Country Director – Uganda & Tanzania International Non-profit Careers – Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Organisation: Danish Refugee
Council (DRC)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Regional
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 Country
Director – Uganda & Tanzania will provide overall leadership and strategic
management with a view to position DRC as the leading INGO in Uganda and
Tanzania on protection of displaced populations, promotion of durable
solutions, Armed Violence Reduction; oversee the strengthening of DRC’s
programme development, quality and accountability framework and be a pro-active
partner in the wider regional strategic and programme development process. The
CD supervises the senior management team for Uganda and Tanzania including the
Deputy Country Director based in Dar es Salaam, the DRC Head of Programmes, and
the Head of Finance and Administration. 
In addition, the CD will oversee the work of the DDG Head of Programmes,
supporting the DDG portfolio as a key pillar of the overall Uganda programme. A
close working relationship will be maintained with the regional senior
management team. The CD for Uganda-Tanzania reports to the Regional Director.
Key Duties and
 Direct managerial oversight and
Ensure that the SMT and
PMs have clear and realistic performance based management goals. Tasks
  • Direct line management of SMT, Consortium
    Managers, and country wide programme support team; 
  • Assist the PMs to establish good
    management support for their teams; 
  • Provide on-going support and coaching,
    and ensure that staff has the necessary capacity to fulfill their
Programme Strategy:  Develop
and update the Uganda-Tanzania programme strategy, within DRC/DDG’s overall
regional and global strategic frameworks. Tasks include: 
  • Keeping abreast key conflict and
    displacement trends in the region impacting the two countries;
  • Tasked with identifying key developments
    and trends in refugee response in countries and position the organisation
    to best deal with these
  • Ensure that the key regional and global
    frameworks are contextualised and applied in the country program context
    and ensure that staff understand these, 
  • Leading a consultative process for local
    strategy development, 
  • Leading the Uganda and Tanzania annual
    programme portfolio analyses, 
  • Playing a key role in fundraising and
    donor contract management.
Quality and Accountability:  Responsible
for ensuring that programmes comply with the organisational quality and
accountability commitments. Tasks include: 
  • Ensure that the Operations and Programme
    Handbooks are utilized throughout all offices, 
  • Oversee the process of developing and
    updating the local Humanitarian Accountability Framework and Quality
    Management System, 
  • Promote accountability concepts and
Safety and Security:  To
hold overall responsibility for ensuring that DRC’s Uganda-Tanzania programme
is delivered in a safe and secure manner. Tasks include: 
  • Working closely with DRC’s Regional
    Security Advisor and Uganda-Tanzania Programme safety officers to ensure
    that all EAY security management protocols and procedures are updated,
    made locally relevant and applied consistently, 
  • Tasked with ensuring security analyses is
    being done collectively and regularly, 
  • Ensuring compliance with risk mitigation
    against corruption, fraud and diversion.
 Representation, Coordination and
Stakeholder management: 
Ensure that
DRC/DDG maintains excellent and productive relations with all key stakeholders,
especially beneficiaries, local authorities, the humanitarian community and
donors. Tasks include: 
  • Representing DRC/DDG at relevant and
    senior forums/ meetings, 
  • Ensuring other staff are appropriately
    representing DRC/DDG at relevant forums/ meetings, 
  • Maintaining agreed profile of DRC/DDG at
    country level, 
  • Carrying out regular stakeholder analyses
    to ensure that DRC/DDG has good understanding of dynamics/ relationships, 
  • Engaging in, and where effective, leading
    coordination processes amongst key stakeholders.
Advocacy and Communication:  Take
lead of the Uganda and Tanzania’s team’s advocacy in all DRC/DDG key messages.
Tasks include: 
  • With Regional Office to prepare and
    implement an advocacy and communication strategy,
  • Guiding staff to advocate clearly,
    appropriately and strategically.
Financial Accountability:  Ensure
that the different programmes deliver financial accountability. Tasks
  • Playing an active and coordinating role in
    linking finance teams with the Regional finance teams, and financial
    management itself, 
  • Ensuring that financial systems are
    followed by FOs and that financial reports submitted are accurate,
  • Ensuring the finance and programme teams
    have a productive engagement.

Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate for the Danish Refugee
    Council (DRC) Country Director – Uganda & Tanzania job placement must
    hold a Master’s degree in a relevant field
  • At least five years of management
    experience, as head or senior member of humanitarian or development
  • Previous experience in conflict related
    displacement issues
  • Good communicator and proven diplomacy
    with all types of stakeholders
  • Proven commitment to accountable practices
    and knowledgeable of quality assurance systems
  • Hands-on experience in managing staff in
    insecure locations and strong human resource management skills in general.
  • Previous experience of managing budgets
    and multiple donor contracts 
  • Experience in donor contact, fundraising
    and networking.
  • Experienced with conflict related
    displacement issues
  • Experience related to conflict mitigation
    and armed violence reduction programming
  • Experience of humanitarian advocacy
  • The applicant should have a positive
    attitude with a mature leader and a proven track record of developing
    effective initiatives, programmes, and impact. 
  • Ability to thrive in managing a wide range
    of responsibilities, and can effectively communicate and lead the country team.
  • Be an effective people manager and enjoy
    working with teams of committed staff to build collaboration and capacity
    within the Uganda and Tanzania programmes and building strong
    relationships with the regional team.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English
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: 21st August
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