these issues in a joined-up manner.

What management style or approach do you plan to take as MD?

I see my job in simple terms: empowering people across the business to make good decisions.

Wasafiri has an effective decentralised ‘domain’ model where individuals lead their areas, taking all relevant decisions. We actively avoid decision-making easing its way up towards the MD. And like my predecessor from whom I’ve learned much, I look forward to nurturing this model and supporting the people best equipped to make good decisions.

How is Wasafiri different?

Let me share two important ways among many that I feel Wasafiri is different:

Firstly, we believe we’ve proven the value of a globally significant and practical systems change approach, which we call Systemcraft, in practical settings with diverse leaders at all levels who wish to make better decisions today and tomorrow for the longer term. Clients, consultants and partners are valuing Systemcraft in support of their strategic and day-to-day decisions.

Secondly, we’ve nurtured a lovely and special culture as staff, with our consultants, and with our partners and clients. We call it ‘Wasafiri spirit’. This feels important to us, and I’m keen we continue to shepherd our culture as we grow.

Get to know the MD

What’s his favourite thing to eat and what was his last search on Google? Get to know Alex some more in this fun video.

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Nikki Feltham joins the Wasafiri team!

For several years, Wasafiri has been working on a range of climate and nature-related complex problems, ranging from climate finance for African nations, soil carbon sequestration and net-zero transition. But, like many organisations, we have been asking how do we do more and do it better?

So, last year we launched a focused Climate & Nature portfolio.

Wasafiri’s Director, Kate Simpson, interviews Nikki Feltham, Wasafiri’s new dedicated portfolio lead

Nikki – it’s great to have you joining our team at Wasafiri. Tell us a bit about what brought you here.

Like the rest of the team here, I want to make a difference – and for that difference to stick.

I am really drawn to both Wasafiri’s practical approach to systems change – Systemcraft – and the positivity of everyone here in working to make change happen! I was also keen to return to my consulting roots and work with lots of organisations seeking to make changes – but with the (hard-won) experience of working within non-profit organisations.

We were super excited about the diversity of experience you bring to the team – from eight years with Accenture and eight years at Save the Children (including as their UK Strategy director). What are you excited to help Wasafiri achieve over the coming years?

Wasafiri has such a powerful combination of tools to dig in on the really complex challenges we face – consulting support, networks, and learning and capability building.

What I’m excited about is figuring out how we best bring them together to serve organisations and individuals who are driven by a purpose to unlock their full potential for impact.

There are so many amazing organisations, innovators, and ideas out there, and we need all of them to be able to work brilliantly – together – to address our collective challenges. Being able to bring my own experience and ideas into this is what’s lighting me up right now.

What is your new role at Wasafiri?

As an ex-consultant with a consultant’s attention span, I’m lucky to have three aspects to my role!

I get to build up our Climate and Nature Portfolio, steward our work and partnerships with the World Economic Forum and design how we will build knowledge and share our systems-based approach. Sounds great, doesn’t it!

Amongst all that choice (!) what are you looking forward to the most?

As well as the opportunity to contribute directly through the Climate and Nature portfolio, I’m hugely excited about being involved in Wasafiri’s own journey.

The team has had such great successes helping to address complex problems across intractable areas – it’s great to be involved in how we innovate and grow to deliver even more impact. What next is the big question!

Connect with Nikki

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Call for CVs: Research Manager in Mozambique

Summary of who we're looking for

We’re seeking applications from brilliant candidates for a mix of long- and short-term positions for upcoming opportunities to contribute to stability and preventing violent extremism in Mozambique.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 15 December 2021

Submit a CV and Cover Letter to opportunities@wasafirihub.com.

About Wasafiri

Our work

Wasafiri is a global consultancy, incubator and institute helping leaders and organizations tackle some of the world’s most complex problems. From our offices in Kenya, UK and USA, we have a long-standing record of helping our clients achieve impact at scale on the systems related to conflict, poverty, food insecurity, and environmental sustainability. Together, we are helping create a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable world.

