Area Manager

Malakal | Juba

We are looking for a highly qualified and dynamic Area Manager to manage the implementation of multi-sector IDP response in Upper Nile. The Area Manager will represent DRC locally with local government, other agencies and OCHA while ensuring a cohesive integrated program is developed and implemented and provide support for Danish Demining Group (DDG) mine action activities in the same geographic area. The Area Manager will lead the strategic development of the program within a protection framework while ensuring internal standards in finance, human resources, logistics and procurement. It is a critical time in the IDP response programme to ensure all the sectors work effectively together for efficiency and consistency.

Who are we?

The Danish Refugee Council has been in South Sudan since 2005, mainly working with returning refugees and internally displaced persons returning home after a long civil war. In January 2014, DRC opened its operations in Upper Nile State (Malakal County) to respond to the large influx of IDPs fleeing fighting between SPLA loyal and opposition forces each backed by local militia factions . At the beginning of February 2016, DRC an other humanitarian partners were targeting over 40,000 IDPs living in the UNMISS Protection of Civilians (POC) site near Malakal town. DRC’s programme in Malakal County is implemented within the broader mandate of Protection and consists of four main project areas, namely; protection, camp management, IDP shelter construction and maintenance and distribution of Non Food Items

About the job

Reporting to the Program Coordinator based in Juba, the Area Manager has overall responsibility for the Maintenance and continued development and implementation of DRC’s projects in Malakal County within and outside the POC.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Overall oversight of DRC projects of protection, camp management, IDP shelter construction and maintenance and Non- Food Items distribution
  • Ensure annual review process and annual project/programme planning, procurement planning and budget forecasting.
  • Overall responsible for managing the office in Malakal, including the overall financial budgeting and expenditures, staff management, administrative issues, security, logistics and other aspects pertaining to running of DRC offices, and adhering to DRC rules and guidelines
  • Assess staff capacity and provide/recommend training and coaching to increase technical skills for improved project implementation as necessary.
  • Contribute to the strategic direction of the country operation through participation in strategy planning meetings and developing strategic documents.


  • Responsible for the programmatic and organizational development of DRC Malakal operations, including continuous assessments of needs and new programming opportunities outside the POC.
  • Prepare for emergency response in case of additional influx of IDPs or transfer from existing sites.
  • Ensure synergy between different programmatic units, including a coherent Protection approach across integrating protection, shelter, camp management and NFI distribution activities
  • Continuously monitor programme quality and develop relevant accountability initiatives in the field as well as strengthen the effort to document the impact of activities and DRC presence.

Finance, Administration, Human Resources, Logistics

  • Overall responsibility for managing the Malakal team including ensuring positive and collaborative working relationships in line with DRC's Code of Conduct, leading performance planning and evaluation process including staff capacity building for the team in collaboration with HR
  • Ensure that adequate staffing is in place, including an appropriate gender balance, and that all staff are trained on skills and values required, with particular attention to accountability, respectful dialogue with the refugees, and prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse.
  • Ensure that the organizations’ financial, logistics, security and human resources policies and procedures are fully implemented


  • Coordination and good collaboration with all actors involved, including local partners and authorities, as well as other donors and humanitarian actors in the area
  • Represent DRC in the area of operation
  • Maintain regular interaction and consultations with other DRC Area Managers to promote synergy and cross learning among DRC teams and projects in other program areas of the country

Monitoring and Reporting

  • Liaise with the MEAL Coordinator in monitoring and evaluation of project activities at field level
  • Accounting for progress toward project objectives and the overall goals of DRC in Malakal County
  • Ensure that timely monitoring, narrative and financial donor reports are provided to the MEAL Manager, Program Coordinator and Grants Manager.
  • Responsibility for preparing outgoing public reports in close collaboration with the Program Coordinator and Grants Manager
  • Identify and support the production of ad hoc reports and communication materials.

Staff Safety

  • Assume overall responsibility for staff safety in the area of operation.
  • Ensure that the Area Safety Advisor, manages security planning including information gathering, development and regular updating of risk assessments, standard operating procedures, and evacuation and contingency plans.
  • Make decisions and assist the Area Safety Advisor to manage security incidents at a local level, such as the arrangement of medical evacuations, in consultation with the Country Director and the Country Safety Adviser.


  • As the majority of the fundraising is done locally, the Area Manager will, through consultation with Program Coordinator and Technical Coordinators under the leadership of the Country Director and Head of Program, take part in applying for funding and broadening of the funding base for DRC Malakal County
  • Hosting regular donor, diplomatic and DRC HQ missions to Malakal County.

About you

To be successful in this role you must have:

Required competencies

  • 5 – 8 years management experience that demonstrates
  • Direct experience and/or broad knowledge of themes relevant to conflict-affected or post-conflict countries, and specific operational experience with emergency and recovery programming
  • Proven ability to lead a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural team and to work with a wide range of government, UN, NGO Inter- cluster and civil society counterparts, and other partners
  • Ability for rapid analysis of very complex issues, strong decision-making, and translation of programmatic learning and priorities into operational strategies
  • Experience delivering programs to tight deadlines
  • Experience with budget management, navigating financial systems and payments, and contracts management
  • Experience with systems and concepts for monitoring and evaluating project performance
  • A post-graduate degree in Political/Social Sciences, Management, Economics, International Development or equivalent degree qualifications ; extensive experience could substitute.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English with excellent writing skills is essential
  • Excellent human resource management skills, interpersonal skills, cross-cultural communication and ease in managing a multi-ethnic team
  • Ability and willingness to work in isolated area with changing security scenarios

Desirable qualification

  • Knowledge of local governance in post-conflict contexts, and of gender and inclusion strategies
  • Prior experience in South Sudan and added advantage
  • Self-motivated and able to work with a minimum of guidance
  • Very strong computer skills (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook)

We offer

DRC will offer the successful applicant an initial 8 months contract, renewable dependent on both funding and performance.

Starting date will be 16th April, 2016. You should be willing and able to live and work in Malakal, Upper Nile State, South Sudan, with provision for Rest and Recuperation breaks outside South Sudan after every 6 weeks.

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to under Vacancies. This position will be placed at level A10.

​Application process

Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking on the apply button. All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in English. CV only applications will not be considered.

If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact

​Applications close by March 13th, 2016.

Please note, as these position are urgent, applicants may be shortlisted and interviewed prior to the closing date.

​Need further information?

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

Please click below link to apply:

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Malakal | Juba
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Management, Administration and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2016-03-13

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