Project Manager- AVR


The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental and non-profit organization, founded in 1956, that works in more than 35 countries around the world. DRC has been operating in Somalia for more than twenty years, where we assist returnees, IDPs and displacement-affected communities in all three regions (Somaliland, Puntland, and Central and Southern Somalia) through protection, service delivery and livelihoods activities to enhance their self-reliance and expand opportunities for a dignified life. DRC provides both humanitarian assistance and longer-term development support to respond to the needs of communities affected by acute crisis as well as those in protracted displacement situations. In the past year, DRC’s strategic focus has shifted towards more durable solutions-oriented programming, linking displacement affected communities to longer-term initiatives to build resilience and recovery.

Danish Demining Group (DDG) is a specialized unit within DRC which implements mine action and armed violence reduction (AVR) programme. DDG’s mandate is ‘to create a safe environment free from armed violence and the remnants of conflict’, and DDG does this via a programmatic focus on four key sectors: Security Systems Reform, Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) management, Mine Action and Conflict Management

Overall Purpose of the role

The DDG Project Manager (AVR) in Jubaland is responsible for the content and quality of Somalia Security and Justice Program (SSJP) and oversees its implementation in Dolow, Kismayo, Luuq and Belethawa districts.


  • Mentor, monitor, advise and supervise Project Coordinators, and other assigned national staff in the assigned sections, ensuring that they carry out their duties and responsibilities in accordance with their job descriptions, community safety operational guidelines and as tasks.
  • Ensure that all activities within the assigned sections are coordinated with and complementary to each other and all other DDG Somalia sections and other relevant programming including Danish Refugee Council and external partners in coordination with the Regional Security and Governance Coordinator.
  • Make regular field visits to monitor and advise the national field staff in delivery of SSJP.
  • Maintain working relationships with DDG’s other AVR programs in Somalia and Somaliland and the wider Eastern Africa and Yemen region to exchange experience and ideas.
  • Recruit key staff to support the programme, including consultants for specific tasks as necessary.
  • Assist in the on-going development and implementation of Somalia, Security and Justice Programme.
  • Contribute to the trainings as well as develop and implement new aspects of programmes.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of monitoring and evaluation tools.
  • Ensure the staff are well trained and have the relevant skills and capacity to deliver the program efficiently and effectively.
  • Responsible for budget monitoring, financial management and expenses control including compliance with minimum DRC/DDG and donor requirements and ensuring that the necessary systems are in place.
  • Support security management in areas of responsibility, contributing to risk analysis and ensuring that staff safety considerations are considered during programme implementation.
  • Assist the senior national staff in the timely and quality compilation of all internal reports required in their specific sections.
  • Support the Chief of Party and DDG’s Program Manager to prepare reports to the donor and or government as requested.
  • Act as focal point towards FMS, district-level government authorities, partners, UN agencies and international and local NGOs and various local co-ordination forums.
  • Liaise with and consult government and partners for the current programme implementation and for the development of new initiatives. .
  • Guided by the DRC Programme Handbook, continuously monitor and develop relevant accountability initiatives in the field as well as strengthening the effort to document the impact of DDG’s activities.

Experience, Educational qualifications & technical competencies

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree, preferably Master’s, in Social Sciences, Management, Law, International Development, International Relations or another relevant subject
  • Minimum of 4 years working experience with humanitarian international NGOs or operational UN agencies
  •  Prior experience of working with international and/or local NGOs & donor funded projects/programme in complex emergencies.
  • Should have analytical and report writing skills, and be able to compile reports.
  • Proven experience in project management, including planning and project development, budget management, reporting, staff management and monitoring and evaluation
  • Preferably experience in the areas of conflict resolution, security governance and/or community-based programming
  • Leadership skills, including ability to build and motivate a team and willingness to deal with conflicts constructively
  • Proven ability to function well in an unstable and restricted environment
  • Strong liaison, education and communication skills (oral and written)
  • Ability to resist external pressures
  • Innovative and creative thinking


  • Fluency in written and spoken Somali & English


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

  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
  • Collaborating: You are a strong networker and enjoy working with many different types of stakeholders, you involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
  • Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while balancing the role of advisor and taking leadership
  • Communicating: You write and speak effectively and honestly and display political and cultural sensitivity, including ability to adapt well to local cultures
  • Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values.


Availability:         January 2020

Duty station:        Dolow

Reporting to:      Area Manager and Technically to DDG Chief of Party

Duration:             7 Months with possibility of Extension

The position is open to Nationals ONLY

Gender Equality: DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels. In light of this, women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply to bridge the gender gap.

Equal Opportunities: DRC is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability status, religion, ethnic origin, color, race, marital status or other protected characteristics.


DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework (http://www.drc.dk/HAF.4265.0.html).  All DRC staff must be committed to the Red Cross Code of Conduct, as well as the Core Humanitarian Standards.


Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post. We only accept applications sent via our online-application form, click the link below:

Please forward the application and CV, in English through the online application on www.drc.ngo under Vacancies no later than 7th Jan-2020.