Since 2010, we’ve been working with governments, development actors and communities across East Africa to better understand the nature of complex challenges such as insecurity, extremism, and weak governance. Our role has focussed on helping catalyse more effective, collective action, including through;

  • Monitoring, analysis and reportingof events, programmes and policies.
  • Identifying at-risk groupsand networks of positive influence around them.
  • Examining under-researched issues, such as the role of women, the private sector, or gangs in extremism.
  • Facilitating the design of new initiativesdesigned to prevent and counter extremism
  • Engaging with communities and governmentrepresentatives to strengthen local capacities, strategies and plans

 Our approach

Our approach is founded upon a commitment to help those at the heart of driving change ‘learn and adapt as they go’, equipping them with knowledge and learning both about the impact of their interventions, as well as how the wider system is changing.  The power of this approach lies in our distinctive capability to bring to bear:

  • A focus on forging collective action – We are expert in understanding how learning must serve lots of different actors within complex systems to work more effectively on collective interests;
  • Harnessing a diversity of perspectives – We are able to access and harness multiple interests and perspectives, generating dynamic knowledge and understanding as the system grows and moves;
  • Empowering those with less power – We are able to assess how the structures and flows of information exclude and disempower, and offer powerful ways to ensure the voices of marginalised, vulnerable populations are heard;
  • Deep understanding of the political economy – We bring a unique ability to situate hyper-local perspectives within the wider political economy, leveraging deep relationships with an extensive understanding of policy frameworks, institutional ecosystems and political dynamics;
  • Expertise in prototyping and testing interventions – We are expert in the design, innovation and testing of prototype initiatives, minimum viable products and pilot projects to accelerate learning and adaptation.

Our requirement

The skills and expertise you’ll bring

Wasafiri is actively pursuing a number of upcoming opportunities focused on peace and stability in Mozambique funded through various donors. We are searching for candidates to put forward on proposals and, eventually, programmes, pending funding.

These will be demanding roles that come with high expectations. In particular, you will bring:

  1. Relevant sectoral or thematic experience: You will have at least 5 years of experience working in some (or all) of the areas pertinent to the range of opportunities we are pursuing. These include:
    1. Community-security relationships
    2. Local governance and institutional strengthening
    3. P/CVE
    4. Peacebuilding
    5. Climate change
  2. Strong research and evaluation expertise: You will bring high-quality expertise in:
    1. Managing teams of researchers and enumerators
    2. Supporting the design and implementation of research assignments
    3. Capacity building researchers
    4. Quality assuring field notes
    5. Supporting analysis and production of research products.
  3. Experience managing a diverse team: You will be able to provide examples of managing a team of diverse members, both in person and remotely. You will also have experience or feel comfortable working in an integrated consortium of partners and supporting your team to actively contribute across this integrated platform.
  4. Experience working with vulnerable populations: You will be able to speak to your experience and approaches working with vulnerable or at-risk populations, including women, youth, or other marginalised groups.
  5. Essential qualifications: You will have the following qualifications:
    1. At least 5 years experience in one or more of the above sectoral areas and technical skills
    2. Experience working in Cabo Delgado
    3. Relevant university qualifications
    4. Excellent oral and written communication skills in Portuguese, Swahili, Muani and/or Makonde
    5. Good oral and written communication skills in English
    6. Right to live and work in Mozambique

Application details

  • The Research Manager role will be based in Pemba or Maputo with frequent travel to northern provinces.

Contracting arrangements

  • You will be contracted to Wasafiri as an independent consultant
  • Competitive daily consulting rates will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis, based on the role, seniority, and previous experience
  • Completion of satisfactory business references and background checks are essential conditions of employment.

