Area Programme Manager
Danish Refugee Council
12d ago

Danish RefugeeCouncil (DRC) is a Danish international non-governmental organisation, whichpromotes and supports durable solutions to the problems faced by refugees andinternally displaced people all over the world.

DRC is present in more than 30conflict territories around the world assisting displaced people with shelter,food, income generating activities, and wide range of other assistance.

It isof utmost importance for DRC to work in compliance with the DRC Accountabilityand Quality Management system and national legislations.

Smooth, reliable andeffective operational systems are preconditions for DRC to maintain itsposition as a trustworthy and reliable partner for our donors and anaccountable organisation towards our beneficiaries.

DRC has beenoperating in the West Africa region for over 15 years, running a combination ofemergency, livelihood, protection and advocacy programmes through CountryOffices (COs) Guinea, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeriaand a Regional Office (RO) in Abidjan.

DRC has 17 offices and more than 500staff members across the WA region.

DRC started operatingin Nigeria in 2015 where plans to run a combination of emergency, livelihood,WASH, protection and advocacy programmes has been set.

DRC currently hasoffices in Abuja, Yola, Mubi and planning to run an office in Adamawa, besides50 staff members subject to increase in near future.

The position

DRC is looking for a driven, pro-active andinnovative Area Programme Manager (APM) who can take on responsibility for abroad range of interesting emergency and stabilization / recovery programmes.

This role will be crucial in the delivery of DRC’s integrated emergencyresponse packages, engaging actively with and managing cross-

sectorialactivities with the DRC Protection, Livelihood, WASH / Shelter, Food Security andM&E teams. The duty station will be Mubi ( State), where the ProgramManager will supervise and coordinate a range of activities across rapidemergency response to first and second line emergency response, through towardsstabilization and recovery.

The role includes assessment (RNA, RPA, MSA)and response teams, in close linkage with the M&E Unit, under the overallleadership of the Area Manager,and AdamawaState and technical relationships with Protection Coordinator, Food SecurityManager, WAHS / SNFI Manager, M&E Coordinator and Livelihood Coordinator.

Theposition will have a key role in the field-level management of cross-sectorteams, initially providing gap filing role for technical managers who arestaying away from , but in the medium to long term taking over full managementresponsibility for all projects in the state.

Establishing local networks toensure information about humanitarian needs is shared in an effective, timelyand protection-

sensitive manner. The APM will be responsible to ensureeffective data collection, community engagement, production of reports and datafrom assessments and effective communication on the results to enable rapidresponses to urgent and ongoing humanitarian crises across broad geographicareas.

The APM will also be key in ensuring a close link to the Safety Unit todiscuss new locations and ensure appropriate measures are taken for access andsafety on assessment and response missions.

The APM also be key in ensuring a close link to supports’ teams at Mubibase level to discuss all the finance, logistics, procurement and humanresources related issues.

Responsibilities : Immediate Scope ofRole :

Immediate Scope ofRole :

  • Directly line manage Foodsecurity, WASH and Shelter Teams in Mubi, Adamawa State
  • Plan daily, weekly andmonthly tasks of the livelihoods and M&E teams
  • Follow-up fileimplementation to ensure planned activities are deliver with the best quality
  • Organize and implementPDMs and other relevant programme assessments
  • Compile monthly andquarterly implementation reports
  • Budget expenditureplanning for department of coverage
  • Support the AreaManager and HoP to expand DRC programme portfolio in Adamawa State throughvarious fund-raising initiatives including concept and proposal development
  • Medium to Long TermScope of the Role :

    Multi-sectorial / rapid needs assessments :

  • Monitor the humanitarian situation in the areasof operation and contribute to the prioritization of areas of intervention;
  • Compile, review and disseminate multi-sectorialassessment reports internally and externally;
  • Present summary results of multi-sectorialassessments during external coordination meetings as requested by the EC;
  • Supervise the conduction of RA, MSA and RPAremotely and in the field, depending on security situation and needs;
  • Oversee development and correct implementationof tools and methodologies for assessments;
  • Suggest improvements to the tools andmethodologies depending on context and field-testing.
  • Program management :

  • Ensure effective community engagement and safetyanalysis for responses according to needs identified in protection, Foodsecurity, WASH / Shelter, Protection and M&E, while linking with othersectors within DRC (AVR / MRE and NTS);
  • Ensure appropriate selection of beneficiaries orareas to be targeted following technical methodologies defined by relevantCoordinators and with the agreement / support of local communities.
  • Ensure appropriate implementation of theactivities in the four (4) sectors under his / her responsibility :
  • Food Security : general food distribution and blanket supplementary feeding program.
  • WASH / Shelter : waterpoints and sanitation facilities construction and operational maintenance,hygiene Kits’ distribution and hygiene promotion.
  • Livelihood : SMEdevelopment, Cash Transfer, Community based agriculture production and poultryfarming.
  • Protection : identification / referral / follow-up of cases with specific vulnerabilities,trainings on protection mainstreaming, community-
  • based protection initiative.

