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-profitmaking, 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.
The Sub-Office Manager is responsible for the overall management, implementation, and programme development of DRC’s operations in the assigned area of responsibility under the line management of the Country Director. S/he will be responsible for management, implementation, development, and representation of DRC programming in Attica in relation to local programming. The Sub-Office manager will ensure follow up and oversight of support functions (administration, HR, Finance, Supply Chain) as well as for the implementation of DRC’s multisector integrated programme in line with DRC’s strategy in Greece, in close coordination with the Country Office and by receiving technical assistance by the relevant technical experts in the above areas of work. The position requires a high degree of responsibility, flexibility and understanding of complex organizational charts including horizontal liaising among different senior managers and particularly the Athens based Heads of Departments. S/he reports to the Country Director.
- Leadership, coordination, and integration of DRC activities in the area in line with DRC’s Strategic Programme Document (SPD).
- Direct line management in compliance with the DRC procedures and the Greek Labour Law of the staff based in the designated region, including recruitment, coaching, performance management, appraisal processes, capacity building and ensuring interdepartmental co-ordination.
- Ensure that existing programming and operational guidelines are being applied and followed by all teams in area of responsibility.
- Ensure a rights-based approach to all DRC programming in his/her area of responsibility.
- Encourage a positive, innovative, and mutually supportive team spirit amongst the team both locally but also with the Country Office team.
- Lead DRC’s change management initiatives and promote a culture of accountability within all team members.
- Ensure necessary systems are followed according to DRC Operations Handbook and with support of Country Office HR, Finance and Supply Chain (Support) Teams.
- Provide direction to the DRC programme in the Area of Operations through engagement with the country level strategic planning processes.
- To ensure coherent and integrated programming Provide leadership and coordination support to sector Team Leaders and Managers to enable them to efficiently deliver the activities they are responsible for operations including, but not limited, to protection, sms (cccm adaptation), non-formal education, integration activities (durable solutions).
- Liaise and closely coordinate with the technical programme teams in the Country Office to ensure effective utilization of programme technical support and oversight capacity including but not limited to HoPs, Sector Coordinators, Specialists.
- Empower staff in the Area of Operations to engage proactively on strategic direction and programme design, and to take initiative on programme delivery Provide input proactively to fundraising efforts in coordination with the CD, HoP and PTU to deliver the agreed Country and Area Strategy actively.
- Support in the development and delivery of regional priorities, approaches, and programmes within the context of the DRC Greece SPD.
Representation and External Relations
- Act as the primary local programming DRC representative in the area and regularly communicate DRC strategy and advocacy messages to all relevant forums/meetings with the objective to strengthen DRC’s position in the area.
- Contribute to the identification and building or maintaining relationships with authorities and other relevant stakeholders in the area. In coordination with the Country Office.
Safety and Security
- Monitor developments on security situation in area of responsibility; and ensure staff safety measures are implemented.
- Ensure immediate communication with all relevant colleagues both locally and in Athens for any security related incident and ensure Safety Incident Reports are submitted.
Operational systems and support functions
- Provide budget monitoring and financial control in compliance with DRC policies and donor requirements.
- Ensure compliance with Support area procedures (Procurement, Recruitment, Financial documentation etc.)
- Support in the local implementation of the ERP.
- Comply with internal reporting requirements, contribute to, and provide quality assurance of external reports related to the area of responsibility.
- Guided by the DRC Programme Handbook, continuously monitor relevant accountability initiatives in the field.
Implement locally the DRC Greece Accountability Framework under the overall management of the Country Director and the technical guidance of the Country Office.
Experience and technical competencies:
- Minimum 3 years’ professional work experience within humanitarian/development work (Minimum of 1 year in proven management positions).
- University degree in international development, international relations, human rights, business administration, management, or another relevant field is required.
- Good understanding of displacement issues of refugees and related international standards/frameworks.
- Project management experience.
- Experience in representation and networking.
- Professional fluency in English.
- Working level of Greek, ability to communicate fluently in Greek is essential.
- Solid management skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective working relations with local staff and other stakeholders.
- Knowledge of displacement issues and local context in Greece and/or Europe is a strong asset
Required Skills & Qualities
- Ability to live and work in a demanding working environment.
- Ability to work in a multinational and multicultural environment.
- Proactivity, with a sound commitment to teamwork and with a spirit of genuine collaboration.
- Strong communication skills, as well as patience and politeness, are required.
- Multi-tasking and organizational skills are an asset.
- Adaptable and Flexible.
- Exemplary sense of ethics in the workplace.
- Core Competencies of DRC:
◦ Striving for excellence
◦ Taking the lead
◦ Demonstrating Integrity
Terms & Conditions
The contract will be under the Greek Labor Law, and all allowances will be provided to the employees (Christmas, Easter, Vacation bonus).
DRC provides training opportunities to develop and strengthen the quality of its services as well as its staff members’ professional and personal development.
The position will be based in the Country Office of DRC Greece in Athens and national terms and conditions apply.
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All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages).
Both must be in English.
DRC provides equal opportunity in employment and prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability. DRC encourages all applicants to apply and does not practice any discrimination in any recruitment process. However, applicants must be aware that DRC cannot systemically sponsor non-EU citizen or non-Greek resident for all the steps of legal process to get a work permit and/or a residency permit in Greece.
Applications close on the 23th of September 2021. 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.