Further information

How to apply

  1. Please include a CV that is no longer than 3 pages.
  2. Clearly indicate the role title “Research Manager – Mozambique” in the email subject
  3. Please include a short cover letter that summarises the following:
    1. Your motivation for applying to Wasafiri
    2. Your technical expertise and qualifications
    3. Your experience working on relevant sectors and issues
    4. 3 professional references
  4. Please note:
    1. We will not accept submissions without a CV and cover letter
    2. We will not accept CV’s longer than 3 pages
    3. At this stage we do not require samples of your work or proof of qualifications

Application process

  1. Closing date for applications: 15 December 2021
  2. Please submit your Cover Letter and CV to opportunities@wasafirihub.com

Ensuring equality of access

Wasafiri values the unique skills and experiences each individual brings to the organisation and we are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and accessible environment for everyone.

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Knowledge and Learning Director for upcoming proposals in Mozambique

Summary of who we're looking for

We’re seeking applications from brilliant candidates for the long-term position of Knowledge and Learning Director for two upcoming opportunities to contribute to stabilisation and governance in Northern Mozambique.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 15 December 2021

Submit a CV and Cover Letter to opportunities@wasafirihub.com.

About Wasafiri

Our work

Wasafiri is a global consultancy, incubator and institute helping leaders and organizations tackle some of the world’s most complex problems. From our offices in Kenya, UK and USA, we have a long-standing record of helping our clients achieve impact at scale on the systems related to conflict, poverty, food insecurity, and environmental sustainability. Together, we are helping create a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable world.

 

Since 2010, we’ve been working with governments, development actors and communities across East Africa to better understand the nature of complex challenges such as insecurity, extremism, and weak governance. Our role has focussed on helping catalyse more effective, collective action, including through;

 

  • Monitoring, analysis and reportingof events, programmes and policies.
  • Identifying at-risk groupsand networks of positive influence around them.
  • Examining under-researched issues, such as the role of women, the private sector, or gangs in extremism.
  • Facilitating the design of new initiativesdesigned to prevent and counter extremism
  • Engaging with communities and governmentrepresentatives to strengthen local capacities, strategies and plans

 

Our approach

Our approach is founded upon a commitment to help those at the heart of driving change ‘learn and adapt as they go’, equipping them with knowledge and learning both about the impact of their interventions, as well as how the wider system is changing.  The power of this approach lies in our distinctive capability to bring to bear:

 

  • A focus on forging collective action – We are expert in understanding how learning must serve lots of different actors within complex systems to work more effectively on collective interests;
  • Harnessing a diversity of perspectives – We are able to access and harness multiple interests and perspectives, generating dynamic knowledge and understanding as the system grows and moves;
  • Empowering those with less power – We are able to assess how the structures and flows of information exclude and disempower, and offer powerful ways to ensure the voices of marginalised, vulnerable populations are heard;
  • Deep understanding of the political economy – We bring a unique ability to situate hyper-local perspectives within the wider political economy, leveraging deep relationships with an extensive understanding of policy frameworks, institutional ecosystems and political dynamics;
  • Expertise in prototyping and testing interventions – We are expert in the design, innovation and testing of prototype initiatives, minimum viable products and pilot projects to accelerate learning and adaptation.

Our requirement

The skills and expertise you’ll bring

Wasafiri is actively pursuing a number of upcoming opportunities focused on peace and stability in Mozambique funded through various donors. We are searching for candidates to put forward on proposals and, eventually, programmes, pending funding.

These will be demanding roles that come with high expectations. In particular, you will bring:

