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The Danish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe: we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights, and strengthen their opportunity for a brighter future. We work in conflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in the countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strive for responsible and sustainable solutions. We work toward successful integration and – whenever possible – for the fulfillment of the wish to return home.

The Danish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956 and has since grown to become an international humanitarian organization with more than 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers. Based in Copenhagen (Denmark) and present in forty countries, the Danish Refugee Council is a non-profit-making, politically independent, non-governmental and non-denominational relief organization.

Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced. All our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation, and honesty and transparency.

1. Background

DRC has been operating in West Africa since 1998. The DRC West Africa Regional Office (hereafter: WARO) is based in Dakar, Senegal, and covers six countries outside of Senegal. Led by the Regional Director, the DRC WARO oversees, supports and provides strategic directions for DRC’s Country Offices within the region, which currently includes Mali, Burkina Faso, the Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon and the Central African Republic.

2. Purpose

Based in the DRC West Africa Regional Office (hereafter: WARO), the Program Assistant Trainee will support the development and quality review of donor proposals and reports covered by the WARO. He will also contribute to create tailored communication and advocacy products and assist in the organization of regional internal and external program events. The Trainee will work intensively with the Program Department and will have interactions with the Support services and Country Offices in the region. It is a unique opportunity to join a well-known international organization and benefit from a support adapted to the practical application of academic teaching.

3. Duties and Responsibilities

Under the management of the Regional Head of Program services, and with the technical management of the Regional Head of Support Services, the Program Assistant Trainee will have the following activities and tasks:

· Assist in the review and/or development of concept notes, proposals, budget and amendments, in coordination with the regional program teams and according to priorities defined with the RHOP

· Assist in the revision of donor or program reports

· Work with the Regional Head of Programme to ensure concept note, proposal workflows and deadlines are followed by programme teams.

· Participate in the organisation of kick-off and closure meetings for regional projects, regional annual reviews and external events.

· Draft and/ or review communication and advocacy products based on information from country and regional teams according to priorities defined with the RHOP

· Develop regular external product on DRC strategy and program

· Ensure the compliance to DRC and Donors’ communication guideline

· Produce thematic maps for countries or regional team

All the tasks mentioned above will be primarily, for the DRC WARO. However, if manageable and only with the approval of the Regional Director, country offices may be included in the scope of the tasks ensured by the Program Assistant Trainee.

In addition to the above, the Program Assistant Trainee may be asked to carry out other duties requested by the Regional Head of Programmes.

4. Required Qualifications

· Post-graduate degree/ University Degree (Bachelor or Master) in International Development/ Development Studies, International Relations, Economics, Political Science/ Public Affairs, Business Administration or Management, or another relevant field is required;

· Proven leadership skills and a competence in people management;

· Proven operational management experience and capability;

· Significant experience of grant management and understanding of institutional fund-raising;

· Proven significant financial management experience;

· Significant experience in procurement and tender processes;

· Excellent communication, interpersonal and influencing skills with a well-developed ability to motivate and persuade at high levels;

· Full professional fluency in French language (80% of the professional communication in this position will be done in French, including almost all the communication within the WARO);

· Proficiency (written and spoken of the English language;

· Understanding of the different contexts of the West Africa Region;

· Excellent Computer Skills (MS Office, Internet) and an advanced proficiency in Excel are required.

