Deadline: 25 May, 2022

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

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

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


  • In coordination with the protection, economic recovery, HDPB and other technical staff, lead the strategic development of DRC’s work in Kenya
  • Support the country director in drafting, promoting, and rolling out of all DRC-relevant strategic programme and planning documents in broad consultation with all relevant staff
  • Ensure proper understanding of DRC programmatic approaches and strategies by relevant actors
  • Ensure high quality technical programme design, implementation and MEAL across all DRC Kenya operations
  • As an SMT member, manage regular and critical review of the country strategic and action plans and initiate corrective actions/problem-solving if and when needed
  • Follow up on the results plan and report against its indicators
  • In close coordination with the country director, represent DRC in key programme relevant meetings with donors, local government authorities, partners, UN agencies and international and local NGOs and various local coordination forums
  • Support development and review of the country programme emergency preparedness and response plan
  • Align DRC Kenya programme sectors with the DRC global key sectors as per country needs
  • Design and implement a resource mobilisation strategy
  • Manage and develop strong strategic business development to maintain, direct and expand DRC’s current programme portfolio in Kenya
  • Position DRC Kenya for consortia opportunities, including with private sector partners
  • Manage the programme technical team to ensure effective support to field teams in design, quality assurance, and consistent application of grant compliance standards/policies
  • Provide appropriate and timely feedback to the programmes team staff regarding their performance, including annual staff performance appraisals
  • Identify with the needs and opportunities of staff members for professional development
  • Support the development of an organisational culture that reflects DRC mandate and values
  • Promote accountability and high performance, and encourage a team culture of learning, creativity and innovation
  • Ensure high quality project implementation for DRC projects in line with agreed results, budgets, and work plans
  • Contribute to regular programme risk analysis and development of mitigation plans in consultation with area managers and technical staff


  • Master’s degree in Social Sciences, Development or a related field
  • Five years, minimum, of management experience with international NGOs or operational UN agencies, including two years, minimum, of experience in community-level programming
  • Excellent understanding of displacement issues and related international policies and standards/frameworks
  • Demonstrated ability to mobilise resources and with donor relations
  • Proven experience in protection, food security and livelihoods and/or related fields in a management capacity
  • Proven experience in strategic programme management, proposal writing, project cycle management including budget management, staff management, MEAL and reporting
  • Experience with requirements of key donors
  • Experience with commercial contracts and/or private sector partnership will be an advantage
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Fluency in Swahili and Somali will be an added advantage

To apply and for more information, click here.

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