  1. Relevant sectoral or thematic experience: You will have at least seven years of experience working in some (or all) of the areas pertinent to the range of opportunities we are pursuing. These include:
    1. Community-security relationships
    2. Local governance and institutional strengthening
    3. P/CVE
    4. Peacebuilding
    5. Climate change
  2. Strong technical skills and expertise: You will bring high-quality expertise in the technical areas required for the Knowledge and Learning Director. These include:
    1. The design and implementation of research agendas and learning strategies
    2. The design of qualitative and quantitative research studies
    3. Theory of change design and monitoring
    4. Results framework design and monitoring
    5. The development and implementation of monitoring and evaluation frameworks, including the use of innovative approaches to measuring change in complex and fragile environments
    6. Support to gender and conflict sensitivity plans and analysis
    7. The design and implementation of adaptive management approaches, including the use of problem-driven iterative adaptation (PDIA)
    8. The development of knowledge uptake and influencing strategies
  3. Experience managing a diverse team: You will be able to provide examples of managing a team of diverse members, both in-person and remotely. You will also have experience or feel comfortable working in an integrated consortium of partners and supporting your team to actively contribute across this integrated platform.
  4. Experience working with vulnerable populations: You will be able to speak to your experience and approaches working with vulnerable or at-risk populations, including women, youth or other marginalised groups.
  5. Essential qualifications: You will have the following qualifications:
    1. At least 7 years experience in one or more of the above sectoral areas and technical skills
    2. At least 10 years experience of progressive seniority in research design and monitoring, evaluation and learning processes
    3. Experience working in fragile or conflicted affected regions
    4. Relevant university qualifications
    5. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
    6. Ability to communicate in Portuguese, Swahili, Muani and/or Makonde is highly desired.
  6. Desirable qualifications: The following will be regarded as strong assets in your application:
    1. Previous work experience in Mozambique and in particular, Cabo Delgado
    2. Female candidates are encouraged to apply

Application details

  • The role will be based in Pemba, or Maputo with frequent travel to northern provinces.
  • The position will be contracted as a long-term, project-based staff member to Wasafiri, dependent on the award of the contract.

Further information

How to apply

  1. Please include a CV that is no longer than 3 pages.
  2. Clearly indicate the role title “Knowledge & Learning Director – Mozambique” in the email subject
  3. Please include a short cover letter that summarises the following:
    1. Your motivation for applying to Wasafiri
    2. Your technical expertise and qualifications
    3. Your experience working on relevant sectors and issues
    4. 3 professional references
  4. Please note:
    1. We will not accept submissions without a CV and cover letter
    2. We will not accept CV’s longer than 3 pages
    3. At this stage we do not require samples of your work or proof of qualifications

Application process

  1. Closing date for applications: 15 December 2021
  2. Please submit your Cover Letter and CV to opportunities@wasafirihub.com

Ensuring equality of access

Wasafiri values the unique skills and experiences each individual brings to the organisation and we are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and accessible environment for everyone.

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Exciting developments in Communications; Stella Odhiambo joins Wasafiri!

Stella shares insights on her new role as Wasafiri’s Communications Officer

What drew me to Wasafiri

The Wasafiri culture and the people! For a while now, I’ve been more intentional about the organisations and clients I partner with. After eight years in media and publishing, as well as freelancing for clients in Kenya’s private sector, it became increasingly important to connect with organisations with values that align with my own. More importantly, to work with those that have good people dedicated to doing good things at the helm.

Right from the get-go, this place gave off all the right vibes and, after meeting a couple of members of the Wasafiri family during the interview process, it felt even more like the right fit for me.

My role at Wasafiri and how the experience has been so far

I’ve joined the team as a part-time Communications Officer – a sort of hybrid consultant. I was brought aboard to help streamline, strengthen and support Wasafiri’s communications which, so far, is a happy learning experience each week.

After just two weeks on the job (eek!) I was invited to support a Food Systems project that was wrapping up. I was terrified. But with the support of the friendliest and most helpful colleagues anyone could ask for, my confidence grew.

Though I’ve barely scratched the surface of really being in the driver’s seat managing the entire function and leading campaigns, I’m pleased to report that I’m getting into the swing of things.

I’m also reassured to find myself fast becoming the face and point person for all matters comms here at Wasafiri.

What I am looking forward to the most

I’m thrilled to be part of a work-family that is supportive and mindful of one another, even outside the scope of work. A place where Ubuntu and transparency are some of the values woven into the fabric of the organisation – what’s not to love!

The potential for growth is what I most look forward to. Though it’s only a part-time position, I’m keen to prove myself. Adding my little voice to help the organisation tackle complex problems every day will be my small but significant contribution.

