Job title: Country Director, Libya and Tunisia
Danish Refugee Council (DRC) / Danish Demining Group (DDG) is looking for an experienced and capable Country Director to head our DRC/DDG programme in Libya and Tunisia.
DRC has been operational in Libya and Tunisia since 2011 focusing on protection of the displacement and conflict affected population. In Tunisia, DRC is working in close co-operation with UNHCR to provide protection and support to the app. 3000 Libyan refugees in the Sousha Camp. In Libya, DDG is providing Mine Action support in Sirte mainly in the form of EOD and BAC, while DRC focuses on the protection of displacement affected minorities on the costal area between Tripoli and Tunisia, and in the Nefusa Mountains. DRC/DDG has offices in Sirte, Tripoli (Libya) and Zarzis (Tunisia) and a total of 10 expatriate staff members and 50 national staff members.
The situation mainly in Libya remains volatile and in spite of the richness of the country, many protection gaps need attention. Education levels and capacity in general is high why focus is on capacity development as part of bridging the gaps and addressing the needs. DRC is focusing on the protection needs of the displaced population and the extensive contamination of ERWs (Explosive Remnants of War), but is also a stakeholder in the region in terms of understanding and addressing the migrations patterns e.g. from Africa to Europe.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
DRC/DDG is looking for an experienced Country Director, who is able to continue to process of building a strong DRC/DDG presence in Libya and Tunisia within the above-mentioned areas/sectors by his/her strong management, representation and fundraising skills. The Country Director has the ability to provide strategic direction for and represent a complex programme (that includes refugees, IDPs and Mine Action components) in a challenging environment, and his/her fundraising skills including proposal writing capacity is superior.
The Country Director is overall responsible for the operation in Libya and Tunisia. The Country Director refers to and works in close co-ordination with the Head of Desk in Copenhagen. The Country Director is responsible for consolidating and at the same time developing the programme, continue the process of developing solid impact measurement mechanisms, strengthening accountability initiatives and ensuring that the financial management and organisational setup is adapted to the operational context.
The more specific responsibilities include:
- Overall management of the operation and direct manager for staff members. This includes coaching, ensuring co-ordination between managers, recruiting, and development of staff
- Frequent travel to the field offices for direct operational support and representation
- Ensure compliance with internal and external reporting requirements including procurement
b) Programme development
- Be a driving force in terms of developing the programme within the objectives
- Ensure that DRC/DDG standard regulations and operational procedures (Code of Conduct, DRC Management handbooks, HAP standards etc.) are followed
c) Finance and administration
- Together with the Head of Finance and Administration, provide overall 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.
- Overall responsible for security including development and ensuring adherence to security procedures, monitoring the development in the security situation, analysing and provision of recommendations
- Act as representative for the programme to authorities, donors, partners, and in various co-ordination forums.
- Strengthen DRC/DDG’s position nationally and regionally
- As the majority of the fundraising is done locally, the Country Director will lead the process of applying for funding and broadening the funding basis
- The Country Director will take the lead in writing concept papers, project proposals and budgets in line with the strategy
- Guided by the Programme Handbook, continuously monitor and develop relevant accountability initiatives in the field as well as strengthening the effort to document the impact of activities and our presence.
DRC invites qualified applicants
- irrespective of nationality, race, gender or age
- with extensive management experience, and who match the requirements listed above, to apply for the position.
Applicants must have following qualifications:
- At least 5 years’ experience within humanitarian work as Director/Operational Manager/Programme Manager for an international NGO.
- Experience in donor contact, fundraising and networking (experience with ECHO, EC, UNHCR as well as Mine Action donors is preferred)
- Able to work under pressure and meet deadlines
- A good and operative insight in financial management and taking an active responsibility in budget and expenditure planning and control
- Fluency in written and spoken English with excellent drafting skills
- Relevant educational background at Master level (Political and Social Sciences , Management, International Development, or similar)
- Very familiar with humanitarian principles and practices, and used to represent an international organisation, both internally and to external partners and authorities
- Good negotiation, advocacy and communication skills.
Duty station: Likely to be Tripoli with frequent travelling to Sirte and Tunisia.
Contract: possibility of extension, subject to funding and performance.
Salary and other conditions in accordance with DRC’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates, which can be found on our website www.drc.dk under Vacancies. The position is placed at Level A2.
APPLICATION AND CV
Only applications with CV and application letter that address the stipulated duties and responsibilities and meet the required qualifications will be considered. CV-only applications will not be considered.
Please send application and CV, in English and marked “CD – Libya and Tunisia”. id@.drc.dk