Head of Program

Danish Refugee Council

Niamey, Niger

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has been operating in Niger since 2014 with a cross-border border management and security program in the Liptako Gourma region (border region between Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger) with the aim of reducing armed violence. Since 2015, DRC has been implementing a Rapid Response Mechanism (MRR) program, with assistance in kits for the construction of shelters and support in non-food items (BNA), protection monitoring, training and sensitization on human rights and food security through general food distributions. Since 2018, DRC has been implementing emergency response and livelihood support/strengthening activities in the Diffa area and has extended its RRM program to the Tillabéri region, where it is implementing emergency response activities. emergency and protection monitoring program. In 2020, DRC has expanded its activities in the Maradi region and is currently implementing three (3) projects in the departments of Guidan Roumdji and Madarounfa.

The HoP is responsible for the development and, in collaboration with the zone heads, the implementation of DRC's programmatic strategy in Niger. He/she is responsible for sector coordination as well as quality and accountability in the implementation of DRC programmatic activities in Niger. He/she leads the development of proposals and donor reports on programs and supports the DP in engagement with donors. The position is managed by the DP and is part of the Country Management Team (SMT).

The responsibilities listed are not exhaustive and could be readjusted according to the operational needs identified at the time insofar as they remain consistent with the position.

The main responsibilities and main expectations for this position are:

Program development and project management :

  • Develops and applies program strategy and identifies opportunities for new projects; manages assessments and context analyzes for emergency or long-term programs in the areas of implementation of existing projects or new areas; leads the planning and development of concept papers, budgets and project proposals in collaboration with other members of the SMT, builds strong and effective partnerships with organizations, donors and authorities, in line with the program strategy of the Niger and DRC's partnership management policy; supports the Diffa/Maradi and Tillabéri area managers for the effective, efficient and timely implementation of all DRC projects in accordance with the contracts,
  • Program quality and accountability : Oversees and supports the continuous improvement of program quality standards, including application and harmonization between field bases; ensure that DRC's values ​​and code of conduct are upheld and upheld, and ensure that complaints mechanisms are contextually appropriate and functional, assess and improve program accountability measures in line with DRC's overall commitments to basic humanitarian standards; manages the MEA team ensuring that all DRC projects in Niger implement high quality monitoring, evaluation and learning in all projects, including that learning is captured, capitalized and used in the program design and implementation;
  • Staff management : Leads and manages the staff of the country program technical team (including staff planning, performance, well-being and development), supports and supervises, in collaboration with the CD and area managers , program staff in the field
  • External relations: Participates in increasing the visibility and credibility of the DRC program in Niger and maintains close relations with all stakeholders, including donors, ensures effective coordination and visibility of project implementation with all humanitarian and development actors, participates in workshops and other meetings organized by DRC at regional and global level

About you:

To be the candidate chosen for this position, you must demonstrate proven experience in a program manager position in a volatile security environment, proven leadership in managing multidisciplinary teams, excellent writing skills and good knowledge of budget management. In a few points:

Obligatory :

  • At least five years of experience managing emergency programs, preferably with refugees and/or displaced persons
  • At least three years of program management experience in at least one of DRC's key sectors in Niger (Protection, RRM, Food Security or Humanitarian Law and Peacebuilding)
  • Proven leadership skills at SMT level

People management skills

  • Experience in proposal development, budgeting, program implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience in effective coordination with national partners, local/government authorities, NGO partners, donors and other relevant stakeholders

Source: https://drc.ngo/about-us/careers/vacancies/job/?p=165800