Danish Refugee Council Project Coordinator Vacancy in Kakuma

Danish Refugee Council

Project Coordinator

Workplace: Kakuma – Kenya

Contract type: National contract

Background: DRC began operating in Kenya in 2005 with assistance to refugees and displaced communities via implementation of protection and livelihoods activities.

DRC works in Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps, as well as in Nairobi and Mombasa to assist urban-based refugees.

In the Kakuma Refugee Camp, (Turkana County), DRC assists refugees throughout East Africa but primarily from South Sudan with protection and livelihoods/self-reliance programs.

Host community members also benefit from DRC activities. Currently there are over 130 DRC staff in the Kenya country program, 21 of whom work in Kakuma.

With funding from the United States, Denmark, the UNHCR, and other donors, DRC will continue to provide both humanitarian assistance and longer-term development support to existing refugees, new arrivals, and the host community in Kakuma and expand activities into the new Kalobeyei settlement area.

Purpose: To coordinate and provide technical oversight in implementation of Community Flood Resilience Project (CFRP) in Kakuma.

The Project Coordinator will directly report to the DRC Area Manager in Kakuma and regularly provide updates to the Team Steering Unit (TSU).

Key Responsibilities

  • Spearhead and oversee the implementation of the Community Flood Resilience Project (CFRP) in Kakuma
  • Supervise and provide management, leadership and technical support to the CFRP partners in Kakuma
  • Represent CFRP in Kakuma and liaise with national and county government authorities as well as international and national NGOs in Kakuma
  • Ensure CFRP visibility in Kakuma through sharing of information on CFRP work with stakeholders, attend and participate in community meetings as needed
  • Strengthen communication channels and networking with local authorities and any other stakeholders; ensure good relations are maintained
  • Review project progress reports with work plans and budget spending and give early recommendations and updates to Team Steering Unit (TSU) on deadlines met and burn rates
  • Regularly monitor project implementation, related expenditure, and periodic reporting
  • Ensure proper understanding and compliance to donor grant policies by all CFRP partners through constant coaching and mentoring of staff
  • Oversee administrative, human resources, logistics, and fiscal management of project operations
  • Prepare and submit progress reports and other reporting material to the Area Manager, TSU and other senior staff; assist in preparation of quarterly and bi-annual reports
  • Prepare, monitor and review CFRP partner action plans
  • Build a united and cohesive team and facilitate staff development through identification of gaps in staff performance and identification of opportunities for staff development
  • Ensure, in consultation with finance and logistics assistants – that all local expenditure is accounted for and proper records are kept of all cash movements as per DRC finance and procurement procedures
  • Ensure universal standards (CHS, Sphere) are upheld and the project meets DRC accountability framework standards

Reporting Arrangements: The Project / Team coordinator will directly report to Area Manager while discharging his/her duties in Kakuma. The officer will work in closely with Team Steering Unit (TSU) and sector leads.

Personal Specifications


  • Relevant Bachelor degree level qualification e.g. agriculture, environment, Engineering, International Development, or related field
  • Extensive knowledge and exposure to Resilience Programming
  • Extensive experience in flood mitigation and dryland agriculture
  • At least 5 years of working experience in a similar position involving management as well as technical responsibilities
  • Proven leadership, team-building, and management experience
  • Proven experience in training using participatory adult learning methodologies in dry land farming and flood management systems
  • Excellent report writing and documentation skills in English
  • Experience in working in Northern Kenya
  • Self-motivated to remain updated with new flood trends and technology, willingness to learn latest resilience techniques
  • Ability to form systems and procedures and ensure their adherence
    Demonstrated communication and negotiation skills

Local candidates strongly encouraged to apply

Position Description

Date of Employment: February 2017

Duration: 15 Months (3 month probation)


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).  All DRC staff must be committed to the Red Cross Code of Conduct, as well as the Core Humanitarian Standards.

Posting details: This position is field based and a non-family duty station. Kakuma lies at Safety Level 3.

Application Details:  

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.ngo under Vacancies or CLICK HERE to apply online. Applications should be sent no later than: 26th January, 2017.

If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact job@drc.dk

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

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.

You can read more about our vision and work on drc.ngo.

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Updated: January 15, 2017 — 7:44 pm