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  • Emergency Assistant at Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

  • Posted on: 10 October, 2017 Deadline: 16 October, 2017
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    Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a Danish international non-governmental organisation, which promotes and supports durable solutions to the problems faced by refugees and internally displaced people all over the world. DRC is present in more than 30 conflict territories around the world assisting displaced people with shelter, food, income generating activities, and wide range of other assistance. It is of utmost importance for DRC to work in compliance with the DRC Accountability and Quality Management system and national legislations. Smooth, reliable and effective operational systems are preconditions for DRC to maintain its position as a trustworthy and reliable partner for our donors and an accountable organisation towards our beneficiaries.   

    DRC has been operating in the West Africa region for over 15 years, running a combination of emergency, livelihood, protection and advocacy programmes through Country Offices (COs) Guinea, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria and a Regional Office (RO) in Abidjan. DRC has 17 offices and more than 500 staff members across the WA region. 

    DRC started operating in Nigeria in 2015 where plans to run a combination of emergency, livelihood, WASH, protection and advocacy programmes has been set. DRC currently has offices in Abuja, Yola, Mubi, Maiduguri and planning to run an office in Yobe, besides 50 staff members subject to increase in near future.

    Emergency Assistant


    Emergency response

    • Assist during all processes of rapid multi-sectorial needs assessment and emergency responses
    • Assist in mobilizing the communities for the realization of all project / programme activities
    • Disseminating and sharing information with Persons of Concern on their rights and access to services
    • Assist in mobilizing the IDP community affected host population and facilitate awareness raising activities with other partner organizations, disseminating information about services available for IDPs and affected host communities.
    • Assist in maintaining excel database to ensure that statistics and other reports are produced on a timely basis.
    • Support planning, set up, management and monitoring of all distribution activities (food and non-food), including supervision of casual labourers.
    • Support Shelter/WASH teams where necessary in programme activities, distribution or monitoring. 

    Stakeholder relations

    • Liaise, establish a good working relationship with all humanitarian actors, community leaders and IDPs in the IDP settlements and host communities to encourage participation in, support for and a better understanding of the program activities.
    • At field level keep good relations with local implementing actors, local authorities and other international and local stakeholders
    • Assist in Identify key informants in villages (Imam, especially the influential and charismatic women).
    • Assist in preparing and conducting communities meetings in the intervention areas. 
    • Assist in individually and collectively identify the strengths and weaknesses of village committees and propose appropriate solutions.
    • The responsibilities listed in the JD are not exhaustive and may be readjusted according to operational needs but will remain in line with the overall purpose of the role.

    Experience and technical competencies: (include years of experience) 


    • Strong ability to work in a variety of environments and in remote locations without communication or amenities.
    • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.
    • Strong written and oral skills in English. Fluency in Hausa. Competency in Higgi/Marghi, or other local languages.


    • Work experience with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and/or displaced population is a very strong asset.
    • Education: (include certificates, licenses etc.)
    • Higher Diploma in public health.
    • Languages: (indicate fluency level)
    • Fluency in written and spoken English. Fluency in local spoken languages.
    • Key stakeholders: (internal and external)


    • Other programme staff
    • Procurement & logistics

    Relevant stakeholders and other NGOs

    Method of Application

    Applications sent/received after the deadline will not be considered. 

    Only short-listed applicants will be invited for written test and oral interview.

    For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult: 

    The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organisation founded in 1956 that works in more than 35 countries throughout the world. We are the largest humanitarian NGO in Denmark and consistently ranked as one of the world’s best NGOs according to Global_Geneva. 

    We fulfil our mandate by providing direct assistance to conflict-affected populations – refugees, internally displaced people and host communities in the conflict areas of the world. We also advocate on behalf of conflict-affected populations globally on the basis of humanitarian principles and the Human Rights Declaration. Our work and long-term strategies are guided by our five core values: Humanitarian approach - Respect - Independence & neutrality - Inclusion - Honesty & transparency. 

    You can read more about our vision and work on

    Interested and qualified? Go to Danish Refugee Council (DRC) career website on to apply

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