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The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental and non-profit organization, founded in 1956, that works in more than 35 countries around the world. DRC has been operating in Kenya since 2005, where we assist refugees and displacement-affected communities in Dadaab, Kakuma, Kalobeyei and Nairobi through protection and livelihoods activities to enhance their self-reliance and expand opportunities for a dignified life. DRC provides both humanitarian assistance and longer-term development support to respond to the needs of communities affected by acute crisis as well as those in protracted displacement situations.
Overall purpose of the role:
To support the ABLI Garissa Project in implementing DDG project components in Garissa County, especially as it relates to implementing DDG’s AVR activities. The AVR Project Assistant works directly with local communities and local authorities to strengthen their capacity to improve safety at the community level. This includes, but is not limited to, facilitating community entry and stakeholder mapping activities, local stakeholder consultations capacity building activities, conflict management & security provision in project context, dialogue facilitation and policy dialogue facilitation. Support Project Officers and other Assistants in the field as delegated by the AVR Project Officer, adherence to DRC/DDG’s security procedures and regulations, representation of DDG in the community circles in Garissa as delegated by the AVR Project Officer; adherence to DRC/DDG’s standard regulations and operational procedures (including the Code of Conduct, the DRC/DDG Programme Manual and administrative regulations).
1. Project Management and Development:
- Act as primary link between the assigned target communities and DRC/DDG.
- Responsible for assisting locational authorities in target areas with selecting target communities in accordance with DRC/DDG selection criteria and process.
- Liaise with community leaders and local government authorities about the security in the assigned target communities (i.e. community entry).
- Provide inputs and participate in the baseline study and context area security incidents and management processes.
- Facilitate community entry and ABLI-Garissa project planning processes in target communities and ensure the representation and participation of all socio-economic groups in the communities.
- Facilitate awareness and dialogue activities aimed at reducing armed violence, including:
- Activities to strengthen local conflict management capacity.
- Activities to change mind sets underlying conflict to mind sets committed to peace, including community perceptions of humanitarian-development and peace nexus.
- Activities to promote better collaboration between local communities and formal security providers.
- Monitor the implementation of the project activities by the assigned target communities and support communities to improve implementation;
- Provide inputs and participate in the development of Improving Local Security and Management Concept.
- Ensure that all tasks allocated by the AVR Project Officer are executed promptly, efficiently and in accordance with DRC/DDG operational guidelines.
- Take good care of all assigned equipment including computers and communication equipment.
- Ensure that there are receipts for all expenses and compile all receipts according to DRC/DDG’s financial guidelines by the end of each week financial reporting period and submit to the AVR PO.
- Fully adhere to DRC/DDG’s procedures for security, financial management, logistics, human resources and administration.
- Uphold DRC/DDG’s Code of Conduct.
2. Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation
- Compile the required monitoring forms and reports using the prescribed DRC/DDG formats and submit reports to the AVR Project Officer by the end of each month.
3. Coordination & Partnerships
- Ensure good cooperation with partners and other organisations working in the project target areas.
- Ensure excellent collaboration with DRC/DDG staff, staff from other consortium members and other partners.
Experience and technical competencies:
- A minimum of 2 years working experience.
- Exceptional understanding of local dynamics that lead to armed violence (ideally in arid and semi-arid parts of Kenya).
- Substantial knowledge of the Kenya political system from community to national level;
- Open-minded and committed to finding non-violent ways to mitigate conflict and promote inter-communal peace and collaboration.
- Cultural and gender sensitivity.
- A team player: able to demonstrate a constructive, cooperative and problem-solving approach.
- Experience with community peace and/or development work.
- Experience of working in insecure environments.
- Strong ability to communicate constructively to various different groups of people including; community (elders, women, men, spiritual leaders etc.), Security providers (KPRs, Police, APs), Government officials (chiefs, DOs, DCs) etc.
- Ability to use IT equipment effectively including computers and mobile phones.
A university Degree or Diploma preferably in Peace studies, Conflict Management, Social sciences or closely related field.
Fluency in written and spoken English. Fluency in local spoken languages.
DRC’s 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: you act in line with our vision and values.
Contract: 5 months contract with possibility of extension, subject to funding and performance. Salary and conditions will be in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council terms of employment for National staff.
Availability: August 2021
Duty station: Dadaab (Successful candidate must be a local resident of North Eastern Province)
Internal: Programme staff, Support Services staff
External: Relevant stakeholders – Community leaders, Local/Sub-county administration, NGOs/INGOs and police services
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)
Qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications, which should include a 1-page cover letter clearly stating their motivation, and qualifications and a CV. Applications should include contact details of three professional referees who have supervised the candidate in the last five years. One referee must be the applicant’s most recent manager. Only applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications will be considered.
We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on http://www.drc.ngo under Vacancies.
Applications should be sent no later than: 20th July 2021.
DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels. In light of this, female candidates and those from minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
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, color, race, marital status or other protected characteristics.
DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process. Visit drc.ngo to read more about what we do to secure robust safeguarding mechanisms.
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Danish Refugee Council does not charge any kind of fee at any stage of the recruitment process nor does it use recruitment agents.