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Danish Refugee Council

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 East Africa and the Great Lakes, DRC applies a regional approach with operational presence in Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

DRC Sudan is responding to the deepening humanitarian crisis in Sudan at a time where access constraints are growing with a response centred on providing integrated first line protection assistance to displacement-affected populations to meet basic needs. DRC response is built on Protection, CCCM, Durable Solutions, Economic Recovery, Shelter and Settlements, Humanitarian Disarmament and Peacebuilding with other sub-sectors including Disaster Risk Reduction and WASH. DRC has been working in Sudan for 20 years and has developed long-standing relationships with key stakeholders – especially in Central Darfur. DRC co-leads the Protection Cluster and participates in other key coordination fora (INGO Forum Steering Committee) and Humanitarian Access Working Group.

DRC is currently responding in Khartoum, Central Darfur, South Kordofan, While Nile, Al Gezirah, Gedaref and South Darfur with an ongoing plan to extend the response in Red Sea, River Nile, Northern State and West Darfur.

Overall purpose of the role:

The overall objective of the Head of Operations (HoOp) is to ensure the accountability of DRC’s programme towards the humanitarian needs in Sudan and the donors supporting the response. The HoOp ensures that DRC’s projects bring a significant contribution to meeting immediate humanitarian needs during the emergency and other early recovery programming, aiming to secure productive and just communities. The HoOp is a key senior position in the DRC country set up, responsible for cross-cutting programmatic information management, sound design of and overseeing assessments and ensuring that information collected is reflected upon, used to improve ongoing projects, and is incorporated into consistently high quality grant proposals and reports. The post holder is part of the senior management team (SMT) and supports the Country Director in representing the country operations to government, implementing partners and other stakeholders.

Your main duties and responsibilities will be:

Operations Staff Management and Capacity Building

  • Effectively manage the Area Managers with an emphasis on excellence, promoting a culture of cooperation, learning, creativity and innovation.
  • Ongoing development of team composition and structure to ensure that is fit for purpose, develop Job descriptions, follow up field staff related recruitment processes and orientation of staff. Proactively seek to increase the numbers of national staff members in the field team and nationalisation of posts.
  • Development of overall staff competence through leadership, training and coaching of technical and management key field staff
  • Provide technical oversight to AM reporting responsibilities.

Operations Development

  • Participate in country level strategic planning and contribute to the sustainable management of program growth with a continual eye to new program development that addresses displacements and meets the needs of beneficiaries
  • In collaboration with DRC Head of Programme (HoP) lead the Sudan annual programme portfolio analyses
  • Foster synergies between program areas (integrated approach), support the strong integration of protection and gender throughout all humanitarian initiatives and ensure adherence to Sphere standards or any other international standards when relevant
  • Facilitate assessment and rapid response in any humanitarian situation, with written report and recommendation to initiate and setup relevant emergency projects if a response is decided on
  • Playing a key role in fundraising and donor contract management.

Operations Implementation & Coordination

  • Provide oversight, guidance and leadership to all aspects of programme development and implementation in Sudan, including ensuring timely reporting, compliance and quality utilizing routine monitoring and feedback into programme implementation
  • Ensure effective and transparent budget follow up, planning and use of financial resources in compliance with DRC and donor policies and priorities and ensure use od program management tools and real time BFU.
  • Develop a close and productive working relationship with Area Offices and the technical team in coordination with the HoP to ensure that all aspects of programs are implemented to maximum affect and compliant with DRC and donor regulations.
  • Effectively stay abreast of donor policies, procedures, rules and regulations.

Program Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning

  • In collaboration with HoP, ensure that all projects contribute to measuring impact and are in line with DRC’s country strategic plan
  • Adopt an evidence-based approach that see the dissemination of lessons learned and best practices within DRC country and Regional teams, to donors and to other stakeholders when relevant in order to ensure synergetic programming and cross-program collaboration in Somalia and in the whole EAGL region.

Donor liaison, Partnerships and Representation

  • As required represent DRC’s Sudan programme to funders and potential donors
  • Cultivate key relationships that enhance DRC’s visibility, credibility in Sudan with key government and other stakeholders
  • Frequent travel for direct support to field sites, representation and identification of opportunities for organizational growth in the competence areas and coverage.
  • Identify local NGOs/partners.

About you

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’s 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 our vision and values.

Experience and technical competencies

To be successful in this role we expect you possess the following:

  • Minimum 8 years of progressively responsible experience in program management, leadership and design in countries of conflict or post-conflict,
  • Bachelor’s degree in International Development and/or Humanitarian Assistance, Project Management or any other related field
  • Minimum 4 years of experience in managing complex emergency operations, including 2 years at country senior management level
  • Demonstrated experience and skill in proposal development, budget development, program implementation, monitoring and evaluation
  • Proven experience in effectively coordinating with National Governments, International and National NGO partners and a variety of working with and coordinating with a variety of donors and consortia including BHA, UNHCR, ECHO and OCHA.
  • Preferably previous successful experience with DRC.
  • Proven experience in managing integrated programs as well as capacity building.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English required;
  • Arabic language skills an advantage.

What we offer

Contract: 1 Year Contract with the possibility of extension, subject to funding and performance.

Salary: in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment Management Band/ E.

Availability: 15th August 2024.

Duty station: Gedaref or Port Sudan, Sudan

Reporting Line: Country Director

Providing equal opportunities We are committed to creating an inclusive and positive work environment based on mutual respect for all employees. All applicants are considered for employment without attention to race, age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other factor. At DRC we celebrate diversity and appreciate our employees for the people they are and their unique skills, backgrounds, and perspectives. We encourage all interested candidates to apply.

Promoting high standards : DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process.

How to apply


Only motivated applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications, sent together with a CV, will be considered.

DRC only accepts applications sent via our online-application form on www.drc.ngo under JOB/ Vacancies/ https://job.drc.ngo/jobs/job?id=171342.

Please submit your application and CV in English no later than 10th July 2024.

The screening will take place on a rolling basis and it is possible for DRC to start the recruitment process before the end of the advertised date if an application meets the expectations and requirements of the position.

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