Head of Programme
Head of Programme – Sudan
Job from Danish Refugee Council
Closing date: 03 Jan 2016
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has been operational in Sudan since 2004. From the outset the intervention has focused on Darfur. The aim of the programme is to promote durable solutions for the conflict affected population through community driven processes, livelihood programming and infrastructure support. DRC undertakes life-saving assistance when deemed necessary.
The programme focuses predominantly on the conflict-affected population living outside of camps in the rural areas, and to a lesser extent the displaced living in camps. The programme seeks to improve livelihood possibilities while increasing community cohesion. The main activities implemented include agricultural/horticultural and livelihoods support; community cohesion and peaceful coexistence support; rehabilitation and reconstruction of schools; community development projects and various social projects including literacy & skills training, support to extremely vulnerable individuals (EVIs) and distribution of food and NFIs (if/as required). The activities are implemented with a community based approach with community driven recovery and development being a key programme area.
The programme is implemented through field offices in Zalingei, Nertiti in the Jebel Marra area, and Garsila, while the Country Office in Khartoum supports the operation. The Darfur programme expects to implement a portfolio of projects totalling approximately USD 4 million in 2016 and employs 7 international staff and about 80 national staff members. The primary donors are Danida, UNHCR, UNDP, EU, CHF and DRC itself through private fundraising.
DRC Sudan is currently reviewing its organisational structure and the below responsibilities and tasks are subject to change pending the outcome of the review.
Job Purpose The Head of Programme will:
1. Oversee Project Cycle Management processes within the country team, ensuring that there is a distinct cycle of learning and development in the DRC program.
2. Take a lead role on project proposal development and reporting.
3. Provide necessary surge capacity for each office in Central Darfur to ensure DRC achieves deliverables according to project plans and budgets, working closely with other Project Managers based in Central Darfur.
The Head of Programme is supervised by and reports to the Country Director.
• Plan and coordinate successful and timely implementation of all projects/programs in cooperation with Project Managers.
• Establish and maintain close collaboration with major donors and partners of the program
• Take the lead on preparation of project proposals for external donors and negotiate/defend them, conceptualizing and developing sectoral and local strategies in close co-operation with Heads of Office and the Country Director
• Responsible for regular project documentation and reporting (collecting technical data, compiling reporting from the technical and field staff)
• Conducting assessments and fact finding missions to set up new or follow-up projects
• Coordination with Heads of Office to ensure the implementation of the program.
• Ensure that program activities are well-coordinated with activities of other humanitarian actors in the area, including local partners and authorities.
• Ensure that the DRC Darfur program is implemented in accordance with DRC standard regulations and operational procedures (e.g. Code of Conduct, HAP Principles, DRC Assistance Framework, DRC Operational handbook and DRC Program handbook)
• Ensure that at all times contact with beneficiaries, target groups and representatives of authorities is conducted in a sensitive and respectful manner
Monitoring and Reporting
• Strong experience in proposal development, monitoring and evaluation of programs.
• Supervising implementation of the projects by monitoring and evaluation (quality control, monitoring objectives and indicators) to ensure that activities/projects are implemented in accordance with agreed strategies, principles, implementation plans, and donor requirements
• Ensure that timely and quality project narrative reports are provided to the donors on time according to donors requirement
• Provide cover for administration and personnel management, finance and logistics management in field offices in absence of Project Managers to ensure continuity of activities and implementation.
• Ensure that required and appropriate safety measures are in place and adhered to by all staff. This includes ensuring the upkeep of the DRC MOSS standards and regular update of the safety and evacuation plans;
• Ensure that appropriate information regarding safety in the area of operation is available;
• Other duties as handed down from the Country Director
In order to be successful in this role you must have:
• At least 2 years of experience in an international setting implementing Food Security and Livelihoods projects.
• At least 2 years of experience in an international setting implementing Community Mobilization and Participatory activities.
• At least 2 years of experience in writing of proposals, reporting and in fund raising from major donors
• At least 5 years of relevant professional humanitarian experience with an international humanitarian aid organization in complex emergencies
• At least 3 years of experience in a programme management role
• Extensive practical experience working with all steps of the project cycle management (needs assessments, proposal writing and development, implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluating).
• Excellent English language skills, both written and spoken
• Applicants must hold a University Degree in a relevant field.
Terms Starting Date: 15 February 2016
Duty station: Khartoum with around 50% travel to Darfur, Sudan. This is a Non-family duty station.
Contract: 12 months, with possibility of extension (subject to funding).
Salary and conditions in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to www.drc.dk under Vacancies. This position is offered at salary level A7.
You are welcome to contact the Country Director in Sudan, at email@example.com, for additional information about the position.
We only accept application sent via our online system accessible at www.drc.dk under Vacancies > Current vacancies > Head of Programme – Sudan).
*Applications sent directly to the Country Director will NOT be considered.*
For information about our work and organisation, please visit our website www.drc.dk.
How to apply:
Application and CV
Only applications with CV and application letter that address the stipulated duties and responsibilities and meet the required qualifications will be considered. CV-only applications will not be considered.
Please send application and CV, in English and marked “Head of Programme – Sudan”. Send your application no later than 3. January 2016 via our online application system here. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, if you experience problems with your online application.
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a private, independent, humanitarian organization working on all aspects of the refugee cause in more than twenty five 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.
The protection and assistance to conflict affected population is provided within a long-term, regional and rights-based approach in order to constitute a coherent and effective response to the challenges posed by today’s conflicts. Assistance consists of relief and other humanitarian aid, rehabilitation, support to return and repatriation as well as promotion of long-term solutions to displacement and its causes. In addition, support and capacity building of local and national authorities and NGOs form an integral part of DRC’s work.
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