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  • Posted on: 11 December, 2015 Deadline: 23 December, 2015
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  • The Danish Refugee Council / Danish Demining Group (DRC/DDG) is a private, independent, humanitarian organization working on all aspects of the refugee cause in more than twenty five countries throughout the world. The aim of DRC/DDG is to protect refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) against persecution and to promote durable solutions to the problems of forced migration, on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights. DRC/DDG works in accordance with the UN Conventions on Refugees and the Code of Conduct for the ICRC and NGOs in Disaster Relief. The protection and assistance to conflict affected population is provided within a long term, regional and rights based approach in order to constitute a coherent and effective response to the challenges posed by today’s conflicts. Assistance consists of relief and other humanitarian aid, rehabilitation, support to return and repatriation as well as promotion of long term solutions to displacement and its causes. In addition, support and capacity building of local and national authorities and NGOs form an integral part of DRC/DDG’s work.

    WASH/Shelter Manager

     

    About the job
    The WASH/Shelter Manager will be responsible for setting up, management and implementation of WASH and Shelter activities in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, Nigeria with a primary focus on providing emergency lifesaving access to water, sanitation, hygiene and shelter for conflict-affected IDPs/returnees and host communities in North East Nigeria. This includes the needs assessments, project plans, management and monitoring of implementation through mainstreaming protection issues. The overall objective of the job is to ensure that target communities have access to lifesaving and minimum standards of water, sanitation, hygiene and shelter provision and to establish relationships with IDPs and local communities and other key stakeholders in the promotion of DRC’s mission and values.

    Duties and Responsibilities
    Key responsibilities are outlined below:

    • Under the supervision of the Country Director, manage and implement all construction, maintenance and repair activities as defined by project documents/proposals.
    • Supervise and guide WASH Technical Officer(s), other staff and contractors throughout the planning and implementation of the emergency WASH/Shelter response.
    • Identify direct and indirect beneficiary needs in terms of access to emergency shelter, infrastructure, WASH facilitiesand hygiene promotion taking into consideration the specific needs of vulnerable individuals and persons of concern.
    • Support, facilitate or undertake communication and liaison activities to actively consult and involve beneficiaries, key informants, actors, partners and stakeholders in all stages of project design and implementation.
    • Assess, plan, design and supervise the implementation of camp, off-camp and community infrastructure as defined by project requirements.
    • Ensure daily monitoring of the quality of construction and the progress of project/work implementation.
    • Provide regular updates on progress to supervisors and other team members, including other departments and sectors as appropriate.
    • Where relevant, liaise with donors and work closely with partners on project updates, site visits and other communication.
    • Undertake any other duties that may be assigned by the Country Director
    • Conduct duties in accordance with DRC Code of Conduct, Operational Handbook, CHS and other key documents
    • Ensure protections issues are incorporated and mainstream in shelter/NFI/WASH activities.
    • Responsible for preparation of progress reports, donor reports as per given deadlines.
    • Performance management of WSH/Shelter team. This includes setting team and individual objectives, providing capacity building, feedback, coaching to the team to achieve targets
    • Ensure that team is aware of security protocol and the SOPs are followed in order to minimize risks and threats
    • Make sure that team is aware of humanitarian principles, standards and code of conduct and follow them accordingly
    • Collaborate with Head of Finance and Admin, Procurement and Logistic Manager and Safety Advisor for safe and secured implementation of the activities
    • Actively participate and represent DRC in coordination meetings such as shelter and WASH clusters, other meetings conducted by local and state authorities, UN agencies and stakeholders.

    Reporting Line

    The WASH/Shelter Manager will report to the Country Director, Nigeria

    About you
    To be successful in this role you must have:
    Required qualifications:

    • Minimum 5 years of international experience with humanitarian organizations
    • Minimum 2 years’ experience of working in conflict context
    • University education in public health engineering and or equivalent to related field
    • Minimum 2 years’ experience in shelter/NFI and WASH projects in conflict context
    • Experience of working with IDPs, Returnees, Refugees and host communities
    • Excellent communication skills in English
    • Working experience with diverse team in terms of sex, race, faith, age, etc.
    • Gender sensitive
    • Experience in working and living in team house
    • Flexible and adaptable
    • Willing to travel within and between States in Nigeria

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    Livelihoods Manager

     

