Programme Manager

Danish Refugee Council, Myanmar

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
31st January, 2018

Job Description

We are looking for a dynamic, motivated and highly qualified Programme Manager to oversee the DRC programme across Kachin State, Myanmar.

Who are we?

DRC has been operating in Myanmar since 2009 and currently implements humanitarian and development programmes in Rakhine, Kachin, Northern Shan and Kayah States. The overall programme objective is the promotion and protection of durable solutions for vulnerable conflict and disaster-affected people, IDPs and returnees. DRC’s work is based on humanitarian and protection principles.

In Kachin State, DRC has responded to the large-scale displacement caused by the 2011 collapse of a long-standing ceasefire agreement between the Government of Myanmar and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and other armed factions. The context is now characterised as a protracted conflict with sporadic clashes in different areas throughout Kachin. More than 160 IDP camps and around 100,000 IDPs are scattered across Government Controlled Areas (GCA) and Non-Government Controlled Areas (NGCA). Access to NGCA and certain areas of GCA is challenging, particularly for international staff and DRC activities are operated through a combination of direct implementation and partner implementation to ensure the affected population are effectively supported.

DRC is currently delivering humanitarian aid in IDP camps and conflict affected communities, focusing on a multi sector response with interventions in Shelter, Livelihoods, Protection (General Protection, Child Protection and Counter Trafficking), and Mine Action. All activities contribute to evidence based advocacy focused on durable solutions.

The Kachin team consists of 70 staff, including 4 expatriates across 2 bases. The Programme Manager reports to the Country Director, and line manages the Livelihoods and Protection Coordinators as well as a  Deputy Programme Manager, Operations Coordinator and M&E Officer.

About the job

The role is a key position for DRC Myanmar and is a full member of  the senior management team. S/he is expected to be able to work independently under the authority delegated by the Country Director, bring solid management and leadership skills to the job, and the ability to engage and represent DRC with local authorities and other stakeholders.

The post will be based Myitkyina, Kachin State – with frequent and extended trips to Bhamo..

Duties and Responsibilities

The Programme Manager will be responsible for the following:

Project Portfolio

  • Manage, supervise and monitor the timely implementation of the project portfolio, currently funded by ECHO, HARP (DFID), DANIDA, OCHA, UNICEF, WRA, OFDA, SDC, and private donations
  • Organise and oversee regular project review meetings, particularly for multi sector projects
  • Ensure regular contact, support and visits to the Bhamo sub office
  • Lead the development of new programme initiatives and help seek funding for these
  • Provide quality assurance on all internal and external reports
  • Ensure the quality of  the Monitoring and Evaluation system

Office Management

  • Ensure that all DRC policies and procedures are in place and are adhered to (admin/finance, HR, procurement and logistics)
  • Ensure compliance with DRC Code of Conduct
  • Ensure timely and accurate financial forecasting and reporting as overall responsible for all Kachin budgets

Representation and Advocacy

  • Maintain DRC’s position as a key actor in the INGO community in Kachin and represent DRC to donors and external actors
  • Maintain good relations and close co-ordination with local authorities, UN agencies, international and national civil society
  • Ensure DRC’s active engagement and advocacy in local and national level co-ordination bodies on Protection, Child Protection, CCCM/Shelter/NFI, Livelihoods,   durable solutions and population movements
  • Identify opportunities to ensure the situation in Kachin continues to be discussed at relevant forums, through briefings with key stakeholders in Kachin or Yangon, as well as support in development of advocacy briefing notes


  • In close coordination with the Country Director and DRC’s Safety Manager based in Yangon, monitor the security environment and implement appropriate safety and security procedures (MOSS compliant)
  • Strategy and Fundraising
  • In close cooperation with the Head of Programme, lead the identification and development of new programme initiatives in Kachin, including facilitating assessments and overseeing preparation of concept notes and proposals
  • Proactively identify areas for collaboration and integrative programming between teams and sectors
  • Work with the Country Director to continue developing  the DRC strategy for Kachin

Team and People Management

  • Ensure positive staff management, including proactive staff capacity building and ensuring performance reviews are conducted
  • Maintain a positive, collaborative and enabling work environment

About you

The qualified candidate is, organised and independent, has direct programming experience in one of DRC Kachin’s programmatic sectors, as well as experience in management and oversight of a large office. She/he is very familiar with humanitarian principles and practices, has a strong background in representing an international organization to external partners and authorities and excellent networking skills.

To be successful in this role you must have:

  • A minimum of 5 years relevant project and/or programme management experience with an international NGO
  • Experience of managing a team of both Expatriate and National Staff, ideally across different locations
  • Practical experience of implementing multi-sectoral projects, ideally within the fields of emergency response, protection and livelihoods preferably in a conflict-related context
  • Experience with writing project proposals and concept notes to mobilize resources and complement and expand current programming
  • Experience of managing an office/team where you have had responsibility for ensuring that all administrative, logistics, procurement, HR procedures are being followed according to organisational procedures
  • Experience with representation of the agency with government, UN, and donor audiences for coordination and advocacy
  • Strong diplomatic skills in communicating with stakeholders, fellow heads of office and staff
  • Professional fluency in English
  • University Degree in humanitarian/development studies, social sciences or other relevant field or equivalent professional experience
  • Prior knowledge of working with DRC and/or in South East Asia will be considered an asset


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