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Camp Manager - Tanzania

Dar es Salaam

DRC is looking for highly qualified, self-motivated Camp Manager able to work with diverse teams of both national and international staff as well as local government authorities, UN agencies, I/NGOs and other partners.


The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental and nonprofit organization, founded in 1956, that works in more than 30 countries around the world. DRC will be operating as a new actor in Tanzania as part of the Burundian refugee response. The attempted coup in May of 2015 and the subsequent unrest has, as of October 7th 2015, displaced 105,542 Burundians to Tanzania, with a potential of displaced people anticipated up to 250,000 people. In line with the regional response plan to the Burundian refugee crisis, DRC Tanzania will implement projects under the protection, shelter and camp management sectors.

Job Profile

The Camp Manager will be responsible for supervising and managing all DRC staff and all DRC activities in one of two refugee camps of Nduti and Mtendali. Working in these refugee camps for DRC involves a multi-sectorial approach in camp management and coordination, shelter construction, community services, and the distribution of NFIs. In addition, the Camp Manager is responsible for the coordination of assistance and services at camp level. This entails building effective partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, ranging from refugees to humanitarian partners, local communities, and government authorities.

Key Responsibilities


Responsible for supervision and management of all camp staff and DRC activities in the refugee camp, including camp development, shelter construction, community mobilization, community services, distributions. Ensure that adequate staffing is in place for the camp management activities, including an appropriate gender balance within the staff group. Ensure all staff are trained on the skills and values required.

Coordination of onsite finance and administration with the Finance Manager and Head of Office;

Monitor financial commitments and expenditures against budgets.

Ensure that the organization’s financial; logistics, security and human resources policies and procedures are fully implemented in relation to all camp management staff.

Contribute to the strategic direction of the country operation through participation in strategy planning meetings and developing strategic documents.

Program Implementation:

Identify gaps in service provision to refugees, proactively referring those gaps to relevant forums or advocating with government authorities or humanitarian partners for additional support.

Monitor and coordinate all activities of humanitarian partners in the camp to avoid duplication and identify gaps, whilst ensuring that protection considerations are mainstreamed across all sectors.

Continually maintain and develop governance and community participation mechanisms in the camp, ensuring that the voices of men, women, boys, girls and groups with specific needs are heard and represented.

Seek to ensure that the camp population participates in decision making processes and that camp coordination forums are representative and inclusive of refugees.

See to it that shelters and communal facilities are provided for refugees in line with applicable standards, and that the infrastructure is maintained/upgraded as per needs and donor guidelines.

Oversee and ensure that NFI distributions are conducted in an accessible and accountable manner.

Adapt camp activities, as applicable, in close coordination with the Emergency Team Leader, if/as the context changes. In particular, the camp manager must be able to scale up camp activities in the case of a large refugee.

Maintain an open dialogue with the camp population.

Program Development:

Identify gaps with a view to generating ideas for future projects with strong beneficiary impact.

Develop concept notes and/or proposals and budgets in close cooperation with the Emergency Team Leader.

Chair weekly camp coordination meetings as well as meetings with refugee leadership committees;

Facilitate/chair other coordination meetings related to the camp, in consultation with the Emergency Team Leader.


Report regularly on camp activities to the Emergency Team Leader for donor reporting.


  • Minimum 3 years of humanitarian work in deep field locations
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills.
  • 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.
  • Advanced university degree in human rights, social sciences or related field or equivalent practical experience.
  • Demonstrated record of field and operational experience at an international level in complex emergencies.
  • 5 years professional work experience in camp management, community mobilization and distributions in a leadership position, and solid understanding of camp dynamics.
  • Proven ability to manage multi-sectoral programs and a diverse staff group.


Availability: Immediately. Or 13 November 2015 at the very latest.

Duty station: Kibondo, Kigoma State. Non Family Duty Station

Contract: Six months with a possibility of extension, subject to funding and performance.

Salary and conditions in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to under Vacancies. The position will be placed at salary level A10.

Further information

You are welcome to contact Mark MILLER at for more information about the position.

Please note that applications are not to be sent to Mark MILLER. We only accept applications sent online via Applications sent directly to Mark MILLER will not be considered.

For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult


DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff is required to contribute to the achievement of this framework (

About DRC

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a private, independent, humanitarian organization working on all aspects of the refugee cause in more than twenty five countries throughout the world. The aim of DRC is to protect refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) against persecution and to promote durable solutions to the problems of forced migration, on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights. DRC works in accordance with the UN Conventions on Refugees and the Code of Conduct for the ICRC and NGOs in Disaster Relief.

The protection and assistance to conflict affected population is provided within a long-term, regional and rights-based approach in order to constitute a coherent and effective response to the challenges posed by today’s conflicts. Assistance consists of relief and other humanitarian aid, rehabilitation, support to return and repatriation as well as promotion of long-term solutions to displacement and its causes. In addition, support and capacity building of local and national authorities and NGOs form an integral part of DRC’s work.

Only motivated applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications, sent together with a CV, will be considered. CV-only applications will not be considered. Please provide references, but do not attach any written recommendations.

We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies. Apply here

Please submit your application, in English no later than 06.11.2015

Please write to if you have questions on the application process or experience problems with your online application.

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: Dar es Salaam
  • Grade: Mid level - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2015-11-13

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