Danish Refugee Council recruits 01 Food Security and ERT Programme Manager – Buea

Danish Refugee Council recruits 01 Food Security and ERT Programme Manager – Buea


The Danish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe: we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights, and strengthen their opportunity for a brighter future. We work in conflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in the countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strive for responsible and sustainable solutions. We work toward successful integration and – whenever possible – for the fulfillment of the wish to return home.

The Danish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956 and has since grown to become an international humanitarian organization with more than 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers. Based in Copenhagen (Denmark) and present in forty countries, the Danish Refugee Council is a non-profit-making, politically independent, non-governmental and non-denominational relief organization.

Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced. All our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation, and honesty and transparency.

1. Background

DRC has been operating in Cameroon since 2017. We currently implement programmes in Adamaoua and East regions targeting vulnerable host communities and refugees from CAR with protection and economic recovery support; and in the South-West region targeting host and recently displaced households with emergency protection, shelter/NFI, food security and livelihoods support.

2. Purpose

DRC Cameroon is looking to recruit an experienced, highly-qualified and enthusiastic professional to manage shelter/NFI (emergency kit and voucher distributions), food security (vouchers), and livelihoods (entrepeneurship) programmes in the South-West region. She/ he is a key contributor to DRC’s overall strategic response to the anglophone crisis. The Programme Manager will be based in Buea but will have to travel extensively to the field throughout the South-West region.

The position is responsible for developing context sensitive strategies and implementing the relevant project component of DRC’s food security, livelihoods and shelter/NFI programs in the area, and to provide technical expertise on program development in all relevant projects in close cooperation with the Economic Recovery Specialist. Sector responsibilities include: cash transfer and voucher programming, food security, market assessment and analysis, in kind distributions, Income Generating Activities (IGAs).

This position is a management one, requiring strong previous experience in Food Security programmes, cash-based programming and emergency in-kind distributions in crises settings. This position also requires strong skills in people management.

3. Duties and Responsibilities

Under the line management of the Area Manager, and technical support of the Yaoundé based Economic Recovery (ECREC) Specialist, the Programme Manager is responsible for the timely and result-driven programme implementation of DRC Cameroon food security and emergency assistance interventions. This requires excellent understanding of the project content and expected outcomes, technical capability in food security and support services processes and strong people management skills.

Project Management and implementation

  • Coordinate, plan and monitor project activities
  • In cooperation with the Economic Recovery Specialist, ensure the highest quality of the sectoral interventions, and the coherence between all projects, according to the overall program strategy.
  • Take leadership of the project programs in terms of high quality and timely delivery, narrative reporting and financial overviews, close cooperation with donors, government counterparts and  coordination mechanism on site and in synergy with other DRC interventions in the area
  • Formalize and develop project related operational tools and training modules
  • Provide input for monthly, quarterly and annual donor reports
  • Provide overall budget monitoring, financial management and expenses control for the project      nactivities, including compliance with minimum DRC and donor requirements

Program development and strategy

  • Representation of DRC and active participation in sectoral and relevant sub sectors/working groups  such as the food security cluster, shelter/NFI cluster, Cash Working Group, etc.
  • Oversee knowledge sharing across teams, and ensure that monitoring and evaluation results are  understood and used to improve programs
  • Drive the development and growth of the relevant programs within the DRC program objectives and  feed into country-wide strategy development

Accountability and reporting

  • Guided by the DRC Programme Handbook, continuously monitor and develop relevant accountability initiatives within relevant project program as well as strengthening the effort to document the impact of activities
  • Ensure compliance with internal and external reporting requirements including procurement

People Management

  • Lead and manage a team of approximately 20 staff, including coaching, ensuring coordination, recruitment, and   capacity development
  • Provide on the job training as required and adapt trainings/coaching to specific staff needs

Expériences / Formation

4. Required Qualifications

  • Diploma degree/University degree (Master) in International Development, Economics, Political Science/ Public Affairs, Business Administration or Management, or another relevant field is required;
  • Minimum 5 years of proven international experience in operations management roles;
  • Experience managing CVA projects;
  • Experience working on Food Security Programming;
  • Experience with largescale distributions;
  • Capacity to design and implement market assessments;
  • Previous experience working in a complex emergency context;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills for external audiences (including governments and donors);
  • Experience in producing high-quality technical material (training material, programme tools, proposals, strategic documents etc.);
  • Experience working with Monitoring and Evaluation;
  • Proven leadership skills and a competence in people management;
  • Full professional fluency in English language
  • Excellent Computer Skills (MS Office, Internet) and an advanced proficiency in Excel are required.

5. Required Skills & Qualities

  • Core Competencies of DRC:
    • Striving for excellence
    • Collaboration
    • Taking the lead
    • Communication
    • Demonstrating Integrity

Ability to work in a multinational and multicultural environment

  • Proactivity, with a sound commitment to teamwork and with a spirit of genuine collaboration
  • Excellent communication skills, as well as patience and politeness, are required
  • Multi-tasking and Organizational skills is a must
  • Adaptable and Flexible
  • Proven analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Exemplary sense of ethics in the workplace
  • Team-oriented & good sense of humor

6. General Regulations

  • The employee shall follow DRC instructions on safety, confidentiality and ethical guidelines, including the Code of Conduct and the Humanitarian Accountability Framework
  • Employee should not engage in any other paid activity during the DRC contract period without prior authorization
  • Employee should not engage in any activity that could harm DRC or the implementation of any project during the DRC contract period
  • Employee should not give interviews to the media or publish project-related photos or other material without prior authorization
  • Employee shall return all borrowed equipment for the project to DRC after the end of the contract period or upon request


Position TitleProgramme Manager
Supervised byArea Manager
Reporting toArea Manager
Duty StationBuea, Cameroon
Area of OperationSouth-West Cameroon
Employment Period12 months
Type of contract (Expat/National/Trainee)Expat
Salary & BenefitsF- Manager

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7. Application Process

Are you interested? Then apply for this position on line: All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in English.

DRC encourages all applicants to apply and does not practice any discrimination in any recruitment process.

However, all applicants shall take into consideration that DRC cannot offer an international work contract to a citizen of the country of assignment (in this specific case, Cameroon)

Applications close on the 4th of april 2022  at midnight (GMT-time). Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

Due to the urgency of the position, DRC has the right to recruit a candidate who matches the required profile before the above deadline.       

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