The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental and non-profit organization, founded in 1956, that works in more than 35 countries around the world. DRC has been operating in Somalia for more than twenty years, where we assist returnees, IDPs and displacement-affected communities in all three regions (Somaliland, Puntland, and Central and Southern Somalia) through protection, service delivery and livelihoods activities to enhance their self-reliance and expand opportunities for a dignified life. DRC provides both humanitarian assistance and longer-term development support to respond to the needs of communities affected by acute crisis as well as those in protracted displacement situations. In the past year, DRC’s strategic focus has shifted towards more durable solutions-oriented programming, linking displacement affected communities to longer-term initiatives to build resilience and recovery.
Danish Demining Group (DDG) is a specialized unit within DRC which implements mine action and armed violence reduction (AVR) programmes. DDG’s mandate is ‘to create a safe environment free from armed violence and the remnants of conflict’, and DDG does this via a programmatic focus on four key sectors: Security Systems Reform, Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) management, Mine Action and Conflict Management.
Overall purpose of the role
The Community Facilitator plays a key role in implementing the conflict management component of the Wadahadal project in the target areas of Bocame and Talex districts in Sool region. He/she is expected to be able to travel between Bocame and Talex as needed.
The Community Faciliator will work under the supervision of the Project Officer for Bocame and Talex.
- Support the Project Officer in the mapping of all villages in Bocame and Talex, as well as their key stakeholders in accordance with DRC/DDG guidelines;
- Support the Project Officer in the engagement and participation of communities, local elders, youth and women in the project;
- In the absence of the Project Officer, act as the primary link and channel for communication between communities, local elders and DRC/DDG;
- Support an external consultant that will carry out a Gendered Context/Conflict Analysis to gather data about previous conflicts, how these have differently affected man and women, and opportunities for peace;
- Facilitate awareness, dialogue and other activities aimed at reducing conflict and improving community cohesion and consultation including activities to strengthen local conflict management capacity and to promote better collaboration between local communities;
- Support communities to establish Community Peace Committees (CPC) for both Bocame and Talex, or build their capacity, if already existing;
- Work closely with the CPCs to identity conflicts that have the potential to be addressed with the support of the project;
- Support the CPCs to carry out their conflict resolution activities with the aim to reach a peace agreement between conflicting parties or clans;
- Support the CPCs to establish systems that ensure that conflicting parties abide by the terms of the peace agreements;
- Support the CPD in the facilitation of meetings and peace-building activities and ensure that meetings and decisions are properly documented and shared with the project staff;
- Facilitate the groundwork and assist local enumerators during the data collection for the research component of the project, which is carried out by researchers from ICTD;
- Ensure good cooperation with partners and other organisations working in the project areas;
- Support the regular monitoring project activities including the construction activities;
- Exercise due diligence in the care and maintenance of all assigned equipment, including computers and communication equipment;
- Fully adhere to DDG’s procedures for security, financial management, logistics, human resources and administration;
- Uphold DDG/DRC’s Code of Conduct.
Experience, Educational qualifications & technical competencies
- Minimum 2 years of experience in conflict management and resolution, mediation or peacebuilding;
- A university Diploma in conflict studies or related field, or, alternatively, in development studies or social science with a focus on conflict resolution or mediation;
- Self-motivated, fast learner, must be able to work alone and unsupervised;
- Strong ability to communicate with different groups of people, including community leaders and members, security providers, and local authorities;
- Strong understanding of dynamics that lead to conflict and community insecurity;
- Experience with community peace and development work.
- Fluency in written and spoken Somali & English
In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’s five core competencies:
- Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
- Collaborating: You are a strong networker and enjoy working with many different types of stakeholders, you involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
- Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while balancing the role of advisor and taking leadership
- Communicating: You write and speak effectively and honestly and display political and cultural sensitivity, including ability to adapt well to local cultures
- Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values.
Availability: 1st January 2019
Duty station: Bocame (50%) and Talex (50%)
Reporting to: Project Team Leader
Duration: 6 months (not renewable)
The position is open to Nationals ONLY.
Gender Equality: DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels. In light of this, women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply to bridge the gender gap.
Equal Opportunities: DRC is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability status, religion, ethnic origin, color, race, marital status or other protected characteristics.
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.
Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post. We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on www.drc.ngo under Vacancies.
Please forward the application and CV, in English through the online application on www.drc.ngo under Vacancies no later than 22nd December, 2019.
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please visit drc.ngo/jobsupport.