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CCU Grants & Compliance Officer

Tunis (Tunisia)

  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Tunis (Tunisia)
  • Grade: Junior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Ombudsman and Ethics
    • Legal - Broad
    • Internal audit, Investigation and Inspection
    • Grant writing
  • Closing Date: 2020-07-05

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About the job

The CCU is currently implementing Mixed Migration programmes through two consortia and funding streams:  a Libya focused programme funded by EUTF and implemented by DRC, Cesvi, IMC and IRC; and a West and North Africa (Central Mediterranean Route) focused programme funded under the DFID SSS Phase II and implemented by DRC, IRC and the Start Network. The unit is currently overseeing activities in Libya, Niger and Mali with some regional components and a strong research and evidence component through the Mixed Migration Centre (MMC). The programme seeks to enhance access to basic services and develop the capacity of local authorities to manage displacement and migration flows in a protection sensitive manner.


We are looking for a highly qualified Grants and Compliance Officer for the Consortium Coordination Unit based in Tunis, Tunisia. This is an exciting opportunity to not only apply technical knowledge across multiple countries and contexts, but also to work with a multitude of stakeholders while guiding them through the complexities of programme management in the Mixed Migration context. You will be part of a dynamic team based in Tunis and work with a large range of stakeholders across West and North Africa. The CCU Grants and Compliance Officer will provide coordination and technical expertise to ensure quality and consistency in the development and implementation of humanitarian programmes within the Consortium framework (across program and members) and with a wider support function to DRC’s North Africa Regional Office. Specifically, the Grants and Compliance Officer will be responsible for compliance, quality programming, reporting and supporting the MEAL team with ensuring programme accountability. Your main duties and responsibilities will be:



  • Represents the Consortium for all grants related initiatives to external audiences, as well as internally to Consortium members
  • Respond to all grants and compliance queries from consortium partners, donors, DRC internal staff, etc.


Programme design and development

  • Identification of opportunities
  • Liaising with HQ and Brussels to identify relevant events that the Head of CCU or NARO team should attend
  • Keep the events calendar up to date
  • Support in proposal development coordination (including defining work plan, putting together the contributions, preparing annexes and support documents, prepare compliance checklist)


Contract negotiation and start up

  • Reviewing Donor Contract with HQ and compliance requirements
  • Keep the ERP system up to date (setting up the grants, filing important emails and documents, etc.)
  • Coordinate drafting and signature of SGAs with partners
  • Organise grants kick-offs under the supervision of the Head of CCU
  • Provide support to teams with start-up (including work plans, compliance packages, reporting requirements, reporting schedule)


Implementation, reporting and quality assurance

  • Compile and ensure quality control of narrative reports along with support to finance to identify donors’ funding guidelines regarding eligible expenditure;
  • Ensure consistency between narrative, M&E and financial reports;
  • Liaise with the finance team to oversee payment requests as well as making sure any finance related queries are being responded to;
  • Quality control of programmes (including organising grant review meetings to review progress, overseeing tracking and measurement of grants burn rates, providing timely alerts on non-performance but also green flags for accomplishments to the Head of CCU, helping develop programme management tools that might be missing, proof reading and quality checking all documents to be released externally)
  • Manage programme change requests from country teams (including responding to queries on changes they want to make to their programmes (targets, budgets, etc.) and helping them assess the level of flexibility provided by the donor, following donor guidelines, helping them fill in forms for programme changes and leading on small contract amendments).


About you

To be successful in this role we expect you to use your technical skills to support all Consortium members in building strong programmes. We expect you to use your communication and leadership skills to build trust with your stakeholders and strive for excellence through high quality results, while being able to think outside of the box and propose innovative solutions. Moreover, we also expect the following:



  • A post-graduate degree in humanitarian and/or development studies, social policy or a related subject;
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in grants management, programme management and/or quality assurance for humanitarian and/or development programmes (with key focus on protection being an advantage);
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience working in Africa responding to humanitarian crises;
  • Demonstrated understanding of compliance and programme management principles and processes, including the project cycle management, donor compliance, reporting, etc.;
  • Strong facilitation and training skills with diverse audiences;
  • Proven experience in proposal development;
  • Knowledge of CHS and understanding of accountability principles in the humanitarian sector;
  • Fluent written and spoken English, with fluency in French being a strong advantage.



  • Previous working experience in North and or West Africa;
  • Remote and matrix management experience;
  • Knowledge of Arabic

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

Level: H

Designation of Duty Station: Unaccompanied Family Duty Station

Start date: April 1st 2020


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 Hara Caracostas


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: March 22nd 2020

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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