DDG Regional Manager -West Africa

Abidjan | Abidjan

Danish Demining Group (DDG) is a specialized unit within the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) which implements mine action and armed violence reduction (AVR) programmes. DDG’s mandate is ‘to create a safe environment free from armed violence and the remnants of conflict’, and DDG does this via a programmatic focus on four key sectors: Security Systems Reform, Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) management, Mine Action and Conflict Management.

DRC is an independent, non-profit organization (NGO), founded on the basis of humanitarian principles, and human rights based approach, to secure the protection of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), and to promote long term solutions to the problems of forced displacement. DRC has been working in the Sahel (Mali and Burkina) since 2012.

DDG has been present in West Africa since 2013, and now has programmes in Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Nigeria. The regional programme portfolio includes: a Border Security and Management programme in the Sahel’s Liptako-Gourma region, covering Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger; a cross border programme in Guinea that focuses on enhancing the resilience of communities and border authorities in border areas affected by Ebola; and a new programme in Nigeria focused on promoting stability and socio-economic recovery in Adamawa and Borno states.


The DDG Regional Manager (RM) is responsible for leading the strategic and programmatic development of DDG in West Africa; for mobilising resources and ensuring a diversified funding base for DDG programmes; for developing new and innovative programming approaches in consultation with DDG’s technical advisors for mine action and armed violence reduction; for promoting programmatic synergies within DRC’s overall programming structure; and for ensuring that DDG programming is implemented within the framework of DDG’s objectives, strategies and donor requirements, and is compliant with the guidelines, policies, procedures and values of DRC/DDG. The RM represents DDG and is responsible for donor liaison and fundraising for DDG programming, and for liaison/representation with government authorities. ​

Reporting Lines

The RM has dual reporting lines, reporting to the Head of DDG, based in Copenhagen, and DRC’s Regional Director, based in Abidjan. The RM works in close collaboration with DRC’s RD and the DRC/DDG support staff, and is a member of the Regional Senior Management Team (SMT). The RM line manages DDG’s Regional Programme Advisor (to be recruited) and DDG’s Regional Programme Assistant, also based in Abidjan.

The RM is responsible for DDG’s operations in West Africa and may have responsibilities as part of the global initiatives in DDG. Key responsibilities include:

  • Co-ordinate and work with relevant state-level government authorities, local government institutions, non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations and local communities in order to ensure the smooth execution of project activities.

  • In consultation with DRC/DDG CDs, act as representative for DDG in countries without a DDG Country Manager on all programmatic consultations with government authorities, donors, partners, UN agencies and international and local NGOs and various local co-ordination forums. In cases where a DDG Country Manager is present, the RM will have a dual management line to the Manager relating specifically to DDG programme implementation.

  • Lead DDG’s programme design and initiation in new and existing countries, identifying opportunities for growth and mobilising the funds and technical support required

  • Lead DDG’s resource mobilisation efforts in the region, identifying funding opportunities and liaising with donors on a regular basis, providing programme updates, drafting/supporting donor reporting, developing concept notes, project proposals and tender documents

  • Line manage the DDG Regional Programme Advisor to ensure programmatic coherence and quality delivery

  • Ensure effective collaboration with DRC and DDG management and related technical advisors

  • Promote organisational learning and collaboration

  • Responsible for budget monitoring, financial management and expenses control including compliance with minimum DRC/DDG standards and donor requirements and ensuring that the necessary systems are in place.

  • Participate in all project reviews and provide technical support for independent evaluations and audits.

  • Prepare regular and ad hoc reports, as needed

  • The RM reports to the RD on matters relating to strategic development, risk management, external relations, regional policy and advocacy and overall targets in the annual Results Contract.

  • The RM reports to the Head of DDG in Copenhagen in regards to strategic development, to DDG project implementation, quality management, resource mobilisation, recruitment/programme management of technical personnel, M&E, and donor relations for DDG specific funding.


Team Management

  • Provide strong leadership to the regional programme, with oversight of DDG expatriate and national programme staff in Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Guinea and Nigeria

  • Ensure the ongoing formal and informal appraisal/evaluation of staff performance, including follow up on Results Contracts

Strategic Programme development

  • Lead the strategic development of DDG in West Africa, within the overall framework of both the WA DRC/DDG Strategic Framework Document and the DDG Global Portfolio.

  • Explore the feasibility of establishing new programmes in the region. In co-ordination with the MA and AVR Representatives, lead the process of continuously developing DDG’s portfolio in a regional context and adapted to the circumstances in the field – both nationally and regionally. Be a driving force in terms of developing cross border aspects between DDG’s programmes in the region.

  • Identify and maximise opportunities to expand DDG’s programmatic portfolio within its four sectors of work (SSR, SALW management, mine action and conflict management)

  • Promote the integration of DRC and DDG programming in West Africa

  • Facilitate information exchange and lessons learned among DDG staff in West Africa and globally

  • In consultation with support staff, carry out budget monitoring on a regular basis, including compliance with minimum DRC/DDG and donor requirements and ensuring that the necessary systems are in place.


  • Ensure proper and timely financial and narrative donor reporting in compliance with internal and external reporting requirements including procurement

  • Regular reporting to DDG HQ as required


  • Guided by the DRC Programme Handbook, Operations Handbook, AVR Framework and handbooks and manuals, the RM must continuously monitor and develop relevant accountability initiatives in the field as well as strengthening the effort to document the impact of DDG’s activities.

  • In coordination with the Regional HoFA and RD, the RM is responsible that the programme continuously remains compliant with the guidelines, policies, procedures and values of DDG/DRC

Fundraising and Representation

  • Liaison with relevant government authorities, donors, partners, UN agencies and international and local NGOs and various local co-ordination forums.

  • Developing and implementing a coherent resource mobilisation approach for DDG West Africa

  • Writing concept notes, proposals and responding to tenders

  • Liaising with donor representatives in the region and in capitals as required

  • The RM is responsible for developing a fruitful and productive cooperation and operational & strategic synchronisation with DRC in West Africa.

  • The RM is responsible for broadening DDG West Africa funding base.

Security Management

  • Reporting to DRC Regional Director, the RM is responsible for ensuring that DDG staff comply with DRC safety management SOPs, guidelines, etc.

  • Ensure that the Head of DDG is informed where serious security incidents involve DDG staff


To be considered for this role, you must have:

  • Fluent French AND English spoken and written skills. Interested applicants who cannot speak and write in both languages fluently need not apply.

  • A university degree in a relevant subject (post graduate degree required).

  • A minimum of 7 years of work experience in project formulation, implementation, coordination and/or management in complex environments.

  • At least 3 years’ experience in engaging with national authorities and donors. Capacity to advocate, liaise and coordinate with various actors.

  • At least 5 years’ experience working on stabilisation, security system reform/policing, conflict management, small arms control, mine action and/or border management

  • At least 2 years’ experience working in international NGOs

  • Direct operational experience in conflict-affected or post-conflict countries and/or broad knowledge of themes relevant to conflict and/or post-conflict is required.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead a multi-disciplinary team.

  • Be self-motivated and be able to work with a minimum of guidance.

  • Demonstrated ability to work and live in insecure environments


  • Duty Station: Abidjan

  • Level: A3

  • Contract length: 24 months

  • This is a Family Duty Station

Please visit drc.ngo/vacancies to apply. Applications sent by email will not be considered. For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult WWW.DRC.NGO. Please contact job@drc.dk if you have questions to the application process or experience problems with your online application.

Salary and conditions is in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates

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: Abidjan | Abidjan
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Management, Administration and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2016-03-15

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