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IPSTC Curriculum Designer Job in Nairobi Kenya (KShs 200K)

Category: General Jobs in Kenya
Posted: Dec 30, 2013

The International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) is a research and training institution focusing on capacity building at the strategic, operational and tactical levels within the framework of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) and has developed into the regional center of excellence for the African Standby Force (ASF) in Eastern Africa. 

It addresses the complexities of contemporary UN/AU integrated Peace Support Operations (PSO) by describing the actors and multi-dimensional nature of these operations.
Vacancy: Curriculum Designer

The research conducted covers a broad spectrum ranging from conflict prevention through conflict management to post-conflict reconstruction.

In order to enhance ASF capacity in the Eastern Africa, the Centre in collaboration with the support of the UNDP and Japan is currently recruiting a curriculum designer from the East Africa region.

Duties and Responsibilities: 
This position is located in Peace and Security Research Department (PSRD), IPSTC.
Reporting directly to Head of Curriculum Design PSRD, the successful candidate will conduct research, produce papers and design and develop training curriculum related to the tactical, operational and strategic levels of training and education at IPSTC.
Specific tasks include:
  • Assisting in the design and delivery of training related to conflict prevention, conflict management and post-conflict recovery.
  • Conducting demand led research on relevant issues, producing and presenting papers and related publications.
  • Contributing to conflict alert systems, policy briefings and research relevant to emerging regional and global peace and security issues, especially in the Eastern Africa region.
  • Analysing emerging conflict trends within Eastern Africa with a view to contributing to policy frameworks for regional interventions.
  • Organizing and/or participating in relevant conferences, meetings, symposiums, colloquiums and workshops.
  • Conducting background research and updating country profiles in Eastern Africa with focus on issues related to Peace Support Operations. Researcher.
  • Assisting in the design and delivery of training related to conflict prevention, conflict management and post-conflict recovery.
  • Providing inputs for training related to peace operations at tactical, operational and strategic level education.

Professionalism: Demonstrates knowledge, professional competence and mastery of research in peace and security issues. Knows applied process research, from the setting of research agenda, through field visits to publication of materials. Able to identify, extract, analyse and format data from a wide variety of standard and non-standard sources. Has in-depth knowledge of Peace Support Operations. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments and shows persistence when faced with difficulties or challenges.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input and is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda and accept joint responsibility for team’s shortcomings.

Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies and adjust priorities accordingly and is efficient and effective in allocating time to achieve assigned tasks. Has strong multitasking abilities and ability to manage multiple deadlines. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning

Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds, shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and examines own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical response. Treats men and women equally with dignity and respect and does not discriminate against any individual or group.



  • Masters Degree in Peace, Conflict and Security Studies or other related, International Studies/Relations or other related is required.
  • First degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) preferably in Peace, Conflict and Security Studies in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the Master’s Degree.
Work Experience: 
  • A minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience in research peace, conflict and security (preferably in the areas of conflict prevention, conflict management and post conflict peace building) or related area is required.
  • Experience of giving presentations and delivering lectures to large audiences is required.
  • Understanding or relevant experience in curriculum design and training evaluation is desirable.
  • Experience of organising events/workshops/symposiums and writing occasional papers, issues briefs and Newsletter is desirable.
Language: For the post advertised, fluency in spoken and written English is required. Knowledge in other Language(s) is an advantage.

Assessment Method: Evaluation of qualified candidates will include a written assessment exercise (Issue Brief), which will be followed by an oral competency-based interview.

Special Notice: This post is open to applicants from the Eastern Africa region; Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Seychelles, Tanzania and Uganda. If no suitable candidate is identified, candidates form other regions will be considered subject to meeting the specified requirements.

This post is funded from donor budgetary resources. The initial appointment is for a period of one year. Extension of appointment is subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds.
The successful candidate will be based full-time in Peace and Security Research Department at Karen, Nairobi. Salary is Ksh 200,000 gross per month.

No Fee: The International Peace Support Training Centre does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview and selection).

Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please send your resume, including publications done within the last five years and covering letter (not more than five page of A4 – font 12, Times New Roman- combined) to

The Director,
International Peace Support Training Centre,
Westwood Park Road,
PO Box 24232 – 00502, Karen,
Nairobi, Kenya
OR email to: [email protected]
by 6pm on Tuesday, 7 January 2014.
Interviews will be held in PSRD, Karen from 13 – 17 January 2014 (we are able to arrange for telephone and skype interview for overseas candidates).
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