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Area Program Manager


We are looking for a highly qualified candidate who can fit the position of Area Programme Manager in DRC North Lebanon, Qobayat Office 

Who are we? 
The Danish Refugee Council has been operatingin the Middle East and North Africa for over a decade, running a combination of livelihood, protection, advocacy and relief projects. DRC has six project offices throughout Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Tunisia/Libya, Turkey, and both a country and regional office in Jordan.


DRC Lebanon has been assisting the Syrian displaced, fleeing Syria into northern Lebanon since May 2011. This assistance has come through the provision of food and non-food items, various outreach activities (registration, follow-up and awareness sessions), rehabilitation of collective shelters and the implementation of quick impact projects.

For further information about DRC, please refer to our website:

About the job

The Area Programme Manager (APM) is responsible for development and implementation of DRC programmes in the area of implementation (North Lebanon).  S/he will ensure Protection, Shelter, Livelihoods and Governance and Community Empowerment programmes are delivered to a high quality in line with DRC, donor and international standards. S/he will ensure good coordination with other actors in the area and between DRC’s programmatic sector teams. S/he is the line manager for Sector Managers and s/he is responsible for ensuring on time accountable delivery and high quality programming.

Duties and Responsibilities 

• Act as the primary DRC programme representative in the Akkar area and attend or ensure attendance, as appropriate, at all relevant programmatic coordination fora/meetings 
• Foster relationships with Government authorities and other relevant stakeholders in the area of implementation, and act as focal point for municipality relations 
• Maintain close working relationships with donors, national and international organisations and local counterparts; and support donor and other key stakeholder visits to field sites as required 
• Provide leadership, coordination and integration of DRC activities in the area 
• Line manage sector managers ensuring that they have relevant work plans, job descriptions and that performance reviews take place. Enable an effective team through results oriented management systems, providing leadership, on-the-job capacity building and designing staff development strategies 
• Provide regular analysis on the context and humanitarian situation in the area for the development of project proposals; and lead on proposal development in the area of operation, drafting inputs to, or whole proposals, as requested by Head of Programmes 
• Lead on programmatic financial planning and budget management 
• Ensure quality implementation of programmes ensuring optimal use of financial resources, regular project follow up and reporting,  in compliance with donor contracts and DRC rules and regulations; and ensure programmes are regularly  and comprehensively monitored, and appropriatemonitoring tools are updated. Regularly visit field activities 
• Ensure programme staff follow DRC’s safety rules, regulations and SOPs and develop risk assessments and mitigating measures for programme activities 
• Ensure programmatic adherence to DRC policies, procedures, guidelines, systems and standard practices, including commitments under the HAP and DRC’s accountability framework; and take measures to strengthen accountability to beneficiaries. 
• Act as Head of Office for Akkar as required, monitor developments in the security situation in Akkar and lead critical incident management team should such be required. 
About you 
To be successful in this role you must have minimum 5 years’ management experience,overseeing humanitarian and development of multi-sector, multi-donor programmes in complex environments 
In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five 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.


Moreover we also expect the following: 

• University degree in management, international relations, development studies or other related field 
• Proven experience in all aspects of programme management including programme design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation 
• Practical financial, HR and administration management experience with extensive knowledge of budget development/management and finance documentation; understanding of HR principles and ethics 
• Experience of staff management, capacity building and performance development systems 
• Excellent report writing skills with an understanding of NGO and donor requirements 
• Experience with proposal writing is advantageous 
• Experience of working in the Middle East  
• Commitment to the values, vision and mission of DRC 
• Proficiency in Arabic and English


We offer 

DRC will offer the successful applicant a contract until end of December 2017, renewable dependent on both funding and performance. You should be available to start work from 1st October and be willing and able to work in North Lebanon. 
Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates and Nationals; please refer to under Vacancies. This position will be placed at 4100 USD Basic Salary for National Staff.  
Application process 
Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking on the apply button or go to and find Current Vacancies 
All applicantsmustsend a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must bein the same language as this vacancy note.CV only applications will not be considered. 
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact 
Applications close 14th of September 2017. The interviews are expected to take place the week after. 
For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website 


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: Melbourne
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Management, Administration and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2017-09-14

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