Humanitarian Disarmament and Peacebuilding Manager

Humanitarian Disarmament and Peacebuilding Manager in Nairobi: 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 Kenya since 2005, where we assist refugees and displacement-affected communities in Dadaab, Kakuma, Kalobeyei and Nairobi through protection 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.
Overall purpose of the role:

Overall purpose of the role: 
The Humanitarian Disamorment and Peacebuilding Manager will provide overall technical leadership to the Humanitarian Disarmament and peace building (HDP) sector, and provide leadership in the design of HDP projects in the country operation. He/She will also lead on HDP sector level fundraising, donor engagement, technical program support to area teams and represent DRC Kenya and HDP related forums. He will be HDP government focal point and a key interlocutor with HDP partners and other key stakeholders. He will provide leadership to current HDBP projects, with project oversight responsibilities.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Strategy Development

  • Develop the HDP country sector strategy and ensure it is updated at all times.
  • Provide constant political and economic analysis of the national context as related to the HDBP sector
  • In co-ordination with the DRC HoP and Regional HDP technical coordinators on Peacebuilding, support the development of related HDP cross border initiatives into neighbouring countries.
  • Support the Country Director in drafting, promoting, and rolling out of all HDP-relevant strategic planning documents in broad consultation with all staff.
  • As an E-SMT member, ensure regular and critical review of the country strategic and action plans. Follow-up on the action plan and report against its indicators.
  • Align and integrate HDP activities along other DRC Protection work.
  • Support the Country Director by inputting into the Government Engagement Plan and supporting linkages with relevant government ministries/departments in line with the HDBP strategy
  • Support the Head of Programs in harmonizing programme approaches and HDP delivery across the country program workstreams and governance levels

Management, Coordination and monitoring

  • Management, operational oversight, coordination and implementation of HDP projects within the DRC Kenya programme.
  • Ensure high quality project implementation for HDBP Sector and DRC joint projects in accordance with donor and DRC regulations as well as in line with agreed indicators, budgets, and work plans.
  • Support and technical supervision of HDBP project staff. This includes coaching, ensuring co-ordination between Area  managers, recruiting and development of HDP staff.
  • Provide appropriate and timely technical feedback to HDBP staff regarding their performance, including annual staff performance appraisals.
  • Identify with HDBP staff their needs and opportunities for professional development.
  • Serve as a member of the country Extended Senior Management Team.
  • Develop and monitor an annual HDP workplan and budget implementation at country level
  • Work together with the Head of Programs and other program Teams to produce an annual county level workplan to ensure vertical integration of all HDP interventions and strategies
  • Work together with the MERL Unit to develop and monitor log frame indicators, intervention logic and a theory of change for the  HDP sector.

Programme development

  • Develop and expand the HDP components of the DRC Kenya programme.
  • Lead in proposal development for HDP sector.
  • Lead in fundraising efforts for HDP components
  • Support the Country Director in representation for HDP related forums.
  • Be a driving force in terms of developing HDB projects within the DRC Kenya programme objectives.

Finance, administration and safety

  • Responsible for HDP budget monitoring, financial management and expenses control including compliance with minimum DRC and donor requirements and ensuring that the necessary systems are in place.
  • Responsible for ensuring that HDBP Country staff adherence to security procedures, monitoring the development in the security situation, developing contingency plans etc.
  • Reporting
  • Ensure all reports related to the HDP sector are compiled, quality checked and submitted on time to the donors in close consultation with the area teams, MERL Unit and the grants team.
  • Contribute to the quarterly, annual and other project reports as required
  • Review technical content of downstream partner reports to ensure high quality technical reporting
  • Contribute to programme deliverables as they relate to the relevant  HDBP workstreams.


  • Represent HDP’s work in Kenya towards local government authorities, donors, partners, UN agencies and international and local NGOs and  selected local co-ordination forums.
  • Be the point of contact for collaborating with national partners under HDBP sector
  • Provide overall technical management of the delivery of collaboration and national partner activities by providing technical assistance and attending activities to ensure set objectives are achieved

Fundraising & Accountability

  • Actively identify and respond to relevant funding opportunities. The funding environment in Kenya is challenging and will require significant focus and capacity.
  • Lead proposal development to maintain and expand HDP’s portfolio in Kenya and on borderlands.
  • Guided by the DRC Programme Handbook, continuously monitor and develop relevant accountability initiatives in the field as well as strengthening the effort to document the impact of HDP’s activities.

Experience and technical competencies:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ever-changing Kenyan landscape (including cross border dynamics) as relates to politic, conflict, peace and security.
  • Demonstrate conceptual and practical knowledge on Conflict Sensitive Development, security governance and related fields in a management capacity.
  • Minimum of five years working experience with International NGOs or operational UN agencies, including at least two years’ experience of community-level conflict sensitive programming.
  • Proven experience in project management, including budget expenditure, donor relations, reporting, proposal writing, staff management, and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Demonstrable leadership and management skills, including team building and management by example.
  • Demonstrable ability to think strategically, prioritize, and meet deadlines in a complex and challenging environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to mobilise resources and expand programmes
  • Excellent writing and verbal skills in English for project proposals, reports, and communications; Swahili skills is an added advantage.

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: You act in line with our vision and values.


  • Contract: One-year contract with possibility of extension, subject to funding and performance. Salary and other conditions are offered in accordance with DRC’s Terms of Employment.
  • Availability: May 2023
  • Duty station: Nairobi, with frequent travel to field sites.

Application and CV:

Only motivated applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications sent before 4 April 2023, together with a CV, will be considered.

DRC only accepts applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies. Please remember to upload both a letter of application and your CV and do not attach any written recommendations.

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Department: Africa
Country: Kenya
Workplace: Nairobi
Contract Type: National
Categories: Project Management
Education: Bachelor's Degree

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