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Knowledge and Learning Director for upcoming proposals in Somalia

Summary of who we're looking for

We’re seeking applications from brilliant candidates for the long-term position of Knowledge and Learning Director for two upcoming opportunities to contribute to stabilisation and governance in Somalia.

Deadline for applications: Monday 15 November 2021

Submit a CV and Cover Letter to opportunities@wasafirihub.com.

About Wasafiri

Our work

Wasafiri is a global consultancy, incubator and institute helping leaders and organizations tackle some of the world’s most complex problems. From our offices in Kenya, UK and USA, we have a long-standing record of helping our clients achieve impact at scale on the systems related to conflict, poverty, food insecurity, and environmental sustainability. Together, we are helping create a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable world.

 

Since 2010, we’ve been working with governments, development actors and communities across East Africa to better understand the nature of complex challenges such as insecurity, extremism, and weak governance. Our role has focussed on helping catalyse more effective, collective action, including through;

 

  • Monitoring, analysis and reportingof events, programmes and policies.
  • Identifying at-risk groupsand networks of positive influence around them.
  • Examining under-researched issues, such as the role of women, the private sector, or gangs in extremism.
  • Facilitating the design of new initiativesdesigned to prevent and counter extremism
  • Engaging with communities and governmentrepresentatives to strengthen local capacities, strategies and plans

 

Our approach

Our approach is founded upon a commitment to help those at the heart of driving change ‘learn and adapt as they go’, equipping them with knowledge and learning both about the impact of their interventions, as well as how the wider system is changing.  The power of this approach lies in our distinctive capability to bring to bear:

 

  • A focus on forging collective action – We are expert in understanding how learning must serve lots of different actors within complex systems to work more effectively on collective interests;
  • Harnessing a diversity of perspectives – We are able to access and harness multiple interests and perspectives, generating dynamic knowledge and understanding as the system grows and moves;
  • Empowering those with less power – We are able to assess how the structures and flows of information exclude and disempower, and offer powerful ways to ensure the voices of marginalised, vulnerable populations are heard;
  • Deep understanding of the political economy – We bring a unique ability to situate hyper-local perspectives within the wider political economy, leveraging deep relationships with an extensive understanding of policy frameworks, institutional ecosystems and political dynamics;
  • Expertise in prototyping and testing interventions – We are expert in the design, innovation and testing of prototype initiatives, minimum viable products and pilot projects to accelerate learning and adaptation.

Our requirement

Your style and approach

We have a unique culture and way of working. To thrive here you’ll feel at home in an informal work environment, have a collaborative approach, a proactive hunger to make things happen and a commitment to high quality in all you do.

The skills and expertise you’ll bring

Wasafiri is actively pursuing a number of upcoming opportunities focused on stability, governance and peacebuilding in Somalia funded through various donors. We are searching for candidates across a range of programmes and roles to put forward on proposals and, eventually, programmes, pending funding.

These will be demanding roles that come with high expectations. In particular, you will bring:

  1. Relevant sectoral or thematic experience: You will have at least seven years of experience working in some (or all) of the areas pertinent to the range of opportunities we are pursuing. These include:
    1. Local governance and institutional strengthening (including federalism processes in Somalia)
    2. Peacebuilding and social reconciliation
    3. Accountability and the promotion of inclusive voice and governance processes
    4. Climate change
  1. Strong technical skills and expertise: You will bring high quality expertise in the technical areas required for the Knowledge and Learning Director. These include:
    1. The design and implementation of research agendas and learning strategies
    2. The design of qualitative and quantitative research studies
    3. Theory of change design and monitoring
    4. Results framework design and monitoring
    5. The development and implementation of monitoring and evaluation frameworks, including the use of innovative approaches to measuring change in complex and fragile environments
    6. Support to gender and conflict sensitivity plans and analysis
    7. The design and implementation of adaptive management approaches, including the use of problem-driven iterative adaptation (PDIA)
    8. The development of knowledge uptake and influencing strategies
  1. Experience managing a diverse team: You will be able to provide examples of managing a team of diverse members, both in person and remotely. You will also have experience or feel comfortable working in an integrated consortium of partners and supporting your team to actively contribute across this integrated platform.
  1. Experience working with vulnerable populations: You will be able to speak to your experience and approaches working with vulnerable or at-risk populations, including women, youth or other marginalised groups.
  1. Essential qualifications: You will have the following qualifications:
    1. At least 7 years’ experience in one or more of the above sectoral areas and technical skills
    2. At least 7 years’ experience of progressive seniority in research design and monitoring, evaluation and learning processes
    3. Experience working in fragile or conflicted affected regions
    4. Relevant university qualifications
    5. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  1. Desirable qualifications: The following will be regarded as strong assets in your application
    1. Somali language ability
    2. Previous work experience in Somalia
    3. Female candidates are encouraged to apply

