Country Director


The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is an independent, non-profit organization (NGO), founded on the basis of humanitarian principles, and human rights based approach, to secure the protection of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), and to promoting long term solutions to the problems of forced displacement. Danish Demining Group (DDG) is a specialized unit within DRC which implements mine action and armed violence reduction (AVR) programmes. DDG’s mandate is ‘to create a safe environment free from armed violence and the remnants of conflict’, and DDG does this via a programmatic focus on four key sectors: Security Systems Reform, Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) management, Mine Action and Conflict Management. 
The DRC/DDG invites applications for the position as Country Director (CD) for our Yemen operation.  
DRC has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. Using a human rights framework, the DRC Horn and Africa and Yemen (HOAY) operation focuses mainly on people who are affected by displacement, including refugees, internally displaced, and migrants in Somalia, Kenya, Yemen, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda and Tanzania. The HOAY Regional office also supports non-operational initiatives, focusing on mixed migration issues, civil society engagement, and advocacy and policy initiatives related to displacement.  
The Yemen operation falls under the HOAY Regional Office based in Nairobi. DRC began working in Yemen in 2008 in response to the mixed migration flows from the Horn of Africa. Since then, DRC expanded its sectors of intervention and is now providing humanitarian assistance in ten governorates throughout the country. There are currently over 160 staff working in the Sana’a main office, two hub offices in Aden and Hodeida, and six field offices. Current programme sectors include protection (mixed migration, IDP, child), food security, WASH, shelter, and livelihoods. DDG Yemen started activities in January 2012 with two projects delivering Mine Risk Education (MRE) and Conflict Management Education (CME) in southern Yemen. DDG is currently embarking on three main areas of intervention that are Mine Risk Education and supporting the capacity development and deployment of stand-by Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams from the Yemen Executive Mine Action Center (YEMAC). Through quality surveys and data and information management, DDG will also support YEMAC in the development of a more accurate threat and response maps. 
DRC/DDG strives to be one of the absolute leading displacement focused INGOs in the Yemen region in terms of relevance, impact and quality. Current focus is both emergency programming to address critical needs resulting from the current conflict, as well as an increased pursuance for recovery programming, durable solutions and sustainable livelihood strategies for the displaced population while building better strategic, programmatic and operational coherence and synergy across the wider Yemen region. 
In close collaboration with the Regional Director; along with the DDG Regional Manager; CD colleagues and senior programme staff and advisors, the incumbent’s prime objectives will be to provide leadership and strategic management with a view to position DRC as the leading INGO in Yemen on protection, promotion of durable solutions, Mine Action and AVR; oversee the strengthening of DRC’s programme development, quality and accountability framework and be a pro-active partner in the wider regional strategic and programme development process. 
The CD supervises the senior management team for Yemen including the Programme Director, the Head of Finance and Administration, Operations Manager, and Communications and Support Officer. In addition, the CD will oversee the work of the DDG Programme Manager, jointly with the DDG Regional Manager for the HoAY, supporting the DDG portfolio as a key pillar of the overall Yemen programme. A close working relationship will be maintained with the regional senior management team.  
The desired candidate is expected to have senior level management experience and a demonstrable successful track record of organizational development and resource mobilization. He or she must also be able to conceptualize and articulate DRC/DDG vision and have the strong oral and written communication skill required to translate the vision into action. 
Experience and understanding of how to work in conflict and fragile environments, refugee and displacement issues is required, and ideally the candidate will have a good understanding of the region and/or from other similar migrant and protection situations as well as a sound knowledge and experience related to programming related to mine action and contexts where there is significant explosive remnants of war contamination. 
Direct managerial oversight and support:  
Ensure that the SMT and PMs have clear and realistic performance based management goals. Tasks include:  
a) Direct line management of SMT, and country wide programme support team;  
b) Support PMs to establish good management support for their teams;  
c) Provide on-going support and coaching, and ensure that staff has the necessary capacity to fulfil their responsibilities. 
Programme Strategy:  
