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Project Coordinators Maternity Cover -County lead


  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Lamu
  • Grade: Mid level - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

About DRC:   
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 is one of the largest protection actors in Kenya, actively coordinating and advocating for improving the protective environment for refugees and host communities.  DRC implements Protection monitoring, Child Protection and GBV prevention and response programmes in its areas of operation to address protection issues faced by displaced and non-displaced at-risk groups and individuals. The programme also aims to identify and build synergies with DRC´s Economic Recovery sector to facilitate durable solutions and Humanitarian Disarmament & Peace Building activities to enhance to respond to the needs of communities affected by acute crisis as well as those in protracted displacement situations.

Overall purpose of the role: 
The Project Coordinator is responsible for representing DRC’s interests in the Field/ County with local authorities, donors, beneficiary communities and other key stakeholders. He/ She will support the Project Manager/implementation lead in guiding and supporting DRC and CSSF project and operational team at the Garissa/Mandera office. He/She will also support in coordinating the implementation of CSSF project activities within the location and ensuring adherence to quality and accountability commitments. He/She ensures that DRC policies and procedures are adhered to by staff..  
Duties & Responsibilities: Responsibilities: 
Programme Management, Development, Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Support the Project Manager the day-to-day design, delivery, and progress of the project activities against agreed targets and contribute to overall technical direction for the design and implementation of project activities under the CSSF grant. 
  • Take the lead in the timely and quality completion of all the technical programme deliverables in the different components of the project. 
  • Work towards sustainability of project activities through effective networking and promote linkages to other programmes.
  • Carry out participatory needs assessments and identify appropriate project interventions to increase incomes and long-term resilience for the local community. 
  • Take an active role in periodic project review and planning meetings, and external meetings as often as required
  • Take a lead role in the documentation of lessons learned and ensure they are fed into the design of activities. 
  • Lead/ coordinate field reporting by preparing technical internal and external reports for DRC Kenya’s activities in Mandera/Garissa, by CSSF guidelines and support implementing M&E plans.
  • Oversee the implementation of DRC Kenya, CSSF activities in the project target areas by supporting post-implementation monitoring as well as ongoing activities.
  • Participate actively in developing concept notes and proposals including the provision of the budgetary estimates of the components while liaising with Finance colleagues. 
  • Lead the programme's implementation of conflict sensitivity capacity support and peace efforts while ensuring close coordination with HDPB.
  • Support consultants engaged in the CSSF activities including around provision of available data and linkage to the beneficiaries. 

Training and capacity development

  • Ensure project staff adhere to CHS Principles in day-to-day project implementation and participate in CHS audits. 
  • Participate in training opportunities to build own technical capacity to support implementation, monitoring and evaluating the programme. 
  • Build the capacity of DRC Kenya programme staff to identify, design and implement quality program activities across Mandera/Garissa County.

Budget Management

  • Draft spending, procurement, and work plans based on activities and budgets.
  • Support budget drafting exercise per the identified or prioritized needs of the project and new projects.
  • Support budgeting tracking to check budget utilization and work closely with the Area Manager to address any spending gaps identified.

Partnership and Coordination

  • Promote collaboration and synergy between DRC, other CSSF partners, local authorities, local communities and other agency interventions at the field level. 
  • Support the partners and DRC Kenya implementation lead to ensure effective liaison with stakeholders and relevant Government of Kenya departments, from the location to divisional levels, as needed.
  • Participate in external stakeholder meetings and maintain external relations involving government officials and other key stakeholders.

Experience and technical competencies: 

  • Minimum of at least five years’ experience in the value chain, community development programmes, peacebuilding interventions and preferably with an (I)NGO in an ASAL environment.
  • Proven analytical skills and ability to think strategically.
  • Conceptual understanding of the participatory approach and sustainable development
  • Proven people management and communication skills leading a multidisciplinary team
  • Demonstrable experience in supervising managing coaching and training others
  • Must have a ‘hands-on’, practical mentality, be self-driven and be very motivated.
  • Must be well organized, able to take initiative and work independently.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and good command of English.
  • Experience in working in complex and hardship areas/contexts.
  • Knowledge of the local language is an added advantage

Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies, Project Management, or any other related fields 
Excellent written and spoken English
Fluency in spoken Kiswahili

Key stakeholders: 

  • Internal
  • External

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: 3 months 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: April 2024
  • Duty station: Lamu

Application and CV:  
Only motivated applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications, sent 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. Please submit your application and CV in English no later than 8th March 2024

Gender Equality: DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels.  In light of this, Female candidates and are strongly encouraged to apply.

Equal Opportunities: DRC is an equal opportunity employer.  We value diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all employees.  We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability status, religion, ethnic origin, color, race, marital status or other protected characteristics.  
DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process. Visit to read more about what we do to secure robust safeguarding mechanisms. 
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