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Country Director for Myanmar

Yangon (Myanmar)

DRC is a leading protection agency and has been operating in Myanmar since 2009. In 2012 DRC broadened its presence via Danish Demining Group – DRC’s division for mine action. Today the programme includes a portfolio fully integrating humanitarian and mine action components based on a unified programme and set up to promote the most effective relief and protection to the conflict and displacement affected population. DRC/DDG is currently operational in Rakhine, Kachin, Northern Shan and Kayah States.

In Rakhine DRC is considered one of the key actors responding to displacement-related issues and operates a programme which entails, delivering shelter assistance, community infrastructure, WASH, NFI, livelihoods and protection, including child protection for IDPs and conflict affected populations. DRC furthermore serves as Camp Management agency in rural Sittwe and Pauktaw.
In Kachin and Northern Shan State, DRC has been operational since 2012, where it engages in displacement related interventions in response to the large scale displacement caused by the ceasefire collapse between the Government of Myanmar and the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) in 2011. Activities include shelter, livelihoods, protection, including child protection, anti-trafficking, Mine Risk Education (MRE), Victims Assistance (VA) and Community-Driven Safety, Protection and Development (CDSPD).
In Kayah State, DRC initiated activities in early 2013 when progress on peace negotiations and improvements contributed to a modest return of IDPs and refugees. Activities are focused on livelihoods, CDSPD, MRE and VA, return monitoring, as well as cross-border coordination with organizations based in Thailand.

Role and responsibilities

The Country Director will lead, manage and further develop DRC/DDG’s operations of presently DKK 40 mio. The Country Director will have the overall responsibility for the day to day management, programming, implementation, fundraising and continued development of DRC’s programme in Myanmar. More specifically, the Country Director will:

  • Represent DRC within Myanmar to partners, donors and duty bearers and to promote an optimal operational space for pursuing DRCs strategic priorities in coordination with all relevant entities.
  • Set and ensure the implantation of strategic direction of DRC operation in Myanmar in line with the corporate strategic direction and interests.
  • Ensure that the programme is organized and managed in order to pursue opportunities while at the same time operate in compliance with minimum requirements and relevant guidelines.
  • Responsible for the timely and efficient implementation, management and reporting on the resources entrusted DRC in Myanmar by donors and partners.
  • Lead the process of applying for funding and maintaining a broad funding basis
  • Overall responsible for risk management, safety and duty of care for national and international staff.

The Country Director reports to the Head of Division, Stand Alone Countries, DRC HQ Copenhagen and on mine action related components to the Head of Unit, DDG HQ Copenhagen.


  • Minimum 5 years of senior management experience in emergency and/or post-conflict settings preferable with IDPs and/or refugees in a humanitarian agency
  • Relevant educational background (e.g. political science, international development, economics).
  • Proven experience working with protection issues within the context of refugees and IDPs
  • Proven experience of strategic programming and planning, organisational development, field implementation, monitoring and evaluation
  • Solid experience with financial management, human resource development and logistics.
  • Ability to motivate and guide staff working in a complex environment.
  • A strong ability to collaborate, network and negotiate with Local partners; Governments, UN, donors and other NGOs including proven experience in developing fundraising strategies.
  • Strong analytical, negotiation, advocacy and communication skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines in a changing and insecure environment. Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Security management experience and familiarity with remote management is an advantage.
  • Work experience with DRC/DDG is an advantage
  • Work experience from South East Asia is an advantage

We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of nationality, race, gender or age.


Starting date: Late February 2016

Duty station: Yangon, Myanmar (family duty station) with frequent travel to operational areas currently Rakhine, Kachin, Northern Shan State and Kayah.

Contract: 2 years. 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 A4.

Further information For specific information, please contact Mr. Christian Jacob Hansen, Head of Division on + 45 2889 3373 or Dorthe Egebech Warnaars, Programme & Operations Coordinator or Skype: dew.drc. For general information about the DRC, please consult

Application and CV Please apply with a **short* application and CV by clicking here. In case you are facing systems issues, you can send a mail to no later than 10 January 2016.Please indicate in the “CD Myanmar” in the heading/topic to the email.*

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.

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: Yangon (Myanmar)
  • Grade: Mid/Senior - Internationally recruited position - Mid/Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2016-01-10

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