The Danish Demining Group (DDG) is a specialized technical unit within the Danish Refugee Council (DRC). In the Sahel, DDG has been implementing a program to reduce armed violence since 2014, focusing on improving the security of border communities living in Liptako-Gourma. Currently (June 2020), this portfolio includes three complementary projects funded respectively by the European Union through the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace, the European Trust Fund, and the German PATRIP foundation. These projects intervene in the circles of Koro and Ansango, with marked border and community-based approaches. They are oriented towards the facilitation of dialogue and inclusive local processes likely to strengthen social cohesion and the resilience of border communities to armed violence, support for local conflict management mechanisms, and support for the implementation of small initiatives and local community resilience infrastructures. The geographic coverage of the RVA portfolio will change depending on the development of new projects. Thus, a new multisectoral project with a predominantly RVA is being developed, which will be oriented towards early warning of conflicts, rapid response through emergency mediation and emergency protection services. This project is in line with the DRC Mali program strategy,
In this context, the Armed Violence Reduction Coordinator based in Bamako, within the national coordination team. He / she will intervene under the supervision of the Head of Program, and in close collaboration with the coordinators of the other sectors: protection, food security and economic recovery, and gender and security. The position will also be responsible for the technical supervision of a field team currently made up of 10 people, the number of which may change depending on programmatic development.
The position is based in Bamako and involves trips to our programs in Sévaré or Gao as needed.
Key job objectives:
- Contribute to the development and qualitative implementation of country strategies on VAN and social cohesion, which are solid and are reflected in action plans and daily tasks of technical expertise in these areas.
- Provide technical support and supervision of programs in the area of RVA and social cohesion, including training and mentoring of field staff, development of clear technical guidelines for the implementation of projects, coordination monitoring and learning in connection with the MEAL department
- Constitute a transversal resource to ensure the integration of conflict sensitivity into the entire DRC program portfolio in Mali.
The position requires technical leadership and significant quality orientation. It also requires excellent communication and collaboration skills, in order to allow good coordination of actions with the coordination team of the cross-border program based at the DRC-DDG Regional Office in Dakar and the RVA sector managers in Burkina Faso and Niger intervening on the same cross-border program. The establishment of a constructive team dynamic and a strong spirit of collaboration is necessary to maintain the cross-border dimension of the program, which is its particularity.
About the applicant
The success of this mission requires you to:
- A developed sense of communication and collaboration with actors of varied styles and profiles;
- Sense of initiative, attention to detail and great autonomy of work;
- Strong interest in issues of governance, human security, gender and community dialogue;
- Excellent computer skills (Outlook, Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Access)
- Availability and willingness to make regular visits to the field (Ansango and Koro circles, in Mali)
In addition, you must be (or have):
- Advanced master's degree or higher in social, political, legal or economic sciences, project management, international development, peace and security studies (conflict studies), or in any other field relevant to the position
- Minimum 5 years of experience in project management, preferably within a major national NGO, INGO or IO
- Significant work experience in the fields of community security, the reduction of armed violence, conflict prevention, social cohesion, dialogue and the restoration of bonds of trust between users of the public service and administrations / institutions, prevention of violent extremism, support for the role of young people and / or women in peace and security issues;
- Demonstrate conclusive experience in the autonomous management of partner and donor relationships and representation functions;
- Strong managerial skills: management and leadership skills, strong commitment to building the capacity of field staff and partners;
- Ability to work independently and under pressure;
- Excellent computer skills: Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
- Availability and willingness to make regular visits to the field, especially in the Ansango and Koro circles.
- Knowledge of DDG intervention areas in Mali would be an asset
- Knowledge of DDG intervention areas in Mali (Koro commune and circle; Ouattagouna commune, Ansango circle) would be an asset
- Knowledge of one of the local languages of these areas would be an asset
- Fluency in English would be an asset
In this position, you must demonstrate the five fundamental skills of the DRC:
- Aim for excellence: focus on achieving results while ensuring an efficient process.
- Collaboration: involve all the relevant parties and encourage feedback.
- Take initiatives: Take responsibility and initiatives while aiming for innovation.
- Communicate: Listen and speak effectively and honestly.
- Demonstrate Integrity: Act in accordance with the DRC vision and values