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Danish Refugee Council (DRC) Job Recruitment: Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a Danish international non-governmental organisation, which promotes and supports durable solutions to the problems faced by refugees and internally displaced people all over the world. DRC is present in more than 30 conflict territories around the world assisting displaced people with shelter, food, income-generating activities, and a wide range of other assistance. It is of utmost importance for DRC to work in compliance with the DRC Accountability and Quality Management system and national legislations. Smooth, reliable and effective operational systems are preconditions for DRC to maintain its position as a trustworthy and reliable partner for our donors and an accountable organisation towards our beneficiaries.

We are recruiting to fill the following positions below:

Danish Refugee Council (DRC) Job Recruitment

Job Title: Area Manager

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Location: Mubi, Adamawa (Non-family Duty Station)
Employment Period: 12 months
Type of contract: Expatriate contract
Contract length: 1 year with the possibility of extension
Level: E
Start Date: As soon as possible

About the Job

  • The Area Manager will be responsible for compliance to DRC policies and procedures. S/he shall be responsible for the planning and implementation of safety procedures/protocols within the assigned area & ensure the safety of all staff and assets.
  • As DRC’s primary representative and line manager of all staff in the area, the Area Manager (AM) is responsible for the coordination, management, development, and representation of DRC programming in the area.
  • S/he will oversee program implementation according to DRC strategies in the area and ensure that operations are implemented within DRC’s regulations, procedures, guidelines and strategy; enable a productive and accountable relationship with beneficiaries, communities’ leaders/representatives, relevant governmental authorities, donors, national and International NGOs and UN Agencies.
  • The position requires a high degree of responsibility, flexibility and understanding of complex organisational charts including horizontal liaising among different senior managers.  S/he reports to the DRC Country Director.

Your Main Duties and Responsibilities will be:

  • Provide, together with Head of Programmes DRC and DDG, coordination and integration of DRC activities in the area including, but not limited, to protection, emergency response, food security/livelihoods and WASH.
  • Direct line management of the non-programme staff (HR, Finance, Logistics & Procurement, and Safety) based in Adamawa State, including recruitment, coaching, capacity building and ensuring interdepartmental co-ordination.
  • Liaise and closely coordinate with the Senior Management Team members.
  • Encourage a positive, innovative, and mutually supportive team spirit amongst the Adamawa State team


  • Act as the main DRC representative in Adamawa State and attend all relevant forums/meetings including active participation in the Humanitarian Regional Team (HRT) with the objective to strengthen DRC’s position in the area.
  • Develop, implement, and regularly revise a DRC engagement strategy and acceptance in the area.
  • Responsible for building and maintaining good relations with key stakeholders including: Local Authorities, UN/INGOs, Clusters

Safety and Security:

  • Ensure adherence to security procedures and monitoring developments in the security situation.
  • Actively support the country safety department to develop and regularly update the local security plan for his/her area of responsibility.
  • Be a member of and/or actively support the Crisis Management Team as required and if requested.
  • Develop and maintain a security focal persons’ network in his/her area of responsibility.

Finance and Administration:

  • Provide budget monitoring of assigned budgets, financial control in compliance with DRC country office requirements and as per the Operations Handbook.
  • Ensure necessary systems in procurement are followed according to DRC Operations Handbook for all projects in the state.


  • Ensure compliance with internal reporting requirements and participate in the DRC internal coordination mechanisms as required.


  • Guided by the DRC Programme Handbook, continuously monitor and suggest relevant accountability initiatives in the field as well as strengthen the effort to document the impact of DRC activities in the area.

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

Required Qualifications:

  • University degree in international relations, management, human rights, social science or related field;
  • Minimum 5 years professional work experience within international humanitarian/development work
  • Good understanding of displacement issues of both internally displaced and refugees and related international standards/frameworks
  • Solid project management experience
  • Extensive experience in representation and networking
  • Excellent negotiation, advocacy, and communication skills
  • Professional fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Familiarity with EU-ECHO, DFID, UN, and US donor guidelines 

Required Skills & Qualities:

  • Mature judgment combined with a proactive, resourceful, and energetic approach to problem solving.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; and strong organizational and time management skills
  • A team player and self-starter able to inspire and influence action.
  • Ability to handle confidential and politically sensitive issues in a responsible and mature manner.
  • Proven ability to work effectively under minimum supervision.
  • Demonstrated behavior of professional and personal ethics.
  • Willingness to undertake regular field visits and interact with different stakeholders.
  • Basic computer skills and experience in use of applications such as Microsoft Office
  • Ability to coordinate different stakeholders in a complex work environment.


  • Experience or knowledge of the NE Nigerian context
  • Previous experience of working in insecure locations.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective working relations with local staff and other stakeholders.
  • Excellent analytical and strategic skills

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: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

As well as follow the 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.

