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  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Nairobi
  • Grade: Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2019-07-15

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Head of Programme

Nairobi (Kenya)

Danish Refugee Council, one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is currently looking for a highly qualified candidate for the position of Head of Programme, DDG Kenya.


About the job

The Danish Demining Group (DDG) is a Humanitarian Mine Action Unit in the Danish Refugee Council (DRC). In Kenya, DDG works to improve safety, strengthen community resilience and build local capacity by taking a community-led approach to its work, involving local stakeholders and duty bearers, as well as national authorities and parties where this is appropriate.


Your main duties and responsibilities will be:

  • In co-ordination with the DDG Regional HoP and DDG technical coordinators on conflict management and security governance, lead the strategic development of DDG’s work in Kenya and cross border initiatives into neighbouring countries.
  • Support the Country Director in drafting, promoting, and rolling out of all DDG-relevant strategic planning documents in broad consultation with all staff. These documents include the country strategic plan, as well as strategies for all program sectors.
  • Ensure proper understanding of these documents by relevant actors (e.g. staff members, partners, NGOs, government counterparts, and donors
  • Develop and expand the DDG components of the DRC/DDG Kenya programme.
  • Be a driving force in terms of developing AVR projects within the DRC/DDG Kenya programme objectives.
  • Management, operational oversight, coordination and implementation of DDG projects within the DRC/DDG Kenya programme.
  • Ensure high quality project implementation for DDG and DRC/DDG joint projects in accordance with donor and DRC/DDG regulations as well as in line with agreed indicators, budgets, and work plans.
  • Support and supervision of DDG project staff. This includes coaching, ensuring co-ordination between local managers, recruiting and development of staff.
  • Provide appropriate and timely feedback to DDG staff regarding their performance, including annual staff performance appraisals. Identify with staff their needs and opportunities for professional development.
  • Responsible for budget monitoring, financial management and expenses control including compliance with minimum DRC/DDG and donor requirements and ensuring that the necessary systems are in place.


About you

To be successful in this role we expect you to take management responsibility for DDG’s work on Conflict Management and Security Governance in Kenya.  You will ensure the timely delivery of planned results to quality, within budget, ensure adherence to applicable policies, oversee the capacity building of DDG project staff, spearhead fundraising and programme development, safeguard staff and assets, represent DDG’s work in Kenya and on cross border initiatives towards internal and external stakeholders, including DDG donors, contribute to planning, coordination and learning within DRC/DDG Kenya and the organisation as a whole. Moreover, we also expect the following:



  • Advanced degree in Conflict Resolution, International Relations or other relevant field.
  • A minimum of five years working experience with International NGOs or operational UN agencies, including at least two years' experience of community-level programming.
  • A minimum of five years proven experience in conflict sensitive programming, conflict management, security governance and related fields in a management capacity.
  • Proven experience in project management, including budget expenditure, donor relations, reporting, proposal writing, staff management, and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Demonstrable leadership and management skills, including team building and management by example.
  • Demonstrable capacity to be articulate, imaginative and innovative. The capacity to 'think outside of the box' is essential.
  • Demonstrate ability to mobilise resources and expand programmes
  • Excellent writing and verbal skills in English for project proposals, reports, and communications


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: 1 Year

Salary Level: E1

Designation of Duty Station: Accompanied (Small Family Package)

Start date: August, 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:


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: 15th 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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