DRC Head of Support Services Jobs in South Sudan

DRC Head of Support Services Jobs in South Sudan

  • Danish Refugee Council, one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is currently looking for a highly qualified Head of Support Services for Juba, South Sudan. As Head of Support Services you ensure effective and efficient support services in areas of Finance, Human Resources & Administration, Supply Chain & IT, Risk & Compliance.

    About the job

  • As Head of Support Services you are expected to have senior level management experience and a demonstrable successful track record of organizational development and resource mobilization. You are able to conceptualize and articulate DRC’s vision, and have strong oral and written communication skills to translate vision into action. You will play a key role in developing and implementing country-specific strategies as well as improving operational systems, processes, and policies in support of DRC’s mission.

  • You are a member of the Senior Management Team, with overall responsibility of program support and timely completion of annual performance indicators under support functions. You play a significant part in qualifying and implementing initiatives coming from the global and regional DRC organizational development and financial accountability initiatives.

  • Furthermore, you ensure timely and appropriate communication with Area Managers, Sector Coordinators and Project Managers regarding all issues related to finance, administration and human resources and work proactively to resolve differences and prioritize time-sensitive tasks.

    Your main duties and responsibilities will be:


  • Lead and manage the support managers (recruiting, performance, well-being, and development)

  • Manage, deliver, and report on current operations program support in geographic scope

  • Establish high performing support teams ensuring high-quality approaches are maintained

  • Develop and improve operational approaches, compliance, and systems, and support the Country Director to build and deliver effective and sustainable interventions.

  • Responsible for the strategic development, management, and implementation of the support operations

  • Ensure appropriate technical support is available to programs, in line with organizational priorities

  • Ensure support for annual planning and review processes

  • Direct responsibility for ensuring that the DRC Program operates in accordance with DRC’s support function guidelines

    Support Services Management

  • Provide strategic guidance to the HR/Admin department to develop and implement DRCs HR policy in South Sudan.

  • Provide strategic guidance for national staff management, career & development.

  • Provide strategic guidance for expatriates’ recruitment and induction process.

  • Provide strategic guidance to ensure appropriate stress management and care for Expatriates and National Staff.

  • Lead on DRC South Sudan annual master budgets and ensuring that monthly monitoring of expenditure informs management decision making.

  • Lead on the effective implementation and adherence of organization and stakeholder financial regulations.

  • Overseeing the operationalization of the contextual/localized finance handbook.

  • Ensure the timely implementation of DRC’s internal audit and compliance specialist’s recommendations and contextualize HQ understanding of local challenges.

  • Ensure the implementation of sustainable and robust supply chain and financial system for an efficient and effective support to all DRC DDG South Sudan programs and support services.

  • Ensure an efficient ICT Operating environment is in place to meet operational needs.

    Resources Management

  • Participate as a member of the SMT in the development of the mission, the Country Policies, and the Annual Plan in accordance with the DRC DDG relevant Global Policies and guidelines.

  • Responsible for maintaining and improving resource management in the mission, together with SMT.

  • Identifying both short term and long-term resource needs and translate these into objectives and priorities for future DRC DDG projects in South Sudan.

  • Advise and inform the CD regarding the development, monitoring and assessment of the ongoing programs in terms of resource management.

  • Participate as a member of the SMT in drafting project proposals, and on the use of resources according to budgets and policies.

  • Together with the Head of Programs, lead the mainstreaming of Project Cycle Management throughout the organization. Leading the development and improvement of resource management component of the annual results contract between DRC HQ and the country office in Juba. Ensuring timely quarterly reporting against results and follow- up action.

  • Ensure that South Sudan
    Operation complies to DRC Risk Management Framework, and operational Compliance Tools and processes are duly implemented.

  • Substitute the Country Director when is requested as such (leaves, field visits, long meetings etc)

    Policies and procedures

  • Establish or improve resource management procedures according to DRC DDG standards and guidelines.

  • Ensure the overall planning of the resources, including the reviewing and updating of the Country Polices, the Annual Plan in consultation and collaboration with the SMT.

  • Ensure cross department preparation of Project Proposals, Budgets and Evaluations, in consultation and collaboration with the SMT.

  • Regular review and improvements to Country SOPs to ensure the internal control environment strengthened as well as develop policies as required where gaps are noted.

    DRC Dynamics ERP System

  • Ensure DRC ERP functionalities are properly rolled out and used by relevant staff

  • Apply reports and data analytics from DRC Dynamics to improve overall performance

  • Act as heavy user for most of the Projects & Finance functionalities

    About you

  • To be successful in this role we expect you to have at least 7 years of experience in relevant fields: Finance, Administration, Human Resources, IT, Supply chain. Process oriented, organized, and able to develop policies, you also have strong managerial skills and are a good team player. Moreover, we also expect the following:


  • A Master’s Degree or advanced professional qualification in Finance, Business Administration, Logistics, Procurement.

  • At least 4 years’ experience in a similar role in an international NGO

  • Proven leadership skills and competences in people management

  • Proven operational management experiences and capability, including in conflict areas

  • Proven significant financial, information and systems management experience

  • Significant experience in procurement and tender processes

  • Notable experience in project proposals and resource planning. Knowledge of institutional fundraising and of donor guidelines and procedures

  • Experience working in an ERP system, including Supply Chain, Finance and HR systems

  • Full professional proficiency in English.

  • Ability to collaborate, network and negotiate with local partners, Governments, UN, donors and other NGOs, including proven experience in developing fundraising strategies.

  • Experience in supervising/managing, training and coaching others


  • You have the ability to motivate and guide staff and thrive on the capacity building side of your job. You are known to be a strong, confident and active leader; who on the one hand is inclusive, approachable and good at delegating, while on the other hand is not afraid to stand alone and take tough decisions.

  • You have a natural talent for working analytically and find that you excel in tasks concerning development of systems and procedures, ensuring compliance, and interpersonal communication. You have strong problem solving ability. Last, but not least, you thrive by working in complex emergency operations within a changing and at times insecure environment and as a result have a natural ability to work well under pressure reflecting your solid personal stamina.

    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 Support Services Jobs in South Sudan

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