Peacebuilding Internship

Danish Refugee Council (DRC)



Vacancy Description



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.


The Peacebuilding Intern will support the Humanitarian Disarmament and Peacebuilding (HDP) project in the implementation of activities in Garissa County (Dadaab) operation. He/She is primarily responsible for supporting the implementation of the peacebuilding project activities aimed at ensuring the targeted indicators and project outputs are achieved. The Peacebuilding Intern tasks includes, but not limited to working directly with Refugee community in Dadaab Refugee Camps and host community within the project area and local authorities to strengthen their capacity to improve safety at the community level. Will directly be involved to reviewing assessments to cases of insecurity claims, facilitating community dialogues on conflict, provide training on conflict management and support the strengthening of community – formal security provider relationships. He/She will adhere to DRC security procedures and regulations, adherence to DRC standard regulations and operational procedures (including the Code of Conduct, the DRC Programme Manual and administrative regulations). The intern will work with a team of HDP unit staff which include officers, assistants, general support and community workers.

Key Responsibilities:

R1. Project Management and Development:

  • Assist in the development and implementation of HDP project workplans focused on peacebuilding interventions.
  • Strategically mobilize targeted community, security, and local administration participants in the project target areas.
  • Support project assistant in delivering trainings and workshops to the targeted participants.
  • Support in the organization and planning of community dialogue meetings involving community leaders, stakeholders, and project staff in peacebuilding interventions.
  • Ensure other tasks assigned by the Team Leader are executed promptly, efficiently and in accordance with DRC operational guidelines.
  • Ensure accountability in all expenses and compile all receipts according to DRC financial guidelines.

R2. Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation:

  • Maintain accurate records and documentation of project activities and outcomes.
  • Support the MEAL Officer to collect and analyze data to improve project approaches and interventions.
  • Support in documentation of best practices, success stories and case studies to enhance project outcomes.
  • Submit weekly activity reports to the supervisor.

R3. Coordination & Partnerships:

  • Support the coordination of project activities, including scheduling meetings, preparing agendas, and taking minutes.
  • Collaborate with the HDP team for smooth implementation of peacebuilding activities.
  • Promote collaboration and synergy between the DRC host community projects and the similar projects/groups in the refugee camps.

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Exceptional understanding of local dynamics that lead to conflict and violence (in arid and Semi-Arid parts of Kenya).
  • Open-minded and committed to finding non-violent ways to mitigate conflict and promote inter-communal peace and collaboration.
  • Cultural and gender sensitivity.
  • A team player: able to demonstrate a constructive, cooperative and problem-solving approach.
  • Knowledge of the key issues/challenges and trends with regard to sustainable peacebuilding initiatives in refugee and host community set up.
  • Experience in the use of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and knowledge of spreadsheet and database package.
  • Flexible, with ability to work and handle multiple tasks and meet strict deadlines.
  • Strong planning, organization and problem-solving skills with ability to work hands-on, independently, and within a team
  • Strong communication (written & spoken) and interpersonal skills.


  • A Diploma or university Degree preferably in Peace studies, Conflict Management, Social sciences or closely related field


  • Written and spoken fluency in English and Kiswahili
  • Fluency in Somali language is an added advantage

DRC’s Core competencies:

All DRC roles require the post-holder to master the below DRC’s 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 Uphold and promote 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.


Contract duration: 6-months contract. Salary and conditions will be in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council terms of employment for Interns.
Reporting to: Team Leader-Humanitarian Disarmament and Peacebuilding
Availability: April 2024
Location: Dadaab

General Commitments:

DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework (

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Application Guidelines

Qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications, which should include a 1-page cover letter clearly stating their motivation, and qualifications and a CV. Applications should include contact details of three professional referees who have supervised the candidate in the last five years. One referee must be the applicant’s most recent manager. Only applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications will be considered.  
We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies. Applications should be sent no later than: 28th March 2024.

NB: This position is only open to locals of Dadaab and Fafi.

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

Applications have closed

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