Kenya: Armed Violence Reduction Manager Kenya

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Organization: Danish Demining Group
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 27 Mar 2018

Danish Demining Group (DDG) is part of the Danish Refugee Council (DRC). DDG is an operational unit specialised in the prevention and reduction of armed violence. DDG has Armed Violence Reduction programmes in many other countries in the region including Somaliland, Somalia, Yemen, South Sudan and Uganda. DDG’s programme in Kenya started in July 2012 and focuses on community safety, cross-border conflict management, promotion of conflict sensitivity and improving community-security provider collaboration.

The Armed Violence Reduction Manager is a senior staff member within the DDG Kenya program. He/She is responsible for ensuring that all projects within the DDG Kenya programme are implemented to the highest technical standard.

Program Management

  • Ensure high quality project implementation in accordance with donor and DDG/DRC regulations, as well as agreed objectives, indicators, budgets, and work-plans.
  • Ensure that the program activities draw on good and innovative practice from the field of community security and peacebuilding.
  • Ensure positive synergies and collaboration among programs and offices, strengthening the exchange of information, staff, skills and learning.
  • In collaboration with the Finance team and budget holders, ensure that project activities and expenses are regularly monitored.
  • Ensure team cohesion and organize regular team building activities, as well as providing regular monitoring and support visits to the field offices.

Representation/coordination with external actors

  • Represent DDG in meetings with relevant partners in the field, including national and local government officials, donors, and other non-governmental partners.
  • Ensure DDG’s mandate is known and correctly understood by all stakeholders.
  • Pro-actively liaise and build good rapport with local authority officials, community representatives and any other relevant stakeholders.


  • Support the Country Manager in developing and implementing DDG Kenya’s strategy. Ensure proper understanding of these documents by relevant actors (e.g., staff members, partners, government counterparts, and donors).
  • With the Country Manager, ensure regular and critical review of the country strategic plan.

Donor Relations / Funding

  • Provide technical assistance for the development of high quality, integrated, and needs-based proposals.
  • In coordination with the Country Manager, work with relevant staff to design and implement fundraising strategies so that all program sectors are adequately financed.

Finances, Human Resources, and Logistics

  • Manage and support relevant program staff, including providing appropriate and timely feedback to staff regarding their performance and supporting their professional development.
  • Assist in developing job descriptions and in the recruitment of program staff.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Reporting

  • Ensure that all projects have an M&E plan and supervise the implementation, including ensuring key lessons learnt are incorporated in new project proposals.
  • Jointly with the Country Manager and with the support of M&E staff, review the M&E structure and ensure that it is according to M&E best practices.
  • Ensure reporting deadlines to donors are met and that reports are of a high standard.

Person specification:

  • Minimum a university degree in peace studies, political science or related field; Master’s degree preferable.
  • At least 5 years management experience working on conflict analysis, community security and/or peacebuilding.
  • In-depth knowledge of Kenya’s social, political and economic context and strong understanding of how local dynamics lead to armed violence, ideally in arid and semi-arid parts of Kenya.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing a diverse team.
  • Experience in proposal development and report writing.
  • Ability to think strategically, prioritize, and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent writing and verbal skills in English for project proposals, reports, and communications; knowledge of Somali, Turkana or Pokot an added advantage
  • A strong work ethic and the ability to work effectively and efficiently.
  • Able to exercise a large degree of common sense and personal discipline
  • Experience of working in insecure environments and of security management


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

  • ***Striving for excellence*:** You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
  • Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
  • Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values.

Line manager: Country Manager, Kenya
Management responsibility: Project Coordinators
Location: Nairobi, Kenya; extensive field travel within Kenya
Contract Duration: 1year

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for National Staff

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

How to apply:

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 under Vacancies. Applications should be sent no later than: 27th March, 2018

If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact

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

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