Danish Refugee Council is a leading protection agency pursuing our mandate to protect and promote durable solutions to displacement-affected populations on the basis of humanitarian principles. In the Middle East, DRC applies a regional approach with operational presence in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq & Yemen.
Present in Syria since 2007 through a Memorandum of Understanding with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), DRC is today operational in six governorates: Damascus, Rural Damascus, Aleppo, Hama, Homs and Dara’a, focusing on meeting lifesaving and immediate needs of conflict affected populations, through provision of integrated and principled humanitarian assistance, services and advocacy, while at the same time undertaking programming that aims to improve the quality of life and supports transitional solutions for people who find themselves in a protracted displacement situation.
This approach involves working with IDPs, returnees and host communities in order to strengthen cohesion and resilience in the following thematic areas: protection, livelihoods, shelter/WASH and education/risk education. The programme has around 100 national staff, 100 service providers and 10 international staff and a current portfolio of USD 20 million.
About the job
The Country Director plays a strong leadership role in DRC’s comprehensive and solutions-based approach to displacement through a high level of strategic leadership, innovation and effective advocacy. He/she is ultimately accountable in country for all aspects of DRC’s work, leading the consolidation and at the same time development of the programme, continuing the process of developing solid impact measurement mechanisms, strengthening accountability initiatives and ensuring that the financial management and organizational setup is adapted to the operational context. The Country Director sets direction, leads, maintains team morale, safety and welfare, and manages resources. He/she delegates specific duties as necessary, while maintaining oversight and accountability.
Duties and Responsibilities
As a Country Director in Syria your tasks will include the following:
- Represent the programme to authorities, donors, partners, and in various co-ordination fora;
- 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 members have clear and realistic performance based management goals;
- Overall management of the operation and direct manager for senior staff members.
- Organise regular meetings with the senior management team and all staff for the purpose of exchanging information, coordination and learning.
- Ensure that the senior management team is effective, mutually supporting and sufficiently involved in decision making.
- 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
- Lead the process of applying for funding and broadening the funding basis in a challenging funding environment;
- Together with the Head of Programme, lead the team in writing concept papers, project proposals and budgets in line with the approved country strategy;
- Lead on advocacy for all DRC key messages.
- Accountable for ensuring that the 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, analysing and provision of recommendations.
- 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 thatnecessary 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
- Provide leadership support to staff and promote best practices in human resources management.
- Ensure coaching and counselling advice to staff when necessary and lead initiatives to develop staff capacity.
- 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;
Accountability and Quality
- Ensure that DRC standard regulations and operational procedures (Code of Conduct, DRC Management handbooks, HAP standards, etc) are followed.
- 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.
To be successful in this role we expect you to have minimum five years’ management experience in emergency/development contexts as country director/senior manager of a humanitarian or development organization or similar, moreover, we also expect the following:
- Experience as a people manager;
- Experience representing a large and leading organization to donors, external partners and authorities;
- Experience with networking, advocacy and coordination;
- Experience in managing staff in insecure/stressful locations;
- Experience with conflict related displacement issues;
- Experience of managing budgets and multiple donor contracts;
- Experience in donor contact, fundraising and networking;
- Proven leadership skills and a competence in people management;
- Proven communicator with all types of stakeholders; and
- Proven commitment to accountable practices and knowledge of quality assurance systems.