Danish Demining Group is looking for a motivated and experienced individual that has specialised in analysing conflict in fragile contexts to do valuable work in developing a standardized approach to conflict analysis and tools to promote innovative conflict sensitive programming to take place. Responding to violent conflict has always been at the centre of the Danish Refugee Council’s (DRC) work and understanding the causes and drivers of conflicts has always been crucial to programming. In its role as a specialised business unit within DRC, Danish Demining Group works in the programmatic areas of mine action and armed violence reduction. In this regard, assessing the drivers and catalysts of conflict historically as well as the analysis and mapping future risks in fragile contexts is a key priority for the unit’s work related to addressing weapons and conflict.
In 2017, DRC commences on a new strategic cycle, vision 2020. As DRC aims to strengthen its global influence through more effective durable solutions and root cause focused programming as well as stronger and evidence-based advocacy, it is necessary for DRC to strengthen its capacity for and use of conflict analysis. A conflict analysis and subsequent conflict sensitive approach is a key requirement when implementing any activity in conflict affected areas in order to reduce contextual risks (e.g. programme failure and doing harm), and even if DRC has capacity in “do-no-harm”, the organisation could benefit from a more structured and rigorous approach.
Position’s Overall Objective
The Conflict Analysis Advisor (CAA) leads DDG’s efforts to strengthen its organisational capacity to systematically conduct and make use of conflict analysis to inform programming and advocacy. This will be done by supporting programmes to identify conflict analysis needs, develop appropriate conflict analysis tools and guidelines, develop training materials for staff, support country programmes to plan and manage the implementation of conflict analysis and to make use of conflict analysis for programme strategy development, project design, advocacy and fundraising. The CAA may recruit and manage additional staff and consultants if necessitated by demand and the availability of project funding.
Initial geographical focus will be in the Horn of Africa where experience has been generated in recent years and where several conflict analysis activities are ongoing, as well as MENA, which has the most pressing need for conflict analysis.
Responsibilities for the Global Conflict Analysis Advisor
The CAA is responsible for leading the development of an approach to carrying out conflict analysis and supporting programmes to carry out conflict analysis and making use of them for programme and project design and advocacy. The CAA will play the central role in developing a clear approach to conflict analysis tailored to the focus, mandate and operational realities of current programming.
The CAA reports to the Head of DDG and works in close co-ordination with the Global Specialist Lead for Armed Violence Reduction and DRC programmatic platform focal points. The CAA will support DRC regional and country management on planning, management and quality assurance of conflict analysis, ensure formulation of actionable recommendations and provide advice on how utilise conflict analysis for ensuring conflict sensitivity, programme/project development and advocacy. Specific responsibilities include:
- Lead the development, definition and focus for an approach to and use of conflict analysis.
- Promote effective knowledge management, evidenced lesson-learning and action orientated debate on bottom-up approaches to conflict reduction.
- Contribute to ongoing global debates on the role of conflict analysis in humanitarian and development programming with special focus on displacement affected contexts.
Development of guidelines and tools for implementing conflict analysis and making use of these for programming, advocacy and fundraising.
- Review global practice on the conduct of conflict analysis for humanitarian and development programming and identify experiences and suitable tools, approaches, guidelines, and training materials.
- Adapt/develop, test and refine data collection, analytical and programme development tools that are relevant to DRC’s approach to bottom-up conflict and displacement prevention and reduction.
- Develop a comprehensive guideline for planning, implementing and using conflict analysis that is appropriate to DRC programming.
Planning and implementation of conflict analysis
- Ensure provision of quality technical support and training to programmes on planning and implementation of conflict analysis.
- Develop clear Terms of Reference (ToR) documents and support identification and engagement of suitable resource persons (internal or external) for various tasks including: research, primary data collection, production of conflict analysis reports, validation exercises and peer reviews, facilitation of programme/project designs based on conflict analysis, products to assist fundraising, and advocacy.
- Review and quality assure conflict analysis reports, strategic situation analysis, presentations, briefing papers, communication materials etc.
Programme design and fundraising
- Ensure provision of quality technical support to DRC Regional and Country programmes on making use of conflict analysis for ensuring conflict sensitivity of operations
- Support proposal development in relation to description and justification of conflict analysis activities and DRC’s approach to ensuring conflict sensitivity.
- Develop and maintain relations with external actors working on conflict analysis.
- Develop a data base of resource persons with specialist knowledge geographically and thematically across all the contexts that DRC is operating in.
- Represent DRC at relevant external meetings and conferences
Global Conflict Analysis Advisor Job Qualifications
- Master’s degree in Peace Studies, Conflict Resolution or other relevant social sciences subject required.
- At least 10 years’ experience designing and implementing projects in the areas of conflict prevention and management required.
- Extensive experience of designing and managing conflict analysis processes required.
- Proven experience in analysing and communicating the drivers of conflict required.
- Ability to advise on strategic directions of programming to address root causes of conflict and displacement and promote a peace and stability required.
- Strong understanding of the role of conflict analysis and conflict sensitivity in humanitarian and development projects, as well as private sector development required.
- Fluency in English
- Proven high capacity of engaging with national and international policy makers and donors for fundraising and advocacy purposes.
- Successful experience growing and effectively managing teams of high performing, highly motivated individuals is a strong advantage.
- Extensive field experience in conflict affected contexts.
- Experience of training on conflict sensitivity.
- Experience of working with displacement affected people and return is an advantage.
- Proven capacity to develop innovative new approaches, develop projects that demonstrate impact, and attract necessary funding.
- Demonstrated experience in using new technologies would be an advantage.
- Ability to speak and write in French or/and Arabic would be an advantage.
- High degree of computer literacy.
- Previous experience and knowledge of the programmatic structures and organisation of DRC/DDG
- Duty station: The duty station is expected to be Nairobi however; this may be subject to change. The CAA should expect frequent travels to various DRC/DDG field operations in other countries.
- Contract: 12 months with a possibility for extension, subject to funding and performance. Salary and conditions in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s
- Terms of Employment for Expatriates and Appendix 11 as posted at www.drc.dk under Vacancies grade A11. This position offers five weeks of paid annual leave per annum. Expected date of deployment in Nairobi is 1st January 2017.
How to Apply
We only accept applications sent via our online system at www.drc.dk. Please submit your application no later than 23rd November 2016. Please annex both a CV and a letter of motivation as part of your application. CV-only applications will not be considered.