To develop and update the Yemen programme strategy, within DRC/DDG’s overall regional and global strategic frameworks. Tasks include:  
a)    Ensuring staff understand the regional and global frameworks,  
b)    Leading a consultative process for local strategy development,  
c)    Leading the Yemen-wide annual programme portfolio analyses,  
d)    Playing a key role in fundraising and donor contract management. 
Quality and Accountability:  
To be responsible for ensuring that programmes comply with the organisational quality and accountability commitments. Tasks include:  
a)    Ensure that the Operations and Programme Handbooks are utilized throughout all offices,  
b)    Lead process of developing and updating the local Humanitarian Accountability Framework and Quality Management System,  
c)    Promote accountability concepts and practices. 
Safety and Security:  
To hold overall responsibility for ensuring that DRC’s Yemen programme is delivered in a safe and secure manner. Tasks include:  
a)    Working with DRC’s Regional Security Advisor and Yemen Country Programme safety officers to ensure that all HoAY security management protocols and procedures are updated, made locally relevant and applied consistently,  
b)    To be overall responsible for ensuring security analyses is being done collectively and regularly,  
c)    Ensuring compliance with risk mitigation against corruption, fraud and diversion. 
Representation, Coordination and Stakeholder management:  
To ensure that DRC/DDG maintains excellent and productive relations with all key stakeholders, especially beneficiaries, local authorities, the humanitarian community and donors. Tasks include:  
a)    Representing DRC/DDG at relevant and senior forums/ meetings,  
b)    Ensuring other staff are appropriately representing DRC/DDG at relevant forums/ meetings,  
c)    Maintaining agreed profile of DRC/DDG at country level,  
d)    Conducting regular stakeholder analyses to ensure that DRC/DDG has good understanding of dynamics/ relationships,  
e)    Engaging in, and where effective, leading coordination processes amongst key stakeholders. 
Advocacy and communication:  
To lead the Yemen team’s advocacy in all DRC/DDG key messages. Tasks include:  
a)    With Regional Office to prepare and implement a Yemen-wide advocacy and communication strategy, 
b)    Guiding staff to advocate clearly, appropriately and strategically. 
Financial accountability:  
Ensure that the different programmes deliver financial accountability. Tasks include:  
a)    Playing an active and coordinating role in linking finance teams with the Regional finance teams, and financial management itself,  
b)    Ensuring that financial systems are followed by FOs and that financial reports submitted are accurate, 
c)    Ensuring the finance and programme teams have a productive engagement. 
  • A Master’s degree in a relevant field 
  • Five years management experience, as head or senior member of humanitarian or development programme/organisation 
  • Experienced with conflict related displacement issue, particularly in L3 emergencies 
  • Good communicator and proven diplomacy with all types of stakeholders 
  • Proven commitment to accountable practices and knowledgeable of quality assurance systems 
  • Hands on experience in managing staff in insecure locations and strong human resource management skills in general. 
  • Experience of managing budgets and multiple donor contracts  
  • Experience in donor contact, fundraising and networking. 
  • Fluency in spoken and written English required; Arabic language skills preferred. 
  • Experience related to humanitarian mine action and armed violence reduction programming 
  • Experience of humanitarian advocacy 
DRC encourages all qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of nationality, race, gender or age. 
Availability:      15 October 2016  
Duty station:     Sana’a with frequent travel to programme locations within Yemen 
Reporting:         This position reports to the DRC Regional Director. 
Contract:          2 years with possibility of extension dependent on both funding and performance. Salary and conditions in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Global Expatriates (available at under Vacancies). This position is graded as A6. For qualified National staff the terms of employment will be in accordance with DRC terms for National staff 
For more information about the position, please contact the Regional Director, Ms Heather Amstutz at .  For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult 
DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework.  
Qualified candidates are invited to access the full job description and the requirements for this position under vacancies at  Please submit applications online using this link by 14 August 2016. 
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 and email applications sent directly to Ms Heather Amstutz will not be considered.  
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact  

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.
  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Yemen
  • Grade: Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Management, Administration and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2016-08-14

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