Head of Programme

Danish Refugee Council, Tripoli, Libya

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
15th June, 2021

Job Description

About the job

As Head of Programme you will be a core member of the Senior Management Team and accountable for developing policies, processes and standards for DRC core sectors across areas of operation as well as accountable for the overall technical quality of country-wide programmes. You are responsible for partaking and ensuring external coordination regarding programming, shaping and driving an advocacy strategy and for engagement with DRC regional and HQ colleagues on programme strategy and learning. You will be accountable for effective monitoring, evaluation accountability and learning across all programmes as well as grants management processes and compliance with DRC procedures and guidelines. Your main duties and responsibilities will be:

People Management

  • Lead and manage the Programme Coordination Team, including team structure, recruitment, performance, conduct, well-being and professional development.

Project management

  • In conjunction with Area Managers, enable and oversee effective, efficient and timely implementation of all projects according to agreed contracts, budgets, policies, procedures and in accordance with specific donor requirements as per grants management processes.
  • Ensure the timely and quality completion of regular internal and external reports, and other relevant information on programme activities, policy matters and external relations.
  • Imbed MEAL into all stages of project implementation and ensure evidence based and adaptive management processes.
  • Implement, coordinate on, and oversee the DRC administrative guidelines and policies, safety and security procedures, logistics support and other tasks associated with efficient programming.
  • Lead engagement with consortia and partners on programming and coordination.

Programme and strategy development

  • Lead on the development and roll out of the country programme strategy and ensure DRC core sector strategies are in place and in use.
  • Identify opportunities for new projects and lead the development of concept papers, budgets, and project proposals with support from country team.

Internal relations

  • Contribute to the overall management of the country operation as a member of the Senior Management Team.
  • Coordinate with Heads of Department and Area Managers to promote quality programme and strategy implementation.
  • Liaison with DRC regional and HQ colleagues regarding technical support, joint and/or complementary initiatives, and strategy and policy implementation.

External relations

  • Ensure effective coordination and visibility of the implementation of the projects with all humanitarian and development actors.
  • Increase the visibility and credibility of DRC’s programmes and maintain close relations with relevant stakeholders including donors.
  • In support of the CD, engage with existing and potential donors on fundraising initiatives.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of an evidence-based Advocacy strategy.
  • Ensure correct and timely narrative and financial reporting to donors.

About you

  • To be successful in this role we expect you to have at least 7 years' experience in relevant field and at least 4 years' experience with people management. Moreover, we also expect the following:


  • A Master's degree in political science, international development, economics or other relevant field Experience in managing program operations, including at country senior management level
  • Proven leadership skills and a competence in people management
  • Experience with proposal development, budget development, program implementation, grants management and MEAL.
  • Experience with effectively coordinating with national partners, local/government authorities, NGO partners, UNHCR and other relevant stakeholders
  • Full professional proficiency in English


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