    About the job
    The Livelihoods Manager will be responsible for designing, coordination, implementation, monitoring and follow up of DRC Nigeria’s livelihoods activities (focused on food security, cash transfer and voucher activities/projects). The Livelihood Manager will manage a team of local livelihood staff. The overall strategic objective of the livelihoods programme is to support conflict-affected populations in the North East of Nigeria (IDPs and host communities). He/she will furthermore play a significant role in sectoral coordination with other stakeholders including local and state authorities, food security cluster, other INGOs and other partners involved in the project.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Programming

     

    • Based on initial assessments including a market assessment conducted by DRC Nigeria end of 2015 the Livelihoods Manager will design interventions, strategies and plans for the implementation of Livelihoods and cash transfer programmes;
    • Conduct assessment and analysis of needs; existing and potential financial institutions or traditional mechanisms for cash transfer programme and identify innovative/alternative payment modalities in consideration with the security situation in target locations;
    • Contextualize cash transfer guidelines prepared by the organization on distribution processes and make necessary recommendation where appropriate;
    • Prepare and develop distribution and movement plans for teams and work with Finance and Admin Manager to forecast cash requirements;
    • Assist in developing new food security and cash transfer programme initiatives and fundraising relating emergency response;
    • Conduct further assessments and assist in preparation of proposals, develop national and local strategies in co-operation with the Country Director
    • Draft concept papers and assist in the preparation of creative, realistic and beneficial project proposals

     

    Management

     

    • Overall day to day management of the livelihood projects and direct manager for staff members. This includes coaching, ensuring co-ordination between staff, and various geographical areas, recruiting, and staff capacity building;
    • Undertake regular field/onsite visits to ensure technical support to livelihood and cash staff and proper monitoring of the activities’ implementation in area of operation;
    • Provide regular updates on progress to supervisors and other team members
    • Ensure compliances are me at all levels of project/program management cycle
    • Develop project progress reports according to agreed work plan. This includes contribution of livelihood sector in preparing donor report on time
    • Ensure lessons learned are documented, shared and reflected in program planning and decision making

     

    Representation and Relations

     

    • Cultivate good relations with key humanitarian actors – local and international, including government authorities and non-state actors, through regular attendance at technical meetings and bilateral meetings;
    • Ensure that at all times contact with beneficiaries is conducted in a sensitive and respectful manner;
    • Where relevant, liaise with donors and work closely with partners on project updates, site visits and other communication.
    • Undertake any other duties that may be assigned by the Country Director
    • Ensure that the DRC foods security and cash transfer projects are implemented in accordance with DRC standard regulations and procedures (e.g. Code of Conduct, CHS and DRC Operational Handbook);

     

    Security Management:

     

    • Make sure that each member of livelihood team is aware of security issues, policies, SOPs and they follow them accordingly
    • In consultation and collaboration with Security Advisor, ensure that all security incidents are reported within given time line and standard
    • Ensure that all team members of livelihoods sector are aware of RDC code of conduct, humanitarian principles and code of conduct of Red Cross/Crescent and NGOs working in humanitarian field
    • Ensure coordination with Head of Finance & Admin, Security Advisor and Logistic & Procurement Manager to ensure security risks are minimized at lowest level. **
      Reporting Line**
      The Livelihoods Manager will report to the Country Director, Nigeria.

     

    About you
    To be successful in this role you must have:

     

    Required qualifications

     

    • Minimum 5 years of international experience with humanitarian organizations
    • Minimum 2 years’ experience of working in conflict context
    • University education in agriculture/livelihoods and or equivalent to related field
    • Minimum 2 years’ experience in Cash/Voucher projects in conflict context
    • Working experience with IDPs/Returnees/Refugees/Host communities
    • Excellent communication skills in English
    • Working experience with diverse team in terms of sex, race, faith, age, etc.
    • Gender sensitive
    • Experience in working and living in team house
    • Flexible and adaptable
    • Willing to travel within and between States in Nigeria **

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    Heads of Base

     

    About the job
    This is a dynamic position managing innovative programming in a complex and rapidly changing context. Under the supervision of the Country Director, and in coordination with the Head of Admin and Finance (HoFA), the Head of Base (HoB) will set up DRC´s base and oversee the implementation of activities in Maiduguri, Borno State in northeastern Nigeria. The programme in Maiduguri will support IDPs and host communities affected by the conflict. The Head of Base will coordinate with local and international staff members and also with thematic officers/coordinators (shelter, protection, MRE, armed violence reduction, livelihoods and M&E). S/he will be responsible for supervising programme staff in Maiduguri and for ensuring that DRC procedures are streamlined in the project implementation. The HoB is responsible for representing DRC and DDG at local and State levels, and coordination and liaison with authorities, ministries, INGOs, UN agencies and other stakeholders. The Head of Base will also be responsible for compliance with Standard Operating Procedures for safety, security and general operations.

