Area Programme Manager

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Danish Refugee Council




About the job:

  • Lead DRC’s area programming, focusing on protection and resilience for displaced populations, including IDPs, host families, communities, and returnees.
  • Represent DRC in humanitarian coordination forums, shaping agendas and enhancing DRC’s profile.
  • Provide leadership to the humanitarian team, ensuring effective administration and implementation of projects.
  • Support the Senior Management Team in strategic programming, quality assurance, and accountability.

Your main responsibilities will be:

Management of DRC Area Portfolio

  • Lead the planning and initiation of new projects in the area, ensuring timely implementation.
  • Provide daily support to sectoral managers and team leaders for effective project execution.
  • Oversee program quality and compliance within the DRC program department.
  • Develop tools and processes for capturing lessons learned and enhancing programming quality.

Implementation of DRC Project Cycle Management

  • Drive the implementation of DRC Project Cycle Management tools.
  • Provide mentoring to Sectoral Managers and Team Leaders on project cycle phases and tools.

Strategy and Funding Development

  • Lead assessments in the area to inform project design.
  • Coordinate with Area Manager on proposal development and adaptation of DRC strategy.
  • Proactively engage in innovative activity proposals aligned with DRC’s Ukraine Country Strategy.

Advocacy, Coordination, and Representation

  • Represent DRC in relevant clusters and external engagement fora.
  • Ensure a coordinated approach to humanitarian response.
  • Provide inputs to Advocacy Coordinator requests and represent DRC to national authorities.

As Manager the post-holder is responsible for the following:

  • Accountable for achieving DRC’s strategic goals and objectives within the area of responsibility
  • Accountable for making significant decisions on what the unit does: its purpose, functions and role, and for making commitments and decisions that require the expenditure of significant unit resources.
  • Accountable for people management of direct reports, generally at least 3 employees. This includes hiring & firing, objective setting, probation, performance appraisal, development of staff, managing performance, including poor performance, etc.
  • Accountable for making sound decisions based on DRC policies, MOPs, standards, and the advice of technical experts in DRC  

About you

  • To be successful in this role we expect you to have at least 5 years’ experience in a project/ program management role involving responsibility for developing new and successful proposals and  at least 3 years’ experience with people management.

Moreover, we also expect the following:

  • Skills and experience in project/program planning, delivery, monitoring, reporting, review and evaluation
  • Skills in fundraising, budget management and donor reporting/ accountability/ compliance
  • Experience in working in complex emergencies or challenging security settings and within security management frameworks. Calm and diplomatic in nature.
  • Experience in capacity building of staff
  • Ability to produce timely project proposals and high quality reports
  • Full professional proficiency in English





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