Emergency Specialist

Danish Refugee Council, Kabul, Afghanistan

Skill Required:, Education ManagementHR and Admin
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
7th January, 2020

Job Description


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 fulfillment 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.


Supports the coordination and further development of DRC’s emergency program in Afghanistan. Provides technical guidance and support to existing emergency teams in DRCs program locations, starts up new emergency interventions when needed, further develops and documents methodologies for key emergency activities; may act as a central focal point for larger emergency grants to ensure coordination in allocation of resources and coherency of response between Area Offices; contributes to humanitarian coordination and policy work particularly with GoA partners.


  • When an emergency occurs, the ES may be deployed remotely or in-person to support the emergency teams within the area offices to respond to that emergency
  • The ES will monitor implementation of the emergency program across the area offices, and the utilization of the associated budgets, in accordance with the donor contract and regulations.
  • The ES will produce timely and quality internal (e.g. project monitoring) and external reports (e.g. donor reports) in line with organizational requirements
  • Will support development of DRCs overall emergency response strategy and sector strategies and methodologies
  • Ensure that accountability measures are mainstreamed into all of DRC’s emergency interventions.
  • Work closely with protection and livelihoods technical staff to ensure that protection is mainstreamed in all emergency response activities, and that is the emergency response work supports our longer-term durable solution objectives.
  • Work closely with the Grants Manager and M&E team to develop M&E tools and monitoring strategies – remotely when required.
  • Participate in humanitarian coordination meetings, in order to inform DRC’s emergency response programme and advocate on behalf of DRC in line with the organization’s key policy positions.
  • Coordinate with humanitarian response actors to promote operational coordination, particularly amongst ECHO funded response actors.

Key Deliverables:

  • Project Monitoring Reports (prepared on basis of pre-approved TORs for field trips and observations on project progress)
  • Completion of Project Monitoring Tool updates on a monthly basis (when assigned as a Grant Focal point)
  • Field Implementation Support Visits (when deployed to assist management of emergency interventions)
  • Meeting minutes (when assigned to over external representation functions)
  • Other tasks as required by Supervisor


To be successful in this role you must have:

Experience and technical competencies:

  • At least 3 years’ professional work experience in direct emergency response;
  • Experience from humanitarian coordination
  • Thorough understanding of displacement issues and related international standards/frameworks. Knowledge of the local context in Afghanistan is a strong asset;
  • Strong working knowledge with cash programming as a modality of emergency assistance.
  • Experience with protection programming and mainstreaming of protection in emergency programming.
  • Experience with fundraising from humanitarian donors including ECHO, CHF, UNHCR, DANIDA and own fund
  • Ability to live and work in an insecure and changing environment.


  • University degree in organizational development, International relations, international development, business administration, human resource management, education, humanitarian affairs, public and social policy or related field(s)
  • Excellent writing and communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective working relations with national staff and other stakeholders;
  • Ability to work in a deadline-driven environment and undertake a proactive approach;
  • Excellent project management skills, including strong budget management capacity;


  • Professional fluency in written and spoken English;
  • Fluency in Dari and Pash


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