Peace and Media Coordinator
position to based in Eldoret
Program / Department Summary:
Mercy Corps Kenya began its work in 2009 in the Rift Valley Province in response to election-related violence with a small recovery program, followed by a more powerful conflict management and mitigation program.
Mercy Corps primarily focuses on environments where communities are experiencing significant transition.
Using an evidence based approach, we came to understand that we needed to use economic incentives and build social connections, especially among youth.
This included the creation of both short and longer-term employment opportunities for youth, and support to collective action among interethnic groups of youth.
We also learned that there was a need to expand young people’s political and civic engagement in order to significantly reduce their risk of participation in violent movements, lending support for a cross-sectoral approach in youth and conflict programming.
Mercy Corps’ Local Empowerment for Peace (LEAP) program in Uasin Gishu, Kericho, Nakuru, Nandi and Trans Nzoia Counties in the Rift Valley builds the lessons learned of the past.
The primary objective of LEAP is to strengthen the ability of local actors to address root causes of post-election violence and to promote peace and reconciliation at the community level.
Mercy Corps works towards this objective by building and strengthening sustainable local mechanisms for conflict mitigation and reconciliation, supporting inter and intra-community reconciliation dialogues and community reconstruction projects.
General Position Summary:
Peace and Media Coordinator is a critical position for the Mercy Corps LEAP Program. Reporting to the Chief of Party, the Paeace and Media Coordinator will lead the components of the project related to documentation and dissemination of stories around peace.
With emphasis on the promotion of non-violence as it relates to the upcoming election, The Peace & Media Coordinator will organize and develop information campaigns to increase of knowledge of electorate on reform efforts consistent with Agenda 4 of the 2008 peace agreement.
Working closely with the Chief of Party, he/she will analyze media outlets and outreach, and develop communication strategy for peace initiatives by Mercy Corps and its partners.
The Peace and Media Coordinator also gives substantial technical support to Mercy Corps’ Program Officers and will be called upon to help write stories as they develop. Support will include training on USAID protocols regarding media and communication along with branding and marking requirements.
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