Head of Programme for Danish Demining Group

Dansk Flygtningehjælp

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Udlandet (øvrige)

Danish Demining Group (DDG) is looking for a highly qualified and motivated DDG Head of Programme (HoP) to strengthen and oversee its Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) and Armed Violence Reduction (AVR) activities in Iraq.
Background
Danish Demining Group (DDG) is a specialised HMA and AVR unit within Danish Refugee Council (DRC), an independent international Non-Governmental Organisation focused on securing the protection of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), and promoting long-term solutions to the problems of forced displacement across 35 countries. DDG is mandated to recreate a safe environment where people can live without the threat of landmines, Explosive Remnants of War (ERW), and with the reduced threat of armed violence through conflict management and security system reform.

The Iraq Programme sits within the Middle East region, and DDG’s work spans five sectors:

  • Addressing immediate threats to life and limbs from landmines and ERW
  • Strengthening local institutions and enhancing local capacity for addressing safety needs
  • Building capacity for conflict management and peace
  • Strengthening relationships between security providers and communities
  • Addressing small arms as a tool of violence

DDG has been present and operational in southern Iraq since 2003 with a broad HMA portfolio, conducting Technical and Non-Technical Survey, Battle Area Clearance, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Risk Education and capacity building of local NGOs and national authorities. Since January 2015, activities have also been located in central Iraq and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) to meet the needs of Iraqi IDPs and Syrian refugees.

Position's Overall Objective
DDG's Iraq programme exists to develop, implement and promote effective strategies for HMA and AVR interventions that are tailored to the Iraqi context. In order to drive this process a considerable level of innovation, imagination, and political sensitivity is required. DDG is looking for a dynamic HoP to lead and develop the programme during a time of expansion and consolidation, supervising and mentoring staff, as well as managing ongoing projects. The HoP must ensure cooperation with DRC Program and adherence to joint administrative systems and policies as per the Guiding Principles for Regions and Countries with DDG Activities.

Key Responsibilities:
The DDG HoP will have the overall responsibility of the management, development and delivery of the DDG portfolio in Iraq, overseeing 236 national and 11 international multi-disciplinary personnel. The HoP will report directly to the DRC-DDG Iraq Country Director (CD), with a technical line to the DDG Middle East Regional Head of Programmes (RHoP) in Amman, Jordan. The HoP is also required to liaise and coordinate with staff from the wider Middle East region, global advisors, and relevant staff from DRC Iraq.

This role requires a good understanding of HMA and AVR operations and programming. The DDG HoP will be responsible for the liaison with international donors, as well as with the national authorities in charge of all areas of DDG’s work in Iraq. The role also requires close cooperation and collaboration with DRC on complementary programming, integrated support services, and an understanding of DDG’s wider role in contributing to humanitarian assistance and development.

The below is a list of responsibilities for this role, albeit not exhaustive; other tasks may be required to meet needs:

General Management

  • Ensure high quality project implementation for DDG and DRC-DDG joint projects to agreed indicators, budgets, and workplans in accordance with donor and internal regulations.
  • Ensure that all DDG activity implementation is in accordance with internal safety procedures, maintaining oversight to DDG safety in close coordination with the in-country Safety Team. Assist the Safety Team in development of and ensuring adherence to security procedures by DDG personnel, monitoring the security situation, and developing / adapting contingency plans etc. in collaboration with the Safety Advisor and the CD.
  • Play an active role in the country Senior Management Team to ensure DDG’s activities are integrated and coordinated with broader DRC programming.

