ICGLR Liasion Officer at Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Safety Officer (Country) at Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Overall purpose of the role:

Learning from the ReDSS East Africa’s experience and its work with IGAD, ReDSS Great Lakes is being established with its HQ in Bujumbura and proposes to create similar approaches for the Great Lakes by working with the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR). In order to strengthen the capacity of ICGLR to lead and coordinate the displacement and Durable Solution agenda in the region an Adviser for the Great Lakes will be hired to work closely with them. The main purpose of the role is to provide advice on the displacement agenda in the Great Lakes and to serve as liaison for ReDSS in their work with ICGLR.


Research and knowledge management: promoting a culture of learning and reflection that leads to improvements in durable solutions programming and policies

  • Establish ReDSS GL as a credible partner in displacement with ICGLR by identifying key areas where ReDSS GL can add value
  • Serve as bridge maker between the work of ReDSS GL and ICGLR ensuring coordination and synchronicity
  • Oversee the implementation of ReDSS GL research and knowledge management agenda including review of what has been done, what is useful and then initiating studies and developing processes that are relevant to ICGLR
  • Analysis of regional durable solutions data, strategies, policies and legislation from the ICGLR, and production and dissemination of quality reports
  • Analysis of regional policy documents and their implementation at ICGLR national levels
  • Ensure cross learning and coherence between the different ICGLR countries and at regional level
  • Facilitate and organize regular consultation/technical workshops and learning events/meetings on key issues of interest to ReDSS and the ICGLR

Strengthening the capacity of Governments, ICGLR practitioners and policy-makers in the field of durable solutions

  • Ensure gender, IDPs and returnees’ component in policies and laws
  • Capacity building of ICGLR staff including trainings
  • Support the facilitation of technical and policy trainings/workshops
  • Support ICGLR Peer Policy Dialogue for member states and peer to peer learning from positive regional example
  • Translate evidence and research into programming and policies guidance
  • Direct support to ICGLR and its partners
  • Initiate and support policy actions of ICGLR and engagement in collaboration with ReDSS members, based on evidence from ReDSS and external studies and analyses to improve solutions-oriented policies at national and regional level
  • Support existing forums and members to engage with ICGLR on durable Solutions
  • Proactive engagement in policy development processes such as CRRF and support and facilitate ReDSS members’ engagement
  • Work closely with ICGLR to ensure coherence between national and regional policy processes and other relevant bodies and forums
  • Support the IGCLR on development of key briefing papers and policy briefs based on evidence
  • Work with ICGLR on their displacement and durable solutions agenda, strategies, policies and legal frameworks
  • Analyse polices, regulations, legal frameworks and propose solutions
  • Work closely with the ICGLR technical unit and coordinating body on the Great Lakes Region
  • Provide technical support to policy makers and practitioners, including through displacement and durable solution training

External representation and coordination

  • As ReDSS secretariat staff member facilitate engagement of ICGLR with key players on displacement and Solutions in the region
  • Ensure coordination with donors, academia, think tanks, UN agencies, INGOs, inter-governmental organizations
  • Serve as focal point in ICGLR for donors’ engagement
  • Represent ReDSS in ICGLR working groups and meetings
  • Provide overall implementation and strategic direction and guidance and capacity development of ICGLR
  • Ensure information and knowledge sharing and coordination between the work of ReDSS and ICGLR

About you

Experience and technical competencies

  • Minimum 8 years of experience in similar positions involving policy advice, knowledge management, research, evidence building, analysis and coordination of a consortium of partners
  • Advanced University degree in social studies, political science, international relations or relevant field
  • Strong knowledge of the Great Lakes region and the socio-economic and political dynamics affecting it, more specifically on displacement trends with a demonstrated ability to manage politically sensitive contexts
  • Solid experience in capacity development of a wide range of actors including adult learning, mentoring and coaching, training of trainers and impact monitoring of capacity development activities
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the organization
  • Strong analytical and writing skills with proven experience in producing high quality research and policy briefs with ability to present complex information in a simple and accessible manner
  • Strong experience in translating evidence and research into programming and policy guidance
  • Excellent coordination and networking skills
  • Inter-personal facilitation, communication and diplomacy skills to build trusted relationships with a wide array of humanitarian and development partners, donors, government agencies, etc.
  • Flexibility, proactive engagement, ability to work under pressure and to demonstrate high tolerance for change, complexity and unpredictability
  • Experience working with Governments in the Great Lakes
  • Fluency in written and spoken French and English

Moreover, in this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ 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: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment.

We offer

Duration: Planned for at least 6 months with the possibility of extension subject to performance and funding

Contract: Salary and conditions in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment Band F

Start Date: July 1st, 2022

Duty Station: Bujumbura – Burundi

Reporting: This position is managed by the ReDDS GL Coordinator.

Commitments: DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework . All DRC staff must be committed to the Red Cross Code of Conduct, as well as the Core Humanitarian Standards.

Gender Equality: DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels. In light of this, women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply to bridge the gender gap.

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.


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