NGO Job Vacancies – Project Manager at Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Job Title:  Project Manager  
Organisation: Danish
Refugee Council (DRC)
Funding Source: DANIDA
Duty Station: Kitgum,
About DRC:
The Danish Refugee Council
(DRC) is a private, independent, humanitarian organization working on all
aspects of the refugee cause in more than twenty five countries throughout the
world. The aim of DRC is to protect refugees and internally displaced persons
(IDPs) against persecution and to promote durable solutions to the problems of
forced migration, on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights. DRC
works in accordance with the UN Conventions on Refugees and the Code of Conduct
for the ICRC and NGOs in Disaster Relief.
The protection and assistance
to conflict affected population is provided within a long-term, regional and
rights-based approach in order to constitute a coherent and effective response
to the challenges posed by today’s conflicts. Assistance consists of relief and
other humanitarian aid, rehabilitation, support to return and repatriation as
well as promotion of long-term solutions to displacement and its causes. In
addition, support and capacity building of local and national authorities and
NGOs form an integral part of DRC’s work.
Job Summary: The DRC
Project Manager manages all aspects of DRC’s rural infrastructure development
project in the three districts of Kitgum, Lamwo and Agago.  This includes program management, including
financial and administrative responsibility for the projects. As the Head of
office for the Acholi Sub – Region, the Project Manager represents the Danish
Refugee Council in the three districts and has the direct responsibility for
the management, implementation and continued development of DRC rural
infrastructure development project in this area. Furthermore, the Project
Manager has financial and administrative responsibility for the projects, and
is also responsible for the planning and implementation of adequate security
precautions within the program area to ensure the safety of all staff and
The Project Manager is
responsible for the following detailed tasks within the framework of DRC
standard regulations and operational procedures (including the Code of Conduct,
The DRC Assistance Framework, the DRC Programme Manual and administrative
guidelines), approved program documents, donor contracts and applicable laws of
the Republic of Uganda.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Project Management:
  • Manage
    and carry out strategic planning and development of DRC program in the
    three districts.
  • Develop
    annual, bi-annual and quarterly project work plans for the projects being
    implemented in the districts.
  • Develop
    implementation plans and corresponding budgets for the infrastructure
    projects being implemented.
  • Oversee
    the proper and timely implementation of infrastructure projects in
    consultation with Donors, district authorities and technical staff, and
    other stakeholders, and according to agreed policies and donor
  • Supervise
    relevant beneficiary data collection and relevant assessments in the
    project area.
  • Compile
    and submit required Donor reports as per agreed formats and to the highest
    quality required.
  • Offer
    timely feedback to the management on general policy matters, program
    activities and external relations to the DRC Country Director in Kampala,
    based on agreed formats and schedules.
  • Provide
    input for the continued further development of DRC in the region.
  • Work
    collaboratively with the program development team and DRC Country Director
    identify opportunities for further development in the region
2. Financial, Administration
and HR Management:
  • Responsible
    for the management of the infrastructure project budget, financial
    management including timely expenditure control, budget follow ups and
    reports in consultation with Head of Finance and Administration.
  • Responsible
    in ensuring DRC financial procedures, guidelines and corruption control is
    maintained in the field offices.
  • Responsible
    for ensuring adherence to correct procurement and logistical procedures in
    the field offices.
  • Directly
    responsible for supervising the infrastructure coordinators in the three
    districts and the support team based in Kitgum.
  • Responsible
    for recruitment planning and leading recruitment of required field staff
    in consultation with the HR department.
  • Responsible
    for staff development including target setting, performance appraisal,
    early identification and timely addressing of HR issues in the field
3. External Relations:
  • Maintain
    cordial relations with the Donors, relevant UN organizations in the
    region, district political and technical units, NGOs and other relevant
  • Ensure
    efficient coordination with stakeholders relevant to the implementation of
    rural infrastructure project, including other humanitarian and development
    actors in the area.
  • Work
    in consultation with the Grants Manager and the Country Director, ensure
    timely narrative and financial reporting to donors.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidates for the Project Manager job should hold a Master’s Degree
    in any of the following: community development, civil engineering, social
    work, social administration (rural construction background is preferable).
  • Significant
    experience on working with donor funded projects preferably DANIDA.
  • A
    minimum of five years of relevant work experience in labor based
    interventions (cash for work).
  • Proven
    ability to provide technical leadership and coordination in the field of
    infrastructure engineering.
  • Being
    a strong team player and ability to work well with minimal supervision.
  • Possess
    the ability to work with culturally diverse groups of people.
  • Ability
    and flexibility to travel within the Acholi Sub – Region.
  • Fluency
    in Acholi an added advantage.
How to Apply: 
All qualified candidates are
encouraged to send their applications that should be in English and include the
  • A
    cover letter (1 page) in which you explain why you are interested in the
    position and how you meet the qualities and qualifications criteria and
    salary expectations.
  • Concise
    and accurate CV (maximum 3 pages). The CV should include information about
    your qualifications, relevant training courses, work experience, name and
    contact details of three relevant references. 
The complete documents can be
uploaded online at the web link below. 
Deadline: 8th December 2014.
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you have problems uploading your application, please contact
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