We Offer

  • Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to drc.ngo under Vacancies. Applicants must be aware that DRC cannot employ, under an expatriate contract, a citizen of the country in which she/ he is going to be stationed (in such case, the Republic of Nigeria).

Application Closing Date
22nd February, 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Application Process

  • All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in English.
  • DRC provides equal opportunity in employment and prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability.
  • DRC encourages all applicants to apply and does not practice any discrimination in any recruitment process.
  • Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.
  • Due to the urgency of the position, DRC has the right to recruit a candidate who matches the required profile before the above deadline.     
  • For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website drc.ngo.

Job Title: Safety Officer


Location: Damaturu, Yobe
Contract type:National Contract

The position

  • The Safety Officer serves as the focal person for safety and security at location.
  • Supports the clearance of staff to and from the field and any other locations in Nigeria.
  • Works within the Safety and Security procedures of DRC, municipal policies and procedures and in compliance with all national acts and legislation.
  • The Safety Officer supports the Head of Base with security reports for senior management in-country.

Key Roles
Overall purpose of the role: (1-2 sentences):

  • The safety Officer under the direct guidance of the Safety Team Leader will mitigate the risks poised to Programs, personnel and assets through provision of expertise and focused Security Management support at field level for the day-to-day operations and during both security and medical emergencies. 
  • The Safety Officer will be the responsible for the implementation of the safety and security functions at the state level, ensuring compliance with the DRC MOSS/MOISS and all supporting safety and security policies, procedures and protocols.


  • S/He will Provide daily contextual safety briefs to all staff, ensuring timely information is communicated
  • S/He will Ensure all staff movements at field level are monitored at all times
  • S/He Ensure pre-departure safety briefs are delivered to ALL staff, both national and internal prior to any movements taking place
  • S/He Provide new arrival staff induction briefs to all staff on arrival
  • S/He will Compile a Statewide weekly safety situation reports
  • S/He will Coordinate the safety and security function at field level
  • S/He will Ensure logistical and safety support is available to both national and international staff, at all times during deployments
  • S/He will Communicate all changes in the Safety Level at field level when required
  • S/He will focus on the continuous implementation of strategies and protocols to ensure a high level of security for staff, assets and programs.
  • S/He will maintain a high level of contextual awareness of his/her operating area and strong coordination with program and program support teams.
  • S/He will promote a strong Safety and Security culture at field offices through continuous security trainings.
  • S/He will support in carrying out security risk assessments (SRA) based on contextual risk levels including the Safety and Security for all DRC staff, resources, assets, facilities, programs while ensuring compliance with DRC Safety Risk Management System.
  • Submit Daily Common Emergency Evacuation Plan (CEEP) to INSO.
  • Assist the field offices in the day to day conduct of office security, ensuring adequate responses to security incidents both natural and man-made.
  • Supervise contracted Security guard company activities as per policy.
  • Conduct Vehicular Security Inspection Check on all vehicles that are to be deployed to the field.
  • Manage physical security, fire safety and office evacuation drills periodically.
  • Establish network with other key security patterns for information sharing and security matters where possible.
  • Attend security meetings such as INSO and provide feedback from such meetings.
  • Implementing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and regulations for working in the North-East.
  • Draft security advisories and for general situations and specific incidents during periods of heightened threat.
  • Inform promptly any security incidents involving DRC staff and assets, or reputation for necessary response actions.
  • Oversee the operation’s Room activities, communications and gadgets, (PTT Iridium, VHF Radio and SATphone).
  • Provide safety training sessions to all staff at field level
  • Attend internal and external training programs
  • Remain flexible for out of area assignments when required
  • Perform any other duties as assigned.
  • 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.

Key Requirements

  • Competent and literate in English, verbal and written, with a sound knowledge of technical expressions
  • Sound judgment and the ability to work effectively with others at all levels
  • Strong assessment, evaluation, analysis and strategic planning skills
  • IT literate, MS – Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Interpersonal communication and proven written / presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to manage under stressful conditions
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the historical and socio-political context of Nigeria.
  • Experience in liaising with law enforcement agencies in Nigeria.
  • Experience in managing incidents, incident mapping, developing and producing high-quality security reports and assessments.
  • Proven ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
  • Stable, reliable, moral and robust character and a good team-player
  • Excellent communication skills, and a good sense of humour
  • Proven commitment to accountability practices


  • Bachelor’s Degree in security management, Security Management, Disaster Risk Management, Criminology & any other related field
  • Professional certification in security risk management or advanced security management highly desirable.
  • 5 – 7 years working in security Industry, experience working in complex insecure settings preferred.
  • 2-3 years’ experience working in Security management for NGO or donor-funded organization.


  • Availability: ASAP

Salary and Conditions

  • In accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment;
  • The income will be subject to statutory deductions as per applicable Nigeria laws.
  • The employee is responsible for the tax returns.

