The Danish Refugee Council / Danish Demining Group (DRC/DDG) has been operational in West Africa since 1998. Our aim is to contribute to promoting peace and stability, protection and promotion of durable solutions to crisis-affected populations in the region based on humanitarian principles and fundamental human rights.
Job Title: Head of Program
- Ensures all staff understand the regional and global strategy frameworks and strategic priorities that reflects DRC’s mandate and commitment
- In collaboration with CD, Regional Office (RO) and others, manages a consultative process for sectoral and country strategies development including annual program portfolio analyses
- In collaboration with the CD and PDQM, contributes to fundraising and donor relationship
- In consultation with CD, responsible for the coordination of quarterly meetings, project kick off and closure meetings, and the Quarterly and Annual Review
- Facilitates development of synergy between DRC and DDG (Danish Demining Group) program activities in Nigeria.
- In collaboration with Project Development and Quality Manager, PDQM, Technical Managers and Head of Bases, takes the lead in the development of new programs and activities as required to respond to critical needs of affected people in North East Nigeria
- Work closely with PDQM to ensure development of quality concept notes and project proposals, and support fund raising from traditional and new donors especially OFDA, FFP, ECHO, UN agencies, DFID, and other institutional donors as well as private sectors
- Ensure justifications, and necessary management directions for opening of new strategic locations for program expansion
- Assist and support the CD in fundraising through employing individual as well as consortia approaches
- Work closely with PDQM for a donor mapping, and develop/review fundraising strategy for Nigeria that includes resource mobilization from private sectors.
- In collaboration with PDQM, ensure that all projects aim, objectives, outcomes and activities are monitored against approved log frames, monitor expenditures and recommends necessary measures to ensure spending are done according to agreed budget and in line with donor guideline
- Working close with PDQM and other Technical Manager to ensure qualitative and quantitative information is analysed, used and reflected in plan of actions
- Ensures all programs and units have work plans which are in line with approved protects and in line with donor agreement
- In consultation with CD, provides directions to Technical Managers and Heads of Bases for a timely implementation, management and monitoring of projects/programmes
- Ensures timely and high quality reporting in English as per agreed deadline and in line with donor agreement
- Work closely with HoFA, LPM, HoBs and Technical Managers to ensure that budgets are designed in accordance programme/project’s needs.
- Ensure that expenditures are planned and properly managed in coordination with HoFA, Technical Managers and Heads of Bases
- Ensure that DRC policies, procedures and management principles are disseminated and adequately applied at all levels of programmes/projects.
- The HoP is responsible for ensuring program compliance, quality, standard and accountability. Tasks include:
- In collaboration with PDQM, ensures that all programs are donor compliance is met and DRC accountability framework is functional
- Provides necessary guidance and support to PDQM so that the M&E Department is effectively functional to ensure quality monitoring and evaluation, capturing lessons learned and best practices and disseminating them across the team/organization
- Work closely with the PDQM and Technical managers to ensure that all programmes/projects meet requirements of Humanitarian Accountability Framework (HAF)/Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS) requirements
- Work closely with PDQM and HoBs to develop/review and implementation of complaints mechanisms for all programs/projects
- Ensures that DRC maintains excellent and productive relations with all key stakeholders, especially beneficiaries, local authorities, the humanitarian community and donors. Tasks include:
- In agreement with CD, ensure representation of DRC programmes at States level for example in working groups/clusters, NEMA, SEMA, UN and other forum/events organized by humanitarian community, government officials/departments, etc.
- Ensures that Technical Managers and other senior staff under his/her supervision are appropriately representing DRC at relevant forums/ meetings
- Together with DRC team, conducts regular stakeholder analyses to ensure that DRC has good understanding and maintains dynamics relationships in Nigeria
- In absence of CD, represents DRC Nigeria in strategic forums as required for the organization
- Ensure internal coordination across the sectors/units including work together with DDG Programme Manager for upholding organizational values and principles
- Responsible for managing and developing staff under his/her supervision and ensuring that the DRC values and competencies are understood and promoted accordingly
- In collaboration with CD and HoFA, participate in recruitment related tasks, ensures all staff performance objectives are agreed, reviewed on time and capacity needs are identified and met for as per plan for career growth within the organization
- Ensures that all staff are inducted and have adequate knowledge and appropriate attitude on DRC policies, procedures including logistic, financial and safety guidelines/SoPs and follow them accordingly
- Work closely with HoFA, Technical Managers and HoBs in developing capacity building of national team
Advocacy and communication
- With Country program team and RO, development and implementation of advocacy and communication strategy aimed at durable solution for displaced population
- Provides/Guides staff to advocate clearly, appropriately and strategically
- In agreement with CD, work with relevant team members in the development of communication materials, including brochures, case studies as well as press releases and disseminate them accordingly.
- Relevant university degree (Master or Post graduate), preferably in international relations and/or development, political science, management or equivalent.
- Ability to use Logical Framework Approach as a tool in program/project design and follow up.
- Experience in negotiation and advocacy with government, donors, UN and other actors
- Excellent understanding and experience in implementation of international humanitarian principles, standards and Tools
- Excellent written and spoken English skills. French language is an advantage
- Minimum 7 years of experience overseas in humanitarian and development field (including 3 years at senior management level) in complex emergencies, preferably with refugees and/or IDPs
- Experience of strategic programming and planning, field implementation, monitoring and implementation.
- Strong experience in program development and documented skills in formulation of
- program/project proposal as well as budgets and reports.
- Familiarity with EU-ECHO, DFID, UNHCR and US donor guidelines
How to Apply
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