Head of Programme, Chef de programme, Yaoundé, Danish Refugee Council

Head of Programme, Chef de programme, Yaoundé, Danish Refugee Council

Role Responsibilities/ Responsabilités du rôle

Danish Refugee Council, one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is currently looking for a highly qualified Head of Programme for Cameroon.

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has been operational in Cameroon since 2017 to support Central African Refugees in the eastern part of the country (Adamawa and East) and in Southwest region for IDPs and host communities’ victims of the anglophone conflict. DRC Cameroon currently implements Protection, Food Security and Livelihood and Shelter / NFI projects.

About the job

Under the supervision of the Country Director, you will as Head of Programme be responsible for the quality of program development and implementation, and for developing the program strategy for DRC in Cameroon. You report directly to the Country Director and you are a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT). Your main duties and responsibilities will be:

People Management and internal communication

Manage, coordinate and coach members of the programme team, ensuring their professional development and capacity building as needed

Oversee and support capacity building for expatriate and national staff on technical issues and program cycle management, based on assessment of the critical program improvement needs of the Cameroon mission

Work in close cooperation with programme and support staff in Cameroon, and actively seek support, knowledge and coaching as necessary from colleagues in other regions and HQ

Program strategy, business development and Grants management

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 on 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

Quality and accountability of the programs

Oversee and support continuous improvement of programme quality standards, including application and harmonisation across field bases

Ensure that 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 that DRC Cameroon implements high-quality Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEAL) across all projects, including that learning is captured, capitalized and used in program design and implementation

Oversee the development and timely submissions of high-quality donor reports.

External relations and representation

Together with Country Director, ensure adequate bilateral representation of DRC with government authorities, donors, UN agencies, humanitarian agencies and other partners in regard to programme and participation in coordination meetings as relevant

About you

To be successful in this role we expect you to have the following:


Relevant university degree (Master or Post graduate), in international relations and/or development, political science or similar field.

Min. 5 years’ experience overseas in complex emergencies, preferably with refugees and/or IDPs

Min. 3 years’ experience in staff management and development

Good understanding of displacement issues and related international standards/frameworks

Strong experience in programme development and proven program development abilities

Substantial NGO project management experience, including responsibility for strategy design, staffing, admin/finance management, contract management and donor relations

Experience of leading strategic programming and planning, implementation, monitoring and learning

Proven track record of negotiating and advocating with government authorities and donors for solutions that serve the needs of beneficiaries, pursuing values of internationally recognized and universal character in a post-conflict context with a strong respect of 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


Experience in a Central / Western African country

Experience with DRC’s main donors in Cameroon: ECHO, SDC, BHA, UN fuds, etc.

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies:

Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.

Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.

Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.

Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.

Demonstrating integrity: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

We offer

Contract length: 12 months, renewable upon funding

Level: Senior Management, E

Designation of Duty Station: Yaounde, unaccompanied duty station

Start date: mid January 2021

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates.

Application process

Applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered.

Closing date for applications: 13 December

For questions regarding the vacancy please contact Romain Sztark, romain.sztark@drc.ngo.

For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website drc.ngo.

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DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process.

Danish Refugee Council is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive and positive work environment based on mutual respect for all employees. All applicants are considered for employment without attention to race, age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other factor. At DRC we celebrate diversity and appreciate our employees for the people they are and their unique skills, backgrounds, and perspectives. We encourage all interested candidates to apply!

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