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REDSS Protection And Solutions Specialist

Overall purpose of the role 

The ReDSS Kenya Protection and Solutions Coordinator will be responsible to support increased coordination, advocacy, information sharing and knowledge management among NGOs working on displacement and solutions in Kenya. S/he will work with the ReDSS Manager, supporting ReDSS Kenya as necessary to support the overall development of ReDSS’ work in Kenya, including representing ReDSS members in relevant fora and coordination mechanisms.

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Responsibilities

Policy InfluencingSupport ReDSS members and the Refugee Working Group in developing a strategy to better enable NGOs in Kenya to collectively respond to and advocate for the protection needs of refugees in the countryUndertake mapping and gap analysis of current coordination arrangements around refugee protection, both at national and field levelDevelop joint advocacy messages and advocacy plan that supports NGOs to undertake concrete actions to current protection needsBuild strong relationships with key stakeholders, in particular NGOs, UNHCR and donors, and others to be identified as necessarySupport the development, implementation and monitoring of ReDSS Kenya policy engagement strategyEnsure active engagement with displacement affected communities to ensure their ownership and support in order to make solutions lasting, locally relevant and feasibleResearch and knowledge management: promoting a culture of learning and reflection that leads to improvements in solutions processes in Kenya Ensure that previous ReDSS research work is having the maximum impact on current policy and programming in relation to the protection of refugees in KenyaSupport the Kenya Refugee Working Group by providing regular context and protection analysis to inform the working groups work and strategiesTaking lessons from ReDSS work elsewhere in the region, develop a “common research agenda” strategy that will improve the ability of programming and policy actions to respond to evidence and enables greater coherence and the identification of key knowledge gapsMaintain and update online information management system and database to share learning Organize learning events at national and Garissa/ Turkana county levels – in coordination with key stakeholdersLead the implementation and monitoring of the application of the ReDSS learning framework to promote a culture of learning and reflectionStrengthening the capacity of practitioners and policy-makers in the field of long-term solutions Work with ReDSS team (and members as appropriate) to improve regional engagement on refugee protection issues in Kenya, identifying opportunities for cross-border discussions or work as appropriate and building networksStrengthen capacities of local authorities and humanitarian and development stakeholder to cooperate in developing integrated approaches for displaced and host communitiesSupport sharing of programmatic lessons learnt and exchanges among members and key stakeholdersSupport accountability to displacement affected communities through engagement with members on key issues affecting themSupport development of ReDSS Kenya unitDeputize for the ReDSS Kenya Country Manager as necessary to support the development of a future workplan for ReDSS’ work in KenyaSupport ReDSS Regional Manager with ensuring that ReDSS’ work in Kenya complies with DRC’s procedures and systemsReporting   

This position reports to the Regional Solutions Manager.

Experience and technical competencies University degree in social studies, political science, international relationsMinimum 8 years of experience in similar positions involving protection coordination, knowledge management, research, evidence building and analysis Strong knowledge of the socio-economic and political dynamics of the region; more specifically on displacement trends with a demonstrated ability to manage politically sensitive contextsExperience of working with a wide range of national and international partners in implementing multi-stakeholder initiatives, ideally in a management, coordination or representational roleSolid experience in capacity development of a wide range of actors including adult learning, mentoring and coaching, training of trainers and impact monitoring of capacity development activitiesDemonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the organization

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Required skillsExcellent coordination, inter-personal facilitation and communication skills to build trusted relationships with a wide array of humanitarian and development partners, donors, Government agencies, etc.Strong analytical and writing skills with proven experience in producing high quality protection research and policy briefs with ability to present complex information in a simple and accessible mannerStrong experience in translating evidence and research into programming and policy guidanceSolid experience in capacity development of a wide range of actors including adult learning, mentoring and coaching, training of trainers and impact monitoring of capacity development activitiesGood IT command, close familiarity with the maintenance and management of template-style websites and experience of applying ICT (information communications technology) to knowledge managementFlexibility, proactive engagement, ability to work under pressure and to demonstrate high tolerance for change, complexity and unpredictability

About you
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 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: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

ConditionsContract:           Six months’ contract.  Salary and conditions in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for National Staff in Kenya. Start Date:         December 2021 Duty Station:      Nairobi, Regional Office

Commitments:     

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

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