Head of Humanitarian Disarmament & Peacebuilding – DRC



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.

  • Headquarters: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Founded: 1956
  • Key people: Charlotte Slente – Secretary-General

Job Description

OrganizationHead of Humanitarian Disarmament & Peacebuilding
Contract type:Expatriate contract
Application due:15/10/2021

Danish Refugee Council (DRC), one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is currently looking for a highly qualified Head of Humanitarian Disarmament & Peacebuilding  for its operations in Sudan. DRC has been present in Sudan since 2004 working across 4 area offices covering both immediate humanitarian needs but also engages in longer term development activities.

About the job

The Head of Humanitarian Disarmament and Peacebuilding (HoHDP) will be responsible for developing and supporting implementation of the Humanitarian Disarmament and Peacebuilding (HDP) programmatic sector strategy in the country programme. The HoHDP will be responsible for providing technical guidance and supervision to HDP implementing teams to ensure that required quality standards are met and projects implemented in line with DRC processes and principles. The HoHDP will support the country Head of Programme (HoP) in fundraising efforts and representation when related to HDP programming and ensure HDP programmes are fully integrated into the country program strategy.

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About you –

To be successful in this role we expect you to –

Strategic Direction & Programme Management:
•    Lead on the development and implementation of the HDP sector strategy in country.
•    Ensure the country HDP strategy is in line with DRC’s global HDP strategy and its programmatic coherence with DRC’s country program strategy.
•    Have overall accountability for the HDP portfolio in country, including planning, implementation, financial management and monitoring. 
•    Ensure a high level of quality throughout the entire HDP portfolio ranging from implementation of activities, adherence to organizational procedures as well as quality in materials delivered to donors. 
•    Manage senior HDP technical programme staff, including people planning, development, capacity building and performance appraisal.

Internal & External Relations: 
•    In support of the HoP and Country Director, act as DRC’s representative for the HDP sector and take an active role in establishing and maintaining stakeholder relationships including donors, authorities, the UN and other mine action operators.
•    Actively support the HoP in seeking opportunities for fundraising and future development of the HDP portfolio in line with country program strategy.
•    Manage HDP partner relations in line with DRC partnership guidelines.
•    Ensure that quality reporting is delivered to the Mine Action Centre in a timely manner.
•    Coordinate regularly with regional and global HDP focal persons within DRC on matters of programme development, implementation, and quality.
•    Provide regular operational and strategic updates on HDP programming to the senior management team in country. 
•    Support the integration of programming across all sectors with specific emphasis on HDP programming and provide internal capacity building on HDP as required.

Operational Oversight:

•    Ensure that authorizations for and operational planning of HDP activities is carried out.
•    Maintain a Quality Management structure that includes monitoring the impact of HDP programming as well as productivity (outputs) and adherence to operational Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in the field. 


  • At least 7 years’ experience in relevant field (HMA, peacebuilding, programme management)
  • At least 4 years’ experience with people management
  • An MA/MSc or equivalent level in a relevant discipline
  • Experience in managing programme operations, including at country senior management level
  • Proven leadership skills and a competence in people management
  • Familiarity with relevant evolving HMA concepts and operations
  • Experience developing and/or managing peacebuilding/ armed violence reduction-type programmes
  • Experience with proposal development, budget development, programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation
  • Experience with effectively coordinating with national partners, local/government authorities, NGO partners, mine action donors and other relevant stakeholders
  • Fluent in English

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: You uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to our values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

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We offer

Contract length: 12 months

Band: E

Designation of Duty Station: Khartoum, Sudan

Start date: Immediate

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment.

Application process

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

Closing date for applications:  15 October 2021

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

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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.

If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please visit drc.ngo/about-us/job-and-career/support-for-job-seekers.

Danish Refugee Council is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive and positive work environment based on mutual respect for all employees. All applicants are considered for employment without attention to race, age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other factor. At DRC we celebrate diversity and appreciate our employees for the people they are and their unique skills, backgrounds, and perspectives. We encourage all interested candidates to apply!

For jobs from Danish Refugee Council (DRC) visit : DRC Jobs Page

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