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Organization: Danish Refugee Council
Country: Mali
Closing date: 16 Dec 2016

Background

Danish Demining Group (DDG) is a specialized unit within the Danish Refugee Council which implements armed violence reduction (AVR) programming as well as mine action. DDG has operated in West Africa since 2013 with a focus on community-based approaches to AVR. DDG currently has programmes in West Africa, covering Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Niger and Nigeria with possibilities for expansion into the Ivory Coast, Cameroon among other fragile states plagued with armed violence.

While the context in these regions differs on many fronts, there are several commonalities which include weak social cohesion, inter-ethnic tensions, presence of armed non-state actors, limited capacity of the state and moderate to high levels of armed violence and insecurity.

Purpose

DDG is looking for a dynamic Bilingual (French and English) Advisor to build and grow DDG’s armed violence reduction programming, with a specific focus on conflict and stability issues in West Africa. This is a regional position, which will be based in Bamako, heavily focused on Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, but will need to deploy to support Country or Area AVR Program Managers as well as other expatriate and local staff involved in AVR programming. The Advisor 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.

Responsibilities

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

Programme development

  • Ensure quality and coherence of the Armed Violence Reduction activities (not including Mine Action or PSSM activities) in each country of operation, monitor and ensure quality implementation of the plan together with Programme Managers and Regional Manager.
  • Work closely with DDG’s Global AVR team and other regional/country AVR advisors in the creation of integrated DDG-AVR and DRC field activities, according to strong conflict analysis and needs assessment.
  • Ensure that all AVR-related activities are coordinated with and complementary to each other and well-coordinated with DRC and external partners especially on the national or regional stage to build sustainability.
  • Carry out regular field visits to monitor and advise the field staff in programme delivery.
  • Ensure proper use of current and future DDG methodologies through development or contextualization of DDG manuals.
  • Coordinate closely with DRC protection and livelihoods programme staff in the region on programme development and opportunities for synergies and added value.
  • Ensure frequent exchange with AVR advisors and managers in other regions on DDG programme development.
  • Participate in DDG AVR meetings & other relevant conferences for programme development.

Staff capacity development

  • Ensure DDG’s Armed Violence Reduction field staff are well trained and have the relevant skills and capacity to deliver the program efficiently and effectively. Develop and implement coaching and training to ensure that all staff have the necessary tools and skills for the highest level of quality programme implementation.

Monitoring and evaluation

  • Ensure strong and coherent data management, monitoring and evaluation within AVR, and DDG’s reporting structures.
  • Oversee the process of Needs Assessments, Baseline Studies and Impact Assessments for DDG AVR in West Africa including template development when necessary.
  • Train M&E and Programme staff in data collection and monitoring
  • Continuously improve and update data collection tools, so they can be used in the particular context
  • Review and implement DDG’s M&E (MELMOPS) and Impact Assessment Framework
  • Partner with relevant research institutions to ensure vital external studies and validation of programming results. One published research endeavour must be completed annually.
  • Ensure all projects are conducted in a conflict sensitive manner with regular review to include conflict analysis as a starting point.

Reporting, Fundraising and communications

  • Provide technical support to programme staff during development of funding proposals particularly log frames, ToC and M&E frameworks and work 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 practices
  • Ensure documentation and consolidation of success stories, which can be communicated externally

Qualifications

  • At least 5 years programming experience in the areas of community safety, conflict prevention/resolution, social cohesion, peacebuilding, small arms control and/or promotion of stability.
  • University Degree, preferably Master’s, in Conflict/Security issues, International Development, International Relations or other relevant subject.
  • Minimum of 5-7 years working experience at an international level with international humanitarian NGOs and/or operational UN agencies
  • Minimum of 5-7 years field experience in conflict affected areas; experience in West Africa is 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 French essential; ability to speak and write in English at an advanced level is an additional requirement
  • High degree of computer literacy

Personal competencies

  • Leadership skills, including ability to build and motivate a team and willingness to deal with conflicts constructively
  • Political and cultural sensitivity, including ability to adapt well to local cultures.
  • Proven ability to function well in an unstable and restricted environment
  • Strong liaison, education and communication skills (oral and written)
  • Ability to resist external pressures
  • Innovative and creative thinking

Conditions

Availability: January 2016

Duty station: Bamako, Mali with frequent travel to project sites in West Africa

Duration: 12 months with possibility of extension, subject to performance

Contract: Level A14

This is a Non Family Duty post. Salary, benefits and other conditions are offered in accordance with DRC’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to www.drc.dk under Vacancies.

Further information

For more information about the position, please contact Yann Faivre, DDG Regional Manager at regional.manager@ddgwestafrica.org.

For information about our work and organisation, please visit our website http://www.danishdemininggroup.dk/. For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult www.drc.dk.

Commitments

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

How to apply:

Please apply by clicking here.

Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit an updated CV (no longer than two pages) and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post. Only motivated applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications, marked “DDG West Africa” will be considered.

We only accept applications sent via our online system at www.drc.dk under Vacancies. Please remember to upload a letter of application and your CV. CV-only applications will not be considered and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

Applications close on 16 December 2017.

Please contact job@drc.dk, if you experience problems with your online application.

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) 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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