• Deputy Regional Director at Danish Refugee Council / Dansk Flygtningehjælp

  • Posted on: 17 November, 2016 Deadline: 4 November, 2016
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    The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is an independent, non-profit organization (NGO), founded on the basis of humanitarian principles, and human rights based approach, to secure the protection of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), and to promote long term solutions to the problems of forced displacement.

    Deputy Regional Director


    Key Responsibilities

    Strategy Programme Development

    • Collaborate with RD to develop regional strategy and related processes, context analysis and Stratigic Programme Document and identify key regional strategic initiatives. Ensure DRC country programmes are guided by a consistent, updated regional strategic framework that promotes a right based approach to the displacement challenges in the region.

    Policy coordination

    • Play a key role in promoting DRC as a main actor within protection and migration issues in the region, through coordination of DRC activities and interaction with key players such as UNHCR, IOM, relevant NGOs, and government counterparts.

    Donor, grant and relationship management

      • Working with RD, CDs and others to ensure high quality donor and stakeholder relationships and compliance.


    Programme Development & Quality Management

    • Ensure that global policies, standards and approaches are met in all regional and country projects/programmes, Ensuring quality checks of Projects, proposals & reports against organisational and donor standards of operation,
    • Ensure appropriate programme development, technical, communication and advisory support is available to country and regional programs, in line with organizational priorities
    • Ensure standard approaches and learning across countries,
    • Facilitate regional, cross-country learning, Ensure that support functions and effective and leveraged for maximum organizational impact,
    • Ensure internal and external reporting is completed on-time and to organisational and donor standards

    Staff Management

    Direct managerial oversight of two secretariats, regional technical staff and occasionally consultants;

    • Ensuring that the each has clear and realistic performance based management goals.
    • That each promotes a right based approach to the displacement challenges in the region

    Secretariat Management

    Ensure programmatic development and relevance of the ReDSS and RMMS regionally and in relation to DRCs global priorities, as well as providing support to fundraising in collaboration with the secretariat managers.

    Reporting arrangements

    The Deputy Regional Director Directly Supervises The Following Positions

    The position is supervised by the Regional Director.

    • Regional Communication and Advocacy Officer (a two-person unit)
    • Technical coordinators
    • Programme Managers for the Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat (RMMS) and the Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat (ReDDS)

    External relations

    The DRD maintains extensive contacts with local authorities and with regional representatives, as well as field representatives of UNHCR, ECHO, WFP, other donors and partners

    About You

    To be successful in this role, we expect you to be a positive, mature leader with a proven track record of developing effective initiatives, programmes, and impact. You thrive in managing a wide range of responsibilities, and can effectively communicate and lead regional processes. You are an effective people manager and enjoy working with teams of committed staff to build collaboration and capacity within the regional team and in support of country operations.

    In This Position, You Are Expected To Demonstrate Each Of DRC’ Five Core Competencies

    • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results through the Regional team both to position DRC and ensure excellence in all deliverables.
    • Collaborating: You lead regional initiatives and processes by involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.
    • Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
    • 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.

    Personal specifications

    • Master’s degree in International Development or related field
    • Proven ability with respect to the design, management, monitoring and evaluation of large scale country and/or regional programmes, preferably with a focus on protection and durable solutions for refugees and displaced people.
    • A minimum of 7-10 years of management experience at senior level, preferably in complex humanitarian environments.
    • Demonstrated success in fund raising, networking, advocacy and coordination highly desirable
    • Demonstrated success and experience with donor liaison
    • Strong analytical skills
    • Experience with humanitarian accountability
    • Fluency in written and spoken English
    • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and adaptability
    • Work related experience from the Horn of Africa region or similar complex displacement situations.
    • Experience working in insecure environments and willingness to travel within the region


    • French language skills are beneficial


    Contract: Two year contract with possibility of extension, subject to funding and performance. Salary and other conditions are offered in accordance with DRC’s Terms of Employment at A3 for international staff or competitive salary and conditions as per national staff terms of employment, as relevant.

    Availability: 1 January 2017

    Duty station: Nairobi, Kenya, with frequent travel within the region

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Danish Refugee Council career website on reliefweb.int to apply

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