Danish Refugee Council Jobs in Isiolo and Garissa Kenya – Conflict Management Technical Advisor, Project Officers and Administrative & Finance Assistant

Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is working with a consortium of partners led by Adeso in support of a USAID–funded Resilience and Economic Growth in the Arid Lands – Improving Resilience (REGAL-IR) program in 5 Northern Counties of Kenya (Isiolo, Garissa, Wajir, Marsabit and Turkana).
 
DRC is implementing the conflict management component of REGAL-IR whose goal is to improve the capacity of pastoralist communities and local government to manage potential conflicts especially those arising over natural resources. 
As well as mainstream a conflict sensitive approach across the entire REGAL-IR program.
 
We are inviting applications for the following positions under REGAL-IR:
 
Technical Advisor – Conflict Management 
(Roving position, based in Isiolo)
 
Based in Isiolo with at least 70% travel within the project area, the Technical Advisor – Conflict Management will provide technical guidance on the project by ensuring that conflict management strategies utilized in the project are the most appropriate to achieve the intended objective.
 
The Technical Advisor will represent DRC in the REGAL-IR Technical Group; liaise with other consortium partners to ensure joint targeting of activities; lead in implementation of community based peace dividend project; supervise Project Officers based in all the 5 counties and support implementation of the project’s advocacy activities.
 
Qualifications, Experience & Skills Required:
  • Advanced degree in peace-building/conflict management or related discipline.
  • 4 years’ experience providing technical leadership for a conflict management programme in Kenya or in Eastern Africa.
  • Proven expertise in peace-building and conflict management programming including peace dividend programming and conflict sensitivity mainstreaming.
  • Experience working with pastoralist conflicts in Northern Kenya.
  • Proven analytical, writing and advocacy skills; ability to present analysis in narrative and graphic forms
  • Excellent communication skills; ability to explain technical concepts in non-technical terms
  • Ability to transfer skills/knowledge and to teach and learn from others
  • Experience working with USAID-funded conflict management programmes prefered
2 x Project Officers 
(1 based in Isiolo, 1 in Garissa)
 
The Project Officers will be based in Isiolo and Garissa respectively at least 70% of their time will be spent traveling within the county and/or adjoining counties. 
The PO’s responsibilities will include representation of DRC at the county level, oversee sub-grantee activities at the field level, lead in advocacy at the county level, support county administrators in strengthening peace governance structures, community mobilization, lead conflict sensitivity mainstreaming & reporting among Consortium partners at the county level.
 
Qualifications, Experience & Skills Required:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences
  • 3 years’ experience in a programme management position preferably in peace-buildingprograms
  • Excellent communication, liaison and representation skills; ability to explain technical concepts in non-technical terms
  • Understanding of peace-building and conflict management programming and conflict sensitivity mainstreaming in particular, the theory and at the practice level.
  • Sub-grant management skills
  • Good report writing skills
  • Good understanding of conflict in Northern Kenya
  • Ability to transfer skills/knowledge and to teach and learn from others
  • Ability to communicate in the local languages of the counties is highly desired
Administrative & Finance Assistant 
(Based in Isiolo)
 
Based in Isiolo with at least 20% travel in the program area, the Admin & Finance Assistant is responsible for managing/co-coordinating the day-to-day administrative work flow of the Isiolo Field Office, providing bookkeeping support to the Finance Officer and supporting program logistics.
 
Qualifications, Experience & Skills Required:
  • Specialized training in Accounting and Finance OR University Degree in Business or Public Administration.
  • Minimum 2 years of relevant program and/or administrative experience is required
  • Knowledge of budget control and financial management will be an added advantage
  • Experience in the use of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) and knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages
  • Ability to perform a variety of standard tasks related to programs management, including screening and collecting of program/ projects documentation, projects data entering, preparation of revisions, filing, provision of information
  • Previous experience working for USAID highly desired
  • Ability to communicate in the local languages of the county preferred
Please note that the above positions are on a 1-year contract with possibility of extension.
 
Only applicants with the legal right to work in Kenya will be considered.
 
Qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications which should include a 1-page cover letter clearly stating their motivation and qualification and a CV. CVs longer than 4-pages will not be considered. CVs should include contact details of three professional referees. 
One referee must be the applicant’s most recent manager. 
Applications should be sent to: drcjobs@drckenya.org and have the subject heading of the position that is being applied for.
 
Deadline for receiving applications is Friday, 9th November, 2012.
 
Only short listed candidates will be contacted.


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