5. Required Skills & Qualities

· Core Competencies of DRC:

o Striving for excellence

o Collaboration

o Taking the lead

o Communication

o Demonstrating Integrity

· Ability to work in a multinational and multicultural environment

· Proactivity, with a sound commitment to teamwork and with a spirit of genuine collaboration

· Excellent communication skills, as well as patience and politeness, are required

· Multi-tasking and Organizational skills are necessary

· Adaptable and Flexible

· Proven analytical and critical thinking skills

· Exemplary sense of ethics in the workplace

· Team-oriented & good sense of humor

6. General Regulations

The employee shall follow DRC instructions on safety, confidentiality and ethical guidelines, including the Code of Conduct and the Humanitarian Accountability Framework

Employee should not engage in any other paid activity during the DRC contract period without prior authorization

Employee should not engage in any activity that could harm DRC or the implementation of any project during the DRC contract period

Employee should not give interviews to the media or publish project-related photos or other material without prior authorization

Employee shall return all borrowed equipment for the project to DRC after the end of the contract period or upon request

Applicable conditions:

  • 10, 000 DKK monthly allowance
  • Insurances 100% paid for by DRC
  • Accomodation 100% paid for by DRC in a guesthouse

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The Danish Refugee Council is currently implementing a broad range of activities relevant to conflict affected communities and persons. The activities are categorized in ten sectors:

Shelter and Non-food Items, Food Security, Protection, Income Generation, Coordination & Operational Services, Community Infrastructure & Services, Humanitarian Mine Action, Armed Violence Reduction (AVR), Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), and Education.

Here you can read some short exemplifications of what types of activities the respective sectors include:

Shelter and Non-food Items: Provision of emergency shelter, emergency cash grants, rehabilitation of housing, distribution of non-food items (NFIs) and provision of return and repatriation kits.

Food Security: Emergency food provision or food voucher programmes. Training and capacity development in agriculture, agricultural inputs (e.g. tools and seeds), agricultural grants.

Protection: Advocacy for the rights of displaced people in their context of displacement, child protection initiatives, individual protection assistance based on vulnerability, legal aid, land & property rights, sexual and gender-based violence prevention, registration services for the internally displaced and refugees, monitoring of rights and rights awareness-raising, facilitation of return and repatriation processes.

Income Generation: Business training and SME development, business grants, life-skills training, literacy and numeracy training, vocational training, micro-credit loans, savings groups, group enterprise development and facilitation.

Coordination & Operational Services: Coordination and management of refugee and IDP camps, active participation in UN cluster coordination, humanitarian surveys and studies, facilitation of NGO Networks focused on displacement solutions, capacity development, training and support to local NGOs, secondment of experts to UN emergency operations worldwide

Community Infrastructure & Services: Provision of physical infrastructure like roads, bridges, community centres, irrigation systems or other community structures, facilitation and training of infrastructure management groups at community level, facilitation and funding of community development plans, initiatives for disaster risk reduction at community level.

Humanitarian Mine Action: Manual or mechanical mine clearance, clearance of former battle areas, education for affected communities – with special focus on children on how to avoid harm from mines and UXO, surveys of expected and confirmed mined or UXO areas, explosive ordnance disposal and stockpile destruction, capacity building of national demining institutions.

Armed Violence Reduction (AVR): Education in procedures for safe storage and safe handling of small arms and light weapons (SALW), capacity building of institutions for safety, local and community level conflict management and mitigation.

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH): Emergency water supply, hygiene item distribution, hygiene information and education, construction of latrines, installation water points, wells and water storage. Water purification.

Education: Education grants and fee support, school feeding programmes, teacher training and support, school materials provision and construction or rehabilitation of school structures.

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0 USD Dakar CF 3201 Abc road Full Time , 40 hours per week Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

The Danish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe: we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights, and strengthen their opportunity for a brighter future. We work in conflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in the countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strive for responsible and sustainable solutions. We work toward successful integration and – whenever possible – for the fulfillment of the wish to return home.

The Danish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956 and has since grown to become an international humanitarian organization with more than 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers. Based in Copenhagen (Denmark) and present in forty countries, the Danish Refugee Council is a non-profit-making, politically independent, non-governmental and non-denominational relief organization.

Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced. All our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation, and honesty and transparency.

