Danish Refugee Council (DRC) International NGO Jobs – Area Manager

Job Title:   Area Manager
Organisation: Danish Refugee Council (DRC)
Duty Station: Uganda
About DRC:
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a private, independent,
humanitarian organization working on all aspects of the refugee cause in more
than 36 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 Area Manager represents the Danish Refugee
Council in Adjumani and has the direct responsibility for the management,
implementation and continued development of the DRC outputs and activities.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
1. Program Management:
  • Oversee effective, efficient and timely
    implementation of all projects according to agreed contracts, budgets,
    policies and in accordance with specific donor requirements;
  • Prepare project work plans in accordance
    with annual planning and funding cycles;
  • Ensure that relevant beneficiary data is
    collected, compiled, analysed and distributed and that relevant
    assessments are conducted in the project area;
  • Provide regular internal and external
    reports, and other relevant information on programme activities, policy
    matters and external relations, based on agreed formats and schedules;
  • Provide input for the continued
    development of a sustainable strategy for DRC’s multi-sectoral assistance
    in Adjumani.
2. Administration and
Personnel Management:
  • Manage the budgeting and project
    expenditures, and prepare financial reports with assistance from the
    Grant- and Finance Managers;
  • Supervise project human resources in the
    field and at offices, and co-manage shared human resources with other
    programme. This includes further development of staff job descriptions,
    their training and monitoring, and recruitment;
  • Implement and monitor, and where necessary
    revise implementation of DRC administrative guidelines and -policies,
    safety– and security procedures, logistics support and other tasks
    associated with efficient day-to-day running of the operations;
  • Be responsible for organisational
    development for the project, including staff assessments.
3. External Relations:
  • Build, strengthen and maintain close
    relations with all relevant stakeholders including the donor and UN
    agencies, officials of the Office of the Prime Minister, district- and
    sub-county authorities, other donor representatives, INGOs, NGOs and CBOs;
  • Actively participate in the relevant
    sector coordination meetings in the field and ensure DRC’s inputs to
    development of assistance modalities that adheres to humanitarian
    principles and other international frameworks that DRC has subscribed to.
  • Work closely with the Country Director and
    Head of Finance and Administration, ensure correct and timely narrative
    and financial reporting to donor(s);
  • Together with the Head of Programs,
    identify opportunities for new projects;
  • Support the Head of Program to plan and
    develop concept papers, budgets and project proposals;
  • Ensure effective coordination and
    visibility to the implementation of the projects with all humanitarian and
    development actors and relevant stakeholders.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
  • The applicant should preferably hold a Master’s
    Degree in any of the following: Development Studies, International
    relations, refugee studies, human rights, social sciences or related
  • 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
  • Proven experience of working at a Senior
    Management level.
  • Past experience of direct liaison with
    Donors, particularly UN Donors, and evidence of strong negotiation skills.
  • Excellent analytical, strategic and
    communication skills
  • Strong Computer literacy and Report
    writing skills.
  • Strong 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 supervision.
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified candidates who wish to join the Danish Refugee
Council (DRC) should Apply Online by sending a cover letter and an updated CV
(no longer than four pages) at the web link below. Both must be in the same
language as this vacancy note. CV only applications will not be considered.
Deadline: 24th April 2015

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