Application details

How to apply

  1. Please include a CV that is no longer than 3 pages.
  2. Please include a brief Cover Letter that summarises the following:
    1. Your motivation for applying to Wasafiri
    2. Your expertise and qualifications for the role
    3. Three professional references
  3. Please include 2-3 samples of your work. This could include an online portfolio, or examples of articles, features, case studies you have produced
  4. Please note:
    1. We will not accept submissions without a CV, Cover Letter or Samples
    2. We will not accept CVs longer than 3 pages

Application process

  • The role will be based in Nairobi with potential travel to Mogadishu up to 25%.
  • The position will be contracted as a long-term, project-based staff member to Wasafiri, dependent on award of the contract.

Further information

How to apply

  1. Please include a CV that is not longer than 3 pages
  2. Please include a short cover letter that summarises the following:
    1. Your motivation for applying to Wasafiri
    2. Your technical expertise and qualifications
    3. 3 professional references
  3. Please note:
    1. We will not accept submissions without a CV and cover letter
    2. We will not accept CV’s longer than 3 pages
    3. At this stage we do not require samples of your work or proof of qualifications

Application process

  1. Closing date for applications: 15th November
  2. Please submit your Cover Letter and CV to opportunities@wasafirihub.com

Ensuring equality of access

Wasafiri values the unique skills and experiences each individual brings to the organisation and we are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and accessible environment for everyone.

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Consultant Role: Senior Climate Change Analyst

Summary of who we're looking for

We’re seeking applications from independent consultants interested in 15-20 days of work between November 2021 and January 2022.

Candidates can be based anywhere globally (desk-based), they must have 10 years of research and analysis of climate change and environmental sustainability and must have work experience in Sub-Saharan Africa. Private sector experience is also highly recommended.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 27 October 2021

Submit a CV, Cover Letter and Writing Samples to opportunities@wasafirihub.com.

About Wasafiri

A trusted partner for complex problems. Wasafiri is a global consultancy, incubator and institute helping leaders and organisations tackle some of the world’s most complex problems. From our offices in Kenya, UK and the USA, we bring a well-established track record of helping our clients achieve impact at scale on the systems related to conflict and governance, extreme poverty, food insecurity, and environmental sustainability. Together, we’re helping build a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable world.

A decade of transformative impact. We work with respected institutions spanning the development, government, and private sectors to drive change at scale. For instance, we’ve partnered with the World Economic Forum to unlock inclusive private sector investment across Africa, worked with Yara to incubate the leading youth agripreneurship initiative on the continent, helped the UK’s National Grid devise its Net Zero Carbon Strategy, worked with the Government of Kenya to design the country’s first-ever poverty graduation policy, and partnered with FCDO to counter the threat of violent extremism across East Africa.

Catalysts for collective action. Wasafiri, means “travellers” in Swahili, and was inspired by the phrase, “Traveller, there is no path: we make the path as we walk together.” This simple statement evokes the spirit of how we work; as a trusted adviser, collaborator, and systems-change entrepreneur, relentlessly driven toward transformative action.

Our expertise lies in generating new insight, ideas and partnerships to drive collective action on complex problems. We specialise in tailored research and learning, partnership development, strategy and design innovation, stakeholder engagement and capacity building services.