Application Closing Date
18th February, 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Application Method

  • CV and Cover Letter indicating and explaining the suitability to the position applied.
  • Provide contact details (name, position, email address and tel. no.) of 3 professional non-related references, whereas 1 must be for the latest employer. Please do not attach any written recommendations.
  • Applications should be addressed to: “Recruitment Manager”.
  • Only motivated applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications, sent together with a CV, will be considered. CV-only applications will not be considered.
  • Due to the urgency of the position, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the post may be filled before the deadline.

Note: DRC-DDG Nigeria does not charge any fees for recruitment and does not use any employment mediator.

Job Title: Protection Manager

Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Reporting to: Head of Programme
Supervised by: Head of Programme
Employment period: 12 months
Type of contract: Expatriate

Danish Refugee Council (DRC), and its Humanitarian Disarmament and Peacebuilding technical unit – the Danish Demining Group (DDG), has had an operational presence in Nigeria since 2015. DRC Nigeria is the largest DRC country mission in the West Africa region and one of the largest DRC country missions globally. Currently, DRC delivers life-saving assistance and protection to vulnerable, conflict-affected populations including internally displaced persons, returnees and host communities in the areas of armed violence reduction, humanitarian mine action, livelihoods, nutrition and food security, protection, shelter and non-food items (NFI) and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in 30+ Local Government Areas (LGAs) across Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states in northeast Nigeria.


  • The DRC Nigeria is looking to recruit an experienced, highly- qualified and enthusiastic professional Protection Manager to lead the effective implementation of DRC’s protection activities in Nigeria and oversee a consistent integration of a human-rights based approach into all DRC response activities in Nigeria.
  • The Protection Manager will be based in Maiduguri but will be expected to spend time with programmes and to visit occasionally at the regional office for strategic reviews/ meetings.
  • This position is a technical one, requiring a solid previous experience in a similar position. This position also requires strong ability in safety and safeguarding.. This position also requires full professional proficiency in the English language.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Under the authority of the Head of Programmes and with the close technical supervision of the Regional Protection Coordinator, the Protection Manager contributes to updating and applying the strategic protection and advocacy vision in the country and is responsible to ensure that protection interventions meet relevant quality and normative standards, and are adapted to the emergency context.
  • The Coordinator will ensure active participation in relevant interagency fora across the BAY States. in Maiduguri and potentially in Adamawa, Yobe and Abuja.

The main responsibilities and tasks of the Protection Coordinator are the following:
Protection analysis and strategy development:

  • Ensure that protection data is collected, stored and shared according to the principles and procedures contained in the DRC Data Protection Protocol and applicable data protection principles, and identify sensitive data in the Nigerian context.
  • Assess protection risks and trends, identify problems/gaps and propose/prioritise timely practical actions to respond to clearly-formulated protection problems.
  • In collaboration with the RRM team to organize rapid needs assessments to identify risks and vulnerabilities, including those related to gender, age and diversity.
  • Produce protection reports of high analytical quality, with concrete and actionable protection recommendations.
  • With the support of the Head of Programme and of the Regional Protection Advisor, contribute to the elaboration of country-based strategic documents on protection, and revise the protection strategy as required by the operational context
  • Explore new business and partnerships and work closely with the Head of Programme and PDQM to develop quality proposals, concept notes and budgets, ensuring that all new budgets accurately reflect program activities and required staffing levels.

Donors Relations:

  • Represent the organization with implementing partners, government, and donor entities.
  • Contribute to DRC Nigeria’s fundraising strategy and help build strong relationships with donors and UN agencies to ensure predictable funding for DRC’s protection programming in Nigeria.
  • Monitor developments and determine strategic opportunities related to the protection sector
  • Ensure that high quality, integrated, and needs-based proposals are developed and according to DRC Nigeria priorities as identified in its country strategic planning.

Capacity Building and Quality Assurance:

  • Develop staff capacities on the human rights-based approach, protection assessments, protection monitoring, case management (CP, GBV), referral systems and protection mainstreaming through regular training and refreshers, mentoring and coaching;
  • Develop the capacities of duty bearers and external stakeholders on protection
  • Provide technical support, advice and backstop on protection to Area Managers and protection field staff to ensure quality delivery on ongoing protection projects;
  • Ensure that the design and implementation of protection activities address protection needs of internally displaced people, vulnerable populations, and affected populations, and are adapted and relevant to the emergency context of north-eastern Nigeria;
  • Establish and reinforce referral systems and pathways for protection cases.
  • Apply DRC regional protection methodologies, training and programme tools and adapt them to the Nigerian context.
  • Ensure the mainstreaming of protection in DRC’s wider programmes in Nigeria, according to DRC protection mainstreaming framework and in strong collaboration with emergency response teams
  • Ensure that quality assurance systems are applied, with particular reference to upholding CHS (Core Humanitarian Standards) and Age Gender and diversity throughout the protection programme
  • Ensure that DRC Protection programmes are implemented in accordance with donors’ regulations and with DRC standard procedures (Code of Conduct, DRC Response Framework, DRC Programme Handbook), and are consistent with the country Strategic Programme Document and Protection Strategy.

