AGIAMONDO is the personnel service of the German Catholics for Development Cooperation. In the Civil Peace Service (CPS) we offer development workers a meaningful role working with local development agents. The CPS is a personnel programme for peace-building and the prevention of violence in crisis and conflict regions. It sets out to promote a world in which conflicts are settled without violence. Working with church-related and civil-social partner organisations in Kenya, AGIAMONDO aims to make a contribution towards civil conflict management and the sustainable and equitable development of the country through peace-building measures.
To support our partner organisation, the Interreligious Dialogue (IRD) Commission of the Archdiocese of Mombasa, in interreligious peace-building work, we are looking for a Peace and conflict researcher, religious scholar, Mombasa, Kenya to start as soon as possible.
Your new role
Conflict and violence are a frequent reality of life on the coast of Kenya. The multi-layered causes of conflict are reflected in political, social and economic marginalisation along ethnic and religious lines. They are increasingly characterised by distrust at individual and community level and lead to social exclusion.
In this context, the IRD Commission of the Archdiocese of Mombasa has been contributing to reducing mistrust between the religions by fostering contact and through its dialogue work since 2017. The Commission’s work with young people in the field of interreligious and intrareligious dialogue is particularly important.
You will support the IRD Commission in practical grassroots work and the development of new approaches to this form of dialogue work with the aim of anchoring this knowledge base in the diocese team. You will work in a complex interreligious context, building up and maintaining appropriate networks.
Specifically, you will carry out the following tasks:
• You will advise and support the IRD Commission of the Archdiocese in the further development of its peace-building work and promote interreligious dialogue to build understanding, tolerance and solidarity between the faith institutions and within the Christian community.
• You will support the Commission’s networking activities and the building of its institutional capacities.
• You will be involved in the development and implementation of research-based measures of IRD as a tool of peace-building work in the specific context of the coastal region. For this purpose you will also travel to crisis areas.
• You will provide support in establishing and implementing outcome-oriented planning, monitoring and evaluation tools for the IRD Commission’s projects and programmes.
• You will be responsible for the proper spending and management of funds locally in accordance with the donor and AGIAMONDO guidelines. In doing so, you will work in partnership with the IRD Commission.
• You have completed a university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in religious studies, peace and conflict research, theology or another social science degree specialising in peace-building work or interreligious dialogue.
• You are familiar with the methods and concepts of practical peace-building and dialogue work and have knowledge of project planning, monitoring and evaluation.
• Ideally, you have knowledge of Islam and traditional African religions and are familiar with ecumenical studies in this context.
• You speak and write fluent English, ideally you have a knowledge of Swahili and/or Arabic.
• You are an EU or Swiss citizen and identify with the goals and concerns of church development and peace-building work and are a member of a Christian church.
What AGIAMONDO offers
• Individual and thorough preparation
• Three-year contract, social security and remuneration in accordance with the German Development Aid Workers Act (Entwicklungshelfergesetz)
• Cultural, language or other professional training, as well as coaching and supervision, individual advice
We look forward to receiving your detailed application by 01/03/2020.
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