Country Director

Danish Refugee Council, Kabul, Afghanistan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
27th March, 2020

Job Description


DRC started up operations in Afghanistan in January of 2012 and carries out a comprehensive set of activities reflecting specific local needs and conditions, focusing on improved protection and livelihoods as well as establishing contingency capacities along the entire displacement axis. DRC’s activities include: livelihood, Mine Action, vocational training community mobilization, community infrastructure, self-reliance grants, protection monitoring, emergency support, winterization, non-food items distribution, food distribution, emergency logistics as well as transport and distributions. DRC is working intensively in urban displacement settings but also in rural areas with high IDP or return rates.

Specific responsibilities

  • Represent DRC within Afghanistan to partners, donors and duty bearers and promote an optimal operational space for pursuing DRCs strategic priorities in coordination with all relevant entities
  • Set and ensure the implantation of the strategic direction of DRC’s operation in Afghanistan in line with the corporate strategic direction and interests.
  • Ensure that the programme is organized and effectively managed in order to both pursue new opportunities and ensure successful implementation of current operations
  • Lead the process of securing funding and maintaining a broad donor base
  • Responsible for the timely and efficient implementation, management and reporting on the resources entrusted DRC in Afghanistan by donors and partners
  • Overall responsible for compliance with procedures in both programmes and support functions, including DRC and donor policies, local regulations and local labour law
  • Ensure professional management of staff in line with DRC Human Resource policies. This includes direct management of line employees (including development, performance and recruitment) and overall people planning, staff performance and well-being in the country operation
  • Responsible for risk management, safety and duty of care for national and international staff
  • Ensure full support to the well-functioning of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system rolled-out in 2019

About you

In order to be successful in this role, you must have the following:

  • Minimum 7 years of senior management experience in emergency and/or post-conflict settings preferable with IDPs and/or refugees in a humanitarian agency
  • Proven leadership skills and competences in people management, including ability to motivate and guide staff working in a complex environment; ability to work closely with a diverse team of individuals and to display and promote cultural sensitivity and respect of local contexts
  • Relevant educational background e.g. political science, international development, economics
  • Proven experience working with protection issues within the context of refugees and IDPs
  • Proven experience of strategic programming and planning, organisational development, field implementation, monitoring and evaluation
  • A strong ability to collaborate, network and negotiate with local partners; government officials, UN, donors and other NGOs including proven experience in developing fundraising strategies
  • Strong analytical, negotiation, advocacy and communication skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken English


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