Programme Specialist

Danish Refugee Council, Afghanistan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
18th April, 2019

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.


The job holder, under the direct supervision of the Livelihoods Coordinator, is primarily responsible for overseeing the implementation and programmatic quality of DRC-DDG’s project with the title “Supporting Afghan Returnees/IDPs in Jalalabad and Kandahar to successfully transition from critical humanitarian need to sustainable, dignified, and appropriate lives”, funded by the Global Affairs Canada (GAC). This includes liaising directly with GAC focal points in Kabul and in Canada to provide progress updates and reports, working closely with programme and support services departments in DRC’s Afghanistan Country Office to ensure timely and relevant support to Area teams, engaging directly with Area Managers in Kandahar and Jalalabad to oversee project activities, and monitoring the implementing teams in the field. The job holder will spend 30% of his/her time in each Area to monitor the project activities and also provide some technical guidance on delivering quality livelihoods activities. Ultimately, the Programme Specialist will be responsible for coordinating and ensuring a strong delivery of DRC’s multi-sector, multi-area, and multi-year GAC project.

DRC’s GAC project adopts a centre-based and mobile outreach approach in order to provide an appropriate platform to reach those beneficiaries who can benefit most from the specific support services. Main components of the project include:

increased access to humanitarian assistance (food, shelter, lost assets), improved protection outcomes (documentation, access to justice, psychosocial support), and increased options for sustainable income generation, including options that are culturally appropriate for women.


Coordination & Planning:

  • Engage and contribute to ad-hoc cluster coordination meetings, bilateral meetings with donors, bilateral meetings with other humanitarian actors and civil society as necessary to ensure an effective humanitarian response with the GAC project.
  • Liaise on a weekly basis with GAC project focal points in Kabul and in Canada to provide progress reports, evidence of implemented activities, communications material, and updates on the humanitarian context.
  • Prepare fact sheets, briefs, dashboards, and progress updates that provide information about DRC-DDG’s GAC project (for internal and external use); collect best practices and lessons learned, provide inputs into future programming.
  • Work closely with DRC-DDG sector programme teams (Emergency, Protection, Livelihoods, Armed Violence Reduction, Risk Education, Explosive Ordnance Disposal) at the Country Office and Area level to develop opportunities for integrated programming and shared approaches within the GAC project.

Project Management:

  • Ensure timely and smooth implementation of the GAC project and its overall integrity complying with national, organizational, and donor regulations, policies and requirements.
  • Support fundraising efforts by building evidence from the GAC project that can be used towards new opportunities.
  • Develop project tools, plans, and guidance to support field teams for the timely implementation of the GAC project to a high degree of quality and ensure the interventions are cost effective and relevant to the target beneficiaries’ needs.
  • With support from DRC technical coordinators (emergency, protection, livelihoods), provide guidance to implementing teams.
  • Prepare and follow-up on work plans and budgets for the GAC project with the Area teams.
  • Maintain an overview of the GAC project goals and objectives and provide regular guidance and orientation to DRC’s teams if activities are straying too far from these objectives.
  • Work closely with Area Managers to address implementation challenges and identify needs for technical support.

Monitoring & Reporting:

  • Conduct regular field visits to the programmes in Kandahar and Jalalabad to assess qualitative issues regarding GAC project activities, and flag any concerns to the Area Manager and Programme Coordinators.
  • Carry out joint monitoring with the representatives of different stakeholders.
  • Monitor that beneficiaries and communities are regularly involved in all phases of the GAC project (including frequent dialogue between field teams and community leaders, as well as through other feedback mechanisms).
  • Maintain and review accurate programmatic data for the GAC project in coordination with the MEAL Department.
  • Consolidate and prepare donor reports (narrative reports, results frameworks, as well as financial reports) for the GAC project based on programmatic data collected from each area.


  • Work with cultural sensitivity and respecting the dignity of displaced people, returnees, and host communities at all times.
  • Ensure gender sensitive approach in the implementation to make sure the female project participants have equitable access to services ensuring their social and economic empowerment
  • Comply with DRC-DDG’s code of conduct at all times, and ensure that staff at the area level adhere to it as well.
  • Report changes with the security situation of the relevant area to the mine action manager and safety officer.
  • Where tasked by MAM, coordinate within internal investigation board in an event of Mine/UXO accident or other incident.
  • Regularly visit and appraise the work of all teams in all locations, providing support and feedback.
  • Coordinate with the mine action manager that all teams are performing according to DDG operational SOP.
  • Ensure explosive store, use of that materials, transportation and accountability are conducted according the DDG operating SOPs.
  • Be informed of all external and internal nonconformities received by operational teams and that they are solved on time.
  • Summarize and submit the relevant team’s monthly achievement report to the operation department Kabul.
  • Preparation of teams monthly /weekly location report and monthly filed staff attendance report.
  • Ensure the cashbooks and receipts for the current mission are maintained on a daily basis and sent to HQ without delays at the end of each week.
  • Liaise with DMAC and other humanitarian and development organizations active in the operation area. Liaise with other authorities, ANA and ANP in coordination with the instructions from DRC/DDG HQ Kabul.
  • Participate in Coordination mine action Meetings and Technical Working Groups arranged by DMAC. Develop a professional relationship with relevant DMAC.
  • Responsible to manage the project budget.
  • Preparation of project monthly / quarterly narrative report to HQ
  • Co-operate and give support and assistance to internal and external QA in all operational matters.
  • Assist trainers during training sessions if required.


Experience and technical competencies:

  • At least 4-5 years of project management background working within civil society, NGOs, or INGOs.
  • Demonstrated understanding and strategic knowledge of designing and implementing multi-sectoral humanitarian projects.
  • Previous experience in working with vulnerable displaced and conflict-affected Afghan communities.

Education: University Diploma in Business Management or other relevant field

Qualifications & Skills:


  • A degree in social sciences, humanitarian aid or related field;
  • Good communication and analytical skills;
  • Good writing skills and ability to prepare project proposals and reports;
  • Strong technical understanding of challenges and needs with displacement in Afghanistan;
  • Able to travel to Kandahar and Jalalabad cities;
  • Able to conduct field visits and engage directly with communities in urban/peri-urban areas of Kandahar and Jalalabad.


  • Familiar with Core Humanitarian Principles;
  • Familiar with DRC’s core mandate and values;
  • Technical expertise in thematic humanitarian sector (preferably Emergencies, Protection, or Livelihoods) and/or cross-cutting areas including gender, environment, and sustainability;
  • Specific experience with non-formal educational projects, in particular those targeting labour market exclusion.
  • Previous experience in liaising with institutional donors.


  • English (Fluent ) Written and spoken
  • Pashto (Fluent) Written and spoken
  • Dari (Fluent) Written and spoken


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