Regional Organised Crime Observatory Coordinator: Horn of Africa and East Africa, based in Addis Ababa or Nairobi

ENACT – Enhancing Africa’s response to transnational organised crime

The ISS seeks to appoint a Regional Organised Crime Observatory Coordinator for the ENACT programme. The successful candidate will be responsible for stakeholder liaison, networking, helping to disseminate ENACT results in the region, keeping abreast of the latest regional developments on organised crime, and making recommendations on regional priorities for research and action to the ENACT team.

Applicants must be highly motivated with an exceptional ability to work under pressure, respond quickly and manage time effectively. The successful candidate will be based in Addis Ababa or Nairobi and will report to the Programme Head.


ENACT aims to enhance African capacity to respond more effectively to transnational organised crime. It is funded by the European Union and implemented by the ISS and INTERPOL, in association with the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime.

The programme has five regional organised crime observatories in Africa. Beneficiaries of the programme’s work are: African policy makers and practitioners (including the African Union and inter-governmental institutions), civil society, international actors operating on the continent (including the EU), the media and local communities.

Overview of duties 

  • Build networks and maintain relationships with programme beneficiaries
  • Disseminate ENACT findings through meetings, briefings and seminars, in collaboration with the programme team
  • Gather national and regional information and share it with the programme team
  • Identify policy support, training and implementation needs of stakeholders, and work with the programme team to deliver the required assistance, including training courses
  • Undertake monitoring, evaluation and communications activities for ENACT
  • Prepare written reports and other communication activities
  • Ensure that all expenditure (including travel, procurement and sub-contracting agreements) complies with required financial rules and procedures

Overview of requirements

  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline
  • At least 7 years’ experience in applied research, policy support or technical assistance in East Africa and/or the Horn
  • Knowledge on organised crime, or a related field
  • 3-5 years’ experience in project management
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English; Swahili will be an advantage
  • Track record of excellent interpersonal and networking skills, including the ability to work in a multi-cultural environment with a variety of stakeholders
  • An existing network among the project’s stakeholders; networks in the organised crime field will be an advantage

The length of the contract will be until 31 December 2019 and may be renewed subject to programme requirements, funding and satisfactory performance. A competitive salary is offered.

Email your application to Rekha Valabh at Applicants must provide a cover letter and detailed CV, including at least three contactable referees. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Closing date: 2 June 2017

The ISS is committed to achieving employment equity in the workplace. Female applicants are especially encouraged to apply.