Danish Refugee Council (DRC) NGO Careers – Head of Programmes

Job Title:  Head
of Programmes 
Organisation: Danish
Refugee Council (DRC)
Duty Station: Kampala,
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.
In Uganda, DRC works in North,
North-Western, South-Western and North-Eastern regions in a range of
emergency/development support for the refugees and communities in need with the
aim of saving lives by providing protection and humanitarian assistance, and creating
In the North-Western Regions,
DRC is currently a refugee programme for South Sudanese and Congolese with a
new protection in emergency component which comprises: child protection with a
special focus on separated and unaccompanied minors, psychosocial support, GBV
and protection monitoring. A conflict management thematic area – within the
overall protection framework – is also being developed. DRC’s programme in West
Nile aims at building up the capacities for protection in host communities and
strengthening durable solutions for the refugee population.
Job Summary: The
Head of Programme will be responsible for planning and smooth functioning of
DRC’s programs in Uganda, Donor liaison, provision of leadership to the
programme managers, and advisory to the Senior Management Team.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Program Management:
  • Oversee
    technical supervisory over the program managers [and project managers and
    coordinators where relevant] with a scope to programming, operations and
    organizational growth.
  • Responsible
    for the development of overall staff competence through leadership,
    training and coaching of technical and management key personnel.
  • Coordination
    and quality assurance of commencing, ongoing and completed projects, through
    management of the programs, program development and M&E, and the grant
    management system.
  • Actively
    monitoring the operations implementation to ensure it is well coordinated
    between the field offices, projects and activity clusters, and that these
    receive quality support functions timely as required.
  • Frequent
    travel to the programmes for direct support, representation and
    identification of opportunities for organisational growth in the
    competence areas.
2. Representation: As delegated by the CD, represent DRC as a
professional INGO partner, to the government authorities, security forces,
donors and partners in formal and informal settings.
3. Program Development and
Donor Liaison:
  • Manage
    the program development process for Uganda country program; assist the CD
    in developing project concepts to address the gaps in accordance with
    DRC’s assistance framework.
  • Explore
    and update DRC with countrywide refugee flows, humanitarian and security
    situation, needs for assistance, and identify links to DRC’s competence
    areas, through needs assessments and personal interaction with donor and
    government representatives.
  • Oversee
    monitoring and evaluation of the operations to ensure the overall
    implementation is in accordance with agreed work plans, donor agreements
    and humanitarian accountability framework.
4. Fundraising:
  • Give
    technical assistance to the CD in the development of the fundraising
    strategy, pursuing funding opportunities in all DRC competence areas, and
    harnessing the capacities of the programme managers and SMT to identify
    and materialize opportunities.
  • Management
    of concept development (concepts, proposals, studies, presentation,
    workshops, networking), and concept development team (grants, program
    managers, and M&E Unit).
5. Reporting & Research:
  • Responsible
    for monitoring of the quality and timeliness of research and formal
    reporting carried out in operations.
  • Planning
    of DRC advocacy publications, annual reports, and associated preceding
    evaluation of DRC’s performance in the country.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidates for the Danish
    Refugee Council (DRC) Head of Programmes should hold a Master’s degree in
    any of the following: Development Studies, International relations,
    refugee studies, human rights, social sciences, or related field
  • At least eight years professional work
    experience in managing multi-sectorial refugee assistance program
    including protection and community services, community mobilization, with
    INGOs or UN, including operational IDP or refugee protection.
  • Excellent track record of managing
    complex projects.
  • Proven experience of working at a Senior
    Management level, particularly as the head of programs.
  • Significant experience of direct liaison
    with Donors, particularly UN Donors, and evidence of strong negotiation
  • Excellent analytical, strategic and
    communication skills.
  • Strong computer literacy and report
    writing skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and
    demonstrated ability to establish effective working relations with the
    other team members and other stakeholders
  • Possess the ability to work under
    pressure, culturally sensitive, and ability to work with minimal
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: 27th February 2015.
NB: If
you have problems uploading your application, please contact job@drc.dk.
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