Founded in 1956, The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organization providing direct assistance to conflict-affected populations – refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs) and host communities – in more than 40 countries around the world.
The EAGL Regional Office covers the following country operations: Burundi, Djibouti, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.
Overall purpose of the role:
The Sudan Regional Response Coordinator acts as the primary point of coordination for DRC; liaising with country teams, regional office and HQ, leading in the development, strengthening and monitoring of emergency response plans related to the ongoing Sudan crisis through the provision of technical support, operational guidance, trouble-shooting and quality assurance to all emergency programming within affected countries (Sudan, Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Chad).
This position will mainly cover the following countries in which DRC is responding to the needs caused by the Sudan crisis: Sudan, Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Chad. This role will also be responsible for monitoring context in neighboring countries in which DRC is not currently responding to this crisis (e.g. Egypt, CAR).
The responsibilities listed in the JD are not exhaustive and may be readjusted according to operational needs but will remain in line with the overall purpose of the role.
Emergency Response Plan Development and Capacity Building for field teams:
- Support all relevant countries to ensure they have up-to-date Emergency Response Plans;
- Support all relevant countries to develop Emergency Preparedness Plans in areas relevant to future response actions, linked to scenario planning;
- Support all countries to conduct Integrated Emergency Response Needs Assessments and ad-hoc Rapid Needs Assessments where required;
- Provide emergency response training to affected field teams as required/identified;
- Support new area operations in emergency response – assist in staff recruitment, staff training, setting up systems, and planning and starting activities; and
- Support in emergency proposal development/review related to the Sudan crisis. This will require close engagement and coordination with the Regional Business Development Coordinator;
- Support scenario planning and analysis on the Sudan crisis and develop contingency planning based on this forecasting.
Information Management, Advocacy and External Engagement/Coordination:
- Co-lead on the development of an advocacy and external engagement strategy with the Regional Advocacy Coordinator and country teams;
- Develop templates, tools, key messages and external dissemination products related to the Sudan crisis and DRC’s operations;
- Where feasible, lead on external coordination forums in which the focus is responding to the Sudan crisis.
Quality Assurance of Emergency Response and Cross Border Programming:
- Conduct field visits to affected area offices to identify capacity gaps and operational support priorities in collaboration with field teams;
- Conduct humanitarian response capacity assessments related to cross-border programming for countries affected by the Sudan crisis;
- Provide trouble-shooting in existing operations facing bottlenecks in implementation of the developed Response plans;
- Ensure countries are using and able to use correct emergency MEAL tools to implement Response Plans;
Experience and Technical comptencies (included years of experience)
- At least five years of INGO or other agency emergency response experience in insecure environments, including at least two years of management experience;
- Essential experience in coordination/emergency response planning in similar contexts;
- University degree with advanced training or technical qualification in relevant line of work/sector;
- Relevant technical expertise/experience in some sectors of humanitarian programming such as Cash, Protection, WASH, Food Security, CCCM, shelter/NFI etc.;
- Strong analytical, organizational, and management and leadership skills;
- Proven commitment to accountable practices and knowledgeable of quality assurance systems in an emergency response;
- Hands on experience in managing staff in insecure locations and strong human resource management skills in general. Solid experience in staff management in a cross-cultural environment required;
- Good communicator and proven diplomacy with all types of stakeholders;
- Experience of managing budgets and multiple donor contracts, particularly with BHA, ECHO, SIDA, FCDO and UN agencies;