Area Manager

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Udlandet (øvrige)

About the role
The Area Manager is responsible for overall management and strategic direction of DRC emergency programme in Gambella. The programme covers but is not limited to NFI’s, Shelter, Community Driven Development and Livelihoods with Somali Refugees and refugee hosting communities, as well as displaced populations within the region.

The Area manager will represent DRC with the local and regional government bodies, especially UNHCR, partners, beneficiaries and other (I)NGO’s as part of regular and quality communications to maintain good relations. The post holder will need to clearly understand and ensure fair, accountable and transparent management of programme, finance and human resources and promote a learning environment for staff and the organisation. The Area Manager will also be responsible for compliance to Standard Operating Procedures for safety, security and general operations.

Programme Management

  • Overall responsibility for the design, implementation and effective monitoring of agreed projects and activities in areas of livelihoods and infrastructural projects with refugees and host communities.
  • Ensure effective monitoring, evaluation and documentation of all activities and processes. Ensuring the analysis of data collected (at various levels) to inform activity changes to improve programme quality.
  • Ensure the development and implementation of all activities in line with Humanitarian Accountability Principles (HAP) and DRC programme policies especially gender, age and disability.
  • Proactively seeking funding opportunities to scale up and/or expand activities working closely with the Country Director and Country Advisors. This includes identifying and undertaking assessments and writing concepts and proposals.
  • To oversee Gambella programming with short-term visits and ensure quality of programme delivery

Technical Programme

  • To be engaged strategically with all technical sectors as need and provide management and strategic input/oversight
  • To facilitate linkages and support with Regional Advisors and be the point person if there are no technical leads.
  • Oversee and provide strategic support to sectoral teams (for now LVH, Community Driven Development, and WASH and protection sectors.

Representation and Relations

  • Represent DRC with the regional/local governments, UN bodies and non-government organizations as required. Ensure appropriate DRC staff attend the ad hoc and regular meetings, clusters, technical working groups as applicable to DRCs programme and work in the region.
  • Engage with all stakeholders as regularly as possible. This would include local and refugee leadership, local and regional government, Donors, and partners
  • Ensure accurate and on time reporting internally and externally. Including contributing to external donor reports and ensuring monthly DRC progress reports are sent to regional government, ARRA, UNHCR, and other donors.

Team Management

  • Lead regular staff and management meetings in Gambella.
  • Manage direct reports to agreed job priorities and identify learning and development needs for programme staff, under your direct and indirect supervision. Bring human resource/staff management issues to the senior management team and/or CD for decisions.
  • With team leaders manage the programme activities budget lines; ensuring effective and efficient use of resources including financial, human and all assets.
  • Ensure programme teams work closely with the support team to delivery DRC policies and procedures in finance, procurement and logistics including effective planning weekly, monthly and quarterly.
  • Overall responsibility for security in and around the Gambella zone including ensuring adherence to agreed security protocols, recommending changes to security protocols and working with the Logistics and Security Officer to deliver the agreed security action plan.
  • Any other activities as requested by the Country Director.

About you

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in programme development and implementation in emergency context, including quality monitoring and evaluation processes.
  • A University level degree in, social sciences or economics. Substantial work experience in the areas of emergency, camp management, and/or the development sector, especially with displaced/refugees communities can substitute education qualification.
  • Relevant technical expertise/experience in some sectors of humanitarian programming such as WASH, shelter, livelihoods, and community development, etc.
  • Proven ability to build external relationships with diplomacy, tact and professionalism in a complex and demanding environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and support multi-sector programmes including operational planning and problem solving.
  • Demonstrated experience of people management and team-building.
  • Demonstrated experience of financial and asset management,
  • Demonstrated ability to undertaken representation with senior government officials.
  • Excellent written and presentation skills in English
  • Strong analytical capacity for programme design and development.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Proficiency in common computer packages and financial software i.e. Word, Excel, Power point etc.
  • Must show ability to work in an isolated and challenging environment.

We offer
Unit/Department: Program and Support

Location: Gambella

Employment Category: E2

Reporting to: Area Manager

Application process
All applicants must upload 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: 28 June 2019.

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 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


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Contract type:
Expatriate contract


DRC (Danish Refugee Council), founded in Denmark in 1956, 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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