Job: Re-Advertisement: Head of Program - Tanzania, Danish Refugee Council

Organization: Danish Refugee Council
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 15 Oct 2016

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is an independent, non-profit organization (NGO), founded on the basis of humanitarian principles, and human rights based approach, to secure the protection of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), and to promoting long term solutions to the problems of forced displacement. Danish Demining Group (DDG) is a specialized business unit within DRC focused on the prevention and reduction of armed violence. DDG’s work in the region spans five sectors:

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) invites applications for the position as Head of Program, based in Kibondo, who plays a critical role in the Tanzania operation under the leadership of the Uganda-Tanzania Country Director based in Kampala.
The Danish Refugee Council has been operating in Tanzania from October 2015 since the establishment of Nduta refugee camp. DRC are now working in Nduta and Mtendeli refugee camps, with a current combined population of 80,000 refugees, and expected population of 100,000. DRC are working in the sectors of Camp Management and Community Services (CCCM), Protection and Shelter/Construction. With the consolidation of the DRC Tanzania program in 2016, moving away from pure emergency response, a new sub-base is being opened up in Kasulu to support a new Camp Management program in Nyarugusu (population 100,000 refugees) in support of a local partner organisation, TWESA, as well as expanding the protection program in Nduta and Mtendeli, and initiating a pilot livelihoods intervention in these two camps. DRC are also opening a liaison office in Dar es Salaam for representation and administration purposes.
The Head of Program represents the Danish Refugee Council at both local and national levels and has the direct responsibility for the management, implementation and continued development of the large DRC programme. The HOP will directly manage program and support teams in the three program locations of Nduta, Mtendeli and Nyarugusu camps, and ensure the quality and effectiveness of the CCCM, protection, livelihoods and shelter/construction programming. The HOP plays a key role in the identification of new program opportunities for DRC in working with displacement-affected communities in Tanzania and is expected to seek further funding for the programme with support from the Country Director.
The HOP refers and reports to the Country Director based in Kampala in general policy matters, strategy development, external relations, administrative guidelines and personnel regulation. The senior staff based in Kibondo and the three camps report to the HOP – this includes technical program managers or coordinators for four programme sectors, Grants Officer as well as the Head of Support Services.
Under the overall guidance of the Country Director, and the Management Team in the Uganda-Tanzania Country Office, the HOP represents DRC, ensures the development and quality implementation of projects, compliance to financial and administrative procedures for the projects, and is responsible to implement adequate measures within the programme area to ensure the safety of all staff and assets.
Project management
  • Supervise effective, efficient and timely implementation of all projects according to agreed contracts, budgets, policies and in accordance with specific donor requirements for the relevant projects
  • Prepare project work plans and M&E plans in accordance with annual planning and funding cycles;
  • Ensure that relevant beneficiary data is collected, compiled, analysed and distributed and that relevant assessments are conducted in the project area;
  • Provide regular internal and external reports, and other relevant information on programme activities, policy matters and external relations, based on agreed formats and schedules;
  • in collaboration with the CD, continue the development a sustainable strategy for DRC’s multi-sectoral assistance in Tanzania, including partner development
  • Line manage the T Grants and Reporting Officer, ensuring high quality and timely submission of donor reports and proposals at Tanzania level, in liaison with the country team
Administration and Personnel Management
  • Supervise budgeting and project expenditures with assistance from the Grants and Finance staff and support from the Head of Support Services Tanzania and HOFA Uganda;
  • Supervise human resources in the Tanzania program. This includes further development of staff job descriptions, their training and monitoring, and recruitment;
  • Implement and monitor (and where necessary revise) implementation of DRC administrative guidelines and -policies, safety– and security procedures, logistics support and other tasks associated with efficient day-to-day running of the operations;
  • Be responsible for organisational development for the program, including staff assessments.
  • Manage the partnership with the local CCCM partner in Nyarugusu, with technical support from the Camp Manager, including setting up the partnership framework, maintaining regular contact with the Country Director, and addressing organisational and administrative issues as they arise
External relations
  • Maintain close relations with all relevant stakeholders including donors and UN agencies, officials of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), District and Regional authorities, INGOs, NGOs and CBOs;
  • Ensure participation by technical program managers/coordinators in relevant sector coordination meetings in the field and ensure DRC’s inputs to development of assistance modalities that adheres to humanitarian principles and other international frameworks that DRC has subscribed to.
  • the HOP will be expected to spend 25% of their time in Dar es Salaam to ensure representation amongst humanitarian, development and government actors at country level, supported also by the Grants Officer, Country Director and Regional Office
  • Participate in task force or working group meetings relating to potential program development or spheres of influence for DRC in Tanzania, including at Dar es Salaam level when required
  • In consultation with the Country Director and Head of Finance and Administration, ensure correct and timely narrative and financial reporting to donor(s);
Program development and strategy
  • Together with the Country Director and Tanzania-based teams, identify opportunities for new projects;
  • Lead assessments for emergency or longer term programming in existing or new project locations
  • lead the planning and development of concept papers, budgets and project proposals with appropriate levels of support from country team;
  • Ensure effective coordination and visibility of the implementation of the projects with all humanitarian and development actors and relevant stakeholders.
Safety and security
  • Responsible for safety and security of DRC staff and assets in the country and member of the country’s incident management team (IMT).
  • Ensure required security measures are adhered to by all staff, including upkeep of minimum operating safety standards and the security and evacuation plans.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in programme development and implementation in emergency context, with additional experience in sustainable livelihoods, including quality monitoring and evaluation processes.
  • Experience in a country-level senior management/coordination position
  • Experience working in refugee operations in more than one context
  • A University level degree in relevant subject such as social sciences or economics.
  • Relevant technical expertise/experience in some sectors of humanitarian programming such as CCCM, shelter and protection as well as longer term livelihoods/resilience programming,
  • Proven ability to build external relationships with diplomacy, tact and professionalism in a complex and demanding environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and support multi-sector programmes including operational planning and problem solving.
  • Demonstrated experience of people management and team-building.
  • Demonstrated experience of financial and asset management including multi-donor programming
  • Demonstrated ability to undertaken representation with senior government officials.
  • Excellent written and presentation skills in English
  • Strong analytical capacity for programme design and development.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Proficiency in common computer packages and financial software i.e. Word, Excel, Power point etc.
  • Must show ability to work in an isolated and challenging environment.
  • French language skills beneficial
DRC encourages all qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of nationality, race, gender or age.
Contract: One year contract with possibility of extension.
Level: This positon is graded as A10 on DRC salary scale available on under vacancies. Other employment conditions in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Global Expatriates recruited by the Horn of Africa Regional Office. For qualified National staff the terms of employment will be in accordance with DRC terms for National staff
Duty Station: Kibondo, Tanzania with frequent travel to the field sites within Tanzania. (This is a non-family duty station)
Availability: 1st December 2016
Commitments:** DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability committments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework (

How to apply:

All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English.
We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies, Applications sent by email will not be considered.
Closing date for applications is 15th October 2016.
This is a re-advertisement, candidates who applied before need not to apply.
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact[email protected]
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