Regional Armed Violence Reduction Coordinator , East Africa Yemen

Employer:Danish Refugee Council 
Location: East Africa /Yemen
Closing date: 10 Oct 2016

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is an independent, non-profit organization (NGO), founded on the basis of humanitarian principles, and human rights based approach, to secure the protection of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), and to promoting long term solutions to the problems of forced displacement. Danish Demining Group (DDG) is a specialized unit within DRC which implements mine action and armed violence reduction (AVR) programmes in fragile states throughout the developing world. The Horn of Africa and Yemen region consists of programmes in seven countries including Somalia, Kenya, Yemen, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda and Tanzania.

DDG invites applications for the position as Regional AVR coordinator for the Horn of Africa and Yemen. Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply.


DDG has operated in Horn of Africa since 1999 with a focus on community-driven approaches to armed violence reduction (AVR) as well as explosive ordinance disposal. Starting with mine action in 1999 in Somaliland, DDG has expanded programming into Uganda, South Central Somalia, and Puntland, Kenya and Yemen with possible expansion into other countries in the region with an eye towards conflict analysis and advising DRC on conflict sensitive programming. This program will work closely together the Regional Conflict Management Coordinator, and the DDG Global AVR Team to technically support the development and implementation of high quality AVR projects and programmes by DDG country teams and their DRC counterparts.

While the context in these areas differs on many fronts, there are several commonalities which include weak social cohesion, inter-ethnic tensions, presence of armed non-state actors, weak capacity of the state and moderate to high levels of armed violence and insecurity. Project types vary as well from community focused policing, community safety and security, border security and management, training of security providers, work with traditional and alternative systems of conflict resolution.


DDG is looking for a dynamic coordinator to build and ensure quality in DDG’s AVR programming in Horn of Africa and Yemen. This is a regional position initially envisaged to be based with the DRC/DDG Regional Office in Nairobi, with a direct reporting line to the DDG Regional Manager, HOAY. The Coordinator will be responsible for working with DDG Programme Managers and field staff to develop new and innovative programming in the areas of stability, fragility and resilience, and to ensure quality programming delivery. Further the position will engage with key technical counterparts in other agencies, donor focal points and the technical disciplines within the broader DRC/DDG organisation at both country, regional and global levels.


Main task and responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

Programme development and programme guidance

Participate in the design of integrated DDG-AVR and DRC field activities, according to project context and specifics
Ensure that all AVR-related activities are coordinated with and complementary to each other and well-coordinated with DRC and external partners.
Carry out regular field visits to monitor and advise the field staff in programme delivery.
Dissemination and operationalise guidance on developed practices from DDG AVR globally and in the region as well as monitor trends and practices from the broader AVR community,
Staff capacity development

Under the coordination of the DRC/DDG Regional Office and under technical guidance of the global DDG AVR Team, ensure DDG’s Armed Violence Reduction field staff are well trained and have the relevant skills and capacity to deliver program efficiently and effectively.
Develop and implement coaching and training for the staff in coordination with the Global AVR Adviser to ensure each and every activity is based on a strong evidenced based Theory of Change, and teams have all necessary manuals, guidelines and training to achieve project objectives.
Programme Quality

Ensure quality and coherence of the Armed Violence Reduction activities in each country of operation, and monitor and follow up to the implementation of the plan together with DDG Programme Managers, DRC/DDG Country Directors CDs and the DDG Regional Manager
Ensure a focus on high quality programme assurance and lead on the DDG ambitions to be at the forefront programming in its specialised approaches
Ensure strong and coherent data management, monitoring and evaluation within AVR, and DDG’s reporting structures working closely with the Regional Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Team.
Support quality programme assessments, baseline Studies and impact Assessments for DDG in HOAY
Work closely to with MEL counterparts to ensure that programmes are developed with strong data collection and monitoring mechanisms as well as impact assessment for AVR programming.
Fundraising and communications

Support the DDG Regional Manager in resource mobilisation efforts including through technical liaison and engagement with donors, stakeholders and technical working groups, forums etc.
Coordinate with other actors and stakeholders both at a country specific level and regional level to ensure that DDG AVR programming in well linked into other AVR related initiatives
Provide technical and hand-on support to programme staff during development of funding proposals particularly Theories of Change, Logical Frameworks and M&E frameworks and plans
Disseminate results in varied ways to enhance use in reports and in decision making
Provide technical support to ensure that DDG is able to articulate and document relevant best
Ensure documentation and consolidation of success stories, which can be communicated externally

To be successful in this role, we expect you to be a sound leader with a proven track record of developing effective AVR programmes and capacities, particularly in guiding and mentoring staff. You thrive in managing the challenges of working in the field under pressure and often in austere and restricted environments. You are a strong networker and enjoy working with teams of committed staff to build collaboration and capacity. You are a creative self-starter that is not afraid to think outside the box.

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate each of DRC’ five core competencies:

Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
Collaborating: You are a strong networker and enjoy working with many different types of stakeholders, you involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while balancing the role of advisor and leadership
Communicating: You write and speak effectively and honestly and display political and cultural sensitivity, including ability to adapt well to local cultures
Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values.

At least 5 years programming experience in the areas of community safety/resilience, security systems (sector) reform, social cohesion, peacebuilding, small arms control and/or stabilisation.
University Degree, preferably Master’s, in Conflict/Security issues, International Development, International Relations or other relevant subject.
Minimum of 10 years working experience at an international level with humanitarian international NGOs or other operational agencies
Minimum of 8 years field experience in conflict affected areas; experience in HOAY an advantage
At least three years prior experience in staff mentoring, coaching and/or training
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 English and a high level of writing skills in English
High degree of computer literacy


DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability committments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework into the work of DRC


Availability: 1st November 2016

Duty station: TBC

Reporting: This position works directly under the supervision DDG Regional Manager.

Contract: 1 year contract dependent on both funding and performance. Salary and conditions in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Global Expatriates (available at under Vacancies). This position is graded as A13. For qualified National staff the terms of employment will be in accordance with DRC terms for National staff

How To Apply: 
Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV (no longer than two pages) 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 upload your cover letter and CV, in English through the online application on under vacancies no later than 10th October 2016

For more information about the position, please contact DDG Regional Manager, Dennis Kjeldsen,

If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult or