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. Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced.
All of our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation, and honesty and transparency.
Operating since 2004 in Lebanon, DRC has addressed the needs and rights of vulnerable populations, working initially with Palestinian refugees (since 2004), Iraqi refugees (2007-2010), Lebanese IDPs (during the 2006 conflict), migrant domestic workers (since 2009) and, since 2011, responding to the Syrian refugee crisis.
DRC Lebanon is currently delivering programming in protection, housing, infrastructure, basic assistance, livelihoods, and community development interventions. This myriad programming seeks to address the immediate needs of displaced populations and concurrently support vulnerable host populations. DRC has five offices spread throughout Lebanon in, Beirut, the Bekaa, Saida, Tripoli and Qobayat.
About the job
Mine action needs in Syria are immense. The UN Mine Action Service (UMMAS) signed an agreement with the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in July 2018 and is now working towards: establishing a National Mine Action Authority; developing National Mine Action Standards (or adopting International Mine Action Standards); creating an Information Management System for Mine Action; establishing an accreditation process for Mine Action agencies and implementing partners; and developing a National Mine Action Strategy. DDG through DRC Syria is, currently, the only Mine Action INGO registered in Damascus and hence is uniquely positioned to influence, and benefit from, this process.
In the current context in Syria, and initially for the coming 12 months, the Risk Education Specialist role is not envisaged to be full-time and the part-time input is initially estimated to be 70 percent of a full-time position.
Your main duties and responsibilities will be:
PROGRAMME LEAD & DEVELOPMENT
- Based on the recent Syria Annual Review (February 2019), support the development of the DDG component of the 2019 Syria Country Action Plan & Results Contract
- Based on the DDG Global Framework, Safer Communities, support the development of a Syria specific strategic programmatic framework
- Design of funding proposals to expand the RE portfolio and to also include CL and NTS related activities.
REPRESENTATION & COORDINATION
- Support the Head of Programme in promoting and representing DDG as the main actor within humanitarian mine action and community safety in Syria, ensuring external representation, networking/relationship building and engagement in relevant fora
- Detailed planning of project roll-out, activities, and expansion in coordination with the DDG Head of Programme;
TECHNICAL & OPERATIONAL
- Ensuring the implementation of projects according to DDG Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and International Mine Action Standards (IMAS)
- Ensure performance development & capacity building of national staff as required
- Ensure DDG’s activities are integrated and coordinated with broader DRC programming in Syria
- Supervising technical projects implementation and staff in their duties
- Responsible for the quality assurance and quality control of all MRE activities
- Draft a training plan for the DDG Syria Risk Education team that is built on regional and global DDG tools, including the development of risk education tools and methodologies and ensure active contribution from the global DDG team in the development
- Assist in local partnership assessments
- Draft a capacity building plan for local partners using DDG tools and methodologies
- Plan, prepare and conduct a Risk Education training (basic level to train of trainer’s level) for the DDG Syria Risk Education team and local partners (including course agenda and all lesson plans)
QUALITY CONTROL, EVIDENCE & LEARNING
- Ensure documentation of impact of DDG’s implementation activities and use this to inform programming & advocacy planning
To be successful in this role we expect you to have a Master's degree in International Development or other relevant field. Moreover, we also expect the following:
- Relevant university or vocational higher education (management, military officers' school, etc.)
- A minimum of 5 years documented professional international technical experience in humanitarian mine action operations
- Proven understanding of IMAS, NMAS, SOPs and land release principles
- Hands on experience with RE and non-technical survey
- Excellent command of project management activities, with proven record of achievements
- Good computer skills including proficiency in using Excel, Word, Access, Google Earth, and GIS
- Strong administrative and organizational ability
- Demonstrable leadership and management skills, including team building and capacity building of national staff
- Political and cultural sensitivity with qualities of patience, tact, diplomacy and persistency
- Fluency in English language
- Willingness to travel within Syria
- Experience of the Middle East (preferably)
- Fluency in Arabic language 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: You act in line with DRC’s vision and values.