DDG Head of Programmes
Nigeria, Maiduguri
4d ago


  • DDG Head of Programmes
  • DRC - Danish Refugee Council

    DDG Head of Programmes

    Organization : DRC - Danish Refugee Council

    Grade : Senior level, Senior - Internationally recruited position

    Occupational Groups : Managerial positions

    Managerial positions

    Mine Action and Weapon Contamination

    Project and Programme Management

    Closing Date : 2019-07-31

    Danish Refugee Council, one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is currently looking for a highly qualified DDG Head of Programmes.

    About the job

    The Danish Demining Group Head of Programmes (DDG HoP) is responsible for overseeing the Mine Action and Armed Violence Reduction activities of the DDG programme in Nigeria, with a focus on building national capacity as well as on growing the resources and scope of the programme.

    The DDG HoP will have the overall responsibility of the DDG portfolio in Nigeria and is a member of the Nigeria Senior Management Team (SMT).

    Your main duties and responsibilities will be :

    Strategic Programme development and management

  • Plan, implement and monitor DDG’s activities in Nigeria.
  • Co-ordinate and work with relevant state-level government authorities, local government institutions, non-governmental organizations, community-
  • based organizations and local communities in order to ensure the smooth execution of programme activities.

  • Lead DDG programme implementation and development
  • Promote the integration of DRC and DDG programming in Nigeria.
  • Oversee the roll-out of DDG activities throughout DRC offices in northeastern Nigeria.
  • Monitor and advise field staff in programme delivery.
  • Maintain working relationships with DDG’s other programmes in the wider West Africa / Sahel region to exchange experience and ideas.
  • Manage and monitor the DDG budgets closely and report to the Country Director, Head of Support Services (HoSS) and DDG Headquarters of any discrepancies or issues as appropriate.
  • Keep the CD informed at all times of programmatic updates and potential fundraising / project ideas and initiatives.
  • Ensure the necessary systems are in place.
  • Team Management

  • Provide strong leadership to the programme, with oversight and management of DRC DDG expatriate staff (in particular the Community Liaison Mine Action Manager, DDG AVR Manager, DDG Technical field manager (TFM)), M&E Manager (as it relates to DDG work) and national staff executing DDG components of DRC programming in Nigeria
  • Ensure the ongoing formal and informal appraisal / evaluation of staff performance, including follow up on Results Contracts and annual written appraisals of the DDG programme staff
  • Security

  • In close collaboration with the Safety Advisor reporting to the DRC CD for Nigeria, ensure adherence to security procedures, ensuring a minimum of 91% MOSS compliance of all field locations, monitoring developments in the security situation, developing contingency plans, etc.
  • Reporting

  • Ensure proper and timely financial and narrative donor reporting in compliance with internal and external reporting requirements including procurement.
  • Regular reporting to DRC CD Nigeria and other colleagues at the RO & HQ level as required and agreed.
  • Fundraising and Representation

  • Under the DRC Nigeria CD lead, act as representative for the DDG programmes in Nigeria towards government authorities, donors, partners, UN agencies and international and local NGOs and various local co-ordination forums.
  • Under the DRC Nigeria CD lead and in coordination with the DRC Nigeria SMT take the lead on the process of securing funds for DDG’s activities.
  • This includes any liaison and contact with the donor and national stakeholders.

  • Under the DRC Nigeria CD leadership, liaison with relevant government authorities, donors, partners, UN agencies and international and local NGOs and various local co-ordination forums.
  • Identify new programming opportunities and write concept notes and proposals.
  • Liaise with donor representatives in the region and in Abuja as required
  • Accountability

  • Guided by the DRC Programme Handbook, Operations Handbook, AVR Framework and handbooks, and DDG Mine Action SOPs, the DDG Head of Programme must continuously monitor and develop relevant accountability initiatives in the field as well as strengthening the effort to document the impact of DRC / DDG’s activities.
  • Ensure compliance with the guidelines, policies, procedures and values of DRC / DDG.
  • About you

    To be successful in this role we expect you to have proven experience working on Mine Action and AVR programming and implementation .

    Moreover, we also expect the following :

    Required :

  • Preferable an MA / MSc level in a relevant discipline from an internationally recognized university.
  • EOD 3 qualification
  • Proven minimum 5 years of experience with programme management (planning, implementation and monitoring) from a complex and fragile environment, preferably in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Experience managing a large technical training program preferably for the security forces.
  • Strong on liaison and networking with national stakeholders, both on a national and local level.
  • Proven ability to mentor and coach others. Staff management is important in this position.
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy.
  • The capacity and willingness to be flexible and accommodating in difficult and insecure circumstances.
  • Knowledge of Explosive Ordnance Disposal and happy to work with the Nigerian Police force.
  • Excellent communication skills in English is required.
  • Desirable :

  • Preferable experience working with national partners and capacity building projects.
  • Prior M&E experience and the capability of working with data collection, analysis and report writing is an advantage.
  • In this position, you are expected to demonstrate each of 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 : 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.
  • We offer

    Contract : 1 year with possibility of extension, subject to funding and Performance. Salary and other conditions are offered in accordance with DRC’s Terms of Employment for national staff conditions in the respective Country.

    This position is under Employment band M.E level 1

    Availability : As soon as possible

    Duty station : Maiduguri, Borno state, Nigeria

    Designation of Duty Station : Non-Family duty station.

    Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to .

    For questions regarding the vacancy please contact Zeljko Toncic (cd-nigeria drc.org).

    Application process

    Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter in English through the online application (apply button below) no later than July 31, 2019.

    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
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