Danish Refugee Council Policy Lead Jobs in Kenya

Danish Refugee Council Policy Lead Jobs in Kenya

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Lead the implementation and adaptation of the project’s Output 2 strategy, including identifying opportunities and designing initiatives that strengthen the capacity of government and partner institutions (including security structures) to be more inclusive, trusted, effective, and able to deliver long-term stability and advance gender equality.

  • Where appropriate and feasible, delivery of capacity building initiatives to project stakeholders, through mentorship, training and innovative approaches.

  • Support the implementation of the project’s wider project political strategy, serving as a project focal point for key stakeholders, including government, security, civil society organizations and implementing partners involved in the project.

  • Government Engagement: Lead the day-to-day engagement with government entities in line with the project’s stakeholder engagement strategy, and oversee the project’s engagement strategy at sub-national level:

  • Government of Kenya (GoK): at national, county, and sub-county levels, including cross-border stakeholders.

  • Government of Ethiopia (GoE): at national and regional (Somali Region) levels

  • Federal Government of Somalia (FGS): at national and state (Jubaland) levels

  • Stakeholder Engagement Strategy: Maintain and update a stakeholder engagement strategy, ensuring that the project’s Stakeholder Matrix is up to date and effectively utilised.

  • Integration of Engagement into Intervention Design: Ensure the integration of national and sub-national engagement insights into the design of the project’s grant interventions, ensuring alignment with project goals and stakeholder needs.

  • Lead development of the programme’s policy and advocacy strategy, informed by the project’s research and analysis component, by leading a deep political and policy assessment of each target country and identifying key legislative and policy interventions that could strengthen the government’s capacity to improve peace and stability in the borderlands.

  • Coordination and Data Validation: Coordinate with the Violence Monitoring Lead to provide briefings at the
    sub-national level and validate data with key stakeholders to ensure accuracy and relevance.

  • Reporting and Learning: Contribute to project quarterly reporting and participate in the development of learning products and events to share insights and best practices.

    Experience and Technical Competencies:

  • Extensive experience (at least 8-10 years) working in policy analysis, security sector reform, rule of law, government relations, or a similar role within the context of peacebuilding, conflict resolution, or development projects.

  • Proven track record of successfully engaging with government and security sector entities and stakeholders at various levels.

  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to conduct in-depth political and policy analyses.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build and maintain effective relationships with diverse stakeholders.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, prioritize tasks effectively, and meet deadlines in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.

  • Experience working in the East Africa region, particularly in Kenya, Somalia, or Ethiopia, is highly desirable.

  • Understanding of conflict dynamics, peacebuilding approaches, and development principles is essential.

  • Commitment to the principles of inclusivity, diversity, and gender equality.


  • Advanced degree in Political Science, International Relations, Development Studies, Public Policy, or a related field.


  • Fluency in English is required,

  • Knowledge of Swahili, Somali, or Amharic is an advantage

    Key Stakeholders:

  • DW Leadership

  • Governments and other project stakeholders

  • Grantees

  • DRC Regional and HQ counterparts

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Danish Refugee Council Policy Lead Jobs in Kenya

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