Conflict prevention and Mediation programme officer

JOB REFERENCE: Conflict prevention and Mediation programme officer/2015Location: IGAD, Djibouti Republic of Djibouti / Nairobi, KenyaJob Title: Programme officer in Mediation Support UnitGrade: Project staff, IGAD P2Accountable to: Director Peace and Security Division, IGADDuration: 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 officer within the framework of this project.
2.0 Overall Purpose
Under the overall guidance of the Director, Peace and Security Division (PSD), the incumbent will function as programme officer in the Mediation Support Unit. He/She will assist the coordinator of the Mediation Support Unit (MSU) in the mediation and preventive diplomacy support to the officials of IGAD Secretariat, envoys and Member States. He/she will support the capacity building activities for mediation and preventive diplomacy for the Member State.
3.0 Core Duties and Responsibilities
• Conduct under the supervision of the Coordinator, activities of MSU at the IGAD Head Quarters and Member States;
• Assist the Coordinator in maintaining communications with sisterly institutions and management of partnerships and MoUs;
• Conceptualize programmes and develop activities and working relations within PSD in areas of mediation and peace building.
• Participate in meetings concerning the South Sudan process when assigned and prepare summary report.
• Closely work with other PSD institutions such as CEWARN, ISSP, Somalia Facilitation Office and satellite offices to achieve the objectives of MSU;
• Manage and coordinate with the Technical Experts the support to the mediators (roster members) or any other mediators assigned by IGAD;
• In coordination with the members of the roster, prepare highlights of significant achievements /results/, challenges and keep records for narrative reporting,
• In consultation or coordination with the Coordinator and accountant, assess the nature of expenditures and trends for funding, prepare brief, narratives and summary of MSU budget and expenditure to the Director and any other relevant office;
• Consult with the Coordinator how to regularly share information for further linkage and joint initiatives,
• Closely work with the accountants and partners to manage funds to ensure requirements are fulfilled as per the agreements signed between IGAD and supporting partners;
• In close consultation with the Coordinator, the Director of Peace and Security and the Coordinator, design a resource mobilization mechanism, develop concept notes and proposals for resource mobilization and communicate to potential partners;
• Undertake other responsibilities when assigned by the Coordinator or the Director of peace and security Division.
• And any other related duties as may be assigned by the Coordinator of MSU or the Director of Peace and Security Division.
4.0 Minimum Qualifications and Experience
• BA degree in area of social science, with particular, law, political science, arts, peace and security studies, developmental studies, business administration and peace and conflict; Master’s degree or equivalent will be an added advantage
• At least three (3) years progressively responsible experience in public administration, law, with reporting, skills;
• 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 programme implementation particularly in the areas of peace and security;
• Experiences in mediation and reconciliation activities;
• Knowledge and experiences of the peace and security issues in the IGAD Region;
• Good team player
• 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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