Danish Refugee Council Vacancy for Emergency Project Officers

Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a Danish international non-governmental organisation, which promotes and supports durable solutions to the problems faced by refugees and internally displaced people all over the world. DRC is present in more than 30 conflict territories around the world assisting displaced people with shelter, food, income generating activities, legal aid and a wide range of other protection assistance. It is of utmost importance for DRC to work in compliance with the DRC Accountability and Quality Management system in the area of Finance. Smooth, reliable and effective operational systems are preconditions for DRC to maintain its position as a trustworthy and reliable partner for our donors and an accountable organisation towards our beneficiaries.

DRC has been operating in the West Africa region for over 15 years, running a combination of emergency, livelihood, protection and advocacy programmes through Country Offices (COs) Guinea, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria and a Regional Office (RO) in Abidjan. DRC has 17 offices and more than 500 staff members across the WA region.

DRC started operating in Nigeria in 2015 where plans to run a combination of emergency, livelihood, WASH, protection and advocacy programmes has been set. DRC currently has offices in Abuja, Yola, Mubi and planning to run an office in Maiduguri and Yobe, besides 20 staff members subject to increase in near future.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Emergency Project Officer

Locations: Yola, Mubi, Maiduguri
Start Date: ASAP
Reports to: HoB with matrix management by Emergency manager.
Contract Length: Seven (7) months – Indicate # of months/years and whether there is a possibility of extension

Aim/Objective of Position

  • The Project Officer is to implementation of the emergency response activities comprised of food/non-food distribution, water, sanination and hygiene (WASH) and shalter under the direction of Emergency Manager and in collaboration with other actors.
  • DRC is inviting local candidates to apply for the position of Emergency Response Officers – to support its activities under the project “Emergency response for displaced Yola, Maiduguri and Mubi.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Emergency Manager, the holder of this position shall perform the following duties:

Program Implementation:

  • To actively participate in the designing of the Emergency program planning and coordination of needs assessments, state of play and periodic surveys, and forward the findings to stakeholders;
  • On the basis of the needs assessment, working closely with other team members to develop programs to help communities find solutions to problems related to food security, water, hygiene and sanitation.
  • To plan, design and implement the hygiene promotion measures and to give priority to public health risks according to the agreed plan.
  • Mobilize communities for the realization of all project / program activities, with a strong focus on sanitation hygiene.
  • In coordination with the Emergency Manager, give clear direction to the team and Monitor the impact of project activities and especially to the promotion of hygiene in the selected communities and provide regular reports on activities and the situation WASH.
  • Plan and conduct training sessions with various stakeholders and assess the impact of such training.
  • Use participatory approaches as much as possible throughout the project / program cycle.
  • Mobilize the IDP community affected host population and facilitate awareness raising activities with other partner organizations, disseminating information about services available for IDPs and affected host communities.
  • Target groups in the IDP settlements.
  • In collaboration with Camp Management authorities, Community leaders and other agencies, establish Community Emergency Networks to strengthen the community’s self-protection capacities.
  • Work with the Emergency Manager and fellow Project Officers to schedule the team’s program activities.
  • Liaise, establish a good working relationship with all humanitarian actors, community leaders and IDPs in the IDP settlements and host communities to encourage participation in, support for and a better understanding of the program activities.
  • Train / educate households on home water treatment.
  • Preparing and Conducting Communities Meetings in the intervention areas.
  • Collect data on hygiene in targeted Lessons to Schools
  • Establish and Implement Water Committees, Sanitation and Hygiene in the intervention areas.
  • Identify and promote the local media.
  • Ensure the organization of educational masses campaigns.
  • Individually and collectively identify the strengths and weaknesses of village committees and propose appropriate solutions.
  • Distribute Inputs Public Health Promotion.
  • Guiding and overseeing the activities of the community network members ensuring that work and activities progress as agreed and in line with applicable standards.
  • Implementation DRC NFI/Shelter distribution /WASH activities in the in Maiduguri, Yola, Mubi , and in other areas in Adamawa and Borno state as agreed.
  • Identify key informants in villages (Imam, especially the influential and charismatic women.
  • Participate in the identification of health problems and in targeted communities.
  • Collect the basic epidemiological data in the Integrated Health Center).
  • Collect data on behaviour vis- `a-vis the communities of waterborne diseases through participatory methods.
  • Perform any other task by asking the hierarchy.
  • Train / educate households on home water treatment.

Joint responsibility between Watsan and PHP but lead by PHP:

  • Mobilising people and communities to carry out ‘clean–ups’ and help construct wash facilities where required.
  • Carrying out community consultations, including feedback, around sitting and design of facilities
  • All team members have a basic understanding of both DRC and the context in which they are responding.
  • Assessing technical options for the provision of water, sanitation and emergency shelter
  • Building awareness of health issues around watsan within communities
  • Managing Public Health information collection and dissemination (monitoring, community feedback, baseline data)
  • Setting up water and sanitation maintenance systems (including committees, training, provision of tools, equipment and/or spare parts, revenue collection systems).
  • Make people and communities aware that they have the right to give feedback (and complain) and we have the obligation to respond, staff can differentiate between feedback and complaints
  • Any other tasks delegated by the Supervisor

Key Requirements

  • University degrees of Public health or Higher Diploma of Public health.
  • 3 years Work experience with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and/or displaced population is a very strong asset
  • Strong ability to work in a variety of environments and in remote locations without communication or amenities.
  • Remains productive when under pressure with ability to prioritise effectively, and respects and adheres to deadlines.
  • Fluency in English (spoken and written) have a sound knowledge of the local languages of Maiduguri and Mubi
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Email application software. Languages: English Language and
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective working relations with staff, beneficiaries, duty bearers and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team to achieve results
  • Excellent communication skills and organizational skills;


  • Prepare and share work plan to the HOB/Emergency Manager according to the programme detail implementation plan
  • Prepare weekly and monthly reports to HoB/ Emergency Manager.
  • Provide the emergency manager with relevant documents, and channel issues.
  • Communicate, exchange information and co-operate with relevant internal

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their Application by a Cover Letter outlining their interest and qualifications and CV in English by the following 3 options: By email to: [email protected]
For application for Maiduguri office, Hand delivery to:
The Head of Base,
DRC Maiduguri Office,
No. 548 Ashaka Road Potiskum close,
Off Damboa Road old GRA West Maiduguri/or Prime Ledge,
Borno State.

For application for Mubi office, Hand delivery to:
The Head of Base,
DRC Mubi Office,
No. 64 Suleja Street,
State Lowcost, Lokuwa,
Mubi North,
Adamawa State.
Mail delivery by Nigeria Postal Service to:
DRC Yola Office,
P49 Kawera GRA,
Adamawa State.


  • Any application received after the ‘5pm May 12, 2016’ deadline will not be accepted.
  • Names and contact details of 3 professional references should be provided.
  • Only motivated applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications, sent together with a CV, will be considered. CV-only applications will not be considered.
  • Only short-listed applicants will be invited for tests and interviews. Original documentation will be asked by the interview panel. All the photocopies will remain the property of DRC.
  • Only short-listed applicants will be invited for tests and interviews. Original documentation will be asked by the interview panel. All the photocopies will remain the property of DRC.

Application Deadline  12th May, 2016.

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