Economic Recovery Coordinator – DRC


Job Description

OrganizationDanish Refugee Council (DRC)
Workplace:Gedaref/Sudan (depending on visa approval/access candidate might be asked to temporarily work from Nairobi/Kenya)
Contract type:Expatriate or national contract
Application due:05 Jul 2023

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 fulfilment 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. Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced.

All of our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation.

DRC has been present in Sudan since 2004, delivering life-saving programming in protection, emergency response, shelter, food security and livelihoods, disaster risk reduction, camp management, DRC currently implements projects in Central Darfur, South Kordofan, Gedaref, and Khartoum states.

DRC in Sudan office is looking for an experienced Economic Recovery Coordinator who will provide overall technical leadership to all aspects of DRC’s economic recovery programming in Sudan. This will include overall technical strategy development and coordination of relevant projects and proposals as well as oversight of program design and tool development, including Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), work plans, and trainings for direct programme beneficiaries. The Economic Recovery Coordinator will represent DRC in relevant internal and external coordination forums and provide technical leadership among peer organisations ensuring high-visibility of DRC Sudan portfolio of livelihood, cash, financial inclusion and integrated programming.

About the job

The individual will report directly to Head of Programme HOP. Your main duties and responsibilities will be:

Programme Strategy & New Project Development:

  • Support the contextual revision and roll out of the DRC Sudan Country Action Plan, ensuring it is supported by a country economic recovery strategy which provides strong rationale for programmatic priorities and reflects the evolving nature of displacement crisis and changing labour law and regulations in Sudan, especially as they impact vulnerable individuals;
  • Contribute and lead the technical design and review of concept notes, logical frameworks, budgets and full proposals in relevant technical sectors;
  • Will foster strategic private sector engagement and maintain those relationships.
  • Proactively engage in bilateral coordination with local and international NGOs as well as with international public organizations to refine, expand and strengthen DRC’s referral and information assistance and partner networks whilst seeking new partnerships for innovative livelihoods programming.
  • Support the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Department in rolling out qualitative and quantitative monitoring and evaluation approaches aiming to build contextually grounded learning into programme activities;
  • Ensure that all economic recovery interventions are informed by market conditions through overseeing regular labour market and skills assessments.
  • Visit programme activities and provide support and feedback to staff and implementing partners on programme approaches and methodological issues.
  • Maintain technical links with DRC Regional and HQ counterparts to ensure that DRC Sudan programmatic priorities align with and respond to global learning.

Team Technical Support:

  • Coordinate DRC Sudan’s Economic Recovery Unit and provide team members with technical guidance and support, including through regular coordination meetings;
  • Mentor and support the Livelihood team through regular one-to-one supervision and performance appraisals;
  • Arrange staff meetings;
  • Provide technical support to Area and Base Managers and ensure the Economic Recovery Unit conducts regular field visits to support field teams
  • Ensure all Economic Recovery tools, SoPs and guidelines are regularly updated, and all staff are trained.
  • Develop DRC Sudan cash programming tools, guidelines and SOPs in coordination with relevant technical units.
  • Ensure the Livelihood Unit provides regular training and supervision to ensure quality project implementation.
  • Support members of the Livelihood Unit to conduct field or shadow visits and advise on quality concerns.

Coordination, Representation & Advocacy:

  • Represent DRC at technical coordination forums as agreed with the HoP.
  • Maintain close working relationships with technical leads within DRC Sudan, Regional, and HQ to ensure strategy and implementation coherence with overall objectives.
  • Develop and maintain DRC Sudan’s network of private sector partnerships
  • Take part in monthly PM meetings as requested by HoP.
  • Take active role in pushing DRC’s livelihood advocacy messages in relevant coordination forums.

About you

  • Master degree in one of the following: International development, social sciences, international relations, human rights
  • At least five years proven and successful record of accomplishment as technical advisor or project manager in the field of livelihoods;

You should also have:

  • Proven experience working in economic recovery programming (cash based interventions experience is strong asset) in emergency/post conflict/early recovery country context, preferably refugee hosting;
  • Experience implementing market systems development and fostering strategic private sector engagement;
  • Leadership experience in livelihood/ economic recovery-related coordination mechanisms;
  • Experience in implementing the Graduation Approach and youth-based programmes
  • Experience in implementing youth-based programmes
  • Up-to-date on latest trends in humanitarian innovation
  • Experience with team supervision and technical support;
  • Experience with project cycle management and project management tools such as logical frameworks, work plans, and monitoring plans.
  • High integrity and willingness to conduct her/himself transparently and open to scrutiny
  • Previous experience in a range of livelihoods grants implementation
  • Previous experience working in East Africa region
  • Ability to communicate technical information in an easy to understand, informative and collaborative manner
  • Good knowledge of the Core Humanitarian Standards or other accountability measures/standards

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 act in line with DRC’s vision and values. 

Designation of Duty Station: Gedaref/Sudan (depending on visa approval/access candidate might be asked to temporarily work from Nairobi/Kenya)

Start date: ASAP

The applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis and recruitment may be completed prior to the closing date.

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: 5 July 2023

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