People Management

  • Lead and manage subordinate staff (including people planning, performance, well-being and development)

Strategic Development

  • Support the CD by drafting, promoting, and rolling out of all DDG-relevant strategic planning documents in broad consultation with relevant staff. These documents include the country strategic plan as well as strategies for all programme sectors. Ensure proper understanding of these documents by relevant actors (e.g., staff members, partners, NGOs, government counterparts, and donors).
  • Ensure DDG programme strategy is embedded within annual Country Action Plans and Results Contracts, ensuring alignment with the country and regional frameworks and priorities, including with DRC-DDG’s mandate, vision and global strategy.
  • As an SMT member, ensure regular and critical review of the country strategic and action plans. Follow-up on the action plan and report against its indicators.
  • Ensure that the prioritisation set by national mine action authorities and donors is taken into consideration in the planning of operational activities and work to support the national authorities with capacity building.

Administration: Finance, Human Resources, and Supply Chain

  • Support the daily implementation of HR, supply chain and donor reporting requirements for all ongoing DDG projects in Iraq.
  • Signatory on official documents (contracts, payments, purchase orders) within approved parameters and in compliance with the organisation’s and donor’s rules and regulations, and local law.
  • Provide appropriate and timely feedback to DDG staff regarding their performance, including annual staff performance appraisals. Identify with staff their needs and opportunities for professional development.
  • Assist in developing job descriptions and in the recruitment of DDG staff (national and international), as required.
  • Collaborate with the Country Director and the Head of Support Services (HoSS) to develop policies, such as for staff development.
  • With the HoSS and budget holders, ensure that project activities and expenses are regularly and closely monitored, and report to the Country Director and DDG Middle East Regional Office in Amman, Jordan and Headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark any discrepancies or issues and, as needed, contract revision requests are submitted and follow up on in a timely manner.
  • Ensure the ongoing implementation of the DRC Dynamics tool, which aims to streamline supply chain, HR, finance, grant management and supply chain into one system. Ensure ongoing familiarity with the system for all relevant personnel, ensuring requirements for improvements are reported and processes continue to be standardised.

Representation and Fundraising

  • Develop fundraising plans with the support of the Regional Office and HQ, and lead the in-country resource and mobilisation effort for HMA and AVR activities in Iraq in coordination with the DRC-DDG Iraq Country Director and DRC Iraq Head of Programme, particularly regarding potential complementary project initiatives for DRC and DDG.
  • Participate in weekly coordination meetings with DRC personnel to ensure consistent coordinated plans for activities, and help lead on developing innovative new joint programming.
  • Where required, support the Regional Office and HQ with visits to international forums to represent DDG Iraq on the global stage within the sector.
  • Represent DDG in Iraq with all key stakeholders including government authorities, other operators, within key cluster and coordination mechanisms, and with bodies such as the UN.
  • Continue to maintain excellent working relationships with key donors in-country, and support the DDG Regional Head of Programmes with documentation or support to regional-level initiatives.
  • Develop DDG project proposals in coordination with focal points locally and the Regional Office and Headquarters.

Operational Oversight

  • Undertake the planning, implementing and monitoring of HMA and AVR operational activities and regular follow up with line management for the DDG Operations Manager
  • Work with the DDG Operations Manager and other technical personnel in HQ to ensure that operational objectives, workplans, and implementation are consistent with the DDG Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and frameworks, relevant international and national standards, and best practice in the sector
  • Guided by the DRC Programme Handbook, continuously monitor and develop relevant accountability initiatives in the field as well as strengthening the effort to document the outcomes and impact of DDG’s activities.
  • Ensure that all activities are coordinated with the Iraqi Kurdistan Mine Action Authority (IKMAA), Directorate of Mine Action (DMA), and Regional Mine Action Centres (RMACs) and other relevant stakeholders for relevant operational locations.

The DDG Head of Programme is based in Erbil at DDG-DRC’s main office, and is expected to conduct regular visits to programme activities in all DDG site locations, security permitting. The DDG Head of Programme will work closely together with his/her counterpart in DRC to ensure complementary programming between DDG and DRC.

Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 7 years international work experience with 4 years at senior management level within humanitarian NGOs or similar international bodies, of which 5 years must have been within the humanitarian sector, preferably in challenging security environments. IMAS Explosive Ordnance Disposal knowledge or qualifications is an advantage.
  • Relevant university Degree, preferably Master's, in Social Sciences, Management, Law, International Development, International Relations or other relevant field, a Bachelors degree with with additional work experience, or sufficient proven professional experience related to the sector.
  • Proven successful experience with fundraising, budget design and monitoring, and managing multiple funding grants.
  • Demonstrable leadership and management skills, including team building, building national capacity, and management by example.
  • Extensive experience with donor and stakeholder engagement, including Government and national mine action authorities specifically
  • Demonstrable capacity to be articulate, imaginative and innovative. In the context of Iraq, the capacity to 'think outside of the box' is essential.
  • Demonstrable ability to think strategically, prioritize, and meet deadlines in a complex and challenging environment.
  • Experience in managing the safety and security of personnel, resources and assets in a complex and fluid context.
  • Fluency in verbal and written English with excellent writing skills is required. Knowledge of Arabic will be an asset
  • Experience of Armed Violence Reduction programming and concepts would be an asset
  • Work experience in Iraq or the Middle East is deemed an asset

Personal competencies:

  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently unsupervised with a strong work ethic.
  • Political and cultural sensitivity, including ability to adapt well to local cultures with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • A high degree of flexibility with respect to working hours, with ability to plan and manage her/his own time effectively.
  • Able to exercise a large degree of common sense and personal discipline. Demonstrated successful experience working within a complex security environment is preferred.

All employees should also master DRC/DDG's core competencies:

  • Communicating; Taking the lead; Collaborating; Striving for excellence; Demonstrating integrity

General
Commitments:
DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework within the work of DRC-DDG.

We offer:
A challenging and rewarding job in one of the best NGOs in the world: salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Demining Group/Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates and you can refer to www.drc.dk under Vacancies for more information.

Contract length: 2 years (renewable)

Duty Station: Erbil, Iraq, with frequent travel to all bases in Baghdad, Basra, Mosul etc. security permitting. Iraq is a hazardous environment; all employees must adhere to all security precautions and contribute to the security of the team.

Start date: Soon as possible.

This position will be placed at level Manager, E1 as per DRC’s position structure

Application and CV
Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit an updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post.

We only accept covering letter and CV applications in English, sent via our online-application form on www.drc.dk under Vacancies. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis and DRC-DDG may fill this position prior to the closing date.
For further information about the role, please contact the DRC-DDG Iraq CD, Lilu Thapa at lilu.thapa@drc.ngo or DDG Regional Head of Programmes for the Middle East, Clare O’Reilly at clare.oreilly@drc.ngo Applications sent to these email addresses will not be considered.
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact job@drc.dk

For general information about the Danish Refugee Council and Danish Demining Group, please consult www.drc.dk and www.danishdemininggroup.dk

DRC as an employer
By working in DRC, you will be joining a global workforce of around 8000 employees in 40 countries. 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

Read more here about what our employees say about working in DRC.

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. Visit drc.ngo to read more about what we do to secure robust safeguarding mechanisms.

If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please visit drc.ngo/jobsupport.

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APPLY FOR POSITION
Application due:
5/30/2019

Workplace:
Erbil

Department/Country:
Iraq

Contract type:
Expatriate contract

Homepage:
drc.ngo
danishdemininggroup.dk‎

ABOUT DDG/DRC
Danish Demining Group (DDG) is widely recognised as provider of efficient and community-oriented solutions to human security problems caused by landmines and other explosive remnants of war as well as small arms and light weapons.

DDG is part of DRC (Danish Refugee Council), founded in Denmark in 1956, and which is Denmark’s largest and the world’s leading non-profit, independent, rights-based refugee organization.

Our vision is to assist refugees, internally displaced people and their host communities to a dignified life. We protect lives and human rights and empower beneficiaries throughout conflict displacement by providing shelter, food, and hope in terms of work, education and integration towards a sustainable future.


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