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Danish Demining Group

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Armed Violence Reduction Programme Assistant in Kenya


Danish Demining Group (DDG) is part of the Danish Refugee Council (DRC). DRC has operated in Kenya since 2005, and DDG is in the process of establishing operations in Kenya.

DDG has armed violence reduction programmes in many other countries in the region including Somaliland, Somalia, Yemen, South Sudan and Uganda.
DDG’s Armed Violence Reduction (AVR) approach encompasses the following elements:
  • Strengthening institutions and enhancing capacity for addressing safety needs 
  • Addressing immediate threats to life and limbs by explosive remnants of war
  • Addressing small arms as a tool of violence
  • Building capacity for conflict management and peace
  • Strengthening relationships between security providers and communities
  • The AVR approach is currently implemented at the national and community level. At the national level, DDG seeks to support the authorities with small arms management and support peacebuilding and security sector reform initiatives.

The community safety approach is rooted in a participatory process, where DDG assists target communities to assess their safety and security situation, define and prioritise their safety and security needs and identify resources to address these needs.

For more information about DDG’s AVR approach see

DDG is looking for a highly talented and motivated individual for the position of AVR Programme Assistant.

The successful candidate will initially work with DDG’s Urban AVR team but may be required to take on other tasks within other strands of the Kenya programme.

She or he will contribute to strategy development, programme and project development and implementation, internal and external communication, administration and more.

She or he will support and carry out activities in informal settlements in Nairobi.

The AVR Programme Assistant should be a Kenyan citizen and have the following qualities and qualifications:

Personal qualities:
  • is passionate about promoting a Kenya free of armed violence and conflict
  • has an intelligent and creative mind that will enable him/her to identify new and suitable solutions to local safety needs
  • has a high degree of professionalism
  • is analytical and able to present logical arguments,
  • is curious and seeks out information,
  • has a strong drive to learn new things and improve own capacity,
  • takes initiative – identifies what needs to get done and does it,
  • is able to work under minimum supervision,
  • is hard working and driven to achieve objectives,
  • is a good team player,
  • is diplomatic, patient and persistent,
  • is honest and loyal,
  • is culturally sensitive,
  • is able to resist external pressures.


  • A university degree in peace studies, political science or related field,
  • Substantial knowledge of the Kenya political system from community to national level, including issues related to urban crime and violence and extractive industries.
  • Good understanding of local dynamics  that lead to armed violence,
  • Experience of carrying out trainings, ideally related to AVR.
  • Experience of developing training modules, ideally related to AVR
  • Experience of developing activity budgets
  • Fluency in English. Strong command of written English and ability to speak clearly to various audiences,
  • High degree of computer literacy,
  • Experience working with volunteers on AVR related issues, ideally in Urban settings.

  • Experience of proposal writing and fundraising.
  • Experience of monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience of working in insecure environments.
  • Good understanding of new information and communication technologies (ICT) and how these can be utilised for peace and development.
What DDG can offer:
  • An interesting and challenging position within the DDG Kenya programme which will provide the right candidate with a significant opportunity to learn and grow professionally.
  • Experience of working within a professional and visionary international NGO.
  • The opportunity to be part of a professional and dedicated team with friendly and helpful colleagues.
  • Exposure to intellectually stimulating issues relating to the prevention and reduction of armed violence.
  • The potential to make a tangible positive difference to the lives of many Kenyans.
  • Salary and conditions in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for local staff in Kenya.
  • A contract until the end of the year with possibilities for extension, subject to performance and funding. There will be a 3-month probation period, which can be extended if considered necessary.

The position is based in Nairobi, however, travel to other areas in Kenya may be required.

Start date: As soon as possible.

For information about our work and organisation, please visit our website

Application and CV

Applications should be in English and include the following:

1. A cover letter (maximum1 page) in which you explain why you are interested in the position and how you meet the qualities and qualifications criteria. 

2. Concise and accurate CV (maximum 2 pages). The CV should include information about your university degree(s) and stipulate your grades/grade average, list of completed relevant training courses, work experience and the name and contact details of 3 relevant references, in addition to any other qualifications and information that you think are relevant for the position. 

The application should be sent to: and the subject line should read “Kenya AVR PA”.

The deadline for submission of applications is the 19th September 2013.

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