Programme Manager

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The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a leading protection agency whose mandate is to promote durable solutions to conflict and displacement-affected populations based on humanitarian principles and human rights. DRC is implementing a multi-sector response to support Ukraine refugees, IDPs, and host populations both within Ukraine and in the neighboring countries of Poland, Romania, Moldova, and wider Europe.

The overall purpose of the role

  • Develop and manage DRC area programming centered around strengthening of protection and resilience for displaced populations, centered on protection and cash approaches. Displaced populations include internally displaced persons (IDPs), host families, host communities, and returnees.
  • Manage the provision of direct humanitarian assistance and strengthening of partners, including identification and capacity development of local authorities and civil society organizations.
  • Represent DRC in relevant humanitarian coordination fora, engaging with UN & INGO counterparts and proactively seeking to shape agendas in line with DRC and humanitarian priorities. In addition, representation of the programme to partners and authorities will boost DRC's profile and portfolio.
  • Provide vision, leadership, and direction to DRC humanitarian team and as well as overseeing the administration and implementation of the area project grants and project teams
  • Support the Senior Management Team in ensuring strategic programming coherent with DRC’s operational platforms, coordinating DRC’s programme development, strengthening DRC’s programme quality, standards, and learning, and enforcing DRC’s accountability and M&E frameworks.

Geographic scope: Area North

This role has an area focus and ensures compliance to DRC procedures and guidelines within the area. The role contributes to developing area strategies, which are translated into action plans and day-to-day tasks. The role provides support and/or technical guidance to base operations.

Main responsibilities

1.Management of DRC area portfolio

  • Lead on the planning and kick-off of new projects in the area (Project Planning, Kick-off meetings, Project Implementation Plans development, etc.)
  • Provide daily support to sectoral managers and team leaders to implement their activities on time, scope, and budget
  • Oversee programme quality of current and proposed projects, participate to drafting relevant SOPs to facilitate implementation, and provide direct support to sector managers and team leaders to improve program quality
  • Ensure positions are staffed and projects are on track
  • Provide backstopping and training to Program Head of Departments (i.e., Managers and Team Leaders) in the roll out of area led reporting mechanisms per projects
  • Ensure compliance of current & proposed projects within scope of DRC programme department
  • Develop clear lines of communication between project staff and partners
  • Develop tools and processes to capture, share, and incorporate lessons learned and best practices to inform and enhance the quality of programming

2. Implementation of DRC Project Cycle Management

  • Lead on the rollout and implementation of DRC Project Cycle Management tools
  • Provide mentoring to Sectoral Managers and Team leaders on the implementation of DRC Project Cycle Management phases and tools

3.Strategy and funding development and resource mobilisation

  • In coordination with the Area Manager and MEAL Manager, lead and coordinate assessments in the area
  • Regularly provide updates to the Area Manager and SMT on needs evolution in the area, results of assessment, and engagement with external stakeholders to inform project design
  • At area level, in coordination with the Head of Programme and Area Manager, lead the consolidation of inputs for proposal development
  • At the area level, lead the process of adapting DRC national strategy to the local context and circumstance via an area strategy plan
  • Proactively engage area sectoral managers and team leaders to propose innovative ideas for activities in line with DRC’s Ukraine Country Strategy

4. Advocacy, coordination and representation

  • Represent DRC and articulate the key advocacy points in the relevant clusters and external engagement fora
  • Ensure a coordinated approach to the humanitarian response, geographically and by sector
  • Consolidate and raise needs for advocacy with area teams and inputs to Advocacy Coordinator requests for advocacy talking points, papers, etc.
  • Represent DRC to relevant national authorities as delegated by the Area Manager
  • Represent DRC in external fora as delegated by the Area Manager

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 three 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

Roles reporting to this position: Area Sectoral Managers and/or Sectoral Team Leaders, partnership officer

Reports to: Area Manager

Required experience and competencies

  • At least five years' experience in a project/ program management role involving responsibility for developing new and successful proposals
  • At least three years’ experience with people management
  • 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 and local partners
  • Ability to produce timely project proposals and high-quality reports
  • Full professional proficiency in English

All DRC roles require the post-holder to master DRC’s core competencies:

  • Striving for excellence: Focusing on reaching results while ensuring efficient processes.
  • Collaborating: Involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.
  • Taking the lead: Taking ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: Listening and speaking 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.

Additional information:

  • Contract length: 12 months renewable depending on performance and funding. Preliminary 3-month probation period
  • Band: F managerial
  • Designation of Duty Station: Chernihiv Unacccompanied/Non-family Duty Station
  • Start date: As soon as possible
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis

    Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates/ national staff ; please refer to under Vacancies.

Application process

All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered.

Closing date for applications: 20th November 2023

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