Location: Workplace: Mandera - Kenya
This position is open for Kenya Nationals only.
Danish Demining Group (DDG) is part of the Danish Refugee Council (DRC). DRC has operated in Kenya since 2005, and DDG’s programme in Kenya started in July 2012. DDG has armed violence reduction programmes in many other countries in the region including Somaliland, Somalia, Yemen, South Sudan and Uganda. One of DDG Kenya’s three thematic focus areas is community safety in border areas. This position is established to support the implementation of the Borderlands Security and Management Project (Mandera County).
The AVR-CFs play a key role in implementing DDG’s BSM Project. They work 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 borderlands activities, dialogue facilitation and policy dialogue facilitation.
Act as primary link between the assigned target communities and DDG;
Responsible for assisting district 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 borderlands security incidents and management processes
Facilitate community entry and BSM 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 BSM;
Activities to promote better collaboration between local communities and formal security providers;
Monitor the implementation of the BSM project by the assigned target communities and support communities to improve implementation;
Ensure good cooperation with partners and other organisations working in the project target areas;
Ensure excellent collaboration with DDG staff and partners from other target areas irrespective of their tribal identity;
Compile the required monitoring forms and reports using the prescribed DDG formats and submit reports to the BSM Project Officer (BSM-PO) by the end of each Month;
Provide inputs and participate in the development of Improving Borderlands Security and Management Concept;
Ensure that all tasks allocated by the BSM Project Coordinator (BSM-PC) or his delegate are executed promptly, efficiently and in accordance with DDG operational guidelines;
Take good care of all assigned equipment including vehicles, motorcycles, computers and communication equipment;
Ensure that there are receipts for all expenses and compile all receipts according to DDG’s financial guidelines by the end of each week financial reporting period and submit to the BSM-PO;
Fully adhere to DDG’s procedures for security, financial management, logistics, human resources and administration;
Uphold DDG/DRC’s Code of Conduct;
Any other tasks as may be assigned from time to time.
A university degree/Diploma or equivalent work experience, preferably in peace studies, Social science or related field;
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;
Fluency in one of the local languages spoken in the area of work;
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.;
Good English language skills. Able to communicate freely verbally and to write clearly and correctly;
Ability to use IT equipment effectively including computers and mobile phones;
Motor cycle driving license is desirable, willingness to acquire a licence and to move by motor bike in the field is essential.
Line manager: Borderlands Security and Management Project Coordinator, Kenya
Other key relationships: Internal: BSM Project Officer, Kenya Country Director, Field Admin and Finance Officer and Regional Admin and Finance Officer, Regional Admin and Finance Assistant, Regional M&E staff, Head of AVR development and AVR Advisers/Managers.
External: Local communities, local government officials, other INGOs, LNGOs and CBOs.
Duty Station: Mandera County sub-office. Travel within Mandera County..
Contract: 10 months contract dependent on both funding and performance.
The terms of employment will be in accordance with DRC terms for National staff.
Commitments: DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework into the work of DRC (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 www.drc.dk under Vacancies. Applications should be sent no later than: 7th June 2016.
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Danish Demining Group (DDG) is widely recognised as provider of efficient and community-oriented solutions to human security problems caused by landmines and other explosive remnants of war as well as small arms and light weapons.
DDG is part of the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), which is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organisation founded in 1956 that works in more than 35 countries throughout the world. We are the largest humanitarian NGO in Denmark and consistently ranked as one of the world’s best NGOs according to Global_Geneva.
We fulfil our mandate by providing direct assistance to conflict-affected populations – refugees, internally displaced people and host communities in the conflict areas of the world. We also advocate on behalf of conflict-affected populations globally on the basis of humanitarian principles and the Human Rights Declaration. Our work and long-term strategies are guided by our five core values: Humanitarian approach - Respect - Independence & neutrality - Inclusion - Honesty & transparency.
Application due: 07-06-2016
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