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Danish Refugee Council, one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is currently looking for a highly qualified Area Manager for Syria. As Area Manager you represent the Danish Refugee Council at both local and national levels and have the direct responsibility for the management, implementation, and continued development of DRC programme in Homs, Hama and Aleppo Governorates in Syria.

About the job

In your role as Area Manager, you directly manage program and support operations of DRC’s interventions and ensure the quality and effectiveness of the interventions. In addition, you are expected to play a key role in the identification of new projects in close cooperation with the local communities and authorities. Furthermore, you will act as DRC’s representative in the areas of operations and lead the establishment of the planned field offices. Your main duties and responsibilities will be:

  • Supervise effective, efficient and timely implementation of the DRC programme according to DRC standards and agreed contracts, budgets, policies and in accordance with specific donor requirements for the relevant projects
  • Supervise production and submission of regular internal and external reports, and other relevant information on programme activities, policy matters and external relations, based on agreed formats and schedules
  • In collaboration with the Country Director, continue the development of a sustainable programme strategy for DRC’s multi-sectoral assistance in Syria with focus on implementation of the solutions agenda where relevant
  • Liaise with relevant external local programme partners; government, UN, donors and (I)NGO agencies
  • Supervise timely budgeting and project expenditures with assistance from Grants Department and the Support Services Departments in Damascus
  • Implement and monitor that required DRC administrative guidelines & policies, safety & security procedures, logistics support and other tasks associated with efficient day-to-day running of the operations
  • Responsible for staff assessments in accordance with DRC’s guidelines.
  • As SMT Member participate in the development of DRC’s strategic programme processes including the SPDs and Results Contract (RC) in close consultation with the Head of Programs and Country Director.
  • Ensure that RC objectives are reached, and Quarterly Performance are monitored and reported
  • Lead the planning and development of concept papers, budgets, and project proposals with appropriate levels of support from Country Team
  • Responsible for safety and security of DRC staff and assets in the Field Offices
  • Ensure required security measures are adhered to by all staff, including upkeep of minimum operating safety standards as well as the security and evacuation plans.

About you

To be successful in this role we expect you to have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in Program Management and implementation of projects in emergency context, including quality monitoring and evaluation processes. Moreover, we also expect the following:


  • Experience of independently managing field offices
  • Experience working operations in partnership with UN Agencies
  • Relevant technical expertise/experience in some sectors of humanitarian programming such as Wash, shelter, economic recovery and protection as well as longer term livelihoods/resilience programming,
  • Proven ability to build external relationships with diplomacy, discretion, and professionalism in a complex and demanding environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and support multi-sector programs including operational planning and problem solving.
  • Demonstrated experience in people management and team building.
  • Demonstrated experience of financial and asset management including multi-donor programming
  • Demonstrated ability to represent DRC in meetings with Local Government officials.
  • Excellent written and presentation skills in English and ability to work in an isolated and challenging environment.
  • Master Degree (Social Sciences, Administration etc)


  • Knowledge of Arabic will be considered an added advantage

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ 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: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

We offer

Contract length: 12 months

Level: Senior Management, E

Designation of Duty Station: Aleppo, non-accompanied duty station

Start date: asap

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates.

Application process

Applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. A****pplications sent by email will not be considered.

Closing date for applications: 30 January

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, DRC reserves the right of conducting tests and interviews before the closing date, and can close the advertisement earlier in case of finding a suitable candidate.

For questions regarding the vacancy please contact Sima Nasri, sima.nasri[at]

For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website

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