Area Manager NGO Job Placement – Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Job Title:         Area Manager
Organisation: Danish Refugee
Council (DRC)
Duty Station: Arua, Uganda
Reports to: Country Director
About US:
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.
Job Summary: The Area
Manager will ensure quality implementation of diverse projects (emergency and
long term refugee assistance projects as well development oriented project to
support host communities), ensure compliance to financial and administrative
procedures for the project, and responsible for the planning and implementation
of adequate security precautions within the programme area to ensure the safety
of all staff and assets.
Key Duties and
Project Management:
  • Supervise effective, efficient and timely
    implementation of all projects according to agreed contracts, budgets,
    policies and in accordance with specific donor requirements
  • Ensure effective implementation of DRC’s
    multi-sectoral emergency and longer term support to refugees in West Nile.
  • Provide effective supervision to DRC’s
    longer term development focused project under DAR3 in the host communities
  • Prepare and submit 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;
  • Assist in implementation of DRC’s M&E
    plans for the projects
  • Work closely with the Head of Programs to identify
    opportunities for new projects;
  • Support the Head of Program to plan and
    develop concept papers, budgets and project proposals;
Administration and Personnel Management:
  • Supervise budgeting and project
    expenditures with assistance from the Grants and Finance staff and support
    from the HOFA Uganda;
  • Supervise human resources in the West Nile
    program. 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;
  • In charge of organisational development
    for the program, including staff assessments.
  • External relations 
  • Build 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 in close consultation with the
    Country Director and Head of Finance and Administration, ensure correct
    and timely narrative and financial reporting to donor(s);
  • Ensure effective coordination and
    visibility to the implementation of the projects with all humanitarian and
    development actors and relevant stakeholders.
Program development and strategy:
  • Work closely with the Country Director to
    identify opportunities for new projects;
  • Lead assessments for emergency or longer
    term programming in existing or new project locations
  • Take lead in the planning and development
    of concept papers, budgets and project proposals with appropriate levels
    of support from country team;
  • Ensure effective coordination and
    visibility of the implementation of the projects with all humanitarian and
    development actors and relevant stakeholders.
Safety and Security:
  • Responsible for safety and security of DRC
    staff and assets in the country and member of the country’s incident
    management team (IMT).
  • Ensure required security measures are
    adhered to by all staff, including upkeep of minimum operating safety
    standards and the security and evacuation plans.
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate for the Danish Refugee
    Council (DRC) Area Manager career placement should hold a Masters’ Degree
    in Development studies, International relations, environment studies, or
    related subject with experience of protection of displaced persons
  • A minimum of five years’ experience of
    doing similar work in an NGO of which at least 2 years should be working
    as an In-charge of field offices.
  • Previous experience of working with
    projects funded by bilateral and multilateral Donors and experience of
    working with United Nations funded projects
  • Broad knowledge and experience of refugee
    assistance program with experience of coordinating shelter/infrastructure,
    WASH and emergency livelihoods
  • Experience of rural infrastructure
    development projects
  • Demonstrated report writing skills, staff,
    and financial management; 
  • 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
Concise and accurate CV (maximum 3 pages). The
CV should include information about your qualification, relevant training
courses, Work experience, name and contact details of 3 relevant references.
All applications should be uploaded online at this link, Click
Deadline: 9th October
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