Area Manager Job Placement – Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Job Title:     Area Manager
Organisation: Danish Refugee
Council (DRC)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Country
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.
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 livelihoods. In the North-Western Regions, DRC is currently
implementing a refugee programme for South Sudanese and Congolese in areas of
child protection with a special focus on separated and unaccompanied minors,
psychosocial support, GBV and protection monitoring; Livelihoods focusing on
skills development and employment creation; 
Water and Sanitation; Environment; Shelter and infrastructure.
Job Summary: The Area
Manager oversees all aspects of the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) projects in
West Nile. The Area Manager also represents the Danish Refugee Council in West
Nile Region and has the direct responsibility for the management,
implementation and continued development of the DRC programme in the Region.
Furthermore, the Area Manager has financial and administrative responsibility
for the projects and is also responsible for the planning and implementation of
adequate security precautions within the programme area to ensure the safety of
all staff and assets. The Area Manager refers to the DRC Uganda Country
Director on general policy matters, overall strategy development, external
relations, administrative guidelines and personnel regulation. The Area Manger
is also 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 regulations), approved programme documents, donor contracts and
applicable Ugandan laws
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Project Management:
Manage and draw out strategic planning and
development of the West Nile programme;
Prepare annual/project action plans for the West
Nile programme in accordance with annual planning cycle;
Oversee the proper and timely implementation of all
projects according to agreed policies and donor requirements;
Ensure that relevant beneficiary data is collected
and that relevant assessments are conducted in the project area.
Prepare and submit regular internal reports and
other relevant information on general policy matters, programme activities and
external relations to the head of programs, based on agreed formats and
Offer technical input for the continued further
development of a sustainable strategy for the DRC programme;
Ensure projects are in technical specifications
provided by the Program Unit and the Head of Program and closely work with Head
of Programs on technical aspects of programming.
Work in liaison with the Head of Programs identify
opportunities for new projects;
Render support in developing project proposals,
concept papers and budgets;
Ensure DRC West Nile offices are compliant to DRC’s
operational guidelines and regulations and spearhead implementation of
recommended action points arising from donor audit, internal audits;
Responsible for risk management in West Nile, this
includes early detection of any possible fraud, corruption and ensure that
necessary action is taken.
Administration and Personnel Management:
Manage the West Nile program, including overall
financial budgeting and expenditure management, staff management (including
development of TORs for field staff), continued revision and implementation of
sound administrative guidelines and personnel policies, security precautions,
logistics and all other tasks pertaining to the efficient day-to-day running of
the office;
Mentor and supervise staff and take action in terms
of recruitment, promotions and disciplinary measures as required;
Be responsible for organizational development of the
DRC West Nile operation, including staff performance assessment as well as formulation
and implementation of human resource development activities;
External Relations:
Build close working relations with all relevant
stakeholders including the Coordination Function, UNHCR and other UN
organizations, OPM, local authorities, donors, NGOs and other partners;
Work in liaison with the Grants Manager and the Head
of Programs ensure timely narrative and financial reporting to donors;
Explore new funding opportunities;
Ensure full and efficient coordination with all
stakeholders of relevance to the implementation of the programme, including
other humanitarian and development actors in the area.
Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidate must hold a Master’s Degree in
Development studies, International relations, environment studies, or related
subject with experience of protection of displaced persons
A minimum of eight years’ experience of doing
similar work in an NGO of which at least 5 years should be working as an
In-charge of field offices.
Detailed working knowledge and experience of refugee
assistance program with experience of coordinating shelter/infrastructure, WASH
and emergency livelihoods, demonstrated report writing skills, staff, and
financial management;
Prior experience of working with projects funded by
bilateral and multilateral Donors.
Previous experience of working with United Nations
funded projects is desirable. Additionally, a positive attitude with ability to
work in a multicultural working environment is desirable.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified
and interested candidates should send their applications including;
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 please indicate your salary expectations
Updated and detailed -The CV should include
information about your qualifications, relevant training courses, work
experience, and name and contact details of three relevant references.
The complete
application package should be uploaded online, Click
Deadline: 15th November 2015
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