Senior Compliance and Policy Officer

DRC, Geneva, Switzerland

Skill Required:, Media and CommunicationPolicy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
23rd August, 2020

Job Description

We are looking for a highly qualified, self-motivated Senior Compliance and Policy Officer able to work across DRC's regional and country operations as well as HQ in a small but complex setting in Geneva, Switzerland.

Who are we?

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organisation founded in 1956 that works in more than 35 countries through-out the world. DRC fulfils its mandate by providing direct assistance to conflict-affected populations, including refugees, internally displaced people and host communities. Under its mandate, the organisation focuses on emergency humanitarian response, rehabilitation, post-conflict recovery and humanitarian mine-action.

DRC has established a Representation in Geneva in 2013. The strategic direction of DRC in Geneva follows a general understanding that the Geneva Office is an advocacy and policy-influencing hub for the broad engagement of DRC in forced displacement. The Representation is to embody DRC as an evidence-based, principled, yet pragmatic displacement organization, contributing and actively engaging in dialogue in international policy and advocacy for a. By doing so the office maintains and further builds on DRC partnerships with UN agencies, Member States and within the NGO community.

Purpose of the post

The position serves two main aspects of DRC´s efforts in Geneva:

  •  to facilitate and support DRC’s engagement with UNHCR as one of DRC’s core partners. The collaboration between UNHCR and DRC is broad, diverse and entails strategic, operational as well as contractual components at field, regional and global level. The Representation in Geneva assumes responsibility for only a fraction of this comprehensive relationship, relying and contributing to a joint endeavour with many colleagues in different entities, functions and regions.

The Senior Compliance and Policy Officer is expected to act as the main entry point for DRC field operations on questions related global contractual matters for UNHCR funded projects and at the same time serve as the primary focal point for proactive engagement in policy UNHCR’s Framework for Implementing with Partners and represent DRC´s perspective.

  •  to explore the feasibility, value added and identify concrete venues in deepened engagement with the Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) as the primary mechanism for inter-agency coordination of humanitarian assistance with a focus on humanitarian policy, work, aid architecture, coordination mechanisms and related efforts – both at central as well as at field level.


The Senior Compliance and Policy Officers main duties and responsibilities are:

  • UNHCR Compliance and Engagement
  • Increase DRC’s capacity to engage with UNHCR under the UNHCR Framework for Implementing with Partners (FIP) and the Project Partnership Agreements (PPAs)
  • Advise DRC operations globally and in HQ on UNHCR compliance
  • Develop and provide trainings, webinars, and written guidance on compliance
  • Ensure appropriate technical support is available to programs, in line with hosting agreements and support for annual planning and review processes
  • Engagement in humanitarian coordination/IASC
  • Support DRC field and HQ engagement in humanitarian coordination
  • Provide analysis and information sharing on themes and areas relevant for DRC within the scope of IASC, based on intake from and consultations with senior DRC staff members at field, regional and HQ level
  • Map and prioritise areas and processes of engagement in humanitarian policy and coordination
  • As part of the small representation team, work with the DRC Geneva office to write and produce an occasional internal DRC updates

Required Qualifications

  • To be successful in this role we expect you to have at least 5 years of experience in relevant fields: Humanitarian work and policy, as well as partner/donor engagement and compliance. You possess good analytical skills, are organized and a good team player, as well as a skilled internal and external relation-builder.

Other experiences and technical competencies:

  • A Master’s Degree or advanced professional qualification in Social Sciences, Development, International Relations, Law or similar field;
  • At least 5 years of experience within international humanitarian, development or displacement issues;
  • Experience working with UNHCR or other partner/donor contractual relations and aid management guidelines;
  • Experience with managing partner relations with UNHCR or other UN agency or institutional donor partnering and/or working experience from a previous position at UNHCR;
  • Experience and knowledge of the humanitarian field, including IHL and international humanitarian work and policy;
  • Good communications and writing skills;
  • Strong interpersonal and relation-building abilities;
  • Experience with developing training material and conducting trainings;
  • Experience with coordination of multi-stakeholder processes within a global organisation;
  • Experience from working in a DRC field operation or in another similar organisation is an advantage;
  • Full professional proficiency in English; French skills are an advantage;


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