DDG Head of Programme

Danish Refugee Council, Yemen

Skill Required:, HR and AdminProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
29th November, 2019

Job Description

Who are we?

The Danish Demining Group (DDG) is a unit within the Danish Refugee Council (DRC).

DDG's mandate is to recreate a safe environment where people are free from the threat of landmines, explosive remnants of war and small arms and light weapons.

DDG has been present in Myanmar since 2013 seeking to address the threats posed by landmine contamination resulting from decades of civil strife. Myanmar is a highly contaminated country with mines and unexploded ordnance. It is therefore an essential part of DDG’s work to provide education to communities to effectively protect them from these threats that affect their daily life. DDG's Mine Risk Education and Non-Technical Survey work is supplemented with support to landmine victims and all activities are closey linked with DRC's humanitarian activities. Once existing restrictions on mine action in Myanmar are removed, it is DDG’s aim to provide further assistance in conducting technical survey and clearance activities to the benefit of communities under threat. DDG also supports the Myanmar Government in setting up a national mine action programme with the relevant national institutions.

About the job

The overall purpose of the role is:

  • Responsible for the overall Mine Action programmatic strategy across the entire country operation to be closely coordinated with DRC Head of Programme
  • Responsible for management of the Mine Action programme
  • Enable and oversee the monitoring and evaluation of the implementation activities across the Mine Action operation
  • Fundraising activities and external representation.
  • The overall responsibility of the position is to manage and further develop the DDG portfolio of projects in Myanmar within the DRC/DDG country team. Moreover, your main duties and responsibilities are:
  • Close coordination with the Country Director (CD) and DRC Head of Programme based in Yangon, and the DDG Programme Specialist (DDG PS) based in Copenhagen, to ensure efficient and accountable project/programme implementation of the DDG portfolio in Myanmar.
  • Keep the CD, Senior Management Team (including respective Area Managers), programme management and the DDG PS informed at all times around programmatic updates and potential fundraising/project ideas and initiatives.
  • Plan, implement and monitor implementation activities of all DDGs projects in Myanmar.
  • In close coordination with the CD and DDG PS lead the process of securing funds for DDG’s activities. This includes liaison and contact with country-based mine action-specific donors and national stakeholders, as identified with the CD.
  • Technical supervision and line management of key managerial positions on current DDG projects, in line with DDG SoPs and International mine action standards (IMAS) and in coordination with the DRC Head of Programme and the respective Area Managers in the field.
  • Line management of the DDG support staff.
  • Work closely with the DRC Head of Programme on cross-sector programme planning and implementation, particularly in view of multi-sector project proposals.
  • Ensure efficient and responsive action in regard to proposals and report writing in close collaboration with the Country level Finance, Grants and MEAL and the DDG PS.
  • Conduct meetings on behalf of DDG and DRC as and when required. Specific to mine action, this is focussed around the MRE Working Group and donor-operator’s Mine Action Group meetings on mine action in Myanmar and other related mine action meetings which include national and international stakeholders.
  • Support on high-level liaison work with stakeholders, including government authorities and the UN when required.
  • Maintain and expand DDG’s relationships and network to key national stakeholders such as Community Based Organizations (CBO), Civil Society Organizations (CSO), coordination platforms such as the South-East Focus Group (SEFG) and the International Humanitarian Mine Action Forum (IHMAF).
  • Manage and monitor the DDG budgets closely and report to CD, Head of Support Services (HoSS) and DDG PS of any discrepancies.
  • Support MRE, NTS and first aid training for DRC/DDG and other NGO staff.
  • Serve on both the Senior Management Team and the Extended Senior Management Team.
  • Assist the CD and the DDG PS on any additional requests.
  • The DDG Head of Programme is based in Yangon at DDG-DRC’s main office, and is expected to conduct regular visits to programme activities in all DDG site locations. The DDG Head of Programme will work closely together with his/her counterpart in DRC to ensure complementary programming between DDG and DRC.

About you: In order to be succesful in this role, we expect you to possess the following qualifications:

Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 7 years international work experience with 4 years at senior management level within humanitarian NGOs or similar international bodies, of which 5 years must have been within the humanitarian sector, preferably in challenging security environments.
  • Relevant university degree, preferably a masters in social sciences, management, law, international development, international relations or other relevant field, a bachelors degree with additional work experience, or sufficient proven professional experience related to the sector.
  • Proven successful experience with fundraising, budget design and monitoring, and managing multiple funding grants.
  • Demonstrable leadership and management skills, including team building, building national capacity, and management by example.
  • Extensive experience with donor and stakeholder engagement, including government and national mine action authorities specifically.
  • Demonstrable capacity to be articulate, imaginative and innovative.
  • Demonstrable ability to think strategically, prioritize, and meet deadlines in a complex and challenging environment.
  • Experience in managing the safety and security of personnel, resources and assets in a complex and fluid context.
  • Fluency in verbal and written English with excellent writing skills is required.
  • Experience with programmes within Armed Violence Reduction (AVR) and previous experience of working on partnerships with local civil society is deemed an asset.
  • Working experience in Asia is deemed an asset.
  • IMAS Explosive Ordnance Disposal knowledge or qualifications is an advantage.

Personal competencies:

  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently unsupervised with a strong work ethic.
  • Political and cultural sensitivity, including ability to adapt well to local cultures with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy.
  • A high degree of flexibility with respect to working hours, with ability to plan and manage her/his own time effectively.
  • Able to exercise a large degree of common sense and personal discipline. Demonstrated successful experience working within a complex security environment is preferred.

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.


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