Country Director

  • Abuja
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Dansk Flygtningehjælp

Founded in 1956, Danish Refugee Council (DRC) works in conflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in the countries where refugees settle. Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced. In 40 countries, our 7,500 employees protect, advocate, and build sustainable futures for refugees and other displacement-affected people and communities. DRC is a non-profitmaking, politically independent, non-governmental and non-denominational relief organization. All our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation, and honesty and transparency. DRC is operating in eleven countries of West Africa, Central Africa and North Africa, and its regional office is in Dakar, Senegal.

Job description:

The Country Director will lead DRC operations in Nigeria. S/He is ultimately accountable in country for all aspects of DRC’s work. This includes:
Strategic planning and programme management
Ensure the operationalization of the global DRC 2025 Strategy
Ensure efficient implementation of projects
Provide strategic guidance and management to program sectors to deliver high quality programmes that follow a Rights Based Approach and mainstream protection principles
Ensures that timely and quality reports are provided internally and externally, on time according to DRC & donors requirements
HR & Administration, Finance, Supply Chain
HR: Supervises national staff & international staff performance, and capacity development. Ensure that the recruitment of staff is transparent and timely. Proactively adjust team structures based on needs and funding. Ensure that the salary scale for national staff is competitive and in line with available funding.
Finance: Ensures that funds are spent appropriately, according to the donor contract and DRC policies. Ensures that under-spendings & overspendings are monitored, signaled in good time and acted upon.
Supply chain: Ensure that procurement are made on time and in compliance with rules of origin and nationality. Ensures that for all procurement the proper documentation exists and is archived correctly.
DRC Dynamics (ERP System): Support the implementation of ERP system and follow up.
Safeguarding and Code of Conduct
Overall accountability for matters of compliance, ethics and Code of Conduct in accordance with relevant DRC guidelines and Operations Handbooks.
Ensures that DRC’s Safeguarding, PSEAH Policies and Zero Tolerance to SEAH are strictly enforced.
Ensures that the team is informed about DRC’s transparency policy and whistleblower procedures.
Access and safety
Overall responsible for the security of DRC staff in country and the programs.
Responsible for security planning including regular updating of security and evacuation plans and measures, and implementation of security and contingency plan and update of DRC´s SLS (Safety Level Systems).
Overall responsible for having optimal access in the various contexts of intervention and hard-to-reach areas
Ensure that all employees adhere to security procedures.
Ensure that security incidents are reported and escalated in real-time.
Contribute to the management of critical incidents in coordination with the regional office and headquarters.
Partnership management
Ensure that partnerships are built on both complementarity and added value, designed and managed in a spirit of equal partnership, in with DRC’s strategy at the national, regional, and global levels.
Analyze potential partnerships using documented selection methods and ensure that all partnerships comply with DRC’s requirements and regulations, as well as those of the donors.
Ensure that DRC has an updated understanding of the socio-economic context of the country, trends among donors, needs and gaps, who is doing what, and where in the country.
Drives fundraising efforts and plays key role in donors engagement.
Identifies opportunities for new projects and organizes assessment and fact finding missions.
Oversees the formulation of project proposals, concept papers and budgets using the DRC Operations Handbook.
Representation and external coordination
High level representation with Government and UN agencies at local and national level, with ability to work with high level officials to negotiate program priorities
Cultivate good relations with key humanitarian actors and local and international NGOs engaged particularly in protection, economic recovery and peace programming, through regular attendance at technical meetings /clusters and bilateral meetings. Engage in, and where effective, lead coordination processes amongst key stakeholders.
The Country Director reports to the Operations Director for the region based in Dakar. S/He will travel frequently on the field, and occasionally to Dakar and Copenhagen.
Key Requirements – To be successful in this role you must have:
Advanced university degree in development studies and project management, law, human rights, political and/ or social sciences or in related field.
A minimum of 8 years of humanitarian field experience, including at least 3 to 5 years working in the field in refugee/IDP situations; at least 3 years in a senior management position.
Proven ability to design, manage and implementation programs with a focus on protection, emergency response and resilience for refugees and displaced persons. Experience in sectors such as protection, food security/ early recovery / livelihoods, and peacebuilding.
Experience in implementing operations in insecure environments. Proven experience in security management
Proven track record in setting up equitable partnership with counterparts (National/local NGOs).
Ability to promptly analyze situations and adjust strategies in response to contextual changes.
Experience with donors such as DANIDA, ECHO, FCDO, BHA and BPRM. Proven track record in raising funds in underfunded context.
Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills.
Full professional proficiency in English. (Daily working language).
Previous work experience in West and Central Africa.
All employees should master DRC’s core competencies
Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process. You strive to produce accurate, thorough and professional work with optimal use of time and effort.
Collaborating: You cooperate with and involve relevant parties, actively seeking their opinion and sharing key information with them. You support and trust others while encouraging feedback.
Taking the lead: You take ownership and prioritize my job according to DRC’s overall vision and goals. You take the initiative when confronted with a challenge or an opportunity and aim for innovative solutions.
Communicating: You write and speak effectively and honestly while adjusting my style and tone to the situation. You listen actively to others and involve them in the dialogue.
Demonstrating integrity: You uphold and promote 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 duration: 2 years (re-new able)
Level: Management D
Designation of Duty Station: Accompanied position
General Regulations
The employee shall follow:
DRC regulations on safety, health, COVID-19 norms and hygiene
The Code of Conduct and all ethical guidelines, including the Code of Conduct and the Humanitarian Accountability Framework
We encourage both national and international candidates to apply, and we offer competitive salaries. Salary and conditions will be in accordance with DRC’s Terms of Employment. Please refer to DRC’s website for more information. DRC provides equal opportunity in employment and prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability. DRC encourages all applicants to apply and does not practice any discrimination in any recruitment process. However, candidates should take into consideration that the DRC cannot employ, under an international contract, a national of the country in which he/she will be working.

By working in DRC, you will be joining a global workforce of around 8000 employees. We pride ourselves on our:
Professionalism, impact & expertise
Humanitarian approach & the work we do
Purpose, meaningfulness & own contribution
Culture, values & strong leadership
Fair compensation & continuous development
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.
Danish Refugee Council is an equal opportunity employer and we consider all applicants regardless of race, age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or marital status. We have a strong ambition to further enhance the diversity of our workforce and our goal is to achieve 50% gender balance and at least 50% representation of national staff in management roles. We acknowledge the importance of fostering a diverse and inclusive team to successfully achieve our organizational goals and positively impact the communities we serve.
Expected start date is August 2024.
Job Type:Full time