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Country Director

Bangui (Central African Republic)

  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Bangui (Central African Republic)
  • Grade: Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2019-09-23

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Danish Refugee Council, one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is currently looking for a highly qualified Country Director.


About the job

• Ultimately accountable in country (CAR is a French speaking country) for all aspects of DRC's work in country

• Leading the consolidation and at the same time development of the programme, continuing the process of developing solid impact measurement mechanisms, strengthening accountability initiatives

• Ensuring that the financial management and organizational setup is adapted to the operational context

• Sets direction, leads, maintains team morale, safety and welfare, and manages resources

• Delegates specific duties as necessary, while maintaining oversight and accountability. Your main duties and responsibilities will be:



• Represent DRC to authorities, donors, partners, and in selected co-ordination forums

• Strengthen DRC’s position nationally and regionally

• Ensure that DRC maintains excellent and productive relations with all key stakeholders, especially beneficiaries, local authorities, the humanitarian community and donors


Direct managerial oversight and support

• Ensure that the Senior Management Team (SMT) have clear and realistic performance based management goals

• Overall management of the operation and direct manager for senior staff members. This includes coaching, ensuring co-ordination between managers, recruiting, and development of staff

• Frequent travel to the field offices for direct operational support and representation

• Ensure compliance with internal and external reporting requirements including procurement.


Fundraising and Advocacy

• As the majority of the fundraising is done locally, the Country Director will lead the process of applying for funding and broadening the funding basis in a challenging funding environment

• The Country Director will lead his/her team in writing concept papers, project proposals and budgets in line with the approved country strategy;

• Maintain high quality exchanges with the Regional Office team and mobilize the country team to participate to regional project and strategies.

• Lead in the team’s advocacy in all DRC key messages.


Security and Safety

• Be accountable for ensuring that DRC country programme is delivered in a safe and secure manner

• Provide overall accountability for security, including development of and ensuring adherence to security procedures, monitoring of the security situation, analyzing and provision of recommendations


Support Services

• Together with the Head of Support Services, provide overall budget monitoring, financial management and expenses control including compliance with minimum DRC and donor requirements and ensuring that necessary systems are in place

• Manage the resources allocated effectively and transparently by respecting and meeting all legal requirements in country

• Oversee finance and administrative services in the Programmes

• Support the implementation of ERP system and follow up


Human Resources

• Together with the HR team, provide leadership support to staff and promote best practices in human resources management

• Provide coaching and counselling advice to staff when necessary and lead initiatives to develop staff capacity

• Organise regular meetings with the senior management team and all staff for the purpose of exchanging information, coordination and learning

• Ensure that the country senior management team is effective, mutually supporting and sufficiently involved in decision making


Programme development

• Lead the development and update of the programme strategy, within DRC’s overall regional and global strategic frameworks

• Lead the development of the programme within the strategic objectives and not being constrained by the current limitations of existing programming

• Ensure that DRC standard regulations and operational procedures (Code of Conduct, DRC Management handbooks, HAP standards etc.) are followed


Accountability and Quality

• Be accountable for ensuring that programmes comply with the organisational quality and accountability commitments

• Guided by the Programme Handbook, continuously monitor and develop relevant accountability initiatives in the field as well as strengthening the effort to document the impact of activities and our presence



About you

To be successful in this role we expect we also expect the following:



• Minimum 8 years' relevant work experience in emergency contexts for a humanitarian agency or similar

• Minimum 8 years' experience as people manager

• Proven leadership skills and a competence in people management

• Proven experience managing large and complex humanitarian operations

Master in political or social science, international development, economics)

• Full professional proficiency in French (Daily working language)

• Full professional proficiency in English


• Experience in representing a large and leading international organization to donors, external partners and authorities

• Experience with networking, advocacy and coordination

• Experience in financial and safety management

• Work related experience from the region/country

• Broad organizational experience


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 uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to our values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.


We offer

Contract length: 1 year

Level: Management D

Designation of Duty Station: Non Family Duty Station

Start date: 15 September 2019


Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to under Vacancies. For questions regarding the vacancy please contact Yann Faivre, Regional Director (


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.


Closing date for applications: 14 July 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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