Are you ready to pursue an exciting opportunity with a progressive humanitarian organisation in a senior management role? Would you thrive working in one of the world’s most complex humanitarian operations, Yemen?
Danish Refugee Council is a leading protection agency pursuing our mandate to protect and promote durable solutions to displacement-affected populations based on humanitarian principles. In the Middle East, DRC applies a regional approach with operational presence in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey & Yemen. DRC is one of the largest INGOs operating in Yemen with a longstanding presence, having begun operations in Aden in 2008, primarily to respond to the needs and protection concerns of migrants arriving from East Africa, and scaled-up our response to current crisis in 2015. Today, we are able to meet the urgent needs of those affected by the conflict across the country through the delivery of fast-paced, high quality emergency response to the most vulnerable displaced and conflict affected communities. With a Country Office based in Sana’a, DRC is today operational in Aden, Dhamar, Hajja, Hodeidah, Mokha, Sana’a, Sa’dah, Shabwa and Taizz with interventions in emergency response, protection, camp coordination & camp management, economic recovery, WASH and shelter & NFI, humanitarian mine action and mixed migration. The programme currently has 411 national staff, 34 expatriate staff and an operating budget of USD 34 million.
About the job
The Country Director plays a strong leadership role in DRC’s comprehensive and solutions-based approach to displacement through a high level of strategic leadership, innovation and effective advocacy. He/she is ultimately accountable in country for all aspects of DRC’s work, leading the consolidation and at the same time development of the programme, continuing the process of developing solid impact measurement mechanisms, strengthening accountability initiatives and ensuring that the financial management and organizational setup is adapted to the operational context. The Country Director sets direction, leads, maintains team morale, safety and welfare, and manages resources. He/she delegates specific duties as necessary, while maintaining oversight and accountability.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Represent the programme to authorities, donors, partners, and in various co-ordination fora;
- Strengthen DRC’s position nationally and regionally;
- Ensure that DRC maintains excellent and productive relations with all key stakeholders, especially beneficiaries, local authorities, the humanitarian community and donors.
Direct managerial oversight and support
- Ensure that the senior management team members have clear and realistic performance based management goals;
- Overall management of the operation and direct manager for senior staff members.
- Organise regular meetings with the senior management team and all staff for the purpose of exchanging information, coordination and learning.
- Ensure that the senior management team is effective, mutually supporting and sufficiently involved in decision making.
- Frequent travel to the field offices for direct operational support and representation;
- Ensure compliance with internal and external reporting requirements including procurement.
Fundraising and Advocacy
- Lead the process of applying for funding and broadening the funding basis in a challenging funding environment;
- Together with the Head of Programme, lead the team in writing concept papers, project proposals and budgets in line with the approved country strategy;
- Lead on advocacy for all DRC key messages.
- Accountable for ensuring that the programme is delivered in a safe and secure manner;
- Provide overall accountability for security, including development of and ensuring adherence to security procedures, monitoring of the security situation, analysing and provision of recommendations.
- Together with the Head of Support Services, provide overall budget monitoring, financial management and expenses control including compliance with minimum DRC and donor requirements and ensuring that necessary systems are in place.
- Manage the resources allocated effectively and transparently by respecting and meeting all legal requirements in country
- Oversee finance and administrative services in the Programmes
- Provide leadership support to staff and promote best practices in human resources management.
- Ensure coaching and counselling advice to staff when necessary and lead initiatives to develop staff capacity.
- Together with the Head of Programme, lead the development and update of the programme strategy, within DRC’s overall regional and global strategic frameworks;
Accountability and Quality
- Ensure that DRC standard regulations and operational procedures (Code of Conduct, DRC Management handbooks, CHS standards, etc) are followed.
- Guided by the Programme Handbook, continuously monitor and develop relevant accountability initiatives in the field as well as strengthening the effort to document the impact of activities and our presence.
To be successful in this role we expect you to have minimum five years’ management experience in emergency/development contexts as country director/senior manager of a humanitarian or development organization or similar, moreover, we also expect the following:
- Experience as a people manager;
- Experience representing a large and leading organization to donors, external partners and authorities;
- Experience with networking, advocacy and coordination;
- Experience in managing staff in insecure/stressful locations;
- Experience with conflict related displacement issues;
- Experience of managing budgets and multiple donor contracts;
- Experience in donor contact, fundraising and networking;
- Experience of Humanitarian Mine Action (preferred);
- Experience working in the Middle East region and Syria (preferred);
- Proven leadership skills and a competence in people management;
- Proven communicator with all types of stakeholders; and
- Proven commitment to accountable practices and knowledge of quality assurance systems.
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: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.
Contract length: 24 months
Start date: 15 November 2020
Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to drc.ngo under Vacancies. This position will be placed at D band for Expatriates.
All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered.
Closing date for applications: 15 August 2020
For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website drc.ngo.