Area Manager International NGO Careers – 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 primarily 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
  • Provide clear and coherent guidance to
    DRC’s multi-sectoral emergency and longer term support to refugees in West
  • Prepare project work plans in accordance
    with annual planning and funding cycles with support from the technical
    coordinators and the Head of Programs;
  • 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
  • Together with the Head of Programs,
    identify opportunities for new projects;
  • Assist 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 Head of Support Services;
  • 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;
  • Be responsible for 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;
  • 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 Head
    of Programs 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 and
    Head of Programs, identify opportunities for new projects;
  • Manage the assessments for emergency or
    longer term programming in existing or new project locations
  • lead 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 placement must 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 of experience of
    doing similar work in an NGO of which at least 2 years should be working
    as an In-charge of field offices.
  • Demonstrated report writing skills, staff,
    and financial management;
  • Experience of working with projects funded
    by bilateral and multilateral Donors and experience of working with UNHCR
    and other UN Agencies funded projects
  • Broad knowledge and experience of refugee
    assistance program with experience of coordinating shelter/infrastructure,
    WASH and emergency livelihoods
  • A positive attitude with ability to
    understand and work in a multicultural working environment is desirable.
DRC’ five core competencies:
  • Striving for excellence:
    You focus on reaching results in a fast paced environment
  • Collaborating: You lead
    initiatives and processes by involving relevant parties and encouraging
  • Taking the lead: You
    take ownership and initiative while setting high standards
  • Communicating: You
    listen to other stakeholders and staff; and you communicate concisely and
  • Demonstrating integrity:
    You act in line with DRC’s vision and values.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their
applications with the following documents to the web link below;
  • 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
Deadline: 20th
September 2017 by 5:00 PM
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