Area Manager At Danish Refugee Council

Danish Refugee Council/Danish Demining Group (DRC/DDG) is currently looking for a highly qualified Spanish and English-speaking Area Manager for a 7-month contract (renewable depending on funding) in Colombia. This is an opportunity for an experienced and dynamic professional to support and strengthen DRC / DDG program in Colombia.

DRC/DDG established operational presence in Colombia in 2011 with focus on Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) and providing support to conflict-affected population in the south of the country. With the onset of the large mixed migration flows into Colombia due to the Venezuelan crisis, DRC started up an integrated humanitarian response in 2018 to meet the urgent needs of refugees, asylum seekers, migrants, Colombian returnees, and host communities. Hence, DRC has been able to assist the Colombian population, Venezuelan refugees, migrants and host communities through its integrated humanitarian response. Primarily based on protection activities (protection monitoring, individual protection assistance and legal assistance), the response also includes components of Camp Coordination and Camp Management (Transit camp of Maicao), Multi-Purpose Cash Assistance (MPCA) and cash for Rent, No Food Items distributions, livelihood interventions, prevention and response to Gender Based Violence (GBV). Lastly, through DDG it also conducts Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) programming in the department of Caquetá. Currently, DRC Colombia’s programming is taking place in some of Colombia’s most vulnerable areas such as the Caribbean coastal areas (Riohacha and Barranquilla), urban centers (Bogota, Cundinamarca and Medellin), and southern Colombia (Caquetá and Nariño).

DRC is currently launching a project targeting Internally Displaced People (IDP) in Colombia and Venezuelan migrants affected by the economic crisis and/or armed clashes on the Venezuelan part of the border. The project will be based in Tibu, department of Norte del Santander, and will provide emergency aid and protection services to people affected by the internal/external conflict and by the Venezuelan crisis.

About the job

The primary objectives of the Area Manager – Tibu will be (together with the Heads of Operations, Programs and Support Services) to set up the operational base, recruit the local staff, launch the project and ensure the timely and effective delivery of assistance and services to the target population.

Under the Head of Operations direct line management, the Area Manager will be based in Tibu Office, and will be responsible for the overall management and activity implementation in the surrounding municipalities. The position includes travel to the implementation sites in the mentioned area as well as occasional visits to hosting areas: rural communities for assessment, and meetings with partners and donors, as necessary.

The position will include the line management of a team of international and national staff, capacity building of national staff on mixed migration response programming, support tasks and procedures.

Your main duties and responsibilities will be:


  • Line manages area support and program staff
  • Ensure inter-department co-ordination at area level
  • Closely coordinate with the senior management team ensuring regular information flows
  • People management of direct reports (including development, people planning and performance)
  • With supervisors, oversee the program activities budget lines, ensuring effective and efficient use of resources including financial, human and all assets
  • Ensure overall provision of and adherence to DRC policies (including Code of Conduct), procedures, guidelines, systems, and standard practices
  • Provide leadership in overseeing logistical/procurement, Human Resources/administration and office services activities and ensure their timely/efficient delivering.

Representation, coordination and reporting

  • Primary DRC representative in the area of operation; attend with support from DRC technical staff all relevant fora/meetings in order to strengthen DRC’s position
  • Foster relationships with local authorities and other relevant stakeholders in the area of operation
  • Support working relationships with donors, national and international organizations and local counterparts
  • Comply with internal reporting requirements, contribute to, and provide quality assurance of external reports from area of operation.

Programme development

  • Lead the process of adapting DRC national strategy to the local context and circumstances
  • Provide regular analysis on the context and humanitarian situation in the area for the development of project proposals and safety assessments in cooperation with the Country Director and program staff.


  • Ensure a safe and secure environment for DRC staff, beneficiaries, and assets by ensuring the local security procedures are up to date and SOPs are being followed in line with DRC policy. Given the highly conflictive context within the areas of operation, the Area manager will have to monitor closely the activities that take place on the ground and the staff that conduct them, making sure that they abide to the safety protocols
  • Conduct regular safety and security monitoring and assessments.

As Manager the post-holder is responsible for the following

  • Accountable for achieving DRC’s strategic goals and objectives within the area of responsibility
  • Accountable for making significant decisions on what the unit does: its purpose, functions and role, and for making commitments and decisions that require the expenditure of significant unit resources
  • Accountable for people management of direct reports, generally at least 3 employees. This includes hiring & firing, objective setting, probation, performance appraisal, development of staff, managing performance, including poor performance, etc
  • Accountable for making sound decisions based on DRC policies, MOPs, standards, and the advice of technical experts in DRC.

About you

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

Required experience and competencies

  • Master’s degree in political science, international development, humanitarian assistance, economics or other relevant fields from a top-tier university
  • Or Bachelor’s degree in relevant fields with 7 years’ working experience in similar positions.
  • Minimum of 5 years´ experience in managing integrated humanitarian programs including protection, Shelter, WASH, Assistance through cash modalities, NFIs, and livelihood
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in relevant field overseeing humanitarian multi-sector programs in environments in conflictive areas and context
  • At least 5 years’ experience in people management
  • Strong leadership skills and a competence in people management
  • Practical and extensive financial, Human Resources and administration management
  • Experience working with an integrated ERP system (end to end process of procurement, and
  • other peripheric modules of logistics) – MS Dynamics considered an advantage
  • External stakeholder management (especially with local authorities);
  • Proven excellent communication and report writing skills
  • Full proficiency in Spanish is compulsory
  • Proficiency in English is compulsory
  • Experience working in remote areas, with limited opportunities to create social networks.


  • Calm and diplomatic in nature
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and to meet deadlines
  • Effective team-player
  • For this role, the best candidate will also demonstrate ability to think beyond evidence, to deliver results and solve problems. He/She will show wit and ambition as well as a longsighted mindset.

All DRC roles require the post-holder to master DRC’s core competencies:

  • Striving for excellence: Focusing on reaching results while ensuring efficient processes
  • Collaborating: Involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback
  • Taking the lead: Taking ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation
  • Communicating: Listening and speaking 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.

We offer

Contract length: 7 months renewable depending on funding.

Level: Senior Management, E

Designation of Duty Station: Tibu, Non-Family duty station – Unaccompanied

Start date: No later than September 15, 2021

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates. For questions regarding the vacancy, please contact: Giuliano Perseu: Applications via email will not be considered.

How to apply

All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English hereApplications via email will not be considered.

Closing date for applications: 15 August 2021

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

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