Latest Job Opening At Danish Refugee Council (DRC) 23rd December 2016
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is the process of scaling up and emergency programme in Nigeria focusing on responding to the huge humanitarian needs and challenges in the North East of Nigeria. Nigeria’s northeast is currently experiencing a significant humanitarian crisis, which has been the result of the ongoing-armed conflict between Boko Haram, the Nigerian military and the Multi-National Task Force in the north-east. An estimated 10 million people are affected by the conflict, this has led to a state of emergency being declared in three north-eastern states and spill-over effects into neighbouring countries. High insecurity in the region has made access for humanitarian actors extremely difficult and further exacerbating the situation.
DRC operations will initially focus on Borno and Adamawa States where DRC focus on meeting the basic needs (protection, WASH, food security and shelter) of urban caseloads and displacement camps, as well as establishing access to affected areas that have opened in recent months.
Job Title: Emergency Coordinator (Expatriate Poisition Only)
Location: Maiduguri, with regular travel to field locations within Borno and Adamawa States
Start date: January 2017
Overall Purpose of the Role
The Emergency Coordinator is responsible for Technical back-stopping and coordination of DRC’s Emergency scale-up in North Eastern Nigeria. This includes response preparedness and implementation.
S/he will directly report to the Head of Programmes.
S/he has close working relationship with the Head of Programmes, the Emergency Programme Manager, Head of Bases/Offices, Head of Finance and Admin, Logistic manager, Security Advisor, and relevant counterparts in West Africa Regional office.
The post holder will require regular travel within and outside of Nigeria for various internal and coordination meetings, training, workshops, and other events fit with the role.
Reporting Lines: The position reports to Head of Programme (HOP) – The WASH/Shelter/NFI Managers, FS Manager and RRM Support Manager + Unit/department reports to the Emergency Coordinator.
Internal: Head of Programme – Emergency Coordinator – DDG Head of Programme – Safety unit
External: Other actors present within DRC’s area/sectors of intervention including ICRC and MSF, OCHA, IOM another UN collaborates, Local authorities at Maiduguri and field level
Protection analysis and strategy development:
Provide overall leadership for DRC emergency scale-up including contingency planning, preparedness and response. Also supporting the CD on donor liaison and coordination related to the scale-up.
Ensure DRC’s active engagement with Federal, State and Local authorities and humanitarian actors in field of emergency preparedness and response.
Ensure that Nigeria’s emergency teams are updated and equipped with knowledge and skills on humanitarian principles, standards and all DRC policy and procedures
Working together with other program managers, head of bases/offices, Head of Finance and Admin, Logistic Manager, Safety Advisor and relevant teams to carry out effective assessments and response
Assist DRC Nigeria Country Director, Head of Programmes and others in resource mobilization. This includes working closely with Regional Programme Development and Quality Assurance Manager.
Lead training and capacity building activities to build emergency preparedness and response capacities within DRC Nigeria and partners.
In consultation with Country Director and others, plan and oversee rapid needs assessment and guide the team to assess and address specific needs
Actively participate and contribute in internal programme review, strategy development, senior management team meetings and other events as necessary.
Ensure regular visits to the project sites in order to work directly with field team including Head of Bases/Office. This includes regularly monitoring visits and produce reports and share with others.
Responsible for the direct line management of the distribution manager
Represent DRC in various coordination mechanism such as State Emergency Management Authority (SEMA), National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA), Humanitarian Manager’s Discussions organized by INGO Forum, Working Groups related to NFI, Shelter, WASH, etc.
Responsible for ensuring quality progress reports are prepared on time
Represent the organization with implementing partners, government, and donor entities.
Contribute to DRC Nigeria’s fundraising strategy and help build strong relationships with donors and UN agencies to ensure predictable funding for DRC’s emergency programming in Nigeria.
Monitor developments and determine strategic opportunities related to the emergency response
Ensure that high quality, integrated, and needs-based proposals are developed and per DRC Nigeria priorities as identified in its country strategic planning.
Capacity building and quality assurance:
Develop staff capacities on the Rapid Response mechanism approach and coordinate with the protection team to mainstream protection in the emergency portfolio of DRC Nigeria;
Develop the capacities of duty bearers and external stakeholders on emergency contingency planning and response;
Ensure that the design and implementation of emergency response activities address protection needs of internally displaced people, vulnerable populations, and affected populations, and are adapted and relevant to the emergency context of north-eastern Nigeria;
Apply DRC global emergency methodologies, training and programme tools and adapt them to the Nigerian context.