About the role

Our private-sector client is looking for an actionable analysis of the landscape of climate change policies, priorities, stakeholders, and dynamics in Sub-Saharan Africa. At the heart of this work lies an important question for them: How can we better partner with others and leverage our communities and platforms to help tackle climate related problems in SSA?

Geographic focus

  1. Sub-Saharan Africa

Technical Expertise

  1. Research & Analysis (primarily qualitative and secondary sources), policy and landscape analysis, strong written and oral communication.
  2. Strategy development, partnership building, and an awareness of systems change thinking.

Thematic Expertise

  1. Climate Change adaptation and/or mitigation), environmental sustainability.
  2. Experience with/of private sector organisations (technology an advantage) as well as an understanding of the landscape of development / government / civil society.

Estimated days of contract

  1. 15-20 days
  2. From November 2021 through January 2022

Key responsibilities for the Senior Climate Change Analyst

We’re looking for someone with at least 10 years’ experience working on issues relating to climate change and/or environmental sustainability. They will need to have significant geographic experience working in or on Africa, with strong credentials in research & analysis, landscaping analysis and strategic thinking, able to distil a broad picture into key opportunities. Ideally, they will bring experience working across sectors; understanding private sector organisations as well as the landscape of development/government/civil society institutions, politics and policies.

Initial Research & Landscape Analysis

Lead on the comprehensive landscape analysis including but not limited to: The nature and scale of issues & problems; current policies, regulatory requirements & political priorities (national & regional); governance & financing mechanisms; innovative partnerships for climate resilience/sustainability; institutional landscape and role of civil society

Outputs to deliver:

  1. Summary of findings from our review of literature
  2. Initial country heat mapping
  3. Draft regulatory inventory

Targeted Stakeholder Consultations

Lead on stakeholder engagement, including but not limited to: Develop stakeholder selection criteria, prepare influencing and power framework, develop consultation framework & tools; consult with stakeholders; compile, analyse & refine findings.

Outputs to deliver:

  1. Summary of findings from consultations
  2. Refinement of emerging research findings

Final Analysis & Report Production

Lead on writing the final report with support from the Wasafiri Team Lead and Technical Expert. The report will include Executive Summary, Background & Introduction, Methodology & Limitations, Summary of key topics, Policy Expert Perspectives, Conclusions and Recommendations.

Application details

How to apply

  1. Please include a CV that is no longer than 3 pages.
  2. Please include a brief Cover Letter that summarises the following:
    1. Your motivation for applying to Wasafiri
    2. Your expertise and qualifications for the role
    3. Three professional references
  3. Please include 2-3 samples of your work. This could include an online portfolio, or examples of articles, features, case studies you have produced
  4. Please note:
    1. We will not accept submissions without a CV, Cover Letter or Samples
    2. We will not accept CVs longer than 3 pages

Application process

  1. Closing date for applications: Wednesday 27 October 2021
  2. We will review applications as they are submitted and retain the right to make an offer prior to the submission deadline
  3. Please submit your Cover Letter, CV and Samples to opportunities@wasafirihub.com. Please use the subject heading: Application: Senior Climate Change Analyst

Ensuring equality of access

Wasafiri values the unique skills and experiences each individual brings to the organisation and we are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and accessible environment for everyone.

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Dying with dignity: time for palliative care for corporations?

Organisations do die; palliative care could reduce the destructive and increase the creative impact of their passing

I was recently working on a Forward Institute event with the rather brilliant Scott Morrison of The Boom!1 He asked the audience “what are the most heretical questions you could ask about your organisation?, This question has sent me off on all sorts of mental meanders and what-ifs. The latest being: Should our organisations really strive to live forever? Could it be a good thing for organisations to die off at some point?”

