The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is an independent, non-profit organization (NGO), founded on the basis of humanitarian principles, and human rights based approach, to secure the protection of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), and to promoting long term solutions to the problems of forced displacement.
Danish Demining Group (DDG) is a specialized unit within DRC which implements mine action and armed violence reduction (AVR) programmes in fragile states throughout the developing world. The East Africa and Yemen region consists of programmes in seven countries including Somalia, Kenya, Yemen, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda and Tanzania.
DDG is currently joining DFID’s Security and Justice Programme for Somalia as the partner ensuring community and district level engagement with security providers and traditional and modern justice providers initially in 10 urban and semi-urban centres across four states of southern Somalia. Given the complex and challenging operational environment that characterises much of Somalia, DDG recognises that understanding the changing context and ensuring the programme is conflict sensitive is essential to guarantee effective programme delivery in conflict-affected areas and avoid exacerbating conflict. Furthermore, it is a key priority of DDG and DFID to ensure a strong focus on learning and policy influencing in relation to security and justice reform in Somalia and other complex and insecure contexts.
Overall purpose of the role:
DDG is looking for a dynamic Governance and Security Advisor for Somalia. This is a national position. The Governance and Security Advisor will lead DDG’s efforts to improve engagement with multi-level government actors and national, federal member state and district level frameworks. S/he will ensure ongoing dialogue with key actors with special focus on DDG’s areas of operation and ensure learning and policy influencing based on the impact of DDG’s and other actor’s governance and security engagement in Somalia. The Governance and Security Advisor will ensure that DDG is present on the relevant Governance, Security, Peace and Justice discussions and that we are providing an important intermediate role for the communities we serve as well as supporting local level operationalization of national level policies.
From the outset, the role will involve engaging with the district level Communities of Practices as well as representation of DDG in several coordination mechanisms and working groups such as the Somalia NGO consortium Peacebuilding Working Group, CRESTA/A and many others. The Governance and Security Advisor will also work with regional and national programme staff to support the development of new initiatives and research pieces.
The role involves regular field visits to engage on district and federal member state level discussions. Further the position will engage with key government counterparts, donor focal points and the technical disciplines within the broader DRC/DDG organisation at both country and regional levels.
This position will report to the DDG Programme Manager and they will work closely with DDG’s Regional Governance and Security Coordinator to technically support the development and implementation of high quality programming in Somalia and strengthen the organisations capacity for Governance and Security globally.
Strategy and leadership

Contribute to development and implementation of DDG’s strategic direction in Somalia.
Mentor, monitor and advise Project Coordinators, and other assigned national staff in the assigned sections, assisting relevant managers ensuring that they carry out their duties and responsibilities in accordance with their job descriptions, community safety operational guidelines and as tasked.
Ensure that all activities within the assigned sections are coordinated with and complementary to each other and all other DDG Somalia sections and other relevant programming including Danish Refugee Council and external partners in coordination with the Regional Security and Governance Coordinator.
Make regular field visits to monitor and advise the national staff in programme delivery and stakeholder engagement.
Maintain working relationships with DDG’s other AVR programmes in East Africa to exchange experience and ideas.
Support the recruitment of key staff to support the programme, including consultants for specific tasks as necessary.

Programme development

Assist in the on-going development of the Security and Justice and Community Safety Programme
Contribute to the review of manuals and training as well as develop and implement new aspects of programmes.
Contribute to the development and implementation of monitoring and evaluation tools.
Assist in the implementation and development of other interventions, particular policy level interventions, in support of DDG’s Security and Justice programme


Liaise with and consult government and partners for the current programme implementation and for the development of new initiatives.
Represent DDG towards government authorities, donors, partners, UN agencies and international and local NGOs and various local co-ordination forums as agreed with the DDG HoP.


Support security management in areas of responsibility, contributing to risk analysis and ensuring that staff safety considerations are taken into account during programme design.


Assist the senior national staff in the timely and quality compilation of all internal reports required in their specific sections.
Support the DDG HoP and Project Managers to prepare annual reports to the host government and donors as requested.


Identify and follow up on potential growth areas and funding options for AVR in Somalia.
Undertake assessment missions and start-up activities as appropriate to AVR development.
Coordinate and lead the development of AVR-related funding proposals.


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 DDG’s activities.

To be successful in this role, we expect you to have extensive knowledge of the Somalia context, excellent stakeholder engagement experience and a proven track record of experience in government and donor relationship and partnership building in Somalia. You should have strong communication skills and be able to communicate effectively with a wide range of people from different cultural and professional backgrounds. You thrive in managing the challenges of working in the field under pressure and often in austere and restricted environments. You are a strong networker and enjoy working with teams of committed staff to build collaboration and capacity. You are a creative self-starter that is not afraid to think outside the box. You are passionate about ensuring high quality support to security and governance interventions in Somalia.
In this position, you are expected to demonstrate each of DRC’ 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 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.

Qualifications, experience and technical competencies

Bachelor’s degree, a Master’s Degree preferred, in Peace Studies, Political Science, Public Administration, Law, International Development, International Relations or other relevant subject.
Programming experience in the areas of conflict management, social cohesion, peacebuilding, justice and rule of law.
Experience with coordination and government liaison in Somalia
Experience working with international NGOs or operational UN agencies in Somalia
Solid prior knowledge of and experience in Somalia.
Experience in staff mentoring, coaching and/or training.
Experience in research and policy report-writing, with previous published work an advantage.
Experience in the areas of justice and accountability, conflict resolution, security governance and/or community based programming;
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Fluency in English and Somali is essential;
High degree of computer literacy

Availability:       January 2019
Duty station:      Mogadishu with frequent travel within Somalia and Somaliland and regular travel to Nairobi, Kenya.
Reporting to:      DDG Programme Manager
Duration:           1-year contract with possibility of extension subject to performance.
Contract:           This position is graded as G2 for qualified national staff and the terms of employment will be in accordance with DRC terms for national staff.
DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework (  All DRC staff must be committed to the Red Cross Code of Conduct, as well as the Core Humanitarian Standards.
Qualified candidates are invited to access the full job description and the requirements for this position under vacancies at Applications are to be submitted online not later than 19 December 2018.
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact


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