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Head of Programmes

Ankara (Turkey)

Overall objectives

  1. Leading the implementation and management of DRC Programmes according to the DRC Turkey Programmes strategy;
  2. Ensuring effective and efficient management and coordination of the programme team inside DRC MENA and Turkey, as well as with other organisation;
  3. Developing new orientation and innovative ways to ensure the best programming according to beneficiaries needs.


DRC is an International non-governmental organisation, which promotes and supports durable solutions to the problems faced by refugees and internally displaced people all over the world. Throughout 2015, Turkey continued to play a central role in the Syrian refugee crisis within the MENA region. With its 2.5 million Syrian refugees, Turkey is also the country that is hosting the highest number of refugees in the world. In 2015 Turkey has then faced the impact of other neighbouring countries border restrictions on the entry of Syrians initiated in the last quarter of 2014. In the last month, increasing insecurity in Northern Syria as provoked multiples movements of populations.

DRC has been one of the leading emergency agencies responding to the Syrian crisis since 2011. Operating in Turkey since early 2013, and officially registered in the country since August, DRC works specifically with Syrian refugees and other displacement-affected communities in the southern provinces of Hatay, Kilis and Sanliurfa. DRC is now expending operation in Kahramanmaras, and seeking to expend in Gaziantep, Adana and Mersin. The overall objective for DRC in Turkey is the protection and promotion of durable solutions to displacement affected populations on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights.



  • Develop the DRC Turkey Programme Strategy
  • Participate in preparation and finalisation of strategic documents, annual reviews etc.
  • Provide strategic leadership for the projects.

Programme management

  • Plan, coordinate, follow up and ensure timely and quality implementation of the program activities with Program Managers, per donor and DRC guidelines.
  • Identify and support new projects and partnerships and its development.
  • Launch new projects and ensure smooth handover to project managers when recruited.
  • Unify approaches between programs in different geographical areas.
  • Coordinate emergency response and develop/update Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan.
  • Organize the Programme Monthly meeting in other to discuss with PM the orientation of the programmes, and feed the SMT meeting.

Recruitment / Human Resources / Training

  • Recruit, supervise, train, guide, support, monitor and evaluate the expat and national staff in charge of the programme’s activities.

Finance, Procurement and Administration

  • Review, authorise, follow up and monitor projects’ budgets, including partner budgets by following DRC operations handbook.

Coordination and Representation

  • Ensure smooth and close collaboration with donors, UN agencies, NGO forums/clusters, national partners and other stakeholders.
  • Assist in the coordination efforts in the Syrian refugee response in Turkey, when needed.
  • In coordination with the CD, when needed, represent DRC before national and/or international stakeholders.


  • Provide regular updates on political/security situation and program progress to CD.
  • With the team, prepare the donor reports, assessment, feasibility studies and other related reports.

Monitoring & Evaluation

  • Ensure continuous monitoring of projects implemented by national partners.
  • Facilitate the evaluation of the programme both at internal and external levels.

Any other duties as agreed with the DRC Country Director/Representative


  • At minimum, a university degree with development studies, international humanitarian law, humanitarian or human rights studies, sociology, psychology, protection, or other related field.
  • At least 8 years of international relevant professional humanitarian experience with an international humanitarian aid organization, in complex emergencies, with exposure to targeted assistance, protection and/or community services programming.
  • At least 4-5 years in an international managerial position (strong managerial skills required).
  • Extensive practical experience working with all steps of the project cycle management (needs assessments, proposal writing and development, implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluating).
  • Solid experience with managing an office, and managing/capacity building both national and expatriate staff.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective and team and external relation.
  • Excellent English language skills, both written and spoken are essential, and working knowledge of Arabic and/or Turkish is a strong advantage.
  • Previous DRC experience is a strong advantage.
  • Familiarity with EU-ECHO, DFID, UNHCR and US donor guidelines.

Essential Competencies:

  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills, working with different groups, partners and nationalities.
  • Strong initiative and self-motivated, with a strong commitment to teamwork and humanitarian principles.
  • Flexible, enthusiastic and willingness to learn from others.
  • Ability to multi-task and cope with competing demands under tight deadlines.
  • Identify priority activities and assignments, adjust priorities as required.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Willingness to travel regularly and extensively.
  • Good sense of humour.

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


Availability: As soon as possible

Duty station: Ankara with frequent travel to the field – but the first 2 months the position will be based in Hatay.

Contract: 12 months, with possibility of extension.

Salary and other conditions are in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council, Terms of Employment for Expatriates (available at under Vacancies). The position will be placed at salary level A7. Ankara is a family duty station, rules from MENA Housing Policy and DRC Turkey housing policy will apply.

Further information

For more information, please contact the Country Director, Martine Villeneuve, Email:

Please note that applications are not to be sent to Martine Villeneuve, candidature sent by email will not be taken into consideration.

For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult

Application and CV

Only motivated applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications, sent together with a CV, will be considered.

We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies. Please remember to include a letter of application and your CV.

Applications are to be sent no later than 31 March, 2016. Please note that the position will close as soon as it will be filled.

Problems with on-line application?

Please contact Anne Oxholm,, if you experience problems with your on-line 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: Ankara (Turkey)
  • Grade: Mid/Senior - Internationally recruited position - Mid/Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Operations and Administrations
  • Closing Date: 2016-03-31

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