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  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Tripoli
  • Grade: Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
    • Civil Society and Local governance
  • Closing Date: 2019-04-28

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Head of Programme

Tripoli (Libya)

Danish Refugee Council, one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is currently looking for a highly qualified and experienced Head of Programme to be responsible for the overall programmatic strategy across the entire country operation.

Danish refugee council has been operating in Libya and Tunisia since 2011 focusing on protection of the displaced and conflict affected population. These include refugees, asylum seekers and economic migrants in Tripoli area and in the south west of the country, the population in and around Sirte affected by unexploded ordnance (UXOs) and to an increasing extent on the legal and illegal migrants and stateless populations in Libya. DRC/DDG has its head office in Tripoli and a field office in Sabha. Sabha is located 800 km south of Tripoli and is a central transit point for migrants and is home to large numbers of minority groups and stateless populations.


About the job

This role has a country focus and ensures compliance to DRC procedures and guidelines within Libya. The role contributes to the development of country strategies, which are translated into action plans and day-to-day tasks. The role provides support and/or technical guidance to country operations while overseeing country activities from a strategic perspective.

The overall purpose of the role is:

• Responsible for the overall programmatic strategy across the entire country operation 
• Responsible for providing technical input to the implementing actors within the different sectors  
• Responsible for developing policies, processes and standards within respective areas  
• Responsible for shaping and driving the Advocacy strategy for the country and feeding into regional initiatives 
• Enable and oversee the monitoring and evaluation of the implementation activities across the entire country operation 
• Fundraising activities and external representation

Your main duties and responsibilities will be:

People Management

• Lead and manage the programme staff (including people planning, performance, well-being and development) 

Project management and development 

• Enabling and overseeing effective, efficient and timely implementation of all projects according to agreed contracts, budgets, policies and in accordance with specific donor requirements 
• Ensure that relevant beneficiary data is collected, compiled, analyzed 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 
• Deliver inputs to programme strategy and identify opportunities for new projects 
• Lead assessments for emergency or longer term programming in existing or new project locations in Libya 
• Lead the planning and development of concept papers, budgets and project proposals with support from country team 
• Ensure effective coordination and visibility of the implementation of the projects with all humanitarian and development actors 
• Implement and oversee the DRC administrative guidelines and policies, safety and security procedures, logistics support and other tasks associated with efficient day-to-day running  
External relations

• Increase the visibility and credibility of DRC’s program in the area and maintain close relations with all relevant stakeholders including donors 
• Oversee the development and implementation of an evidence-based Advocacy strategy 
• Ensure correct and timely narrative and financial reporting to donor

About you

To be successful in this role we expect you to have experience in managing program operations, including at country senior management level. Moreover, we also expect the following:

• At least 7 years' experience in relevant field
• At least 4 years' experience with people management 
• Proven leadership skills and a competence in people management 
• A Master’s degree in political science, international development, economics or another relevant field.  
• Experience with proposal development, budget development, program implementation, monitoring and evaluation 
• Experience with effectively coordinating with national partners, local/government authorities, NGO partners, UNHCR and other relevant stakeholders 
• Full professional proficiency in English. Good command of Arabic is an advantage 

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 DRC’s vision and values. 


We offer

Contract length: 12 months

Level: E-Manager

Duty station:  Tripoli, Libya 

Benefits: Tripoli is a Non-Family Duty Station with R&R entitlements. Housing and other benefits provided according to Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates. 

Start date: 1 April 2019

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to under Vacancies.


Application process

All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered.

You can apply for this position via the “Apply” button below.

Closing date for applications: 1 March 2019

For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
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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