Country Director - Interim

Danish Refugee Council, Bamako, Mali

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
15th January, 2020

Job Description

DRC in West Africa

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has been operating in West Africa since 1998. DRC´s aim is to contribute to the peace, protection and promotion of durable solution to crisis-affected populations in the region. The overall strategic objective of the program is: Support peace and stabilization, protect and promote durable solutions to conflict-affected population in Burkina Faso on the basis of humanitarian principles and fundamental human rights. DRC is established in Mali since January 2013, and operates through 3 field offices (Mopti, Gao and Tombouctou) and a national office in Bamako. DRC shares premises with the Danish Demining Group, the Armed Violence Reduction unit of DRC. DRC’s Mali programme focuses on community recovery and development within the sectors of Protection and Social Cohesion, Livelihoods and Early recovery, food security and cash transfer. The program is currently funded by DANIDA, EU (ECHO, EUTF, IcSP), Netherlands Foreign Affair Ministry, SDC, Patrip foundation DRC own funds and Private Donors. The current annual portfolio is app 5.5 million Euro, but set to grow over the coming year. The Mali Country Director will supervise 5 International staff members, as well as more than 130 national staff. A close working relationship will be maintained with the regional management team.

About the job

Under the supervision of Regional Director (RD), the Ad Interim Country Director (CD) for Mali is:

  • Ultimately accountable in country for all aspects of DRC's work in country
  • Leading the consolidation and at the same time development of the programme, continuing the process of developing solid impact measurement mechanisms, strengthening accountability initiatives
  • Ensuring that the financial management and organizational setup is adapted to the operational context
  • Sets direction, leads, maintains team morale, safety and welfare, and manages resources
  • Delegates specific duties as necessary, while maintaining oversight and accountability.
  • The CD reports to the Regional Director based in Dakar and coordinates the work of the Country Management Team in Mali including: the Head of Support Services (HoSS), Head of Programme (HoP), Security Advisor, as well as Area Managers, Heads of Bases. You may be required to travel to the field, Dakar or Copenhagen for work purpose during this short assignment.

Key Requirements - To be successful in this role you must have

  • Advanced university degree in development studies and project management, law, human rights, political and/ or social sciences or in related field
  • Professional background in humanitarian work with proven ability with respect to the design, management and implementation of programs with a focus on protection and emergency response for refugees and displaced persons
  • A Minimum of 8 years of humanitarian field experience, including at least 3 to 5 years working in the field in refugee/IDP situations; at least 3 years in a senior management position
  • Experience with relief/emergency response activities, especially assessment and set up
  • Experience with implementation of operations in insecure environments; Proven experience in security management is a must
  • Experience in sectors such as Protection, food security/ early recovery / livelihoods
  • Experience with donors such as DANIDA, ECHO, EU and SDC
  • Demonstrated management capacity as well as hands on experience in Administration, HR, Finance and Logistics sectors
  • Willingness to live and work in an insecure environment with limited physical amenities
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills
  • Full professional proficiency in French (Daily working language)
  • Full professional proficiency in English


  • Previous work experience in the Sahel area
  • Experience in working with remote management.

All employees should master DRC's core competencies

  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process. You strive to produce accurate, thorough and professional work with optimal use of time and effort.
  • Collaborating: You cooperate with and involve relevant parties, actively seeking their opinion and sharing key information with them. You support and trust others while encouraging feedback.
  • Taking the lead: You take ownership and prioritize my job according to DRC’s overall vision and goals. You take the initiative when confronted with a challenge or an opportunity and aim for innovative solutions.
  • Communicating: You write and speak effectively and honestly while adjusting my style and tone to the situation. You listen actively to others and involve them in the dialogue.
  • Demonstrating integrity: You uphold and promote 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.


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