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Regional Humanitarian Disarmament and Peacebuilding Coordinator


  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Dakar
  • Grade: Mid level - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Conflict prevention
    • Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DD&R)
    • Peace and Development
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed
Position Title Regional Humanitarian Disamarment and Peacebuilding Coordinator (HDP/RC), WANALA
Supervised by   Regional Head of Programme
Reporting to Regional Head of Programme
Duty Station Dakar with travels to other DRC offices of the region
Area of Operation Region of WANALA
Employment Period 12 months (renewable)
Type of Contract Expatriate contract
Salary & Benefits 

Band Non Management F

Accompanied position, small family package


The Danish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe: we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights, and strengthen their opportunity for a brighter future. We work in conflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in the countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strive for responsible and sustainable solutions. We work toward successful integration and – whenever possible – for the fulfilment of the wish to return home.

The Danish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956 and has since grown to become an international humanitarian organization with more than 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers. Based in Copenhagen (Denmark) and present in forty countries, the Danish Refugee Council is a non-profit-making, politically independent, non-governmental and non-denominational relief organization.

Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced. All our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation, and honesty and transparency.

1. Background

The DRC WANALA Regional Office (hereafter: WANALA) is based in Dakar, Senegal, and covers 12 countries outside of Senegal. Led by the Regional executive Director, the region is composed of 3 poles:

  • West and central Africa, with operations in Mali, Burkina Faso, the Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon and the Central African Republic;
  • North Africa, with operations in Libya, Algeria and Tunisia
  • Latin America, with operations in Colombia, Venezuela, Peru and Mexico.

The DRC WANALA programme department oversees, supports, provides quality assurance and strategic directions for DRC’s Country Offices within the region.  

2. Purpose

The Regional Humanitarian Disarmement and Peace building Coordinator (R-HDPC) works with the delegated authority of the RHoP to provide oversight of, and guidance and support to all HDP activities within the WANALA Region. The RC monitors HDP projects implementation, engages with regional donors and relevant authorities, and ensures that HDP perspectives are considered in regional programmatic and strategic discussions.

The RC provides technical support to programme teams in countries and contributes to standardization, quality assurance and the development of new tools, training and activity guidance development. The RC role is furthermore to ensure that the programme is implemented within the framework of HDP’s global objectives, strategies and donor requirements, and is compliant with the guidelines, policies, procedures, and values of DRC HDP sector. The RC will support country operations on HDP related programme development aspects, including proposal development, donor engagement and fundraising, as well as explore and engage with opportunities for partnerships and innovation. 

3. Responsibilities


Programme support and development

  • Assist Heads of Programme (HoP) and Project Managers including HMA operations coordinators through oversight and guidance in the implementation of HDP activities, including Peacebuilding, conflict sensitive approach and Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA).
  • Monitor and oversee that the programme continuously remains compliant with the guidelines, policies, procedures and values of DRC HDP
  • Develop and review tools, training and activity guidance for country offices when and where needed and relevant
  • Provide support to country programmes in the recruitment of HDP technical staff
  • Support the HoPs, Project Managers, Operations Managers and Technical Field Managers when writing proposals and reports
  • Support DRC country and regional offices in the process of development of HDP related concept papers and proposals
  • Support regional and country business development (fundraising and donor liaison) on HDP
  • When needed, temporarily covers HDP staff gaps in country offices for agreed durations and in line with ToRs agreed with country

Strategic development

  • Lead the development and update of the Regional HDP Strategy, in line with DRC regional and global priorities and the organisational strategy
  • Support and QA of country HDP strategy.
  • Support HDP programme development processes contributing to DRC’s regional strategy, with particular focus on integration with Economic Recovery and Protection sectors
  • Guide and support the strategic development of DRCs programmes in the region, to incorporate conflict sensitivity and peacebuilding perspectives, and contribute to DRC’s understanding and programmatic practice of root causes of displacement (including on climate-linked issues) in the region
  • Liaise and represent HDP in relevant fora with stabilization and peace programmes, UNMAS, Mine Action sub-clusters, Protection Clusters and with relevant government authorities, donors, partners, UN agencies and international and national NGOs and various coordination fora which are not country office driven.
  • In coordination with other Sector Coordinators, identify and explore opportunities for partnerships and innovation for the HDP sector

When manageable, the Regional HDP Coordinator may be asked to carry out other duties requested by the Regional Head of Programme or the Regional Director.

4. Required Qualifications


  • Relevant degree from an internationally recognized university, or sufficient proven professional experience related to the sector.
  • Minimum five years of previous experience in humanitarian mine action and/ or peacebuilding and full understanding of its technical requirements, preferably with extensive experience in a context of conflict and civil unrest.
  • Substantial documented professional technical experience in Mine Action and/ or peacebuilding.
  • Strong administration and organisational ability
  • Excellent personnel skills
  • Proven record of staff capacity building
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact, diplomacy and persistency.
  • Willingness to embrace and further develop overall objectives such as gender equity, impact monitoring, and cross-sector cooperation.
  • Willingness to travel with the region, including Libya, Mali, Nigeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Colombia, and Venezuela.
  • Excellent written and spoken English required

Desirable :

  • Previous experience in a Central / Western African country
  • Professional French and/or Arabic and/or Spanish is an added advantage

5. Required Skills & Qualities

  • 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: 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

  • Ability to work in a multinational and multicultural environment
  • Proven analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Team-oriented & good sense of humor

6. General Regulations

  • The employee must follow the DRC's instructions for security, confidentiality and ethical guidelines, including the Code of Conduct and the Humanitarian Accountability Framework.
  • The employee must not exercise any other remunerated activity during the term of his contract with the DRC without receiving prior authorization to do so
  • The employee must not engage in any activity that could interfere with the DRC or the implementation of any project during the term of the contract with the DRC.
  • Employee must not give media interviews or post photos or other material related to the project without prior permission.
  • The employee must return all equipment borrowed for the project to DRC after the end of the contract period or upon request.

7. Application Process

Are you interested? Then apply for this position online: All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in English.

DRC encourages all applicants to apply and does not practice any discrimination in any recruitment process. DRC provides equal opportunity in employment and prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.

However, applicants should take into consideration that the DRC cannot employ, under an international contract, a national of the country in which he / she will be working (in this case, the Republic of of Senegal).

Closing date for applications: 08 of January 2023. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

Due to the urgency of the position, DRC has the right to recruit a candidate who matches the required profile before the above deadline.     

This vacancy is now closed.
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