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

Job Title:        Area Manager
Organisation: Danish Refugee
Council (DRC)
Duty Station: 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 projects, 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.  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:  
Project Management:
  • Supervise 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.
Administration and Personnel Management:
  • Supervise 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.
 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 closely with the Country Director and
    Head of Finance and Administration, ensure correct and timely narrative
    and financial reporting to donor(s);
  • Work in liaison 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;
  • Ensure effective coordination and
    visibility to the implementation of the projects with all humanitarian and
    development actors and relevant stakeholders.

Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate for the Danish Refugee
    Council (DRC) Area Manager job placement must hold an advanced University
    Degree in Human Rights, Social Science or related field or equivalent
    practical experience 
  • At least five years’ experience in
    programme development and implementation in emergency context, including
    quality monitoring and evaluation processes.
  • Previous exposure and experience in a
    country-level senior management/coordination position
  • Experience working in refugee operations
    in more than one context
  • Relevant technical expertise/experience in
    some sectors of humanitarian programming such as shelter,
    livelihoods/resilience, and protection, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to build external
    relationships with diplomacy, tact and professionalism in a complex and
    demanding environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and support
    multi-sector programmes including operational planning and problem
  • Previous experience in people management
    and team-building. 
  • Demonstrated experience of financial and
    asset management including multi-donor programming
  • Proven ability to undertaken
    representation with senior government officials.
  • Excellent written and presentation skills
    in English
  • Strong analytical capacity for programme
    design and development.
  • Ability to work independently and as part
    of a team
  • Proficiency in computer packages and
    financial software i.e. Word, Excel, Power point etc.
  • Must show ability to work in an isolated
    and challenging environment.
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 online at the link below 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
Deadline: 30th August

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