Danish Refugee Council Area Manager North Eastern Province Job in Kenya

Area Manager North Eastern Province

Closing date:  30 Jul 2012


Candidates who applied previously need not re-apply

Area Manager North Eastern Province, Kenya Based in Dadaab

Overall Objective Working under the Country Director, the Area Manager is responsible for DRCs operations in Kenya’s North Eastern Province (NEP). 

S/he is responsible for program design and implementation, security, support functions, personnel management, funding and budgetary functions.

Background The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. DRC has been active in Kenya since 2005. 

The Kenya Program provides services and support in the sectors of WASH, Livelihoods, Shelter/Construction, Protection and Relief to IDPs, Refugees residing in Kenya and the resident communities hosting IDPs and refugees. 
DRC has operational offices in Nairobi, Eldoret and Dadaab implementing programs directly and in partnership with local and international NGOs.

Key responsibilities 

  • The Area Manager’s (AM) core function is to ensure development of programming that is efficient and accountable. 
  • The AM will lead strategic planning and program development, ensure that operations are implemented within DRC’s regulations, procedures, guidelines and strategies; enable a productive and accountable relationship with beneficiaries, members of the local and refugee community, relevant GoK, L/INGO and UN agencies. 
  • The AM is DRC’s primary representative with relevant actors in NEP. 
  • The AM is the overview manager for all staff based in NEP and is responsible for ensuring a result oriented team. 
  • The incumbent will also ensure a safe environment for DRC staff, beneficiaries and assets through a proactive-acceptance approach using DRCs security framework.
  • Enable an effective team through result oriented management systems, providing leadership, on-job capacity building and designing staff development strategies. 
  • Provide direct management of senior program, support and security staff; provide overview management for the entire NEP team. 
  • Ensure programs are developed, implemented and evaluated within clear monitoring systems and against clear people/program/finance planning that meets DRC and donor regulations and humanitarian and HAP principles. 
  • Provide on-site support through frequent visits to project sites
  • Ensure a safe and secure environment for DRC staff, beneficiaries and assets through: operationalizing DRCs security procedures, providing safety and security analysis, recommendations and follow-ups. 
  • Organize for regular staff training on the use of security systems.
HR, Finance and Administration 
  • Enable an effective team through mainstreaming performance based management systems. 
  • Ensure a diverse and skilled workforce through efficient, effective and transparent recruitment processes. 
  • Ensure HR, finance and logistics systems/documentation are in-line with DRC’s, and relevant donor and government, rules and regulations. 
  • Ensure procurement is carried-out in a fair, transparent and well documented manner.
  • Ensure that programs are based on user-identified needs and resources of the targeted population, are well coordinated with other aid actors, address lessons learned (from DRC and other aid actors) and steered towards decreased dependency on aid as well as accountable to the people to whom the services/inputs are indented to serve. Ensure that programs are user-oriented.
Qualifications Essential 
  • Advanced university degree in relevant field (relief, development, recovery) with at least 5-years relevant experience; or basic university degree and at least 8-years relevant experience; at least 3-years’ experience managing large-scale multi-sector programming. 
  • Proven experience in strategic development and program design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Experience in WASH, livelihoods, shelter/construction, protection and relief highly desired. 
  • Practical and extensive financial, HR and administration management experience with extensive knowledge of budget development/management and finance documentation, tracking and archiving; understanding of HR and administration principles and ethics. Experience with UNHCR, ECHO, European Aid, and BPRM guidelines will be an added advantage. 
  • Result-oriented management experience of a large, diverse and dynamic team, and a commitment to good leadership essential. Must have a proven ability to foster teamwork and commitment to on-job training/support. 
  • Practical and proven skills in negotiation and conflict resolution with a wide range of stakeholders essential. Knowledge of refugee issues and related policies desired. 
  • Experience in security and safety management in highly dynamic security environments is highly desired. 
  • Analytical and problem solving skills and an ability to work independently and as a team needed. 
  • Proven excellent communication skills and fluency in written and spoken English essential. Excellent report writing skills is a must.

  • Past experience in East Africa. 
  • Experience in a refugee setting and knowledge of refugee issues.
Conditions Commencement: 
  • Immediately Duty Station: Dadaab, Kenya 
  • Contract: 1 year renewable contract. 
  • Salary and conditions for expatriates in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Global Expatriates and for Nationals under the Danish Refugee Council’s Regional Salary Scale.
For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult www.drc.dk.

How to apply:

Application and CV The deadline for applications is 30 July 2012. 

Please send your CV (maximum 4-pages; CVs longer than 4-pages will not be considered) and a 1-page letter that explains your motivation for applying for the position. 
Please email your full application to: drcjobs@drckenya.org with the subject heading: “Area Manager NEP Kenya”. 
Applications will be reviewed as they are received. 
Candidates who applied previously need not re-apply

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