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Child Protection & Education Programme Manager


Who are we?

Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has operated in C.A.R since 2007. DRC has recently scaled up its emergency activities in its areas of operation to respond to the growing needs of displaced and other conflict-affected populations. Besides immediate assistance, camp management and livelihoods support, DRC is recognised as one of the most active organisations in protection both in Bangui and in several CAR provincial Prefectures. DRC teams endeavour to support the auto protection initiatives of the most vulnerable communities in order to contribute to durable solutions; the main thematic areas are protection monitoring, psychosocial support, GBV, child protection and education as two emerging programmatic areas.

Further, community mobilisation and different initiatives to facilitate dialogue have been included in order to support inter and intra community management of conflict and to contribute to the improvement of the protective environment for most affected people.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Child Protection and Education Programme Manager (CP&EPM) will oversee the implementation and development of these thematic areas by ensuring synergy and coordination with the other programme areas. This is a challenging position which requires strong organization skills, excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to work well in a distributed, multicultural environment. The position presents a unique opportunity for a skilled programme manager to promoting education for and protection of children affected by war and crisis. He/She reports to the Protection Coordinator. The candidate should also contribute to the monitoring of child protection concerns and therefore complement the protection analysis for the DRC programme.

This position requires 50% of time in the field, in the region of Ouham and Bamingui Bangoran.


  • Under the supervision of the Protection Coordinator, he /she is responsible for the development of the child protection and education specific thematic areas in synergy with the other programme component (protection, emergency and early recovery)
  • Ensure adequate and continuous capacity building and management of performance of both international and national teams on main CP and education in emergency standards.
  • Line-manage the expatriate project manager and national staff as appropriate.
  • Implement a monitoring and evaluation system relevant to the specificities of this thematic area in coordination with the M&E officer and the protection programme manager.
  • Ensure the timely and quality compilation of monthly, quarterly and annual reports in line with donor requirements and DRC reporting standards,
  • Ensure the synergy with other DRC activities in the regions of Ouham and Bamingui Bangoran.

Funding and Grants sustainability:

  • Develop proposals and liaise with donors.
  • Ensure the mid/long-term funding of the programmes.

Coordination and external representation:

  • Liaise with authorities, external partners, donors, and other agencies.
  • Attend relevant clusters meetings and liaise with other formal or non-formal coordination mechanisms as needed.

Security :

  • Attentive and responsive to the security situation on a daily basis and responsible to ensure the communication with the programme staff members.
  • Responsible to understand and able to implement and train staff members on key security rules including regular updating of security plans and measures.
  • Responsible for following DRC Security procedures and at the programmes level in CAR, including Chapter 19 & 20 of the Operations Handbook.
  • Ensures that security incidents at the program level are reported to the Country Director.

About you

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with at least 4 years of progressive experience as a programme manager.
  • Strong leadership and motivation skills, with at least 4 years of experience in coordinating activities in conflict affected countries.
  • Knowledge of CPIMS, CP Minimum Standards, CFS guidelines, INEE Minimum Standards.
  • Repeated experience in project managing large-scale, cross-functional projects
  • Excellent writing, presentation and meeting facilitation skills
  • Outstanding skills in managing and reporting budgets
  • Experience in implementing or adapting project management methodologies, templates, tools and processes**
    To be successful in this role you must have:**
  • University degree in political/social sciences, human rights, development or a relevant equivalent;
  • Strong background in human rights and familiarity with practical challenges faced by displaced and other vulnerable persons in CAR.
  • Direct experience and/or broad knowledge of information, referral assistance or community center-based programming;
  • Experience conducting assessments and a willingness to help plan assessments;
  • Familiarity with systems and concepts for monitoring and evaluating project performance;
  • Commitment to supporting quality programmes through promotion and integration of protection child protection principles in project work in line with international best practices (meeting or exceeding minimum standards);
  • Interest in building staff capacity via trainings, resource development, shadow visits, etc.;
  • Ability and willingness to maintain regular presence at project sites (including all outreach and community center locations);
  • Ability and willingness to work during irregular working hours when needed
  • Fluency in French and English (written and spoken) is a must.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective working relations with local staff and other stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to work and live in very basic living conditions in deep field locations.
  • Ability to work under pressure, with minimal supervision, and in a culturally diverse team.
  • Ideally, you will also have previous experience working in Central African Republic.

We offer

Contract: 6 months contract, with the possibility of extension.
Duty Station: Bangui, Central African Republic, with frequent mission in the Regions.
Starting date:** December 1st, 2015

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to under Vacancies. This position will be placed at level A 12

Interested? Then apply for this position by visiting our webpage.
All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in English. CV only applications will not be considered.
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact

Applications close November 1, 2015. Please note, as these position are urgent, applicants may be shortlisted and interviewed prior to the closing date.

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

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Bangui
  • Grade: Mid level - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Legal - International Law
    • Legal - Broad
    • Social Affairs
    • Human Rights
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Animal Health and Veterinary
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Legal - International Law
    • Legal - Broad
    • Social Affairs
    • Human Rights
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2015-11-01

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