VACANCY: Programme Manager in Algeria

Vacancy Summary

  • Organisation Type: Government / non profit
  • Sector: NGOs / Government
  • Field of Expertise: Programme Management
  • Work Experience: 3-5 years
  • Preferred Candidates: Both international and national jobseekers invited to apply
  • Posted on: May 28, 2018
  • Vacancy closing date: Jun 08, 2018

Job Description

The Danish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe: we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights, and strengthen their opportunity for a brighter future. We work in conflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in the countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strive for responsible and sustainable solutions. We work toward successful integration and – whenever possible – for the fulfilment of the wish to return home.

The Danish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956, and has since grown to become an international humanitarian organization with more than 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers. Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced.

All of our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation, and honesty and transparency.

DRC has been working in the Saharawi refugee camps (Tindouf, Algeria) since April 2016, implementing livelihood projects in all five camps: Boujdour, Smara, Ausserd, Laayoune and Dakhla. During this time DRC has develop a Business Development, Management and Employability Skills manual and has delivered training to the Sahrawi youth based on this manual.

About the job
The Programme Manager is responsible for the operational and programmatic leadership, planning, reporting, and implementation of DRC’ livelihood programme in the Saharawi Refugee Camps, ensuring adherence with DRC and donor guidelines and standards.. Your main duties and responsibilities will be:
- Planning, implementation and leadership of DRC’s livelihood programme in the Saharawi Refugee Camps, including provision of strategic guidance to programme staff on the overall objectives and strategy, ensuring consistency, quality and timely implementation of the programme.
- Develop tools and resources for the effective management of the programme, including project work plans, tasks management matrix, monthly work plans, etc.
- Support the development and implementation of strong and responsive monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning systems for the programme, including design and rollout of M&E tools and processes, information management systems and databases to measure programme quality and impact.
- Promote a professional environment conducive to collaboration, teamwork and professional development, upholding compliance of programme staff with applicable standards and DRC internal procedures and guidelines.
- Provide on going support and coaching, and ensure that staff and partners have the necessary capacity to fulfil their responsibilities.
- Produce comprehensive, quality and timely reports for donors, humanitarian partners and authorities.
- Representation and coordination with communities, local authorities, NGO, UN and donors
- Manage relationships, negotiations and communication efforts with other local partners and stakeholders in all phases of programme implementation.
- Ensure a high level of collaboration and coordination with other actors including other the Saharawi authorities, the Algerian government, NGOs and key UN partners, including the livelihoods working group.
- Support the effective financial management of the programme and grants, contributing to the planning and authorisation of expenditures as per existing budget, review of cash books and BFUs, and production of budget forecasts and budget revisions.
- Contribute to the procurement and management of all goods and services required for the effective implementation of the programme, including items for programme activities as well as operational support.
- Support the effective management of the project’s human resources by assisting in drafting/ reviewing ToR, coordinating staffing plans as well as administrative processes related to leave and recruitment.

About you
To be successful in this role we expect you to have at least 4 years of experience managing similar programmes in post-crisis or protracted displacement environments, including 2 years relevant experience in market-based livelihoods programming. Moreover, we also expect the following:

- At least 2 years experience in the MENA region, preferably in North Africa/ Maghreb;
- Excellent knowledge of project cycle management and experience managing programmes in complex environments, including planning and delivery, coordination, representation, monitoring and reporting;
- Strong analytical and conceptual skills with a proven capacity for developing programme strategy, proposals and resources;
- Experience in managing teams, with local implementing partners and working within NGO Consortia.
- Ability to work independently, but also coordinate effectively as part of a team.
- Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication skills required
- Experience with capacity strengthening and partnership building required.
- Familiarity with policies, procedures, and priorities of EU and UN agencies grant provisions and guidelines, including proposal formats and reporting requirements required.
- Master degree in international development studies, economics or closely related fields.
- Fluency in spoken and written English and Arabic.

- Knowledge of Spanish would be an asset
- In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five 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 DRC’s vision and values.

We offer

Type of Contract: Expat
Contract length: 12 months
Level: A14
Designation of Duty Station: Saharawi Refugee Camps. Tindouf, Algeria
Start date: 1st of July 2018

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to under Vacancies.

Application process

All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered.

Closing date for applications: 08/06/2018

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