  • Ensure appropriateM&E support is provided to the programme
  • Work closely with all the supports teams in Mubiand Yola base level (Logistics, Procurement, HR and Finance) to ensure that therequired means are available on time to implement activities followingestablished workplan.
  • Be the focal point for interacting with otherprograms / activities implemented in Adamawa State level;
  • Liaise with the Protection Coordinator,WASH / Shelter- Coordinator, Livelihoods Coordinator, Food Security Coordinatorand M&E Coordinator to get required technical inputs to match good qualitystandards for the respective activities under his / her responsibility.
  • General Management :

  • Line manage national staff, conductingperformance reviews, setting objectives and ensuring expected performancecriteria are met;
  • Adapt the team structure according to needs,resources and capacities if required, with support technical coordinators asrequired.
  • Develop job descriptions and recruit qualifiedstaff (national) for the relevant position under Programme sector
  • Ensure high quality project implementation inaccordance with donor and DRC regulations as well as in line with agreed logframes / indicators, budgets, procurement plans, and work plans;
  • Review BFUs regarding activities / projects underhis / her responsibility and check the good budget allocation of the relatedcosts.
  • Update Budget tracking tools and update the area Managers on burn-ratewith clear work plans to the end of the Project

    Coordination :

  • Ensure monthly program review with Area Managersand Coordinator in terms of Budget (BFU / TDL), activity plan review, lessonlearnt including planning forecast for the next period
  • Attend coordination meetings in Mubi and Yola asnecessary or as specified by the Area Manager and Coordinators.
  • Pro-actively coordinate with other NGOs workingin areas of intervention in Adamawa State
  • Support field staff to develop contacts andcoordinate closely with stakeholders including local authorities, securityactors, community representatives and CBOs where relevant to establishsupportive networks and channels of communication.
  • Safety, Access and Logistics :

  • Work closely with the Safety Unit to share local contacts, to ensureappropriate security plans for field missions are in place, and to discusssupport needs for new areas of intervention;
  • Develop contact networks in area of operation for coordination onalerts, assessments and responses;
  • Contribute to Access and Safety SOPs;
  • Monitoring,Accountability and Reporting :

  • Ensure that all activities are included inproject M&E plans and supervise the implementation. Ensure key lessonslearned are incorporated in new project proposals.
  • Make recommendations to the Area Manager and theCoordinators on improvement of response relevance, efficiency, appropriateness,timeliness and accountability
  • Oversee the implementation of recommendations inorder to ensure continuous improvement of interventions;
  • Ensure correct application of accountability,protection and age, gender and diversity-related protocols during assessmentsand implementation of activities through training and updating of protocols andmethodologies;
  • Maintain close links with M&E Coordinatorfor the assessments and responses;
  • Include the participation of beneficiaries andcommunities, particularly those most vulnerable or at-risk, in all stages ofthe project cycle where appropriate.
  • The responsibilities listed in the Job Description are not exhaustive andmay be readjusted according to operational needs but will remain in line withthe overall purpose of the role.

    To be successful in thisrole we expect you to be honest, able to manage a team, strongly motivated byhumanitarian work, disciplined and team-oriented.

    Experience and technical competencies : (include years of experience)

    Requirements :

  • DEGREE in Sociology, internationaldevelopment, economics or management from a reputable or recognize University.
  • Minimum 5 years of working experience inManaging program in humanitarian context and experience in complex emergenciesand high-security environments
  • Experience of access management in ahigh-security context, demonstrated ability to liaise with a variety ofstakeholders in a professional and adaptive manner, including security actorsand local authorities.
  • Working experiences with at least 3 of the 4sectors to be covered by the position (Food Security, M&E, Livelihood andProtection).
  • Master degree in social sciences or in any ofthe technical sectors to be covered by this position (internal development,Food Security, WASH, Shelter & NFIs and Protection).
  • Solid experience in staff management in across-cultural environment required
  • Strong experience in conducting large scaledistributions in remote locations with limited humanitarian presence
  • Proven ability to build external relationshipswith diplomacy, tact and professionalism in a complex and demandingenvironment.
  • Proficiency in common computer packages andfinancial software i.e. Word, Excel, Power point etc.
  • Must show ability to work in an isolated andchallenging environment.
  • Strong reporting, report-writing andassessment skills.
  • Desirable :

  • Flexible & willing to work in a remotesetting & to travel to other field locations.
  • Previous working experience as Program Managerfor multiple sector
  • Fluent written and spoken English
  • Understanding of Nigerian context and localdynamics is desirable
  • Conditions

    Availability : 01 / 09 / 2018

    Salary andconditions : A14

    Application method

  • Updated CV and Cover Letter explaining thesuitability for the position.
  • Provide contact details (name, position, emailaddress and tel. no.) of 3 professional non-related references, whereas 1 mustbe for the latest employer.
  • Please do not attach any writtenrecommendations.

  • Applications should be addressed to : theRecruitment Manager
  • Deadline date 14 / 08 / 2018

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