Job Title: Area Manager – Lebanon – UNGO Jobs

Country: Lebanon
Organization: Danish Refugee Council
Closing date: 3 May 2022

Danish Refugee Council, one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is currently looking for a highly qualified Area Manager (AM) to be accountable for all of DRC’s results, impact and strategic goals in the Area office (AO) of North Lebanon.

The Area Manager is responsible for the coordination, management, development and representation of all DRC’s work in their respective AO. S/He oversees multi-sectoral programme implementation according to DRC’s commitments and strategies in Lebanon, while working with the Support Services teams to also ensure that they are implemented in accordance with DRC’s regulations, procedures and guidelines. The Area Manager is accountable for enabling a productive and accountable relationship with beneficiaries, community leaders/representatives, relevant governmental authorities, national and international NGOs and UN Agencies. As DRC’s primary representative in the respective AO, the AM also ensures a safe environment for DRC staff, beneficiaries and assets through a proactive, acceptance-building approach.

About the job

Your main duties and responsibilities will be:

Representation and Coordination

  • Represent all aspects of programmes and operations and have overall accountability for the area
  • Act as the primary DRC representative in the AO and attend relevant fora/meetings in order to strengthen DRC’s position in the area;
  • Foster relationships with Government authorities, national and international organisations and other relevant stakeholders in the area
  • In coordination with the CD, the Head of Programmes and the Regional Office ensure that the DRC programme in the area contributes to DRC ´s advocacy efforts, nationally, regionally and internationally.
  • Develop, implement and regularly revise a DRC engagement strategy and acceptance in the area;
  • Maintain close working relationships with donors, national and international organisations and local counterparts in their AO
  • Ensure collaboration and coordination with SMT to ensure programmatic integration sharing of lessons and best practices;

Management

  • Ensure appropriate planning, budgeting and human resource allocation for effective delivery of the programmes
  • Line manage area support and programme staff (Programmes, Operations, Safety personnel) ensuring inter-departmental co-ordination and integrated activities;
  • Enable an effective team through results oriented management systems, providing leadership, on-the-job capacity building and designing staff development strategies;
  • Closely coordinate as a contributing member of the senior management team, as well as with sector coordinators based in Beirut. Ensure regular information flows;
  • Drive performance through accountability, teamwork, and by establishing professional workplace standards
  • Ensure overall provision of and adherence to DRC policies, Code of Conduct, procedures, guidelines, systems and standard practices, including commitments under the CHS

Programme development

  • Be sure that the national strategy is responsive and appropriate given the inputs from the field, and ensure that AO is contributing to both regional and national success.
  • Provide guidance to the Programme Manager(s) in developing DRC’s program in the area via area level strategy and provide technical and context-specific input for fundraising efforts and lead the development/strengthening of sectors to respond to gaps and needs;
  • Actively participate in proactive business development processes (at the field and national level) through external representation, participation in the grant development process and long-term strategic planning.
  • Provide regular analysis on the context and humanitarian situation in the area for the development of project proposals and safety assessments.
  • Facilitate assessment and rapid response in any humanitarian situation, with written report and recommendation to initiate and setup relevant emergency projects in close collaboration with HOP & HOSS and relevant technical coordinators.

Operational

  • Provide leadership in overseeing all logistical/procurement, HR/administration and office services activities and ensure their timely/efficient delivery.
  • Ensure effective and transparent financial management and budget follow up, planning and use of financial resources in compliance with DRC and donor policies and priorities
  • flagging up anomalies and ensuring solutions for timely spend in accordance to donor regulations/DRC policies
  • Close coordination with Head of Support Services (HOSS) and Country Office Support Managers/leads – proactively addressing/flagging up operational concerns and discuss/implement solutions for smooth, timely and quality delivery with minimal risks as per the operational handbook/other organisation policies.
  • Lead or participate in recruitment of strategic staff in coordination with SMT, as appropriate.
  • Ensure quality implementation of identified priorities ensuring optimal use of financial resources, regular project follow up, reporting, among other tasks.
  • Development of overall staff competence through leadership, training and coaching of technical and management key field staff
  • Promote a culture of cooperation, learning and accountability as per DRC values

