Danish Refugee Council (DRC) – Project Assistant – Social Cohesion.

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Overall purpose of the role: 

A Project Assistant will play key roles in implementing the Social Cohesion project in Kalobeyei/Kakuma. The project Assistant will work directly with Refugee community in Kalobeyei Settlement/Kakuma and host community within the project area and local authorities to strengthen their capacity to improve safety at the community level. This includes, but is not limited to conducting assessments to cases of insecurity claims, facilitating community dialogues on conflict, provide training on conflict management and support the strengthening of community – formal security provider relationships.

Responsibilities: 

  • Act as primary link between the assigned target communities and DRC;
  • Coordinate with local authorities/community leaders during identification of project beneficiaries in target areas in accordance with DRC selection criteria and process;
  • Support in mobilization of community leaders to UNHCR and agency meetings 
  • Liaise with community leaders and local government authorities about the safety in the assigned target communities (i.e. community entry); 
  • Conduct conflict assessment/analysis when required and provide sufficient recommendations.  
  • Conduct assessments to individuals with safety and security related concerns. The assessments should be focused on identifying and mitigating the escalation of individual conflicts into the wider community.
  • Facilitate dialogue and other activities aimed at reducing armed violence and including activities to strengthen local conflict management capacity and to promote better collaboration between local communities and formal security providers.
  • Work closely with the SGBV and Child Protection departments in supporting mediation dialogues. 
  • Facilitate routine review and coordination meetings for community leaders and peace committees
  • Facilitate peace club sessions at the target schools within the project area. 
  • Ensure good cooperation with partners and other organizations working in the project target areas;
  • Demonstrate excellent collaboration with DRC staff and partners from other target areas irrespective of their tribal identity;
  • Compile the required monitoring forms and reports using the prescribed HDP formats and submit reports to the Project Officer Weekly and on Monthly basis.
  • Provide inputs and participate in the development of community Safety Concept;
  • Ensure that all tasks allocated by the Area Manager and Social Cohesion Project Officer or their delegates are executed promptly, efficiently and in accordance with DRC operational guidelines;
  • Take good care of all assigned equipment including communication equipment;
  • Ensure that there are receipts for all expenses and compile all receipts according to DRC financial guidelines by the end of each week financial reporting period and submit to the Kakuma DRC Finance officer.
  • Fully adhere to DRC procedures for security, financial management, logistics, human resources and administration;
  • Uphold DRC’s Code of Conduct;
  • Any other tasks as may be assigned from time to time.

Experience and technical competencies: 

  • 2 -3 Years’ Experience with community peace and/or development work.
  • Experience of working in insecure environments is an added advantage; 

Education:

  • A university degree/Diploma or equivalent work experience, preferably in peace studies, Conflict management, political science or related field

Languages:

  • Competent in both Written and Spoken English and Swahili language. 

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.

Conditions:  
Contract duration: 11 months. Salary and conditions will be in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council terms of employment for National staff.
Availability: February 2022
Duty station: Kakuma/Kalobeyei (Does not qualify for accommodation and RnR)
Key stakeholders:                                                                                   
Internal & External: Security providers (KPRs, Police, APs), Government officials (chiefs, DOs, DCs), County government, Partner agencies, Community Leaders

General
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)

Application Process: 

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.

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Applications should be sent no later than: 26th January 2022.

Gender Equality: 

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.

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, 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. 

If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please visit drc.ngo/jobsupport 

Danish Refugee Council does not charge any kind of fee at any stage of the recruitment process nor does it use recruitment agents. 

DRC as an employer

By working in DRC, you will be joining a global workforce of around 8000 employees in 40 countries. We pride ourselves on our:

  • Professionalism, impact & expertise
  • Humanitarian approach & the work we do
  • Purpose, meaningfulness & own contribution
  • Culture, values & strong leadership
  • Fair compensation & continuous development

Providing equal opportunities

We are committed to creating an inclusive and positive work environment based on mutual respect for all employees. All applicants are considered for employment without attention to race, age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other factor. At DRC we celebrate diversity and appreciate our employees for the people they are and their unique skills, backgrounds, and perspectives. We encourage all interested candidates to apply.

Promoting high standards

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.

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