Country Director Niger


Country Director – Niger  
Are you ready to pursue an exciting opportunity to join a progressive humanitarian organization in a top leadership role? And are you the experienced and knowledgeable Country Director who can lead the Danish Refugee Council’s country operation in Niger? Then we want to hear from you. 
DRC in Niger 
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organisation founded in 1956 that works in more than 35 countries throughout the world. 
In July 2014, DRC/DDG established a presence in Niger as part of its Border Security and Management programme in the Liptako Gourma region – (border region between Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger) – to reduce armed violence, improve community safety, and enhance border security and management capacity 
The deteriorating security situation in north-eastern Nigeria during 2015 has caused several important population movements into Niger’s Diffa region, including refugees from Nigeria and citizens of Niger who were living in Nigeria and have returned. DRC/DDG conducted a joint mission in the Diffa region (located along the border with Nigeria) in 2015 to assess humanitarian and safety needs and consequently decided to open the mission. The operation is presently funded by ECHO, WFP and in an advanced stage of discussion with UNHCR and OFDA. 
Our Country Director will be based in Niamey but you are expected to travel on a regular basis to field offices, in particular to Diffa, as well as the broader north-east region (depending on access) and other countries within the region.  
The position 
You are expected to: 
  • Provide strategic leadership during this critical phase of operational development in Niger, undertaken in coordination and consultation with local and international partners.  
  • Represent Danish Demining Group, DRC’s Armed Violence Reduction (AVR) unit, and identifying opportunities for integrated DRC/DDG programme development that focus efforts on conflict transformation, community safety and mine action in collaboration with DDG’s Regional Manager for West Africa and Global Specialist Leads for AVR and mine action.  
  • Together with the Head of Operations (HoO), oversee the setting up of new financial and management systems for the county programme and provide overall budget monitoring, financial management and expenses control including compliance with minimum DRC/DDG and donor requirements. 
  • Overall responsible for security including development and ensuring adherence to security procedures, monitoring the development in the security situation, analysing and provision of recommendations. 
  • Act as representative for the programme to authorities, donors, partners, and in various co-ordination forums. 
  • To provide strong fundraising abilities and play key role in fundraising and donor contract management. 
  • Design the Results Contract annually in line with the Regional Strategic Programme Document and report on it quarterly, incorporating adjustments as needed 
  • Contribute to the integration of the Niger program into the DRC’s regional strategy and set up. 
  • The County Director for Niger will report to the Regional Director for West Africa who is based in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. 
Your qualifications 
  • You have a minimum of 6 years of senior management experience with a humanitarian agency, including experience with starting up new country programmes and operations - and a relevant educational background (e.g. political or social science, international development, economics). 
  • In addition you also have:  
  • In-depth knowledge of and experience working with displacement issues of both internal to displaced persons and refugees and related international standards/frameworks. 
  • Proven ability to design, manage, monitor and evaluate programmes, preferably with a focus on protection and durable solutions for refugees, returnees and displaced people. 
  • Experience with financial management, administration, human resource development and logistics. 
  • A systematic and ‘by the book’ approach with starting up programmes 
  • Strong ability to collaborate, network and negotiate with local partners, Governments, UN, donors and other NGOs. 
  • Proven management experience at senior level including capacity building, training and mentoring, especially in complex humanitarian environments; 
  • Experience in developing fundraising strategies. 
  • Fluent in French is essential (spoken and written). Ability to operate in English is an advantage. 
  • Work experience from Niger and, or the West Africa region is desirable. 
Personal qualities  
You have the ability to motivate and guide staff working in complex and unpredictable environments and relish the capacity building side of your job.
You are known to be a strong and confident leader; who on the one hand is inclusive, approachable and good at delegating while on the other hand is not afraid to stand alone and take tough decisions, all the while able to focus on managing your country at a strategic level.  
You have a natural talent for working analytically and find that you excel in tasks concerning negotiation, advocacy and interpersonal communication. Last, but not least, you thrive by working in complex emergency operation within a changing and insecure environment and as a result have a natural ability to work well under pressure - that mirrors your solid personal stamina. 
All employees should master DRC's core competencies  
Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.  
Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.  
Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.  
Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.  
Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values 
Start date: May 2017 
Duty station: Niamey, Niger. Non-Family Duty Station, under current re-evaluation to become Accompanied Family Duty Station   
Contract: 2 years 
Salary and other conditions in accordance with DRC’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates, which can be found on our website under Vacancies  
The position is placed at Level A7. 
Further information                   
You are welcome to contact the Regional Director for West Africa, Mr Jean­Christophe Saint­Esteben at for additional information on the position. For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website. 
Application Process 
Only motivated applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications sent together with a CV will be considered. Please provide references, but do not attach any written recommendations.  
Please submit your application and CV in English no later than 01 April 2017. CV-only applications will not be considered.  
Please note that applications are not to be sent to Mr.  Jean­Christophe Saint ­Esteben. We only accept applications sent via our online recruitment system on our website under Vacancies/Current vacancies/Country Director – Niger.  
Apply for position Homepage: 
Contact: Mr Jean-Christophe Saint- Esteben at rd.wa@drc 
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: Niamey
  • Grade: Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Management, Administration and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2017-04-01

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