DRC Head of Programme Jobs in Ethiopia

DRC Head of Programme Jobs in Ethiopia

Founded in 1956, The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organization (NGO), 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. The organization has offices across the region, and has been operational in Ethiopia since 2009.

With funding from bilateral and multilateral donors, DRC is currently implementing a range of activities across Ethiopia and Djibouti, including WASH and shelter provision, child and youth protection, gender-based violence response, awareness-raising of migration risks, protection monitoring of migration routes, and livelihoods support for returning migrants or those at-risk of migration.

Overall purpose of the role and geographical scope:

DRC Ethiopia is looking for its next Head of Programmes. We are looking for someone with substantial programme management and leadership experience to oversee diverse programme portfolio in Ethiopia. The DRC Ethiopia programme is implemented in a challenging context, with conflict and natural disaster driven displacement, challenging access environment and constantly changing security conditions, and with an evolving, complex country program.

The Head of Programme will join DRC Ethiopia at an interesting time, overseeing high quality programming across the country, including both humanitarian and nexus programming.

As part of the SMT and working closely with the CD and HoSS, this role is vital to continue the momentum that has been started in driving our country level vision and guiding the implementation of area and technical level strategies, with responsibility for rolling out quality assurance across all programmes and implementing the 2022-2025 country strategy.

It is a fast-moving role, providing technical support and guidance to country operations in a constantly changing environment, designing new programmes and ensuring that the program portfolio remains strategic, of high quality and compliant.

The key functions of this role are to:

  • Ensure the roll out of the overall programmatic strategy across the entire country operation

  • Ensure the provision of high quality and relevant technical guidance and oversight to all area offices and partners within DRC’s priority sectors: protection, WASH and economic recovery

  • Engage and lead DRC Ethiopia in nexus programming developing the conflict resolution and peace building sector

  • Enable and oversee the monitoring and evaluation of activities across the entire country operation

  • Lead and oversee proposal development and business development

  • Oversee effective grants and project management processes

  • Maintain high standards of internal and external representation.


    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. S/he has the following specific responsibilities.

    Program Strategy, Management & Development

  • Contribute to the sustainable management of program growth and quality aligned with the Country and Area strategies ;

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

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

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

  • Foster synergies between programme areas and supporting integrated approaches where applicable;

  • Support the Country Director to ensure effective coordination and visibility of the implementation of the projects with all humanitarian and development actors and in advocacy at all levels.

    Fundraising, Grant proposals writing & reporting processes

  • Lead and oversee the drafting of concept notes, proposals, and donor reports by program in coordination with support departments in line with DRC HQ/Region and donor requirements. Lead and oversee program design, and quality assure all proposals and processes ahead of timely submission.

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

  • Ensure timely, quality reports and targeted communications are submitted to all donors and relevant internal and external parties in coordination with the Country Director, Regional Office, HQ and other program stakeholders.

    Program Quality, Implementation & Coordination

  • Provide oversight, guidance, and leadership to all aspects of program implementation in DRC Ethiopia, with particular focus on program quality;

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

  • Participate and contribute to the Grants and BFU meetings ensuring with the HoSS that there is accountability and responsibility being taken appropriately ;

  • Support the Grants teams with go/no go meetings, kick off meetings and follow up meetings as required ;

  • Support the technical teams to provide timely, proactive and appropriate technical support to program implementation across all area operations, and ensuring consistent and standard technical quality across all programs.

    Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning

  • Support the MEAL team in the institutionalization of monitoring, tracking and reporting systems that generate meaningful lesson learning, evidence of impact and provide data for effective programmatic decision making;

  • Ensure that all projects have sound monitoring frameworks, and 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;

  • Promote learning and knowledge management within the country program.

    Program Staff Management and Capacity Building

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

  • Collaborate closely with the Head of Support Services to ensure a holistic approach to staff support, budget development and internal process and policy development, and a one team approach to program implementation.

    Donor liaison, Partnerships and Representation

  • As required represent DRC to existing and potential donors;

  • Cultivate key relationships that enhance DRC’s visibility and credibility as an implementing partner amongst all agencies;

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

    About you

    In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’s 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 our vision and values.

    Experience and Technical comptencies

  • Master’s degree in law, social sciences, international developement or related field;

  • At least 7 years of experience in managing complex program operations in humanitarian or development contexts, including 3 years in Senior Management;

  • Experience working in complex operating environments, including in conflict affected environments;

  • Demonstrated experience and skills in proposal development, budget development, program implementation, monitoring and evaluation;

  • Ability to think and work strategically and creatively, with attention to detail and experience troubleshooting and problem solving in complex settings;

  • Proven leadership skills and competence in people management and leading by example;

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

  • Proven experience in managing a diverse programme portfolio and comprehensive budget oversight;

  • Full professional proficiency in English is required.

    How to Apply

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

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