Head of Programme

Danish Refugee Council, Iran

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
17th May, 2018

Job Description

Who are we?

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.

About the job

Responsible for project activities within the DRC Iran country programme
Delivers strategic and operational input to policies, processes and standards within respective areas, where decisions are of a tactical and operational nature within a defined scope
Enable and oversee the implementation of policy or activities considered critical to the achievement of organizational objectives
Frequently represent DRC with key external partners at both local and national levels, and other stakeholders, with significant engagement and negotiation with government stakeholders

Geographic scope: Country

This role has a country focus and ensures compliance to DRC procedures and guidelines within the country. The role contributes to the development of country strategies, which are translated into action plans and day-to-day tasks. The role provides support and/or technical guidance to country operations while overseeing country activities.

Main responsibilities

People Management

Lead and manage the programme staff (including people planning, performance, well-being and development)

Project management and development

  • Enabling and overseeing effective, efficient and timely implementation of all projects according to agreed contracts, budgets, policies and in accordance with specific donor requirements
  • Ensure that relevant beneficiary data is collected, compiled, analyzed and distributed and that relevant assessments are conducted in the project area
  • Provide regular internal and external reports, and other relevant information on programme activities, policy matters and external relations
  • Deliver inputs to programme strategy and identify opportunities for new projects
  • Lead assessments for emergency or longer term programming in existing or new project locations
  • Lead the planning and development of concept papers, budgets and project proposals with support from country team
  • Ensure effective coordination and visibility of the implementation of the projects with all humanitarian and development actors
  • Implement and oversee the DRC administrative guidelines and policies, safety and security procedures, logistics support and other tasks associated with efficient day-to-day running

External relations 

  • Increase the visibility and credibility of DRC’s program in the area and maintain close relations with all relevant stakeholders including donors
  • Ensure correct and timely narrative and financial reporting to donor

Deputy responsibilities

  • Support the Country Director and the Senior Management Team in ensuring strategic programming coherent with DRC’s operational platforms, coordinating DRC’s programme development, strengthening DRC’s programme quality, standards and learning, and enforcing DRC’s accountability and M&E frameworks. 
  • Represent DRC on behalf of the Country/Regional Director upon agreement with authorities, UN agencies, humanitarian agencies and other partner
  • Function as Country/Regional Director during his/hers absence
  • Other deputising duties as agreed with the Country/Regional Director

About you

To be successful in this role we expect the following:

Required experience and technical competencies

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in managing program operations, including at country senior management level
  • Proven leadership skills and a competence in people management
  • Experience with proposal development, budget development, program implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience with effectively coordinating with national partners, local/government authorities, NGO partners, UNHCR and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Full professional proficiency in English

Required education: Relevant university degree (e.g. political science, international development, economics)

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.


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