Deadline: 01 May, 2022

Location: Dakar, Senegal

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

DRC provides direct assistance to conflict-affected populations including refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).


  • Support the regional executive director in providing overall strategic leadership, including the development and implementation of regional strategic priorities
  • Assume specific responsibility for coordinating, developing and overseeing the implementation of programmatic strategies for the West Africa North Africa and Latin America and Caribbean Region (WANALAC) region
  • In coordination with the region’s country offices, provide technical support and review of country-level programme and technical strategies
  • In collaboration with the regional programme development and quality coordinator, oversee all regional, multi-country and strategic country new business development processes
  • Together with regional and country technical coordinators, support in planning and facilitation of scoping missions and assessments for new programming and new geographic areas of operation
  • In collaboration with the implementing teams, ensure that planning and kick-off meetings are held for all new multi-country, regional and strategic country projects
  • Support DRC’s country teams to uphold project management principles through the provision of technical advice, including support with the development of project cycle management tools
  • Collaborate with country teams to organise and facilitate quarterly programme reviews of selected projects
  • Contribute to organisational risk management processes, including systematic and comprehensive identification and mitigation of risks, with a particular focus on programmatic and reputational risks
  • Work closely with DRC’s global MEAL team to develop MEAL capacity and systems at the regional and country levels and to support compliance and adherence to minimum standards and best practices
  • Collaborate with country teams to develop and implement programmatic policies, processes, and standards to promote programme quality and accountability
  • Identify and support ongoing improvements to programme quality standards, including application and harmonisation across countries
  • Ensure DRC’s values and code of conduct are respected and upheld within programming and the programme teams
  • Manage the regional programme team and support respectful and positive working relationships
  • Support and participate in relevant regional and country programme-related recruitment processes
  • In collaboration with the regional senior management team, ensure relevant programme staffing structures are in place at the regional level
  • Promote professional development by identifying training and capacity-building opportunities and ensure programme staff are well versed in core sector concepts, DRC’s code of conduct, accountability, respectful dialogue with the refugee population, and prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse
  • Collaborate closely with the regional executive director to represent the region at meetings involving donors, partner agencies and other key stakeholders, particularly in relation to DRC programming
  • Support the RED in advocacy and communication initiatives, where necessary


  • Master’s degree in social sciences or a related area
  • Seven years, minimum, of experience at a senior level, preferably with an INGO, working in WANALAC, will be a plus
  • Demonstrated programmatic knowledge and field experience in protection, economic recovery and other core humanitarian sectors
  • Demonstrated programmatic knowledge and field experience in peacebuilding will be an asset
  • Demonstrated experience in the development of programmatic strategies as well as the design of complex and multi-sector programming
  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising, networking and coordination, including with donors, governmental representatives and other organisations
  • Experience implementing and supporting accountability policies and mechanisms
  • Political and cultural sensitivity as well as patience, tact, diplomacy and persistence
  • Willingness to travel across the WANALAC region
  • Excellent written and spoken French
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Proficiency in Spanish is a strong preference

To apply and for more information, click here.

Photo source: DRC


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