DRC International NGO Base Manager - Jobs in Ethiopia

DRC International NGO Base Manager - Jobs in Ethiopia

  • The Danish Refugee Council (DRC), an international non-governmental 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:
  • The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is implementing humanitarian programmes across the Somali region, with a field office in Jijiga and in process of establishing a field office in Dire Dawa. The focus of DRC’s programs in the region is drought response, WASH, livelihoods, protection and shelter.

    DRC’s projects aim to meet the urgent needs of the most vulnerable while promoting self-reliance for those displaced by crisis and affected local host populations, while systematically increasing the capacity of local duty bearers and communities to play an important role as a keystone of the responses that affect them. DRC aims to:

  • Provide immediate, life-saving assistance and emergency responses to conflict-affected communities

  • Implement an integrated Protection response to conflict- and natural disaster-affected communities

  • Provide essential general humanitarian programming, with a focus on reliance building interventions

    With a complex programme in the region, DRC is seeking a highly qualified, enthusiastic and action-oriented individual for the position of Program Manager to oversee the implementation and management of program in Dire Dawa. The Base Manager will require a strong technical understanding of humanitarian and development interventions including WASH, livelihoods, cash based initiatives, early recovery, protection and DRR programming, participatory and community empowerment techniques.

    The successful candidate will have in-depth knowledge and understanding of donor regulations, excellent and proven programme management skills including planning, execution, monitoring, reporting, financial management and capacity building.


    Management &Coordination:
  • Enabling and overseeing effective, efficient and timely implementation of the projects in Dire Dawa, in line with submitted proposal, donor requirements and international best practice.
  • Work closely with DRC technical teams, in particular protection, emergency, economic recovery, WASH and shelter, to ensure that all activities are in line with core protection principles and best practices and DRC and donor regulations.

  • Ensure all necessary project documents are in place and updated, including LOUs, PMTs, workplans, detailed implementation plans and BVAs.
  • Prepare monthly progress reports, trackers, updated workplan and financial reports for selected project(s)
  • Coordinate the production of project narrative and financial reports internally and to donors
  • Regularly review and report on progress

    Finance and administration
  • Serve as budget holder for selected project(s) and ensure that all expenditure is in line with the agreed budget and DRC and donor rules.
  • Monitor programme finances and monthly forecasts, and provide guidance to Area teams concerning expenditure and budget projections
  • Review and approve expenditure on the project

    Human resources:
  • Conduct performance management processes for team members
  • Closely support and follow up on recruitment for any roles on the project
  • Promote positive and collaborative working environment amongst the different teams working on the project(s) in different locations.
  • Promote professional development of project staff

    Logistics and procurement
  • Together with field teams, prepare procurement plans and work with supply chain team to ensure that project supplies are procured in a timely manner, in line with DRC and donor requirements, and project needs.
  • Ensure that all project visibility is in line with donor requirements.

    Monitoring and evaluation
  • Work closely with the MEAL manager to ensure strong focus on monitoring and learning, and ensure that indicators are accurately tracked and that means of verification are in place.
  • Ensure that strong accountability mechanisms are in place
    through the project sites
  • Organise regular review and reflection meetings and lead on donor monitoring visits/meetings
  • Ensure lessons learned from implementation are effectively analysed and incorporated into future project designs.
  • Ensure a quality final evaluation is conducted for the project

    Design of project management tools
  • Support the development of standard project management tools, including updating/improving existing tools and/or developing new ones that can be utilised across DRC Ethiopia’s portfolio to contribute to continuous improvement.
  • Support the Head of Programmes on other project management functions as required

    Experience and Technical Competencies: (include years of experience)
  • An advanced degree in a related field, such as international relations, migration, human rights, law, or social sciences;
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience working in international humanitarian and/or development aid, preferably with displaced populations in project management with Supervisory experience managing multi unit teams.
  • Technical expertise and experience in protection, shelter, WASH and/or livelihoods programming.
  • Robust analytical and strategic planning skills.
  • Strong understanding of project cycle management, and familiarity with planning and management tools
  • Familiarity with various donor compliance regulations, in particular ECHO, UN, US govt.
  • Demonstrated understanding of grants management and contractual compliance
  • Demonstrable track record of meeting or exceeding programme targets, whilst maintaining technical quality.
  • Highly diplomatic with excellent political awareness and understanding.
  • High-level communications and interpersonal skills.

    Education (include certificates, licenses etc.):
  • Master’s degree in law, social sciences, international development, or other relevant field.

    Languages: (indicate fluency level)
  • Excellent verbal and written English and Amharic.
  • Knowledge of Somali an added advantage.

    Gender Equality:
  • DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels. In light of this, female candidates and those from minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

    DRC as an employer
    By working in DRC, you will be joining a global workforce of around 8000 employees in 40 countries. We pride ourselves on our:

  • Professionalism, impact & expertise
  • Humanitarian approach & the work we do
  • Purpose, meaningfulness & own contribution
  • Culture, values & strong leadership
  • Fair compensation & continuous development

    Providing equal opportunities
  • We are committed to creating an inclusive and positive work environment based on mutual respect for all employees. All applicants are considered for employment without attention to race, age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other factor. At DRC we celebrate diversity and appreciate our employees for the people they are and their unique skills, backgrounds, and perspectives. We encourage all interested candidates to apply.

    Promoting high standards
  • DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process.

    How to apply

    Application Process:
  • Qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications, which should include a 1-page cover letter clearly stating their motivation, and qualifications and a CV.
  • Applications should include contact details of three professional referees who have supervised the candidate in the last five years.
  • One referee must be the applicant’s most recent manager.
  • Only applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications will be considered.
  • We only accept applications sent via our online-application form.

    For more information and job application details, see; DRC International NGO Base Manager Jobs in Ethiopia

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