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ID: 811 Published: 31 March 2018 10:55 pm


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Regional Emergency Coordinator, East Africa and Yemen (EAY), Uganda

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DRC has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. Using a human rights framework, the DRC East Africa and Yemen (EAY) operation focuses mainly on people who are affected by displacement, including refugees, internally displaced, and migrants in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda, Tanzania and Yemen. The EAY Regional office also supports non-operational initiatives, focusing on mixed migration issues, civil society engagement, and advocacy and policy initiatives related to displacement.


The Regional Emergency Coordinator (REC) assists in the development and strengthening of emergency preparedness and response within the region through the provision of technical support and quality assurance to all emergency programmes within the East Africa and Yemen (EAY) region on a needs and request basis


The responsibilities listed in the JD are not exhaustive and may be readjusted according to operational needs but will remain in line with the overall purpose of the role.

Emergency Preparedness and Response

  • Support all countries to ensure they have up-to-date Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans (EPRP);
  • Support all countries to conduct Annual Integrated Emergency Response Needs Assessments;
  • Provide emergency response training to countries as required/identified;
  • Undertake needs assessments new emergencies/projects/programmes as required/identified;
  • Support existing/new operations in emergency response – assist in staff recruitment, staff training, setting up systems, and planning and starting activities; and
  • Support in emergency proposal development/review.

Quality Assurance

  • Conduct humanitarian response capacity assessments in countries/areas as required;
  • Provide trouble-shooting in existing operations facing bottlenecks in programme implementation;
  • Ensure countries are using and able to use correct emergency M&E tools;
  • Assist in updating/developing tools and provide required trainings;
  • In close coordination with Regional Technical Advisors, ensure response activities are appropriate across all sectors.
  • Ensure all emergency response programmes are adhering to standards and best practices in emergency response including HAP/CHS standards and DRC protocols.
  • Guarantee that DRC mandate, policies and values in programming is ensured through standard regulations and operational procedures for programming and implementation of DRC operations (e.g. Code of Conduct, DRC Programme Handbook, DRC Operations Handbook); and
  • Ensure that DRC’s accountability obligations are delegated and carried out in accordance with the Information Management.

Regional Strategy and Coordination

  • Provide Senior Management Team, and relevant CDs with updated information on ongoing/emerging humanitarian crises and needs within the East Africa and Yemen region;
  • Identification and prioritization (continuous) of geographical areas for assessment and response, both new and existing;
  • Participate as relevant – depending on ongoing tasks – in coordination mechanisms throughout the region and represent DRC as requested;
  • In close coordination and collaboration with the Regional Head of Finance and Admin and the Regional Logistics and Procurement Manager, provide support and training with respect to procurement, supply chain and asset management in emergency operations;
  • In close coordination and collaboration with the Regional Security Adviser, assist in assessing access possibilities to new areas, or areas with limited/no access, as needed;
  • Support link between CO team and HQ technical advisors to facilitate technical support and consistency in donor relations/fundraising efforts;


The REC, may, on temporary basis, be given overall responsibility for a specific DRC humanitarian response within the region. In such case, the REC will have the overall organizational, financial and administrative responsibility of that particular DRC Programme, including the overall responsibility for security planning and implementation of security precautions.

About you

To be successful in this role, we expect you to be a positive, mature leader with a proven track record of developing effective initiatives, programmes, and impact. You thrive in managing a wide range of responsibilities, and can effectively communicate and lead the country team. You enjoy working with teams of committed staff to build collaboration and capacity within the regional programmes and building strong relationships with the regional team.

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate each of DRC’ five core competencies:

  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results through the country team both to position DRC and ensure excellence in all deliverables.
  • Collaborating: You lead initiatives at country operation level by involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.
  • Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: You listen to beneficiaries, staff and other stakeholders; and you communicate concisely and persuasively
  • Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with DRC’s vision and values and set a very clear standard for your country team members.

Moreover, we also expect the following:

Experience and technical competencies:

  • At least five years of INGO or other agency emergency response experience in insecure environments, including at least two years of management experience;
  • Essential experience in RRM implementation/coordination/emergency response planning in similar contexts
  • University degree with advanced training or technical qualification in relevant line of work/sector
  • Solid experience in staff management in a cross-cultural environment required.
  • Relevant technical expertise/experience in some sectors of humanitarian programming such as Food security, WASH, shelter/NFI, protection/CCCM etc.
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and management and leadership skills;
  • Proven commitment to accountable practices and knowledgeable of quality assurance systems;
  • Hands on experience in managing staff in insecure locations and strong human resource management skills in general;
  • Good communicator and proven diplomacy with all types of stakeholders;
  • Experience of managing budgets and multiple donor contracts, particularly with OFDA, ECHO and UN agencies;
  • Fluent and articulate in spoken and written English;
  • Ability to work independently, but also coordinate effectively as part of a team;
  • Strong computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point); and
  • Ability and willingness to work and live in diverse, challenging and potentially unstable environments.


  • Previous experience the East Africa and Yemen region or similar context with conflict/access analysis ability; and
  • French language skills.

DRC encourages all qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of nationality, race, gender or age.


Availability: 1st May 2018

Duty station: Uganda (with up to 40% travel within the region) Non-Family Duty Station

Reporting: This position reports Deputy Regional Director

Duration: 1 Year with possibility of extension, subject to funding.

Contract: Level A12 Salary, benefits and other conditions are offered in accordance with DRC’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to www.drc.dk under Vacancies. For national candidates, competitive salary and benefits are offered in accordance with the Uganda National staff salary scale and terms of employment.


DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework into the work of DRC (http://www.drc.dk/HAF.4265.0.html)


Qualified candidates are invited to access the full job description and the requirements for this position under vacancies at www.drc.dk. Please submit applications online using this link by 15th April 2018

If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact [email protected]

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