Safety and Security

  • The Area Manager is the responsible party for all final safety decisions in the area of operation through the Country Director’s (CDs) delegation.
  • Ensure a safe and secure environment and a duty of care for all DRC staff, beneficiaries, and assets
  • Ensure local security procedures are up to date and SOPs are created as needed and followed in line with the SMP and DRC policy
  • Responsible for promoting regular staff safety trainings, providing safety and security analysis, recommendations and follows-ups.
  • Stay informed of the context and make daily safety decisions, as well as update safety tools and processes in coordination with the safety Coordinator and CD.

Programme Monitoring, Accountability & Learning

  • Ensure overall provision of and adherence to DRC and Donor policies, procedures, guidelines, systems and standard practices, including commitments under the CHS and DRC Code of Conduct
  • Ensure accountability for the spending of donor and public funds, through delivery of effective value for money programming and the maintenance of robust accounting systems
  • In collaboration with HoP, ensure that all projects contribute to measuring impact and are in line with DRC’s country strategic plan
  • Adopt an evidence-based approach, work with HOP and programme team to ensure dissemination of lessons learned and best practices within the respective AO (internal and external stakeholders)
  • Together with HOP/Technical Coordinators, implement appropriate monitoring of programmes, ensuring appropriate feedback mechanisms are in place that input to improving quality on an ongoing basis.
  • Strengthen efforts to document the impact of DRC activities in the area.
  • Participate in DRC internal coordination mechanisms (e.g. SMT, Programme meetings, etc.) as required. Act as a proactive member of the SMT, role-modelling DRC values across teams.
  • Carry out additional duties/tasks as requested/delegated by CD.

About you

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

  • University degree with advanced training/courses either in management, international relations, development studies, or other related fields;
  • Experience working with an integrated ERP system (end to end process of procurement, and other peripheric modules of logistics) – MS Dynamics considered an advantage (preferred)
  • Minimum 5 years of management experience overseeing humanitarian and development multi-sector, multi-donor programmes in complex environments in a managerial capacity
  • Strong leadership skills and competence in people management
  • Practical and extensive financial, human resources and procurement experience
  • Practical experience in managing safety and operating in high risk environment
  • Proven excellent communication skills and report writing skills
  • Strong capacity in influencing and engaging a range of stakeholders; with proven representational skills and the ability to advocate in line with humanitarian principles
  • Demonstrate ability in thinking creatively and practically to improve the quality of programming and achieve greater impact
  • Ability to work flexibly in a diverse team; with proven leadership skills
  • Excellent demonstrated skills managing large teams in rapidly changing environments
  • Commitment to integrate gender, conflict sensitivity and accountability into programming
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and arabic essential

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 uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to our values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

We offer

Contract length: 12 months

Band: E

Designation of Duty Station: North (covering Tripoli & Akkar) l Family non-accompanied Duty Station

Start date: 3 July 2022

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to drc.ngo under Vacancies. For questions regarding the vacancy please contact sama.kanaan@drc.ngo. Applications sent by email will not be considered.**

How to apply:

Application process

All 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: 3 May 2022

The screening process for this position is on rolling basis, so early submission of applications is encouraged. DRC remains a right to close the vacancy once a suitable candidate is identified. Please find the vacancy here.

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

DRC as an employer
By working in DRC, you will be joining a global workforce of around 8000 employees in 40 countries. We pride ourselves on our:

  • Professionalism, impact & expertise
  • Humanitarian approach & the work we do
  • Purpose, meaningfulness & own contribution
  • Culture, values & strong leadership
  • Fair compensation & continuous development

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.

If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please visit drc.ngo/about-us/job-and-career/support-for-job-seekers.

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!