Deadline: 25 June, 2021

Location: Yaoundé, Cameroon

Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Head of Programme.

DRC fulfills its mandate by providing direct assistance to conflict-affected populations, including refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs).


  • Manage, coordinate and coach members of the programme team, ensuring their professional development and capacity building
  • Oversee and support capacity building for expatriate and national staff on technical issues and programme cycle management based on assessment of the critical programme improvement needs of the Cameroon mission
  • Work in close cooperation with programme and support staff in Cameroon, and actively seek support, knowledge and coaching from colleagues in other regions and HQ
  • Develop, disseminate and implement the Cameroon programme strategy within DRC team
  • Ensure the development of sector programme strategy in line with the Cameroon programme strategy
  • Guide programme teams in the implementation of strategies
  • Lead in the development of project proposals and budgets, ensuring strong cross-departmental coordination between programme and support teams, including field teams, as well as close liaison and timely consultation with RO/HQ
  • Contribute to the development of a fundraising strategy in line with the Cameroon programme strategy
  • Establish strong and efficient partnerships in line with the Cameroon programme strategy and DRC partnership management policy
  • Design, contribute and/or lead assessments for emergency or longer-term programming in existing or new project locations
  • Oversee and support continuous improvement of programme quality standards, including application and harmonisation across field bases
  • Ensure DRC values and code of conduct are respected and upheld, including through setting a personal example
  • Assess and improve DRC Cameroon’s accountability measures in accordance with DRC’s global core humanitarian standard commitments
  • In supervision of the MEAL team, ensure DRC Cameroon implements high-quality monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEAL) across all projects
  • Oversee the development and timely submission of high-quality donor reports
  • Together with country director, ensure adequate bilateral representation of DRC with government authorities, donors, UN agencies, humanitarian agencies and other partners with regard to programme and participation in coordination meetings as relevant


  • Five years, minimum, of international experience in complex emergencies, preferably with refugees and/or IDPs
  • Relevant university degree (master’s degree or postgraduate) in International Relations, Development, Political Science, or a similar field
  • Three years, minimum, of experience in staff management and development
  • Experience in a Central/West African country
  • Experience with DRC’s main donors in Cameroon ECHO, SDC, BHA, UN fuds, etc
  • Experience of leading strategic programming and planning, implementation, monitoring and learning
  • Strong experience in programme development and proven programme development abilities
  • Good understanding of displacement issues and related international standard/framework
  • Substantial NGO project management experience, including responsibility for strategy design, staffing, admin/finance management, contract management and donor relations
  • Proven track record of negotiating and advocating with government authorities and donors for solutions that serve the needs of beneficiaries, pursuing values of internationally recognised and universal character in a post-conflict context with a strong respect for local culture and tradition
  • Ability to manage a large workload and multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines
  • Team player with excellent communication and strong participatory leadership skills
  • Excellent written and spoken French and English

To apply and for more information, click here.

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