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Concerned by the severity and frequency of drought disaster emergencies in the region, the Heads of State and Government of countries in the Horn of Africa, international development partners and other stakeholders convened a Summit in Nairobi on 9 September 2011, in which they resolved to embark on an IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI) to end drought emergencies. The summit also assigned the IGAD Secretariat the responsibility to lead and coordinate the implementation of IDDRSI. The IGAD Secretariat, working with Member States and Development Partners, established and operationalized the IDDRSI Platform, whose institutional arrangements needed for the effective implementation of IDDRSI, comprise a General Assembly that provides overall strategic guidance and makes decisions on investment plans and proposals; a Steering Committee, which guides the Platform on policy issues and oversees the implementation of IDDRSI; and a Platform Coordination Unit (PCU), based within the IGAD Secretariat, which is charged with the responsibility to lead, promote and coordinate the activities in the implementation of IDDRSI.

II.The scope and functions of the Planning and Coordination Section (PCS) 

The PCS is responsible for overall planning, coordination and budget preparation linked to the IGAD Strategic Plan as well as for IDDRSI and other sector and sub-sector regional strategies. The PCU is the principal mobilizing and organizing centre of the IDDRSI, which holds together the different levels of actors and stakeholders (countries and partners) in the drought resilience initiative; and serves to activate coordination mechanisms, draw up agendas, prompt action and ensure that the necessary intervention on all fronts is engaged and sustained. To enhance overall performance of all stakeholders involved in the implementation of IDDRSI, the PCU provides strategic services in five systemically interrelated fields, namely in (a) Regional Programming, (b) Knowledge and Information Management, (c) Capacity Development, (d) Partnerships and Cooperation and (e) Monitoring and Evaluation.

A number of development partners have been able to support the IGAD Secretariat and enable it build the capacity necessary to optimally perform its leadership and coordination functions in the implementation of the IDDRSI. In this connection, the European Commission, under its European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Stability and Addressing the Root Causes of Irregular Migration and Displaced Persons in Africa has, through the provision of a capacity building grant to the IGAD Secretariat, supported the recruitment of the Coordinator, Capacity Development, to strengthen the capacity of the IGAD Secretariat in developing the capacity required for the implementation of IDDRSI.

III.Position of the Coordinator,  Capacity Development, PCU, PCS 

Job title: Coordinator, Capacity Development, PCU, PCS

Division/Department: IDDRSI Platform Coordination Unit, Planning & Coordination Section, IGAD Secretariat

Program / Project Number: Strengthening the ability of IGAD to promote resilience in the Horn of Africa

Location of assignment: IGAD Secretariat, Djibouti, Republic of Djibouti

Nationalities eligible to apply: Appropriately qualified applicants from countries in the IGAD Region are eligible to apply. IGAD is an equal opportunities employer and women are especially encouraged to apply

Expected Start Date: 2nd week of June 2017

Duration of the Assignment

The contract is for a period of one year, renewable at the end of each year, based on the availability of funds and the performance of the incumbent to the satisfaction of the IGAD Secretariat.

IV.The role of the Coordinator, Capacity Development 

The Coordinator, Capacity Development serves to facilitate regional capacity development processes on drought resilience for stakeholders involved in the implementation of the Drought Resilience Initiative

V. Responsibilities and core functions of the Coordinator, Capacity Development 

Under the overall supervision of the IDDRSI Platform Coordinator and in close collaboration with the IGAD Secretariat Divisions and Specialized Institutions, the Coordinator for Capacity Development has the following responsibilities and core functions:

1.Carrying out assessments of capacity development needs related to the planning and implementation of IDDRSI

2.Development, articulation and implementation of capacity development strategies, plans, curricula 
and methodologies

3.Leadership, coordination and facilitatation of capacity development activities

4.Facilitation of cooperation among civil society, research, training and technology transfer institutions to build “centres of excellence” for capacity development with a special focus on drought resilience in the IGAD-Region

