DRC Head of Programme Jobs in Ethiopia

DRC Head of Programme Jobs in Ethiopia


  • Danish Refugee Council (DRC), one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is currently looking for a highly qualified Head of Programme to be responsible for the overall quality and delivery of DRCs program across seven established areas of operation in Ethiopia and Djibouti (Tigray, Gambella and Somali Regions in Ethiopia & Djibouti) - with a significant contribution expected to the conceptualization, technical support and implementation of development, emergency and “nexus” projects.

  • DRC has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997.

  • DRC promotes and supports solutions to the problems faced by refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs), and migrants.

    About the job

  • The Head of Program works under the direct supervision of the Country Director based in Addis Ababa and liaises with all program and operations across Ethiopia and Djibouti.

  • The Head of Programme will play a vital role as a member of the Senior Management Team and will drive the overall country-level vision, mission, and objectives, and guide implementation of area and technical level strategies.

  • S/he ensures the development of country strategies, which are translated into action plans and day-to-day tasks.

  • S/he will be active in high level and strategic decision-making, collaborating closely with the Head of Support Services and Country Director, ensuring outputs are in line with the programs country priorities, DRCs mandate and according to DRC policies and systems.

  • The role provides support and/or technical guidance to country operations while overseeing country activities, and has a multi-country focus and ensures compliance to DRC procedures and guidelines.

    More specifically, your main duties and responsibilities will be

    Program Strategy, Management, & Development

  • Participate in country level strategic planning and contribute to the sustainable management of program growth with an eye towards program growth and development.

  • Enabling and overseeing effective, efficient and timely implementation of all projects according to agreed contracts, budgets, policies and in accordance with specific donor requirements

  • Ensure that relevant beneficiary data is collected, compiled, analyzed and distributed and that relevant assessments are conducted in the project area

  • Lead the planning and development of concept papers, budgets and project proposals with support from country team

  • Provide regular internal and external reports, and other relevant information on programme activities, policy matters and external relations

  • Oversee the work of the program support function, and the budgeting coordinator to make sure timely and coherent budget preparation for all new proposals and budget revisions.

  • Ensure timely and targeted communication and information flow to all relevant internal and external parties in coordination with the Country Director, Regional Office, HQ and other program stakeholders to remain informed about program achievements.

    Program Staff Management and Capacity Building

  • Effectively manage program teams, including managers, specialists and technical experts located at sites throughout the country with an emphasis on program implementation excellence, promoting a culture of cooperation, learning, creativity, and innovation.

  • Lead and manage the programme department staff including people planning, recruitment, objective setting, performance reviews, well-being, and development

  • Ensure that all new staff receive a comprehensive induction package from each sector lead upon arrival with the organization and as per DRC’s Operations Handbook requirements

  • Build a technically excellent team in accordance with programmatic and country-level strategy. Develop overall staff competence through leadership, training, and coaching of technical and management key program staff

  • Conduct annual staff performance reviews, ensuring that poor performance is identified and corrective measures are put in place to develop staff capacity and encourage improvements

  • Collaborate closely with the Head of Support Services to allocate funding for staff development, performance management, and team building processes.

    Donor liaison, Partnerships and Representation

  • As required represent DRC Ethiopia/Djibouti program to existing and potential donors
    Cultivate key relationships that enhance DRC’s visibility, credibility and
    notoriety in DRC Ethiopia/Djibouti

  • Identify local NGOs/partners with whom to cooperate and partner

  • Provide support to the Country Director and Area Managers in advocacy efforts

    Program Implementation & Coordination

  • Provide oversight, guidance, and leadership to all aspects of program implementation in DRC Ethiopia/Djibouti.

  • Collaborate closely with Area Managers and provide daily oversight to programmatic technical needs

  • Ensure effective and transparent budget follow up, planning, and use of financial resources in coordination with the Area Managers (budget holders), in compliance with DRC and donor policies and priorities.

  • Work with Area Managers to ensure that Detailed Implementation Plan and Project Management Plans are updated and reviewed on a bi-weekly basis, driving implementation teams to achieve results as per donor contracts and monitoring of burn rates associated with program activities.

  • Effectively stay abreast of donor policies, procedures, rules and regulations; and train DRC program and support staff in these policies, developing guidelines and ensuring kick-off meetings take place in both the Country Office and Area Offices to ensure compliance with donor rules and regulations.

    Program Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning

  • Design and ensure the implementation of effective and participatory program monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning strategies at all levels of the DRC’s program in DRC Ethiopia/Djibouti.

  • Ensure that all projects contribute to measuring impact and are in line with DRC’s country strategic plan.

  • Ensure quality programming by coordinating the technical support provided by the Regional Office and HQ and contributing to the development of M&E tools and indicators and other quality improvement initiatives

  • Identify, propose, test, and roll-out new monitoring and evaluation approaches and methods

  • Promote learning and knowledge management within the country program.

  • Document lessons learned and best practices for dissemination within DRC country and Region teams, to donors and to other stakeholders when relevant in order ensure synergetic programming and cross-program collaboration in DRC Ethiopia/Djibouti and in the whole region.

  • Supervise monitoring and evaluation of the operations to ensure the overall implementation is in accordance with agreed work plans, donor agreements, and humanitarian accountability framework.

  • Develop appropriate monitoring, tracking and reporting systems, tools and templates that enhance monitoring of programme outputs and quality, generate quality evidence on program impact and promote and ensure use of data for decision-making processes/ program adjustments.

    About you

    To be successful in this role we expect you to posses the following:

  • Master’s degree in law, social sciences, international development, or another relevant field

  • Over 8 years of progressively responsible experience in program management, leadership, and design

  • At least 7 years of experience in managing program operations, including 4 years minimum at country senior management level and at least 2 years in Senior Management

  • Demonstrate experience and skill in proposal development, budget development, program implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

  • Proven leadership skills and a competence in people management and leading by example as per DRC Core Competencies

  • Proven experience in effectively coordinating with national governments, international, and national NGO partners.

  • Proven experience in managing a diverse program portfolio, particularly in protection programming integrated with WASH and livelihoods, in both development and humanitarian contexts

  • Full professional proficiency in English is required; full proficiency in French is highly desirable

    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: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; DRC Head of Programme Jobs in Ethiopia

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