Danish Refugee Council – ReDSS Regional Manager.

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Overall purpose of the role: 
The Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat (ReDSS) is a coalition of 14 NGOs working together in the search of durable solutions in East Africa. ReDSS Regional Secretariat is based in Nairobi with country units in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. It is a coordination and information hub that focuses on research and knowledge management, programme support, capacity development, policy dialogue, and internal/external coordination. For more information  http://www.regionaldss.org

 The Regional Manager is responsible for the overall management and coordination of the ReDSS structure, using data and evidence to support better programing and policy dialogue through multi-stakeholders’ partnerships in the search for durable solutions. 


Research and knowledge management: promoting a culture of learning and reflection that leads to improvements in durable solutions programing and policies

  • Guide the implementation of ReDSS research and knowledge management agenda including initiating studies and developing processes to monitor uptake to improve solutions programing and policies
  • Analyze regional forced displacement trends and dynamics to inform and adapt programing and policy activities
  • Ensure cross learning and coherence between countries and at regional level
  • Organize regular consultation/technical workshops and learning events/meetings on key issues
  • Responsible for quality control of ReDSS publications and to lead the implementation and monitoring of the ReDSS learning framework to promote a culture of learning and reflection

Strengthening the capacity of practitioners and policy-makers in the field of durable solutions

  • Support the roll-out of the technical and policy training package and the development of learning tools
  • Translate evidence and research into programing and policies guidance and facilitate mentorship and peer learning through the creation of a network of technical people
  • Ensure active engagement with displacement affected communities to ensure their ownership and support in order to make solutions lasting, locally relevant and feasible 

Contribute and support policy processes based on evidence

  • Initiate and support policy processes in collaboration with ReDSS members, based on evidence from ReDSS studies and analyses to improve solutions-oriented policies
  • Support existing forums and members to engage with governmental and inter-governmental actors on durable solutions (governments, development and humanitarian actors, donors…) and facilitate ReDSS members participation
  • Proactive engagement in policy development processes including with IGAD
  • Development and publication of policy briefs based on evidence

External representation and coordination

  • Ensure continued engagement with key players on displacement and solutions in the region including regional and national authorities, UN agencies, humanitarian and development donors, relevant working groups
  • Represent ReDSS in a number of working groups and meetings and support ReDSS members participation

Management of ReDSS Secretariat

  • Manage Secretariat staff and consultants
  • Formulate projects, effectively manage programs implementation with both financial and operational aspects, while ensuring quality reporting and contributing to impact’s evaluations
  • Provide overall implementation and strategic direction 
  • Organise Core Group and Steering committee meetings
  • Monitoring, reporting and evaluation of progress and challenges

About you
To be successful in this role we expect the following experience and technical competencies: 

  • Minimum 8 years of experience in similar positions involving knowledge management, research, evidence building; analysis and coordination of a consortium of partners
  • Master’s degree in relevant field or equivalent
  • Strong knowledge of the socio-economic and political dynamics of the region; more specifically on displacement trends with a demonstrated ability to manage politically sensitive contexts
  • Solid experience in capacity development of a wide range of actors including adult learning, mentoring and coaching, training of trainers and impact monitoring of capacity development activities
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the organization

Required skills

  • Strong analytical and writing skills with proven experience in producing high quality research and policy briefs with ability to present complex information in a simple and accessible manner
  • Strong experience in translating evidence and research into programming and policy guidance
  • Excellent coordination and networking skills
  • Flexibility, proactive engagement, ability to work under pressure and to demonstrate high tolerance for change, complexity and unpredictability

Moreover, in this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies: 

  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process. 
  • Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback. 
  • Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation. 
  • Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly. 
  • Demonstrating integrity: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

We offer

Duration:     2 Years renewable subject to Performance and Funding.

Contract:    For National staff, salary and other conditions are offered in accordance with DRC’s Terms of Employment for National staff in Kenya ; For International Staff ,Salary and other conditions are offered in accordance with DRC’s Terms of Employment for International staff . This position is graded as  Employment Band Manager E level 2 . 

Start Date:   August 2021 

Duty Station:  Nairobi – Kenya with travel with frequent travel ; Accompanied Position

Reporting:    Strategic supervision: The overall strategy and focus of ReDSS work will be laid and approved annually by the Steering Committee. ReDSS Manager will report to the Steering Committee and work according to annual work plans     approved by the SC and annual regional directors’ meeting.  Administrative supervision: ReDSS Manager is supervised by the DRC Deputy Regional Director for East Africa and Great Lakes.

Direct Reports:     6 Positions report into ReDDS Manager 

Key Stakeholders:    ReDSS members , External audience including donors, academia, think tanks, UN agencies, INGOs,    inter-governmental organizations

Commitments:      DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework (http://www.drc.dk/HAF.4265.0.html).  All DRC staff must  be committed to the Red Cross Code of Conduct, as well as the Core Humanitarian Standards.

Gender Equality:   DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels.  In light of this, women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply to bridge the gender gap. 

Equal Opportunities:  DRC is an equal opportunity employer.  We value diversity and we are committed   to creating an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all employees.  We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability status, religion, ethnic origin, colour, race, marital status or other protected characteristics.

Applicants must send a cover letter (max 1 page) and an updated CV (max 3 pages) in English. Cover letter should outline your personal motivation for applying and your key qualifications for the position. Apply online on our page Current Vacancies at http://www.drc.ngo. Applications sent by email will not be considered. 


Closing date for applications: 27th June 2021




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