Danish Refugee Council NGO Jobs


Organization: Danish Refugee Council
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 14 Nov 2016

Position’s Overall Objective:

The DDG Manager has the management responsibility for DDG’s work on Armed Violence Reduction and Mine Action in Kenya. He/she must ensure the timely delivery of planned results to quality, within budget, ensure adherence to applicable and policies, oversee the capacity building of DDG project staff, spearhead fundraising and programme development, safeguard staff and assets, represent DDG’s work in Kenya towards internal and external stakeholders, including DDG donors, contribute to planning, coordination and learning within DRC/DDG Kenya and the organisation as a whole.

Responsibilities and Tasks:

As part of the DRC/DDG Senior Management Team the DDG Manager is responsible for DDG’s programme in Kenya and may have responsibilities as part of the regional initiatives in the Horn of Africa. The DDG Manager refers to and works in close co-ordination with the DRC/DDG Kenya Country Director and the DDG Regional Manager for the Horn of Africa. Specific responsibilities include:

Strategy Development

  • In co-ordination with the DDG Regional Manager and DDG AVR and Mine Action specialists/advisors, lead the strategic development of DDG’s work in Kenya and cross border initiatives into neighbouring countries.
  • Support the Country Director in drafting, promoting, and rolling out of all DDG-relevant strategic planning documents in broad consultation with all staff. These documents include the country strategic plan, as well as strategies for all program sectors.
  • Ensure proper understanding of these documents by relevant actors (e.g. staff members, partners, NGOs, government counterparts, and donors).
  • As an SMT member, ensure regular and critical review of the country strategic and action plans. Follow-up on the action plan and report against its indicators.


  • Management, operational oversight, coordination and implementation of DDG projects within the DRC/DDG Kenya programme.
  • Ensure high quality project implementation for DDG and DRC/DDG joint projects in accordance with donor and DRC/DDG regulations as well as in line with agreed indicators, budgets, and work plans.
  • Support and supervision of DDG project staff. This includes coaching, ensuring co-ordination between local managers, recruiting and development of staff.
  • Provide appropriate and timely feedback to DDG staff regarding their performance, including annual staff performance appraisals. Identify with staff their needs and opportunities for professional development.
  • Serve as a member of the Senior Management Team and work as acting Country Director as necessary.

Programme development

  • Develop and expand the DDG components of the DRC/DDG Kenya programme.
  • Be a driving force in terms of developing AVR projects within the DRC/DDG Kenya programme objectives.

Finance and administration

  • Responsible for budget monitoring, financial management and expenses control including compliance with minimum DRC/DDG and donor requirements and ensuring that the necessary systems are in place.
  • Signatory of official documents (contracts, payments, purchase orders) within approved parameters and in compliance with the organisation’s and donor’s rules and regulations, and Kenyan law.


  • Responsible for security including development and ensuring adherence to security procedures, monitoring the development in the security situation, developing contingency plans etc.


  • Ensure proper and timely financial and narrative reporting in compliance with internal and external reporting requirements including procurement.


  • In close coordination with the DRC/DDG Country Director and the DDG Regional Manager, act as representative for DDG’s work in Kenya towards local government authorities, donors, partners, UN agencies and international and local NGOs and various local co-ordination forums.


  • Actively identify and respond to relevant funding opportunities.
  • Lead proposal development to maintain and expand DDG’s portfolio in Kenya.


  • Guided by the DRC Programme Handbook, continuously monitor and develop relevant accountability initiatives in the field as well as strengthening the effort to document the impact of DDG’s activities.

Skills & Qualifications:


  • University Degree, preferably Master’s, in Social Sciences, Management, Law, International Development, International Relations or other relevant field.
  • Minimum of five years management experience with International NGOs or operational UN agencies, including at least two years’ experience of community-level programming.
  • Proven experience in conflict sensitive programming, armed violence reduction, peacebuilding and related fields in a management capacity.
  • Proven experience in project management, including budget expenditure, donor relations, reporting, proposal writing, staff management, and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Demonstrable leadership and management skills, including team building and management by example.
  • Demonstrable capacity to be articulate, imaginative and innovative. The capacity to ‘think outside of the box’ is essential.
  • Demonstrable ability to think strategically, prioritize, and meet deadlines in a complex and challenging environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to mobilise resources and expand programmes
  • Excellent writing and verbal skills in English for project proposals, reports, and communications; Arabic skills is an added advantage.

Personal competencies:

  • Leadership skills, including ability to build and motivate a team and willingness to deal with conflicts.
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently unsupervised with a strong work ethic.
  • Political and cultural sensitivity, including ability to adapt well to local cultures.
  • Have a high degree of flexibility with respect to working hours, with ability to plan and manage her/his own time effectively.
  • He/she must be able to exercise a large degree of common sense and personal discipline. Demonstrated successful experience working within a complex security environment is preferred.
  • Able to work under pressure and difficult security conditions.

Reporting: The DDG Manager will have dual reporting line to the DDG Regional Manager and the DRC/DDG Country Director based in Nairobi.

Commencement: November, 2016

Duty Station: Nairobi, with frequent travel around Kenya.

Contract: November 2016 – 31 October 2017 (with possible extension) dependent on both funding and


For Expatriates; Salary and conditions in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of

Employment for Global Expatriates (available at www.drc.dk under Vacancies). This position is

graded as A9.

For qualified National staff the terms of employment will be in accordance with DRC terms for

National staff.

How to Apply

For the detailed Job Description, requirements and how to submit applications, please visit our website on www.drc.ngo under Vacancies. Qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications which should include a 1-page cover letter clearly stating their motivation and qualifications and a CV. Applications should include contact details of three professional referees who have supervised the candidate in the last five years. One referee must be the applicant’s most recent manager. Only applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications will be considered. Applications should be sent no later than 14th November, 2016. If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact [email protected] Danish Refugee Council does not charge any kind of fee at any stage of the recruitment process nor does it use recruitment agents.