The Danish Refugee Council, one of the worlds leading humanitarian NGOs, is currently looking for a highly qualified Head of Programme to ensure the overall quality and delivery of DRCs humanitarian programs in Turkey.
As a member of the Senior Management Team, the Head of Programme drives the overall country-level programme strategy, in line with DRCs global and regional strategies as well as humanitarian needs and contextual developments on the ground.
The Head of Programme oversees the conceptualisation and development of new programmes, leads fundraising and donor engagement, ensures the effective management of grants in accordance with donor rules and regulations, supports the programme implementation teams with issues related to programme delivery and quality, and oversees programme monitoring, evaluation, and learning activities and accountability to affected populations.
Other key responsibilities include partnership management, communications, and advocacy and external representation within the scope of the humanitarian needs in country.
About the job
This role has a country focus and ensures compliance with DRC global procedures and guidelines within the country, including both for DRCs direct implementation as well as partners implementation.
The role contributes to the development of country strategies, which are translated into action plans and day-today tasks.
More specific duties and responsibilities include :
Lead continuous in-depth analysis of the humanitarian context, trends, gaps, challenges and opportunities in Turkey, and as a key member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) bring inputs to the SMT forum in regards to strategic direction of DRC programming
Contribute to the sustainable management of programme growth with an eye towards new programme development that addresses evolving needs on the ground
and ensure adherence to humanitarian principles and any other international standards when relevant
Enhance private sector engagement to pursue innovative and alternative financing instruments as well as to build shared value partnerships in support of programme objectives
Provide oversight, guidance and leadership to all technical coordinators to ensure quality programme implementation and integration
Ensure effective and transparent budget follow up, planning and use of financial resources in compliance with DRC and donor policies and priorities
Oversee effective management of the entire grants cycle, including smooth kick-off to ensure shared understanding across all departments, periodic grants review to identify and address implementation challenges and facilitate collective troubleshooting, and successful closeout of grants and fulfilment of all contractual obligations
Identify key risks in regards to programme implementation and inform Country Director / SMT to ensure adequate risk management plans are in place
Conduct regular field visits to monitor programme implementation and interact with implementation teams; and coordinate all donor monitoring visits to the field
Ensure regular DRC representation and contribution in all programme related working groups and coordination mechanisms in country
Ensure DRCs programme complements government strategies and addresses gaps in services through coordination and consultation with state authorities and other humanitarian actors
Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL)
Ensure the implementation of effective and participatory programme Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning strategies
Implement appropriate monitoring, information management, and reporting systems, tools and templates that enhance monitoring of programme outputs and quality, generate quality evidence on programme impact, and promote and ensure use of data for decision-making processes / programme adjustments
share learnings with different DRC entities, donors, and other stakeholders when relevant
Improve accountability to affected populations by increasing beneficiaries awareness of DRCs feedback and response mechanism and incorporating feedback in programme implementation and design as needed
Lead the development and updating of DRC Turkeys fundraising strategy and donor engagement plan
Pursue funding opportunities in all DRC competence areas from both traditional / institutional donors as well as by piloting innovative funding instruments (e.
g. results-based and blended financing)
Ensure the timely submission of high quality funding proposals, donor reports, and modification requests and obtain necessary sign-offs before submission from DRCs regional office and headquarters Partnership Management
Lead the development, revision, and implementation of DRC Turkeys partnership strategy
Design and roll out a roadmap for increased localisation of the country programme while ensuring effective management of risks associated with increased implementation through local partners
Oversee programme implementation by all partners, including progress against targets and spending against budgets, and bring any major risks or bottlenecks to the attention of the SMT
Improve partnership management systems, processes, and tools based on lessons learned and feedback from staff and partners
Oversee capacity building activities for implementing partners based on identified gaps
Identify and pursue new partnerships for scaling impact and fundraising
Research, Advocacy, and Communications
Lead the Protection Research Unit including identifying research topics to address evidence gaps, reviewing research terms of reference and data collection tools, and reviewing and improving research products
Translate key research findings into policy and programmatic recommendations, and lead dissemination activities with relevant stakeholders (e.
g. donor and diplomatic community, UN agencies, other NGOs)
Lead the development, revision, and implementation of DRC Turkeys advocacy strategy and action plan
Identify opportunities for joint research and advocacy activities with other actors, including INGOs, LNGOs, and academic institutions
Oversee communication activities and review all communications products (e.g. success stories, photo essays, videos) that highlight the impact of DRCs work in Turkey
Ensure donor visibility requirements are upheld in the field and in all non-sensitive publications
Staff Management and Capacity Building
Line-manage country programme team including sector technical coordinators and MEAL, grants, partnerships, research, and communications units to ensure an effective collaboration and technical support to the area programme teams
Develop overall staff competence through leadership, training and coaching of staff and reflect personal development plans in staff performance appraisals
Develop nationalisation plans for relevant expatriate staff to ensure longer term sustainability of key positions in programme domain
When needed, draft and / or review terms of reference to hire and manage external consultants and manage those consultancies to ensure timely and quality submission of all deliverables
In order to be successful in this position, we expect the following :
Graduate degree in International Development and / or Humanitarian Assistance, Project Management or any other related field in the social sciences
Minimum 8 years of progressively responsible experience in programme management and development in conflict or displacement settings
Minimum 4 years of experience in managing complex refugee responses, including 2 years at country senior management level preferably in the Middle East
Demonstrated experience and skills in multi sectoral proposal development, budget development and management, programme implementation, program risk management, monitoring and evaluation
Strong understanding of protection and economic recovery (livelihood) programming, integrated programming, protection and diversity mainstreaming, and conflict sensitive programming
Proven track record of successfully raising funds and cultivating new donors
Prior experience working with key institutional donors such as ECHO, Danida, KfW, BPRM and SDC
Familiarity with innovative financing instruments (e.g. outcome-based and / or blended financing instruments such as impact bonds) and private sector engagement
Experience managing people responsible for program management, implementation, and design
Turkish and / or Arabic language skills desirable
Previous successful experience working with DRC on senior Program Management role
Proven experience in effectively coordinating with government authorities, international and national NGO partners, and UN agencies
Experience managing and strengthening the capacity of local implementing partners
Fluency in spoken and written English is required
Excellent communication skills and diplomacy
In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC five core competencies :
Striving for excellence : You foc