Durable Solutions Coordinator – DRC
|Organization||Danish Refugee Council (DRC)|
|Workplace:||Khartoum with frequent travel to the field.|
|Contract type:||Expatriate or national contract|
DRC (Danish Refugee Council), founded in Denmark in 1956, is Denmark’s largest and the world’s leading non-profit, independent, rights-based refugee organization.
Our vision is to assist refugees, internally displaced people and their host communities to a dignified life. We protect lives and human rights and empower beneficiaries throughout conflict displacement by providing shelter, food, and hope in terms of work, education and integration towards a sustainable future.
Overall purpose of the role:
The Durable Solutions (DS) Coordinator fulfills a dual mandate role in Sudan: 1) S/he will provide support to the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) in Sudan providing overall direction for DRC’s approach towards durable solutions ensuring that durable solutions are considered wherever possible across the humanitarian development peacebuilding nexus. 2) S/he will represent the INGOs in Sudan as co-chair in the Durable Solutions Working Group being a leading voice on issues related to returns, relocations and local integration. The role will facilitate a joint INGO voice through an INGO forum working group that facilitates advocacy, discussions, development of guidelines, joint programming and tools in a coordinated manner across locations and organizations.
1) Technical Leadership for DRC Sudan:
- Provide overall direction for DRC Sudan’s approach to durable solutions (returns, relocation and local integration) ensuring this is in line with DRC policies, principles and approaches
- Lead on the development of DRC’s Durable Solutions strategy, including input into country results framework
- Ensure regular communication and collaboration with DRC Regional Office and HQ focal points, as well as DRC staff in neighboring countries ensuring that work ic closely coordinated with the (Regional) Durable Solutions Secretariat in Kenya and Ethiopia.
- Provide updates and technical guidance to the Country Director, and Head of Programme on durable solutions through briefings, advocacy documents, presentations for donors and other senior stakeholders
- Support all relevant DRC staff to ensure appropriate durable solutions are mainstreamed throughout the Sudan programme, through field visits, increased information sharing, and the development of standardized tools, guidance and other support documents as needed
- Provide regular capacity building including workshops and trainings to DRC staff on durable solutions-related issues
- Review and input to all relevant strategies, roadmaps, proposals and reports from a durable solutions perspective
- Provide a leading technical role in the development of new programmes with durable solutions-focused activities (e.g. Housing Land and Property issues, community cohesion)
- Lead advocacy efforts on issues related to durable solutions such as population movements, forced returns etc.
- Provide cover and support for other DRC technical staff as necessary
2) Promotion of Durable Solutions for INGO forum
- Lead the INGO forum Durable Solutions Taskforce and represent INGOs as co-chair in the Durable Solutions Working Group co lead by UNHCR and UNDP
- Build the understanding and capacity of INGOs operating in Sudan on durable solutions (through trainings, workshops, and tailored guidance based on key themes)
- Promote linkages to national NGOs initiatives and partners to collectively address durable solutions in Sudan;
- Promote the use of data and research to inform collective analysis and common understanding regarding the situation of displacement affected communities and their pathway towards durable solutions in different locations (through regular information sharing, coordinating with key information management agencies, researchers etc.)
- Provide a link between INGOs in Sudan and regional durable solutions networks e.g. ReDSS (through regular information sharing, joint initiatives as feasible, attendance at key events)
- Ensure active engagement and sharing of information across and between working groups such as the Housing, Land and Property Technical Working Group and state level durable solution working groups
- Map and establish collaboration with key external stakeholders such as research institutions, advocacy agencies, data collection agencies, and others
Conduct solutions feasibility assessments/other solutions focused assessments in coordination with other agencies, communities, and local authorities, in key identified locations.
Experience and technical competencies: (include years of experience)
- At least 5 years of progressive experience in the humanitarian-development sector, at least 2 of which should be overseas in an emergency / conflict setting.
- Experience in using the IASC Framework and other key global and regional guidelines on durable solutions
- Strong experience in negotiation, coordination, and diplomacy across a range of external stakeholders including Governments, UN, NGOs, donors
- Experience in humanitarian programming, coordination, assessment, and research
- Strong understanding of protection and conflict sensitivity principles and programming approaches
- Experience in capacity building including training and mentoring of staff and teams
- Experience engaging in topics surrounding returns, relocation and local integration (e.g Housing, Land and Property, community cohesion)
- Strong understanding of the Sudan historical, political, cultural and humanitarian context
- Ability to work autonomously and proactively whilst managing a range of competing priorities
- Commitment to DRC vision, mission, and core values
- Ability and willingness to travel to field locations as possible and on a needs basis
- First degree or Masters degree in migration, international law, international relations, international development, or other relevant area
- English (fluency in spoken and writing). And Arabic knowledge is an advantage.
DRC as an employer
By working in DRC, you will be joining a global workforce of around 8000 employees in 40 countries. We pride ourselves on our:
- Professionalism, impact & expertise
- Humanitarian approach & the work we do
- Purpose, meaningfulness & own contribution
- Culture, values & strong leadership
- Fair compensation & continuous development
DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process.