Kenya: Peace building and Conflict Resolution – Advisor

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Organization: Islamic Relief Kenya
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 11 Jul 2018

Job Title:
Peace building and Conflict Resolution – Advisor
Reporting to:
Programme Manager
Line Management
Project team (Officers/ Assistants) under the Protection & Education Programme
Nairobi 60%, Field 40% – frequent travel to Mandera County, as well as some travel to Wajir, Garissa, Kilifi and Marsabit Counties.
Established in 1984 in the UK, Islamic Relief is an international NGO seeking to promote sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities through relief and development activities.
IR started operations in Kenya in 1993 on one to one orphans sponsorship programme through a local CBO in Mandera District, Northern Kenya. It opened its fully fledged office in March in 2006 at the height of drought in the Horn of Africa. Since then IR has been providing humanitarian and development assistance to vulnerable communities. Over these years it has implemented various development and relief activities in Mandera. This has remarkably changed the lives of the vulnerable and disadvantaged communities. In January 2010, IRK extended its operation to Wajir County, neighboring Mandera, in January 2012 expanded to Garrissa and Dadaab, and in October 2017 opened programme office in Kilifi County.
IR aim to help the needy regardless of race, religion or gender and implement our work within the following themes: Disaster & Humanitarian Response; Sustainable Community Empowerment; and Education, Child Protection and Development Job Summary: Islamic Relief Worldwide Kenya is recruiting a highly competent, proactive and self-driven applicant to fill the position of Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution Advisor. The role will primarily provide technical support to a three-year SIDA funded Peacebuilding project in Mandera County, but also support the country team in mainstreaming and ensuring conflict sensitivity across all its project in Kenya.
Peace Building and Conflict Sensitivity- Project Coordinator
The Peacebuilding Advisor will be responsible for building the capacity of IRK staff to engage effectively in peacebuilding and conflict resolution activities, as well as lead on the project’s research component jointly with IRK’s academic partner institution. The Advisor will ensure the successful implementation of the peace building and conflict resolution project alongside the Project Coordinator to achieve peace building goals within the scope and parameters of the project.

    The work to be accomplished shall consist of the following:
    a) Programme Strategy, Quality & Growth
     In collaboration with the Senior Management Team – Kenya, lead the design of an IRK peace building and conflict resolution strategy aligned with the Islamic Relief Country, Regional and Global strategies.
     Provide leadership in the implementation of the IRK peace building and conflict resolution strategy; including development of annual business/action plans for the Programme.
     Ensure compliance of the Programme with IR and donor rules, guidelines, and regulations.
     Assist in program development for IRK by identifying additional technical needs in-country, contributing to the development of project proposals and reaching out to the international donor community and other potential partners in an effort to diversify IRK funding sources;
    b) Technical Direction and Program Implementation
     Serve as IRK’s senior Peace-building technical advisor in Kenya, providing strategic vision and technical advice to both IRK program staff and other stakeholders; while establishing/sustaining strong link with IR-HQ technical team
     Provide overall program oversight, including management of consultants and other partners engaged to support the Programme.
     Establish strong working relationships with the field staff to facilitate the completion of program tasks in a timely manner and within the allocated budget;
     Prepare and manage the implementation of project work plans in fulfilment of the project’s strategic objectives and goals;
     Take a lead role in analysis processes for the project, including in the analysis of information coming out of community engagement processes, reconciliation dialogues and project research initiatives.
     With key program staff and stakeholders, ensure program’s strategic objectives and results are fully accomplished and meet expected technical quality standards and in line with IRK and donor policies and procedures
     Ensure integration of the peace building interventions with other IRK programs.
     Support strategic design processes including for community based conflict resolution mechanisms and tools
    Peace Building and Conflict Sensitivity- Project Coordinator
     Ensure Programe employs strategies for engaging youth and other marginalized communities in all interventions;
    c) Capacity Building of the Programme staff
     Lead and facilitate trainings and associated activities
     Train project staff on peace building and conflict management
     Build the capacity of IRK staff to engage effectively in peace building activities
    d) Programme Monitoring, Evaluation & Reporting
     Support the development and implementation of appropriate monitoring and evaluation methodologies for peace building
     Oversee periodic technical reviews and manage any changes in project direction and focus
     Oversee project’s monitoring and evaluation system, using data analysis as the basis for measuring performance.
     Lead the drafting and submission of detailed quarterly and final reports;
     Identify and ensure documentation of lessons learned
     Serve as a resource for technical materials on peace building
    e) Advocacy Representation and Networking:  In collaboration with the Programme Manager and Programme Coordinator, strengthen linkages with existing and potential partner agencies  Participate in all project strategic planning meetings and activities. Attend relevant inter-agency, sector coordination, and representational meetings as required in coordination with other key staff.  As requested, maintain and develop productive relationships and communication with key individuals in relevant government ministries and departments, faith-based institutions, partner organizations, international and local NGO community, and relevant donor representatives.
    a) Education, Qualification and Language  Master’s degree in the Social Sciences – International Development, Conflict Resolution, Reconciliation, Governance, Peace Studies, International Relations, or related field.  Proficiency in English (speaking, reading and writing) required  Computer proficiency in Word, Power Point, Excel, and Outlook
    b) Essential Knowledge, skills and Experience  At least 7 years of experience in a relevant field; a technical background in peace building, conflict management is strongly favored  Proven leadership and inter-personal skills and an ability to build and motivate diverse and talented teams for a major project.
    Peace Building and Conflict Sensitivity- Project Coordinator
     Ability to represent IRK at high level coordination meetings with senior management, donors, local government, UN, and other international NGOs.
     Demonstrated expertise in the political, economic, and social contexts in Kenya;
     Deep knowledge of triggers of Conflicts and drivers of ethnic violence in Kenya  Excellent writing, analysis and strategic planning skills; including writing winning Concepts and proposals relating to peace and conflict.  Strong capacity building skills and proven ability to train on topics relating to peace, conflict, Co-existence etc.  Prior experience and excellent understanding of working in emergency settings or insecure environments  Strong leadership, management, project planning, monitoring and evaluation, analytical interpersonal and communication skills  Strong budget management and reporting, skills; and an ability to oversee multiple awards from a variety of donors  Strong written and oral communication skills, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment and effective in representation
    c) Desirable Knowledge, skills and Experience
     Experience of working in ASAL areas; Willingness and ability to travel approximately 40% of time, mostly to remote areas
     Programmatic expertise on varied cross cutting themes: DRR, Gender, Disability, climate change, etc.
     Experience of working with country team and providing support from a distance  Able to respond rapidly to changing environments and work under pressure
     Sympathetic with aims, values & objectives of Islamic Relief
    Compensation: A base salary (based on experience) plus other benefits such as insurance cover.
    Approved by: …………………………………………………………………………… Date: ………………………
    Received by …………………………………………………………………. Date: ………………………

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