Jan 052018

Organization: Danish Refugee Council
Country: Mali
Closing date: 21 Jan 2018

The Danish Refugee Council, one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is currently looking for a highly qualified Head of Programme for its Armed Violence Reduction Unit, the Danish Demining Group (DDG) in Sahel (Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso).

About the job

DDG initiated its operations in West Africa in Cote d’Ivoire in 2013 and expanded to the Sahel region in 2014 with a Border Security and Management (BSM) programme covering Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger. The BSM programme is focused on the Liptako-Gourma region and seeks to improve the capacity of local communities and border authorities to safely and securely manage border regions in order to prevent armed violence, ensure community safety and promote effective border security and management. DDG’s BSM programme involves the following components:

  • Building the capacity of government and civil society to address safety needs
  • Supporting to border authorities, particularly in terms of strengthening their relationships with communities
  • Strengthening Small Arms management and control
  • Addressing the threats posed by explosive remnants of war
  • Building community and local government capacity to prevent and manage conflicts

Your main duties and responsibilities will be:

  • Strategic Programme development and management: Overall responsibility for all DDG activities in Sahel ensuring timely and quality programme delivery. In association with DRC support staff carry out budget monitoring. Facilitate the cross-country cooperation and programme continuum beyond borders, coordinate exchange between the three DRC country directors.

  • Team Management: Provide strong leadership to the programme team, ensure appraisal/evaluation of team members.

  • Security Monitoring: Ensure adherence of all team members to security procedures, monitors development in the security situation.

  • Reporting: Ensure timely reporting in compliance with donors and authorities requirements.

  • Fundraising and representation: In coordination with DRC Country Directors in Sahel, represent DDG in national and local for a; liaise with relevant authorities, donors, partners, UN agencies, INGOs and NGOs.

About you

To be successful in this role we expect you to be an experienced, self-motivated manager with proven track records in successful experiences of multi-sites and cross-border projects management. Moreover, we also expect the following:


  • Master Degree in political science, peace studies, international developement, security studies from an internationnally recognized university.
  • At least 5 years experience working in Armed Violence Reduction and/or Conflict Transformation and/or Humanitarian Mine Action programmes.
  • Strong communication skills and experience in representation and liaison with national authorities.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in French and in English.


  • 3 years experience in programme coordination or 2 years in country programme direction.
  • Proven ability to mentor and coach others.
  • Innovative and creative thinking
  • Strong analytical and reporting skills.

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: You act in line with DRC’s vision and values.

We offer

  • Contract length: 1 year
  • Level: A10
  • Designation of Duty Station: Mali, Bamako – Non-family Duty Station
  • Start date: February 15th 2018

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to under Vacancies.

For questions regarding the vacancy please contact Yann FAIVRE, DDG West Africa Regional Manager, PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO MR. FAIVRE.

Application process

All applicants must send 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: January 21st 2018

If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact

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

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