01 May 2017

Consortium Manager Employment Opportunity - Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Job Title:       Consortium Manager
Organisation: Danish Refugee Council (DRC)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: DRC Country Director and the Consortium Steering Committee  

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.

Job Summary: The Consortium Manager will take lead in the implementation of the project on behalf of the Consortium providing leadership to the project and its activities, oversee smooth implementation of the project through the members of the Consortium, and oversee the administration and implementation of the grant in line with ECHO procedures. The PM will lead a Programme Management Unit (PMU) to support these tasks. The PM will have financial and human resource management oversight and will provide strategic leadership in Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL).

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Oversight and implementation of the project, with an emphasis on ensuring the timely and high quality achievement of the project goal and objectives by the respective Consortium partners.
  • Lead and manage the Programme Management Unit (PMU) including grants, finance and MEAL functions. 
  • Ensuring that  partners provide monthly output trackers and consolidate to provide monthly status updates on the Consortium's progress, challenges and planned mitigation measures.
  • Management oversight for financial and administrative management, ensuring compliance by all partners with all relevant donor and organizational guidelines, regulations and procedures.
  • Facilitate provision of training for project staff from members of consortium on relevant guidelines, regulations and procedures.
  • Chair the PMU meetings between partner representatives, technical advisors, M&E and support functions.
  • Manage the development of the Consortium communication and advocacy and promote the use of Consortium-generated knowledge and learning; 
  • Ensure proactive engagement, and facilitate formal meetings with key stakeholders including with the Government authorities
  • Ensure close coordination with other implementing agencies and consortia who are implementing other parts of the ECHCO funded activities in the same area. Develop a close coordination with the Government of Uganda, Office of the Prime Minister and UNHCR and other UN Agencies providing assistance in the same region.
  • Represent the Consortium in coordination mechanisms as needed
  • Ensure timely and accurate programmatic and financial reporting to the donor, collating inputs from the Consortium partners.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) Consortium Manager job placement must hold a post-graduate degree in international relations, business administration, management, human rights, social sciences or related field; 
  • At least seven years of professional work experience in humanitarian/ development work including in displacement setting including of managing ECHO grants
  • Significant exposure and experience of successfully managing and leading Consortia;
  • Broad knowledge, understanding and experience of context in Northern Uganda is an added advantage
  • The incumbent should have experience in consortium management, ECHO programming and refugee/host experience for the position of Consortium Manager (CM)
  • Technical expertise and experience in livelihoods, WASH and Education in emergencies a refugee setting is an advantage
  • Highly analytical with strategic planning skills;
  • High-level communication and people skills; 
  • Excellent writing skills and able to negotiate effectively between different stakeholders, and to represent the Consortium at high level forums;
  • Extensive experience in representation and networking, in particular with Government authorities, ECHO, humanitarian and development actors;
  • Demonstrated project, program and human resource management experience, including working with local partners;
  • Proven ability in working in hardship environments. The position will require extensive travel to the field;
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of MEAL, including in complex programmes;
  • The position is to manage a one year project implemented by a consortium of NGOs and funded under the ECHO to respond to refugee situation in West Nile of Uganda. 
  • The successful candidate will possess high-level of management skills, a proven record of successfully managing consortia, wide experience in project implementation, and a strong ability to successfully manage, cooperation between consortium partners, donors and other stakeholders

Personal Competencies: All employees should master 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 feedback. 
  • 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 persuasively
  • Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with DRC’s vision and values.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) in the aforementioned capacity should apply online at the link below.

Deadline: 15th May 2017

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