    Duties and Responsibilities
    The key responsibilities for this position are outlined below:

    Set up and support the operation

    • The Head of Base will conduct all actions necessary in regards to set up and strengthening DRC/DDG´s base and operations in Maiduguri, in collaboration with the HoFA, Security Advisor, Logistic and Procurement Manager, and thematic officers/managers, and under the supervision of the Country Director.

    Programme Management

    • Overall responsibility for the design, implementation and effective monitoring of agreed projects and activities in areas of Shelter, Protection, and Livelihoods (Cash / NFI/ relief Item distribution) with IDP’s and host communities. In addition, the HoB will be working together with Mine Action team to support all aspects of project management cycle.
    • Ensure effective monitoring, evaluation and documentation of all activities and processes (e.g. organise and facilitate cash/NFI post distribution monitoring) and that the analysis of data collected is proactively used to inform activity changes to improve program quality.
    • Ensure the development and implementation of all activities in line with Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS) and DRC program policies especially gender, age, ethnic background, and disability.
    • Seek funding opportunities to scale up and/or expand activities working closely with the Country Director, and relevant technical specialists. This includes identifying and undertaking assessments as well as supporting concept notes and proposal writing.
    • Close coordination with DDG’s Mine Action and Armed Violence Reduction managers, based in Yola, to ensure quality delivery of DDG programme activities in Borno state
    • Provide strategic guidance and contextual understanding to DRC/DDG technical staff in order to ensure quality programme delivery in Borno state.

    Reporting:

    • Ensure that progress reports are prepared and shared within given deadlines
    • Draft and contribute to donor reporting
    • Capture lessons learned and document case studies that could be used for donor reports and for DRC/DDG communications materials

    Team Management

    • Supervision, coordination and performance management of programme staff based in Borno state
    • Conduct regular monitoring visits to all project sites
    • Lead staff and management meetings and share the minutes to all concerned
    • Bring human resource/staff management issues to the CD for decisions
    • Manage the program activities budget lines, ensuring effective and efficient use of resources including financial, human and all assets.
    • Ensure that programme teams work closely with the support team to delivery DRC policies and procedures in finance, procurement and logistics including effective planning weekly, monthly and quarterly.

    Security Management

    • Overall responsibility for security in and around Maiduguri including ensuring adherence to agreed security protocols, recommending changes to security protocols and delivering the agreed security action plan.
    • In collaboration with the National Security Advisor, monitoring of security trends, reporting on any issues and incidents in a timely manner as per DRC security guideline
    • Contribute to updating and reviewing security policies/guide lines and Standard Operating Procedures as per given deadlines
    • Ensure that all staff are aware of DRC security policy/guideline/SoPs and they are implemented according at all levels
    • Immediately report any violation of security protocols and recommend appropriate actions as per DRC procedures
    • Ensure that DRC represents in security coordination meetings at local and State levels

    Representation and Relations

    • Represent DRC/DDG as required in Borno state
    • Liaison and close coordination with UN agencies, international and local NGOs.
    • Liaison and close coordination with government authorities and other stakeholders.
    • Engage with all relevant stakeholders as regularly as possible. This includes local and IDP leadership, local and regional governmental bodies, donors, and partners.

    Reporting Line
    The Head of Base Maiduguri will report to the Country Director, Nigeria.
    About you
    To be successful in this role you must have:

    Required qualifications

    Education
    University degree (Masters level) in management, international development or equivalent education in related field

    Work experience

    • Minimum 8 years’ humanitarian experience with international NGOs at a senior level
    • Minimum 5 years’ experience of working in difficult conflict-affected contexts
    • Excellent knowledge on humanitarian standards and tools and working experiences of implementation of standards and tools
    • Prior experience implementing programming to respond to the needs of IDPs/Returnees/Refugees/Host communities
    • Prior experience engaging donors and writing funding proposals
    • Demonstrated ability and experience working in difficult contexts and engaging local/national authorities in a diplomatic manner

    Competencies/skills

    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
    • Flexible and high adaptability
    • Excellent team player
    • Experience of living in shared guesthouse accommodation
    • Experience of managing team diversity in terms of sex, race, nationalities, culture, faith, etc.

    Method of Application

    Interested? Then apply for this position by visiting Danish Refugee Council Career Page.Allapplicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in the same language as this vacancy note. CV only applications will not be considered.

    If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact job@drc.dk

    Applications close 23 December 2015. The interviews are expected to take place as soon as possible there after.

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