1. Background

DRC has been operating in West Africa since 1998. The DRC West Africa Regional Office (hereafter: WARO) is based in Dakar, Senegal, and covers six countries outside of Senegal. Led by the Regional Director, the DRC WARO oversees, supports and provides strategic directions for DRC’s Country Offices within the region, which currently includes Mali, Burkina Faso, the Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon and the Central African Republic.

2. Purpose

Based in the DRC West Africa Regional Office (hereafter: WARO), the Program Assistant Trainee will support the development and quality review of donor proposals and reports covered by the WARO. He will also contribute to create tailored communication and advocacy products and assist in the organization of regional internal and external program events. The Trainee will work intensively with the Program Department and will have interactions with the Support services and Country Offices in the region. It is a unique opportunity to join a well-known international organization and benefit from a support adapted to the practical application of academic teaching.

3. Duties and Responsibilities

Under the management of the Regional Head of Program services, and with the technical management of the Regional Head of Support Services, the Program Assistant Trainee will have the following activities and tasks:

· Assist in the review and/or development of concept notes, proposals, budget and amendments, in coordination with the regional program teams and according to priorities defined with the RHOP

· Assist in the revision of donor or program reports

· Work with the Regional Head of Programme to ensure concept note, proposal workflows and deadlines are followed by programme teams.

· Participate in the organisation of kick-off and closure meetings for regional projects, regional annual reviews and external events.

· Draft and/ or review communication and advocacy products based on information from country and regional teams according to priorities defined with the RHOP

· Develop regular external product on DRC strategy and program

· Ensure the compliance to DRC and Donors’ communication guideline

· Produce thematic maps for countries or regional team

All the tasks mentioned above will be primarily, for the DRC WARO. However, if manageable and only with the approval of the Regional Director, country offices may be included in the scope of the tasks ensured by the Program Assistant Trainee.

In addition to the above, the Program Assistant Trainee may be asked to carry out other duties requested by the Regional Head of Programmes.

4. Required Qualifications

· Post-graduate degree/ University Degree (Bachelor or Master) in International Development/ Development Studies, International Relations, Economics, Political Science/ Public Affairs, Business Administration or Management, or another relevant field is required;

· Proven leadership skills and a competence in people management;

· Proven operational management experience and capability;

· Significant experience of grant management and understanding of institutional fund-raising;

· Proven significant financial management experience;

· Significant experience in procurement and tender processes;

· Excellent communication, interpersonal and influencing skills with a well-developed ability to motivate and persuade at high levels;

· Full professional fluency in French language (80% of the professional communication in this position will be done in French, including almost all the communication within the WARO);

· Proficiency (written and spoken of the English language;

· Understanding of the different contexts of the West Africa Region;

· Excellent Computer Skills (MS Office, Internet) and an advanced proficiency in Excel are required.

5. Required Skills & Qualities

· Core Competencies of DRC:

o Striving for excellence

o Collaboration

o Taking the lead

o Communication

o Demonstrating Integrity

· Ability to work in a multinational and multicultural environment

· Proactivity, with a sound commitment to teamwork and with a spirit of genuine collaboration

· Excellent communication skills, as well as patience and politeness, are required

· Multi-tasking and Organizational skills are necessary

· Adaptable and Flexible

· Proven analytical and critical thinking skills

· Exemplary sense of ethics in the workplace

· Team-oriented & good sense of humor

6. General Regulations

The employee shall follow DRC instructions on safety, confidentiality and ethical guidelines, including the Code of Conduct and the Humanitarian Accountability Framework

Employee should not engage in any other paid activity during the DRC contract period without prior authorization

Employee should not engage in any activity that could harm DRC or the implementation of any project during the DRC contract period

Employee should not give interviews to the media or publish project-related photos or other material without prior authorization

Employee shall return all borrowed equipment for the project to DRC after the end of the contract period or upon request

Applicable conditions:

  • 10, 000 DKK monthly allowance
  • Insurances 100% paid for by DRC
  • Accomodation 100% paid for by DRC in a guesthouse
2020-08-05

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