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Area Manager

Sanliurfa (with frequent travels)

  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Sanliurfa (with frequent travels)
  • Grade: Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
    • Refugee rights and well-being
    • Human Settlements (Shelter, Housing, Land, Property)
  • Closing Date: 2020-02-28

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About the role

The Area Manager – East; reporting to Country Director and member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) plays a key role in the overall management of DRC Turkey operations. The Area Manager leads the program implementation units in Kilis and Urfa provinces and remains a key focal point of DRC in the area with all stakeholers. In addition, the Area Manager is responsible for coordination and representation of DRC on area level and ensures to enable a productive and accountable relationship with beneficiaries, local government authorities, National and International NGOs as well as UN Agencies.

Your main responsibilities will be:

Representation and Coordination

  • Act as the primary DRC representative on area level and attend all relevant fora/meetings in order to strengthen DRC’s position in the area;
  • Foster relationships with Government authorities and other relevant stakeholders in the area of operation also through frequent visits to projects sites;
  • Develop, implement and regularly revise a DRC engagement strategy and acceptance in the area;
  • Ensure collaboration and coordination with the other DRC Area Managers to ensure programmatic integration, sharing of lessons, best practices;
  • Maintain close working relationships with donors, national and international organizations and local counterparts on area level;
  • Leading donor visits to the area;

Programme implementation

  • Ensure quality and timely implementation of livelihood and protection projects in the area by ensuring optimal use of financial resources, regular project follow up and reporting;
  • Budget management and oversight on area level;
  • Lead the process of adapting DRC national strategy to the local context in coordination with the Area Livelihood and Protection Managers;
  • Provide guidance to the Area Livelihood and Area Protection Managers in implementation of DRC’s program in the area of operation;
  • Provide regular analysis on the context and humanitarian situation in the area for the development of project proposal;

Team Management   

  • Line manage program and support teams in Urfa and Kilis offices (60 staff) and ensure an inter-department co-ordination;
  • Lead by example to foster a competitive environment and an effective team through result oriented management systems, on-job capacity building and designing staff development strategies;
  • Closely coordinate with the two key pillars at country office i.e. Program and Support through a close engagement with Head of Program, Head of Support services and their teams to ensure a smooth and compliant operation on field level;

Safety and Security                      

  • Ensure a safe and secure environment for DRC staff, beneficiaries and assets by ensuring the local security procedures are up to date and SOPs are being followed in line with DRC safety management framework;
  • A close followup on the political situation and the anticipated contextual risks and provide input to DRC safety risk assessment;


  • Oversee field operations and ensure adherence to DRC policy and procedures in regards to Finance, HR and Supply Chain management;
  • Ensure compliance to donors and Government of Turkey compliance standards in the area of responsibility 


About you

For this role we expect you to have:

  • Minimum 8 years of progressively responsible experience in multi-sectoral project management and design in countries of conflict or post-conflict;
  • Minimum 4 years of experience in managing complex refugee responses, including 2 years at country senior management level preferably in in Middle-East;
  • Demonstrated experience and skill in proposal development, budget development and management, programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Experience of managing people responsible for program management, implementation, design;
  • Proven experience in effectively coordinating with National Governments, NGO partners and working with donors including DFID, UNHCR, ECHO, KFW, DANIDA;
  • Preferably previous successful experience with DRC;
  • Proven experience in managing integrated programmes, partnership management and capacity building;
  • Proven Written and spoken English language skills. Arabic and Turkish will be an asset.
  • Master’s degree in International Development and/or Humanitarian Assistance, Project Management or any other related field

All DRC staff 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: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.


We offer

Contract length: 12 months with possibility of extension
Level: Band E
Designation of Duty Station: Non-family Duty Station
Salary and conditions are 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.
Closing date for applications: 28 February 2020

The screening and interview  process for this position is on rolling basis, so early submission of applications is encouraged.  DRC remains a right to close the vacancy once a suitable candidate is identified.
For questions regarding the vacancy please contact 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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