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Area Manager, Arua


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 business unit within DRC focused on the prevention and reduction of armed violence. DDG’s work in the region spans five sectors: 
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) invites applications for the position as Area Manager (AM), based in Arua, who plays a critical role in the Uganda operation under the leadership of the Country Director based in Kampala. 
In Uganda, DRC works in North, North-Western, South-Western and North-Eastern regions in a range of emergency/development support for the refugees and communities in need with the aim of saving lives by providing protection and humanitarian assistance, and creating livelihoods. 
In the West Nile Region, DRC is currently implementing a refugee programme for South Sudanese and Congolese in areas of child protection with a special focus on separated and unaccompanied minors, psychosocial support, GBV and protection monitoring; Livelihoods focusing on skills development and employment creation;  Water and Sanitation; Environment; Shelter and infrastructure. Additionally, DRC is implementing a longer term development assistance program in the hosting areas. 
Under the overall guidance of the Country Director, and the Management Team in the Country Office, the AM is to ensure quality implementation of diverse projects (emergency and long term refugee assistance projects as well development oriented project to support host communities), ensure compliance to financial and administrative procedures for the project, and responsible for the planning and implementation of adequate security precautions within the programme area to ensure the safety of all staff and assets. 
Project management 
  • Supervise effective, efficient and timely implementation of all projects according to agreed contracts, budgets, policies and in accordance with specific donor requirements 
  • Ensure effective implementation of DRC’s multi-sectoral emergency and longer term support to refugees in West Nile. 
  • Provide effective supervision to DRC’s longer term development focused project under DAR3 in the host communities 
  • Prepare project work plans in accordance with annual planning and funding cycles; 
  • Ensure that relevant beneficiary data is collected, compiled, analysed and distributed and that relevant assessments are conducted in the project area; 
  • Provide regular internal and external reports, and other relevant information on programme activities, policy matters and external relations, based on agreed formats and schedules; 
  • Assist in implementation of DRC’s M&E plans for the projects 
  • Together with the Head of Programs, identify opportunities for new projects; 
  • Assist the Head of Program to plan and develop concept papers, budgets and project proposals; 
Administration and Personnel Management 
  • Supervise budgeting and project expenditures with assistance from the Grants and Finance staff and support from the HOFA Uganda; 
  • Supervise human resources in the West Nile program. This includes further development of staff job descriptions, their training and monitoring, and recruitment;
  • Implement and monitor (and where necessary revise) implementation of DRC administrative guidelines and -policies, safety– and security procedures, logistics support and other tasks associated with efficient day-to-day running of the operations; 
  • Be responsible for organisational development for the program, including staff assessments. 
  • External relations  
  • Maintain close relations with all relevant stakeholders including the donor and UN agencies, officials of the Office of the Prime Minister, district- and sub-county authorities, other donor representatives, INGOs, NGOs and CBOs; 
  • Participate in the relevant sector coordination meetings in the field and ensure DRC’s inputs to development of assistance modalities that adheres to humanitarian principles and other international frameworks that DRC has subscribed to. 
  • In consultation with the Country Director and Head of Finance and Administration, ensure correct and timely narrative and financial reporting to donor(s); 
  • Ensure effective coordination and visibility to the implementation of the projects with all humanitarian and development actors and relevant stakeholders. 
Program development and strategy 
  • Together with the Country Director, identify opportunities for new projects; 
  • Lead assessments for emergency or longer term programming in existing or new project locations 
  • lead the planning and development of concept papers, budgets and project proposals with appropriate levels of support from country team; 
  • Ensure effective coordination and visibility of the implementation of the projects with all humanitarian and development actors and relevant stakeholders. 
Safety and security
  • Responsible for safety and security of DRC staff and assets in the country and member of the country’s incident management team (IMT). 
  • Ensure required security measures are adhered to by all staff, including upkeep of minimum operating safety standards and the security and evacuation plans. 
  • Masters’ Degree in Development studies, International relations, environment studies, or related subject with experience of protection of displaced persons 
  • A clear knowledge and experience of refugee assistance program with experience of coordinating shelter/infrastructure, WASH and emergency livelihoods
  • Experience of rural infrastructure development projects 
  • Demonstrated report writing skills, staff, and financial management;  
  • At least 5 years of experience of doing similar work in an NGO of which at least 2 years should be working as an In-charge of field offices. 
  • Preferable: 
  • Experience of working with projects funded by bilateral and multilateral Donors and experience of working with United Nations funded projects 
  • A positive attitude with ability to work in a multicultural working environment is desirable. 
DRC encourages all qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of nationality, race, gender or age. 
Availability:        Immediate  
Duty station:      Arua, Uganda with frequent travel to the field sites within West Nile and Uganda.  
Duration:          One year with possibility of extension, subject to funding.  
Reporting:        This position directly reports to the Country Director based in Kampala in general policy matters, strategy development, external relations, administrative guidelines and personnel regulation.  The senior staff based in Arua, Nebbi, Zombo, Koboko and Yumbe report to the Area Manager – this includes both program staff and support staff. 
Contract:         1 year contract 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 A15. For qualified National staff the terms of employment will be in accordance with DRC terms for National staff 
DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework ( 
Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post. 
We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies.  
Please forward the application and CV, in English through the online application on under vacancies no later than 9th October 2016 
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact  
For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult 

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: Kampala
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Management, Administration and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2016-10-09

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