Much of management and organisational development is centred on the assumption that longevity is a good thing. That being able to reinvent, restructure and pivot are the practices we need. That endless regeneration and never-ending existence are the ultimate goals. That survival is the ultimate performance measure2. But is it? Everything in nature ages and ultimately dies with new growth flourishing in the space created. In reality, organisations will have their time in the sun and then pass on (with increasingly few passing the 60-year mark) and some suggesting as little as 18 years is a reasonable life expectancy3 yet the myth of immortality is a strong one. A myth that often seems to lead to painful deaths, heralded by increasingly bellicose claims of reinvention, promises of new dawns and possibilities and ending with dramatic and painful collapses.

Others have argued in favour of the value of corporate death. Joseph Schumpter is perhaps the most famous with his idea of ‘creative destruction’ and the argument that large companies are inherently inefficient, and ultimately suffer from ‘entropy’ where they spend more time managing themselves than doing whatever it is they are supposed to do in the world. But there is a long distance between what is good in principle and what is good in practice. Schumpter’s principle of ‘creative destruction’ often in practice means the destruction of people’s lives and livelihoods, and, especially when an organisation has a strong geographical footprint, their communities. But what if responsible leadership included knowing when your organisation’s time was up? What if with good palliative care organisational demise need not be ‘destructive’? Maybe palliative care could create a graceful decline and provide individuals and communities with the opportunity to move on in timely, happy, and healthy ways?

What might organisational palliative care look like?

Step one: Timely diagnosis

By acknowledging that the organisation has reached its twilight years we can all prepare for a transition. Customers have time to find alternative options with less risk of price gouging by unscrupulous competitors. Suppliers have time to diversify and employees can think about what new skills they might need and take the time to find new opportunities. Local markets won’t be flooded with a sudden unemployed workforce all competing with one another.

Step two: Managed decline

Our organisational models are built for growth – we know how to add and do more – but how about doing less? Perhaps staff move from full to part time employment or the entire organisation shifts to a 4-day workweek. There will undoubtably be plenty of puzzles to manage as we simply haven’t built organisations that are alive but slowing down; we will need markets not scared of big players that are doing a good job but reducing rather than expanding their activities. Customers need to value the old-age organisational citizens in their world and not just the young and new. There needs to be confidence in the provision of ongoing support for products whose life cycle may be longer than that of their producer.

Step three: Make good choices about divesting assets

Are there buildings, machines, or existing inventory to be sold off? The current mode of sudden collapse makes these sorts of assets easy prey for post-bankruptcy acquisition often allowing asset stripping by predatory interests. But what if these assets could be moved on with care and consideration – perhaps with the money raised forming an inheritance for the employees or communities that will be affected by their passing?

Step four: Celebrate the passing

I remember the passing of the British high-street staple Woolworths4; a final splutter of press attention and then a quick burn out… and with it a load of pain for the 30,000 people that worked there. I also remember the aftermath; the flurry of joy at shared memories of ‘the Woolworths bargain bin’- a place many of my generation bought their first music albums (Tears for Fears for me). At the time I hadn’t been in a Woolworths store for many years, but its passing brought back a nostalgic memory of happy time and ritual. Maybe palliative care would include a celebration of past success rather than glorifying in the moments of collapse?

The reality is most private sector organisations do, eventually, age and decline. And perhaps this is not such a bad thing. Perhaps we just haven’t yet learned how to responsibly help them age with grace and pass with as little pain as possible for the people that depend on them. All living systems include death as well as birth; as we face the climate crisis and the need to reimagine our economies, our modes of energy production and much else besides perhaps ‘organisational palliative care’ can help us create the new world we need?

Wasafiri currently works with the Forward Institute, a not for profit that works with many of the UK’s leading public, private and charitable organisations to make ‘responsible leadership the only form of leadership’. Through the use of Systemcraft we help leaders tackle the complex problems they and their organisations are wrestling with as they play their part in creating a more sustainable and equitable world.

Written with thanks to Adrian Brown, Executive Director of the Centre for Public Impact for the, as always, help to think about things a little differently.

https://www.imd.org/research-knowledge/articles/why-you-will-probably-live-longer-than-most-big-companies/

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