Conflict prevention and Mediation programme coordinator

JOB REFERENCE: ICPAC/Conflict prevention and Mediation programme coordinator/2015
Location: IGAD, Djibouti, Republic of Djibouti / Nairobi, Kenya
Job Title: Coordinator of Mediation Support Unit
Grade: Project staff, IGAD P5
Accountable to: Director Peace and Security Division, IGAD
Duration: 1 Year contract (12 months) with possibility of renewal

1.0 Introduction
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) whose members are Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda was established in 1986, in response to the recurrent droughts of 1970s and 1980s. In 1996, the mandate of IGAD was revitalized to introduce peace and security as pre-requisite to development and areas of focus expanded to encompass food security and environmental protection, economic co-operation and political and humanitarian affairs. IGAD promotes robust and sustainable socio-economic development in the region.
The IGAD peace and security agenda is guided by the Africa Peace and Security Architecture(APSA), accordingly, IGAD’s vision as defined in both its Regional Strategy and Peace and Security Strategy, reflect the same spirit and substance of that the African Union (AU) which envisions an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa. Moreover, IGAD’s peace and security core program areas include conflict early warning; preventive diplomacy and mediation; security sector; governance, democracy and human rights; humanitarian affairs; post-conflict peace building, and gender.
IGAD Peace and Security mission is to contribute IGAD member states to achieve sustainable peace and security for the attainment of economic integration and development in the region. Therefore, IGAD’s Peace and Security Division plays a central role in stirring IGAD’s multi-level response to the threats of violent conflict and insecurity in the region, its various specialized units are mandated with leading various operational response initiatives. IGAD’s most recent key achievements, in this regard, is the establishment and operationalization of the Mediation Support Unit (MSU) in September 2012, which is aimed at institutionalizing IGAD’s wealth of experience in leading mediation processes and complementing it with mechanisms for track II diplomacy. This is by utilizing a regional pool of high profile public servants, former diplomats, eminent persons and traditional leaders who can be mobilized upon to mediate conflicts at both state and community levels as IGAD Mediators;
The Mediation Support Unit is based in Djibouti is run by Coordinator where main task during the last one year has been to build a roster of IGAD Mediators by availing the necessary technical expertise as required in addition to availing financial support to the process on behalf of the Secretariat.
The IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) is a specialized Institution of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD). The mission of ICPAC is to provide climate information, prediction and timely early warning for applications in support of environmental management, disaster risk reduction and sustainable development in the Horn of Africa. ICPAC plays a central role in addressing the objectives and goals of IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI) mainly in respect to Multi-hazard early warning (MH-EW) and Disaster risk Management (DRM). ICPAC extend its services to 4 main sectors and fulfil the recommendations of the World Meteorological Organization’s Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS): Water, Agriculture, Health and DRM.
ICPAC is implementing with the support of UNDP the project “Strengthening the Capacity of IGAD in Building resilience in the Horn of Africa”. The project is focused on the achievement of four key outputs: Strengthened capacity of IGAD to plan, implement and coordinate the drought Emergency activities; Make Available Drought Resilience and Disaster Risk Management related knowledge products, policies and systems; Development and Implementation of IGAD’s Resource mobilization and Partnership strategy to strengthen the Drought Resilience in the Region; Strengthened National Coordination Mechanisms of Member states for Drought Resilience.
In its effort to improve IGAD and National/Member States’ Human Resource Capacity for Building Drought Resilience, Conflict Prevention, and DRM, especially in addressing peace and security challenges associated with climate risks, ICPAC wishes to engage a Conflict prevention and Mediation programme coordinator within the framework of this project.
2.0 Overall Purpose
Under the general guidance of the Director, Peace and security Division, the Programme Coordinator Mediation Support Unit, has a responsibility to provide and coordinate mediation and preventive diplomacy support to the officials of IGAD Secretariat, envoys and Member States.  He/she will undertake and coordinate capacity building activities for mediation and preventive diplomacy for the Member State.
3.0 Core Duties and Responsibilities
• Co-ordinate the development of policy and operational guidelines for mediators and technical experts and organize consultations;
• Set upon-ordinate, and keep the rosters of mediators and technical experts and facilitate their activities;
• Create mechanism by which member states build their national capacity for mediation and ways to link up with the Regional efforts;
• Liaise with the UN, the AU and other international and Regional organizations regarding current and potential conflicts and mediation cases and advise IGAD officials for coordinated and timely interventions;
• Establish working relations with the Early warning mechanism in order to identify emerging conflicts and opportunities for preventive diplomacy and mediation;
• Collect and disseminate research and other relevant material on mediation and preventive diplomacy for the works of the experts and mediators;
• Design monitoring and evaluation system for ongoing evaluation of activities of mediations and follow up on recommendations that are made in the evaluations;
• Organize training needs assessment and co-ordinate the outsourcing of training in mediation and related skills;
• Establish a holistic knowledge management system that links planning and evaluation system for cataloguing and retrieving official reports, agreements and other documentation related to peace processes;
• Liaise with all IGAD programs and Units working on peace and security issues and contribute to strengthening linkage and shared learning;
• Prepare proposals for peace building and design program activities pertinent to the purpose of the MSU and coordinate implementation when approved;
• Coordinate briefing and debriefing sessions between relevant experts and officials for timely sharing of information;
• Initiate research studies and lead processes for validations and follow up program development;
• Design appropriate media strategy through which mediation efforts would be disseminated to the appropriate target and to the general public.
• And any other related duties as may be assigned by the Director of Peace and Security Division.
4.0 Minimum Qualifications and Experience
• Masters Degree in: International Relations, Law, and other social science fields
• A Minimum of ten (10) years of experience in program management (at least 2 years in peace and security program)
• Proven experience of progressive responsibility at international or regional and national level, including capacity building, partnership development and/or programme management in the last 5 years is required.
• Advanced PC skills and sound knowledge of the MS Office package: MS Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point;
• Experience of working in Regional organization or programme in East African context.
5.0 Key Skills and Competencies
• Excellent written and oral skills.
• Demonstrated ability in planning  and coordinating programs particularly  in the areas of peace and security;
• Proven Experiences in coordinating mediation and reconciliation activities;
• Deep Knowledge and experiences of the peace and security issues in the IGAD Region;
• Exceptional diplomacy skills.
• Working well under pressure
• Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
• Fluency in English
• Knowledge of French is an advantage
6.0 Salary
Competitive salary based on qualifications
7.0 How to apply
You are invited to submit your CV and motivation letter to ICPAC using below address not later than 17th March 2015, 23:00 (GMT+3). Specify the job reference in your application. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview.
The Director,
IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC)
P. O .BOX 10304, 00100 GPO
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 203514426
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