Programme Management:

  • Provide effective technical supervision to DRC protection team at country level
  • Systematically and closely monitor the delivery and expenditure rates of ongoing protection programmes, promptly identifying and correcting under-delivery issues and deviations from workplans
  • Ensure that Protection programmes meet stated objectives and indicators within agreed timeframes
  • Conduct regular field visits to identify and address programme quality concerns and gain a solid first-hand understanding of protection risks and trends at the community level
  • In collaboration with the MEAL team, analyse and report on relevance, outcomes and impact of DRC protection-related activities to provide lessons learnt and to identify best practices
  • Review job descriptions and participate in the recruitment process of protection staff
  • Line manage international and national protection staff, conducting performance reviews, setting objectives and ensuring expected performance criteria are met
  • Include the participation of beneficiaries and communities, particularly those most vulnerable or at-risk, in all stages of the project cycle where appropriate.

Coordination and Advocacy:

  • Build effective coordination and synergies with the Humanitarian Disarmament and Peacebuilding teams working on Mine Risk Education and Armed Violence Reduction
  • Ensure coordination and harmonisation of DRC protection related activities – externally with other agencies and partners, and internally within the DRC regional programme
  • Actively represent the DRC at the Protection Sector Working Group (PSWG), Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV), Child Protection Working Group (CPWG) and other relevant coordination structures and protection actors (including UN agencies, ICRC and MSF), seeking to develop coordinated protection approaches and responses.
  • Facilitate reporting and information management (data collection, analysis, storage, sharing) through protection sector and other coordination mechanisms back to DRC management – provide and collect information to inform the whole response
  • Ensure that DRC’s mandate is known and correctly understood by all stakeholders.
  • In coordination with the Head of Programme and with the Regional Protection Advisor, work closely with duty bearers, INGOs and civil society to advocate for humanitarian access, and remedies and solutions to protection problems facing internally displaced people, vulnerable civilians, and other affected populations.
  • Promote improved understanding of protection issues among all relevant stakeholders and the observance of international human rights and humanitarian law standards.
  • Establish strong links and ensure adequate information sharing with the Regional Office and, if required, with other DRC country operations in West Africa.

In addition to the above, the Protection Manager may be asked to carry out other duties requested by the Head of Programmes or the Regional Protection Coordinator but always in the scope of this job description.


Required Qualifications

  • University degree, preferably in Human Rights Law, International Law or related field.
  • Minimum of five years’ international work experience with INGO’s, UN agencies, government agencies in IDP/refugee settings in complex emergencies;
  • Extensive work experience within the field of human rights protection, particularly in internal displacement and crisis settings;
  • Excellent analytical and report writing skills;
  • Strong understanding of protection principles and likely protection concerns arising in the Nigerian context as well as conflict sensitivity;
  • Solid experience in staff management in a cross-cultural environment required
  • Proven ability to build external relationships with diplomacy, tact and professionalism in a complex and demanding environment.
  • Experience with capacity building of national staff and stakeholders, and in the facilitation of training events and workshops;
  • M&E knowledge and experience, including the understanding of conducting assessments and analysing data
  • Substantial project management and budget management skills and experience;
  • Experience in community-based protection activities and protection assessments
  • Proven commitment to humanitarian accountability and quality standards
  • Experience and willingness to work in the field in volatile and insecure areas;
  • Experience living and working in a cross-cultural, multi-sector, team environment
  • Ability to work well under pressure and in adverse conditions;
  • Proficiency in common computer packages i.e. Word, Excel, Power point etc
  • Excellent written and spoken English. 


  • Previous experience in Nigeria or similar conflict context
  • Working knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Experience in cash and voucher protection programming

Required Skills & Qualities:

  • Core Competencies of DRC:
    • Striving for excellence
    • Collaboration
    • Taking the lead
    • Communication
    • 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 is a must
  • Adaptable and Flexible
  • Proven analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Exemplary sense of ethics in the workplace
  • Team-oriented & good sense of humor

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

Salary & Benefits
Management F, level 1, unaccompanied position

Application Closing Date
15th February, 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Application Process

  • All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in English.
  • DRC provides equal opportunity in employment and prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.
  • DRC encourages all applicants to apply and does not practice any discrimination in any recruitment process.
  • However, all applicants shall take into consideration that DRC cannot offer an international work contract to a citizen of the country of assignment ( in that specific case: the Republic of Nigeria)
  • Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
  • Due to the urgency of the position, DRC has the right to recruit a candidate who matches the required profile before the above deadline.      


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