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Area Manager - East


  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Sanlıurfa
  • Grade: Senior level - Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Refugee rights and well-being
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Human Settlements (Shelter, Housing, Land, Property)
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

Danish Refugee Council, one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is currently looking for a highly qualified Area Manager.


The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a leading protection agency with a mandate is to promote and protect durable solutions to conflict and displacement affected populations on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights. DRC is implementing a multi-sector response to in support Syrian Refugees, host populations and Earthquake affected households in Turkiye.

Overall purpose of the role:  The AM’s prime objectives will be to provide leadership and management with a view to position DRC as a leading, respected INGO in Turkiye.  The AM oversees the strengthening of DRC’s programme development, quality and accountability framework and to be a proactive partner in the wider regional strategic and programme development processes. The Area Manager is a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) and is the key focal point of DRC in the field with all stakeholders. The Area Manager is responsible for managing the programme and operation within their area of operation, overseeing program implementation in Şanlıurfa and Kilis  and ensure that operations are implemented within DRC’s global and country strategy.  Additionally, the Area Manager is responsible for coordination and representation of DRC at field level.  The area manager ensures a productive and accountable relationship with beneficiaries, local government authorities, National and International NGOs and UN Agencies.


Representation and Coordination

  • Act as the primary DRC representative on field level and attend all relevant fora/meetings in order to strengthen DRC’s position in the field;
  • Foster relationships with Government authorities and other relevant stakeholders in the field;
  • Develop, implement and regularly revise a DRC engagement strategy and acceptance in the field;
  • Ensure collaboration and coordination with the other DRC Area Managers to ensure programmatic integration, sharing of lessons, best practices;
  • Maintain close working relationships with donors, national and international organizations and local counterparts on field level;
  • Represent DRC during donor visits to the field;

Programme implementation

  • Ensure quality and timely implementation of all projects in the field;
  • Maintain budget management and oversight at field level;
  • Lead the process of adapting DRC national strategy to the local context in coordination with the Area Economic Recovery and Protection Managers;
  • Provide guidance to the Area Economic Recovery and Area Protection Managers in implementation of DRC’s program in the area of operation;
  • Provide regular analysis on the context and humanitarian situation in the area for the development of project proposal;

Team Management   

  • Direct management of program and support teams in Urfa and Kilis offices and ensure an inter-department coordination;
  • Lead by example to foster a competitive environment and an effective team through result-oriented management systems;
  • Closely coordinate with the two key pillars at country office i.e Head of Program, Head of Support services;

Safety and Security                      

  • Ensure a safe and secure environment for DRC staff, beneficiaries and assets by ensuring the local security procedures are up to date and SOPs are being followed in line with DRC safety management framework;
  • Closely monitor the political situation and the anticipated contextual risks and provide input to DRC safety risk assessment;


  • Oversee field operations and ensure adherence to DRC policy and procedures in Finance, HR and Supply Chain management;
  • Ensure compliance to donors and Government of Turkey compliance standards in the area of responsibility 

Others Responsibilities:

  • Support the Country Director and 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.
  • Function as Country Director during his/her absence.
  • Other deputizing duties as agreed with the Country Director.


Experience and technical competencies : 

  • Minimum 7-10 years of progressively responsible experience in multi-sectoral project management and design in countries of conflict or post-conflict;
  • At least 5 years' experience in people management, including Minimum 3 years of experience in managing complex refugee responses,
  • Demonstrated experience and skill in proposal development, budget development and management, programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Experience with relevant donor guidelines
  • Experience of managing people responsible for program management, implementation, design;
  • Proven experience in effectively coordinating with Officials, NGO partners and other stakeholders;
  • Proven experience in managing integrated programmes, partnership management and capacity building;


Master’s degree in International Development and/or Humanitarian Assistance, Project Management, economics or any other related field


  • Fluency in spoken and written English required;
  • Turkish and/or Arabic language skills preferred.

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.

We offer

Contract length: 01 Year (with possible extension)

Employment Band: E

Designation of Duty Station: Şanlıurfa and Kilis

Start date: As soon as possible. 

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

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. DRC put this recruitment on a rolling basis, recruitment process can continue during the advertisement. 

Closing date for applications: 1/December/2023

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

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.

If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please visit

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.

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