Ensure that quality assurance systems are applied, regarding upholding CHS (Core Humanitarian Standards) and Age Gender and Diversity throughout the emergency programme
Ensure that DRC emergency programmes are implemented in accordance with donors’ regulations and with DRC standard procedures (Code of Conduct, DRC Response Framework, DRC Programme Handbook), and are consistent with the country Strategic Programme Document and Protection Strategy.
Systematically and closely monitor the delivery and expenditure rates of ongoing emergency programmes, promptly identifying, and correcting under-delivery issues and deviations from workplans
Ensure that emergency programmes meet stated objectives and indicators within agreed timeframes
Provide effective technical supervision to DRC emergency programme managers
Conduct regular field visits to identify and address programme quality concerns and gain a solid first-hand understanding of emergency programme risks and trends at the community level
In collaboration with the MEL team, analyse and report on relevance, outcomes, and impact of DRC emergency related activities to provide lessons learnt and to identify best practices
Review job descriptions and participate in the recruitment process of emergency staff
Line manage international WASH/NFI/Shelter manager, Food Security manager and RRM Support Manager, and providing technical support to national emergency team
Include the participation of beneficiaries and communities, particularly those most vulnerable or at-risk, in all stages of the project cycle where appropriate.
Coordination and advocacy:
Build effective coordination and synergies with DDG teams working on Mine Risk Education and Armed Violence Reduction
Ensure coordination and harmonisation of DRC emergency related activities – externally with other agencies and partners, and internally within the DRC regional programme
Actively represent DRC at the different emergency response forum including RRM, WASH, NFI Shelter Working group and etc.
Facilitate reporting and information management (data collection, analysis, storage, sharing) through emergency coordination mechanisms back to DRC management – provide and collect information to inform the whole response
Ensure that DRC’s mandate is known and correctly understood by all stakeholders.
In coordination with the Head of Programme, and Protection Coordinator work closely with duty bearers, INGOs and civil society to advocate for humanitarian access, and remedies and solutions to protection problems facing internally displaced people, vulnerable civilians, and other affected populations.
Establish strong links and ensure adequate information sharing with the Regional Office and, if required, with other DRC country operations in West Africa.
The responsibilities listed are not exhaustive and may be readjusted per operational needs but will remain in line with the overall purpose of the role.
About you – Essential skills:
University degree in International Development, Logistics and Supply Chain management, DRR related studies, Social Science, Management or relevant field
Minimum 5 years working experience in similar job at international level
Minimum 3 years working experience with refugees, IDPs, returnees in complex conflict context
Minimum 2 years’ experiences in the field of NFI, Shelter, WASH and demonstrated skills in planning and management of nonfood distribution
Experience in humanitarian policy advocacy works in conflict affected countries
Demonstrated skills in problem solving
Innovative, flexible and high adaptability skills in hardship location;
Excellent analytical skills, commitment to gender equality/equity
Demonstrated skills in application of humanitarian tools and standard in past works
Representation skills and excellent communication and reporting writing skills
Fluency in English (written and spoken) is essential
Working experiences with various donor funded projects especially ECHO, OFDA, DFID, FFP and other humanitarian donors
Working experience in UN funded projects such as UNICEF, OCHA, UNHCR, WFP
Willing to travel regularly to rural/remote project sites
Willing to live in shared accommodation with basic living conditions
Ability to work well in unstable security environments and, under significant administrative and programming pressures.
You can work independently at full professional level and you are the go-to person when others need help.
Desirable: Previous experience in Nigeria or similar conflict context
All employees should master DRC’s 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: You act in line with our vision and values.
We offer / Conditions
Contract: 1 year renewable
The position is placed at Level A12
Salary and other conditions in accordance with DRC’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates, which can be found on our website under Vacancies
Only motivated applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications sent together with a CV will be considered. CV-only applications will not be considered.
Please apply directly via DRC’s website. All applications sent via e-mail will not be considered.
We only accept applications sent via our online recruitment system on our website under the vacancy section
We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of age, nationality, race, gender or age.
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