Mar 4, 2016

Armed Violence Reduction Manager

Employer: Danish Demining Group
Location: Somalia
Closing date: 18 Mar 2016


Danish Deming Group (DDG) is a department under Danish Refugee Council (DRC). Danish Demining Group’s (DDG) mandate is to recreate a safe environment where people are free from the threat of landmines, explosive remnants of war and small arms and light weapons. DDG has operated in Somaliland since 1999 and in South Central Somalia since 2007 clearing mines and other explosive remnants of war.

The organisation now implements an armed violence reduction (AVR) programme which includes the following types of activities: participatory community and district-level safety projects, community driven development, conflict prevention and management, community-police relationship building, mine risk education, explosive ordnance disposal, firearms safety education, physical security and stockpile management of firearms, and support to the review of policy and legislation on small arms and light weapons.

The Somaliland Armed Violence Reduction Manager (AVR) is responsible for the content and quality of Armed Violence Reduction programming and oversees its implementation in Puntland and Somaliland.

The Armed Violence Reduction programming will primarily include community safety activities at district and community level, which include conflict resolution, community-police dialogue, community safety planning and firearms and explosives risk education, in addition to other components. Additionally the AVR Manager supports the implementation of policy-level projects in areas such as Small Arms and Light Weapons, Policing and Justice.

The AVR Manager works in co-ordination with the Mine Action/PSSM Operations Manager, with Area Managers. He/she reports to the Deputy Country Director. He/she is also required to liaise and coordinate with staff from the wider Horn of Africa and Yemen region, the DDG Regional Director, regional M&E Adviser and staff from Danish Refugee Council during joint projects. The AVR Manager will perform the following in support of the country programme:

Mentor, monitor, advise and supervise national program staff in the assigned sections, ensuring that they carry out their duties and responsibilities in accordance with their job descriptions, community safety operational guidelines and as tasked.
Ensure that all activities within the assigned sections are coordinated with and complementary to each other and all other DDG Somalia sections and other relevant programming including Danish Refugee Council and external partners.
Make regular field visits to monitor and advise the national staff in programme delivery.
Maintain working relationships with DDG’s other AVR programs in South Central Somalia and the wider Horn of Africa region to exchange experience and ideas.

Programme development
Assist in the on-going development of the Community Safety Programme and strengthen links with other program of DDG and DRC in Puntland and Somaliland.

o Contribute to the review of manuals, develop and implement new aspects of programmes.
o Contribute to the development of new education tools and materials.
o Contribute to the development and implementation of monitoring and evaluation tools.
Ensure the staff are well trained and have the relevant skills and capacity to deliver the program efficiently and effectively.

o Develop and implement trainings for the staff.

Assist in the implementation and development of other interventions in Puntland and Somaliland in particular policy level interventions including the Small Arms and Light Weapons Programme, DDG’s support to Security and Justice Sector Reform (including Police Accountability).

Liaise with and consult government and partners in Puntland and Somaliland in the development of new programmatic areas.

Finance and administration
Responsible for budget monitoring, financial management and expenses control including compliance with minimum DRC/DDG and donor requirements and ensuring that the necessary systems are in place.

Support security management in areas of responsibility, contributing to risk analysis and ensuring that staff safety considerations are taken into account during programme design

Assist the senior national staff in the timely and quality compilation of all internal reports required in their specific sections.
Make regular field reports.
Support the Deputy Country Director to prepare annual reports to the host government, reports to donors and to DDG Head Office as requested.

Act as representative for the DDG programme in Somalia towards government authorities, donors, partners, UN agencies and international and local NGOs and various local co-ordination forums.

Contribute to proposal writing, including development of budgets and support to the Country and Deputy Country Director in applying for funding and broadening DDG Somalia’s funding base.

Guided by the DRC Programme Handbook, continuously monitor and develop relevant accountability initiatives in the field as well as strengthening the effort to document the impact of DDG’s activities.

Reporting Arrangements
The Armed Violence Reduction Manager reports to the Somalia Deputy Country Director.

Availability: April 2016

Duty Station: Garowe, Somalia with frequent travel to other areas northern Somalia/Somaliland. This is a ‘non-family duty station’ and the person must be prepared to live and work in an isolated and unstable security environment with limited recreational and social facilities. Accommodation is provided.

Contract: 12 months - with possibility for extension. Salary and conditions in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates, please refer to under Vacancies. This position is placed at salary category A11. The position offers an R&R benefit, in addition to standard annual leave and holiday benefits. The position is subject to funding.

Commitments: DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability committments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework.
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University Degree, preferably Master’s, in Social Sciences, Management, Law, International Development, International Relations or other relevant subject.
Minimum of 3 years working experience at an international level with humanitarian international NGOs or operational UN agencies
Minimum of 1 year field experience in conflict affected areas, preferably in Africa in general or Horn of Africa in particular
Proven experience in project management, including planning and project development, budget management, reporting, staff management and monitoring and evaluation
Preferably experience in the areas of conflict resolution, security governance and/or community based programming
Fluency in written and spoken English
High degree of computer literacy

Personal competencies
Leadership skills, including ability to build and motivate a team and willingness to deal with conflicts constructively
Political and cultural sensitivity, including ability to adapt well to local cultures. Please note Puntland and Somaliland are conservative Muslim societies.
Proven ability to function well in an unstable and restricted environment
Strong liaison, education and communication skills (oral and written)
Ability to resist external pressures
Innovative and creative thinking

Application and CV
Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post.
We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies.

Please forward the application and CV, in English through the online application on under vacancies no later than 18 March, 2016.

If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact
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