Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is an independent, non-profit organization (NGO), founded on the basis of humanitarian principles, and human rights based approach, to secure the protection of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), and to promote long-term solutions to the problems of forced displacement.
Danish Demining Group (DDG) is a specialized unit within DRC which implements Mine action and Armed Violence Reduction (AVR) programmes. DDG’s mandate is ‘to create a safe environment free from armed violence and the remnants of conflict’, and DDG does this via a programmatic focus on four key sectors: Security Systems Reform, Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) management, Mine Action and Conflict Management.
DRC/DDG are implementing emergency operations in Nigeria in order to respond to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in northeastern Nigeria. DRC/DDG will commence programming that seeks to promote stability and socio-economic recovery in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states. One key component of this programme will focus on mine action, in particular mine/ERW risk education aimed at IDPs and humanitarian workers.
The Humanitarian Mine Action Manager is responsible and accountable for designing, managing, and overseeing the implementation of DRC/DDG mine action activities in northeastern Nigeria. The Humanitarian Mine Action Manager’s role is to ensure that Mine Action-related activities implemented within the DRC/DDG programme are in line with DRC/DDG’s objectives, strategies, donor requirements, and are compliant with DDG’s mine action Standard Operating Procedures. The Humanitarian Mine Action Manager is also responsible to create and maintain relationship with key mine action stakeholders in country (military, police EOD, etc.).
- Provide overall leadership for DRC/DDG’s Mine Action operations in Nigeria
- Plan and lead the implementation of all mine action-related activities
- Devise future Mine Action project plans and funding proposals and develop mine action strategy for Nigeria programme
- Collaborate with M&E staff to ensure rigorous monitoring and evaluation of mine action activities
- Monitor and supervise regular mine action related assessments
- Contribute to the management of safety and security by adhering to established protocols
- Other tasks as requested by DDG Head of Programme, Country Director and/or DDG Regional Manager
- Draft Donor reports and provide inputs to proposals when required.
Specific tasks and responsibilities include:
- Assist the Head of Programme in carrying out operational planning for all Mine Action related activities, e.g Non-Technical Survey/Technical Survey, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) courses, Community Liaison, and Risk Education. This should be done while keeping focus on national priorities and beneficiary needs.
- Mentor, monitor, advise and supervise the NTS Manager and RE Training Advisor in Mine Action, ensuring that they carry out their duties and responsibilities in accordance with their job descriptions and relevant DDG mine action SOPs and DRC/DDG and donor guidelines.
- Ensure compliance with medical support SOPs and ensure a proper level of medical training for all staff.
- Make recommendations regarding new approaches and develop, implement and revise country-specific Standard Operations Procedures (SOPs) for relevant DRC/DDG activities.
- Design an internal Quality Management (QM) structure that includes monitoring the impact of DDG programming in terms of Mine Action as well as productivity (outputs).
- Ensure that all mine action related activities are coordinated with and complementary to each other and all other programmes including both DRC-DDG and external partners
- Make regular field visits to monitor and advise managers under his/her responsibility and national staff in programme delivery
- In collaboration with the national Safety Advisor, managing the safety of field staff
- Liaise with local and national authorities (including the police, military, etc), donors, external partners etc. within his/her assigned areas of responsibility and coordinate with the Head of Programme and the Country Director.
- Compile the monthly, quarterly and annual reports for their specific sections.
- Make regular field visits and reports
- Support the Head of Programme and the Country Director to prepare annual reports to the host government, donors and DDG Regional and Head Offices as requested.
- Work closely with Head of Admin and Finance to monitor admin and HR aspects of his/her assigned sections; including monitoring the discipline and welfare of the programme staff and ensuring that the correct level of staff capacity is maintained.
- Work closely with the Logistics department to ensure mine action follow-up on procurement and management of assets
- The Mine Action Manager is responsible for working closely with Finance Coordinator in monitoring of the financial aspects of the activities in his/her assigned sections.
Experience and technical competencies:
- Minimum 5 years’ previous experience in humanitarian mine action and full understanding of its technical requirements.
- Previous work experience as an Operations Manager
- Minimum two years previous experience working with a mine action INGO
- Proven management experience, gained in a range of settings.
- Experience with accreditation to IMAS standard
- Proven record of training, mentoring and developing the capacity of staff, national and international
- Experience of working in challenging and insecure environments
- Diplomatic, patient and persistent.
- Experience working in diverse and cross-cultural context
- Willingness to embrace and further develop overall objectives such as gender equity, impact monitoring, and cross-sector cooperation.
- High degree of computer literacy – fully proficient in use of word, excel and powerpoint
- Experience in GIS an asset
- Willing to live in shared team house
- University degree in a relevant discipline
- IMAS EOD 3 qualifications
Languages: Fluency in written and spoken English.