The Danish Refugee Council (DRC), one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is looking for a highly experienced Country Director with a well-developed understanding of displacement issues and ability to understand and operate in a politically sensitive environment to ensure the continuation and development of DRC’s role as a key actor in the refugee response in Greece. It is challenging, complex but also rewarding position in a dynamic and complex work environment within the setting of the broader EU refugee response.
DRC has been operating in Greece since November 2015, supporting the relevant Greek authorities through an integrated programming within reception facilities and access to rights for asylum-seekers and refugees. DRC initially established its operation on Lesbos island and while since March 2016 expanded its presence in the mainland of Greece, in response to the changing context and the build-up of refugee population in the country. DRC has its Country Office in Athens, while operational capacity is established through Sub-Offices in Attica (Athens), North Greece (Thessaloniki) and Central Greece (Larissa).
About the job
Being a CD for one of the largest country operations in DRC, with more than 300 staff, the Country Director has direct line management responsibility for the Senior Management Team (SMT) composed by 7 staff, including a Head of Programme and Head of Support Services.. The position is based in Athens. The Country Director will report to Regional Director for Europe and will regularly coordinate with the DRC offices in Brussels and Geneva. .
The Country Director will have the overall responsibility for the day to day management, strategy, programming, implementation, compliance, fundraising and continued development of DRC’s operation in Greece, as part of the DRC Europe region.
- Represent DRC in Greece in relation to partners, donors, governmental duty-bearers in Greece and the EU, and media, and promote an optimal operational space for pursuing DRC’s strategic priorities in coordination with all relevant entities – in Greece and within the EU system
- Set and ensure the strategic direction of DRC’s operation in Greece in line with the corporate strategic direction and interests.
- Ensure that the programme is organized and effectively managed in order to both pursue new opportunities and ensure successful implementation of current operations
- Lead the process of securing funding and maintaining a viable donor base
- Responsible for the timely and efficient implementation, management and reporting on the resources entrusted DRC in Greece by donors and partners
- Overall accountable for compliance in both programmes and support functions, including DRC and donor policies, local regulations and local labour law
- Ensure the professional management of staff in line with DRC Human Resource policies and the Greek Labour Law. This includes direct management of line employees (including development, performance and recruitment) and overall people planning, staff performance and well-being in DRC Greece
- Responsible for risk management, safety and duty of care for DRC’s workforce in Greece
In order to be successful in this role, you must have the following:
- Minimum 7 years of senior management experience in emergency and/or post-conflict settings, preferable form an INGO
- Strong analytical, negotiation, advocacy and communication skills
- Proven experience of strategic programming and planning, organisational development, field implementation, monitoring and evaluation
- A strong ability to collaborate, network and negotiate with local partners; government officials, EU, UN, donors and other NGOs including proven experience in developing fundraising strategies
- Proven leadership skills and competences in people management, including ability to motivate and guide staff working in a complex environment
- Relevant educational background e.g. political science, international development, economics
- Fluency in written and spoken English
- Knowledge of Greek language is an asset but not essential
It is desirable that you can demonstrate:
- Experience from working with DRC and familiarity with DRC processes and procedures
- Experience working in highly politicised and changing environments
- Experience and understanding of the refugee settings in Europe and the EU Policies and political context on migration
In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies:
Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.
Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with DRC’s vision and values.
Contract length: 24 months, with possibility of extension
Start date: June 2020
Duty Station: Athens, Greece, with frequent travel throughout the country.
Employment salary band: D
We offer competitive salary and conditions in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s salary scale for national staff. DRC will provide health and travel insurance, and return ticket for start/end of mission. Housing allowance will be provided for a non-resident. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of nationality, race, gender or age. DRC will apply for work and residency permit for a non-resident candidate.
All applicants must submit a short cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications must be sent via our online recruitment system by clicking on the below ‘Apply’ button. Applications sent by email will NOT be considered.
Please submit your application no later than 9 May 2020.
Please note we are going to review applications on rolling basis.
For specific information, please contact Claus Larsen, (email@example.com) Regional Director, Europe.