Project Manager – Energy and Environment

Danish Refugee Council, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
4th November, 2018

Job Description

Danish Refugee Council, one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is seeking a highly motivated and experienced individual to fill the position of Project Manager – Energy and Environment in Cox Bazar, Bangladesh.

Who we are?

DRC is an international non-governmental organization, which promotes and supports durable solutions to the problems faced by refugees and internally displaced people globally. Danish Refugee Council has been registered in Bangladesh since 2013 with a focus on responding to displacement and the Rohingya refugee influx. As a key part of this, DRC opened a main office in Cox’s Bazar, and a support/liaison office in Dhaka.

About the job

The Energy and Environment component is part of DRC’s existing Community Infrastructure activities in the Rohingya camps. The Energy and Environment Manager is responsible for the implementation of two main project areas: i) Waste Management projects and ii) Environmental protection activities. These projects are expected to be active in the Rohingya camps in which DRC operates and also within the host communities. These projects are intended to be part of developing sustainable circular systems which will contribute to both the environmental health of the camp as well as having a role in actively creating livelihoods opportunities in the host community. The role is focused initially on the setup of these projects, by establishing links to the relevant local partner organizations, sectors and local government agencies. The Energy and Environment projects will be linked to DRC’s host community protection programming, markets and livelihoods projects and ongoing WASH programming. The role will also involve the recruitment, management and capacity building of an Energy and Environment team capable of supporting the ongoing project activities.

Your main duties and responsibilities will be:

The responsibilities listed in the JD are not exhaustive and may be readjusted according to operational needs but will remain in line with the overall purpose of the role.


  • Provide operational support, coordination, supervision and monitoring designed to meet program objectives related to all Energy and Environment works carried out in the camp or within the host communities;
  • Contribute and support the design of the Waste Management activities and implement according to the needs of the waste management gap assessments;
  • In partnership with Waste Consultant agency, organise the research of waste streams, technical solutions and implement the recommendations accordingly;
  • Support the recruitment and training of the national team leaders and officers required to support the Energy and Environmental activities;
  • Establish linkages with local environmental and waste management partner organisations, local governmental bodies and the relevant UN agencies;
  • Work in partnership with the Markets and Livelihoods Adviser and Environmental Adviser to establish a sustainable host community project to provide vegetation for the slope stabilisation activities in the camp;
  • In partnership with the Cash for Work and partner agencies organise the daily management and supervision of the host community livelihoods voluntary teams, including the development of nurseries for grass planting;
  • Support the technical advisers in contributing to the strategic development of the Energy and Environment sector;
  • Coordinate with the respective Energy and Environment and Water Sanitation and Hygiene Technical Working Groups;
  • Development of monitoring and evaluation tools required for all Energy and Environment works;
  • Ensure compliance through timely and accurate provision of supporting documentation required by the community infrastructure programmes teams, finance, logistics and human resources. This includes all relevant technical reports and assessments for internal and external use;
  • Drafting detailed SOPs regarding the most relevant operational procedures, including division of responsibilities between DRC units;
  • Ensure proper grants management and quality monitoring of activities as per the donor requirements and DRC’s rules and regulations;
  • Monitor financial commitments and expenditures against Energy and Environment budgets;
  • Manage the Energy and Environment team leaders, officers and project coordinators as required;
  • Support, appraise and develop the capacity of the Energy and Environment field teams;
  • Support program standardization and sharing of experiences, lessons learned, and best practices across DRC-supported sites and with other agencies;
  • Coordinate with the logistics department to ensure timely delivery of project materials on sites;
  • Ensure the observance of the DRC Code of Conduct throughout activity implementation;
  • Consistently demonstrate flexibility, resilience and ability to maintain positive relationships and composure, even under difficult circumstances;
  • Maintain high ethical standards and treat people with respect and dignity;

About you

To be successful in this role you must have the following;


  • Bachelor’s/ Masters’ degree in 5+ years’ experience in Waste Management, WASH, Environmental Engineering or other related fields;
  • At least 2 or more years’ field experience in similar position in refugee or IDP settlements;
  • Field experience in site planning, DRR, CCCM and/or Shelter and WASH works;
  • Prior evidence of managing staff; with excellent leadership skills including challenging, motivating and developing a team
  • The ability to take the initiative and work independently as well work as a team player – supporting other departments is essential;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to write clear, concise reports;
  • Proven ability to work creatively, innovatively and effectively with limited direct supervision;
  • Excellent organizational, problem-solving and negotiation skills. The ability to remain calm whilst deal with conflicting priorities and to be able to work while under pressure is essential;
  • Flexibility and capacity of adaptation to a changing working environment;
  • Willingness to live and work in a challenging environment with limited resources;
  • Proven capacity of coordinating with other humanitarian agencies and local authorities;
  • Commitment to DRC’s overall aims and policies and experience of promoting gender equity and ensuring vulnerable people’s needs are met.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

Desirable: Experience working in the Cox’s Bazar Rohingya Response is an added advantage.

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. a


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