5.Establishment and management of IDDRSI-supportive capacity development services in IGAD 
Member States

6.Coordination and mainstreaming of the drought resilience capacity development needs within the 
IGAD Institutional strengthening program (ISAP)

7.Contribution to the regular reporting to the Steering Committee and General Assembly of the 
Regional Platform on Drought Resilience and Sustainability as well as to the IGAD Council of 

8.Working closely with the IGAD Secretariat Divisions and Specialised Institutions, project teams and 
Member States to develop and write proposals for capacity development activities

9.Perform such other activities related to capacity development as the IDDRSI Platform Coordinator may assign .

VI. Qualifications and Experience 

(a) Minimum qualifications 

1. At least a Masters Degree in education, training, capacity building, communications, social sciences or a related relevant field;

2.At least 10 years of relevant capacity development experience at international, regional or sub- regional level, implementing capacity development initiatives in agriculture, rural/community development or other fields of relevance to rural development in the IGAD region

3.Skills in applying learning, participatory training approaches and curriculum design and development are essential.

4.Experience in designing curricula for complex capacity development processes;

5.Proven experience in exposure to and capability for collaborative work, nurturing institutional alliances for capacity development to improve individual skills, institutional learning processes and 
educational networking with different stakeholders

6.Strong English writing skills for report and proposal development

(b) Core competences 

1.Ability to go beyond established procedures and models and propose new capacity development approaches, manage science–policy interfaces, incorporate modern and traditional knowledge into learning processes;

2.Sound knowledge on youth and gender and its mainstreaming strategies, leadership development and generally women’s rights issues in Africa;

3.Very good communication skills both written and spoken including public speaking and giving presentations to a variety of audiences;

4.Well develop interpersonal skills and experience working with multi-cultural and multi-sectoral teams and environments;

5.Highly motivated, result oriented and self driven person with understanding of due process, transparency, accountability and equity;

6.Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary and multicultural work environment is desirable.

7.Strong understanding of cultural, social and political dynamics in civil society, governance and government in developing countries;

8.Ability to provide top quality policy advice services on training and capacity development issues;

9.Strong communication, relationship and people management skills;

10.Professionalism, personal initiative and good judgment

11.High level organizational skills, attention to detail and the ability to prioritize,

12.Ability to work under pressure, remaining flexible, proactive, resourceful and efficient with a high 
level of professionalism and confidentiality is crucial;

13.Demonstrated ability to make recommendations and use independent judgment;

14.Ability to interact and collaborate with professionals at all levels within and external to the 

15.Excellent written and oral communication skills including the ability to communicate and generate reports;

16. Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;

17. Ability to work with minimal supervision;

18. Experience in at least two IGAD member states will be an added advantage;

19. Proficiency in English and French will be a definite advantage

VII. Reporting 

The Coordinator, Capacity Development shall report to the Coordinator, IDDRSI Platform Coordination Unit, Planning and Coordination Section, IGAD Secretariat.


The appointment is for a period of one year and renewable subject to performance and availability of fund.

Deadline for submission of applications

Must be received at the IGAD Secretariat by on or before 2:00pm on  3rd June 2017. Any proposal received after this deadline will not be considered.

How to apply :

IX. How to apply

Only candidates who meet the profile of the minimum qualifications, experience and core competences stated above need apply. Submitted applications should be accompanied by the candidate’s detailed CV, copies of both academic and professional certificates and testimonials, names and addresses of three reputable referees and give the candidate’s contact details (E-mail address and telephone numbers).

The applications should be mailed to the following address and mention “application for Coordinator, Capacity Development Platform Coordination Unit”.

Procurement Unit

Administration and Finance, IGAD Secretariat

Att: Mr. Bogale Lemma

Avenue Georges Clemenceau

P.O.  Box 2653

Tel: +253-21354050 /21312737

Fax: +25321356994


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Djibouti, Rep. of Djibouti

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