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Country: Uganda
Organization: Danish Refugee Council
Closing date: 6 Dec 2020

DRC leads a multi-sectoral response targeting displacement affected persons as well as host communities and local populations. The response includes resilience building, livelihoods support, water, sanitation and hygiene programmes, cash-based interventions, shelter and infrastructure, armed violence reduction programmes, peacebuilding and conflict management trainings, along with individual protection and community services. DRC is committed to environmental sustainability.

Overall purpose of the role:
The Consortia Coordinator (CC), employed by DRC and reporting to the DRC Country Director, will be expected to lead the implementation of the project on behalf of the Consortium of 3 NGOs (DRC, LWF, and URCS) focusing on multipurpose cash transfer, through combined needs based and people centre approaches. The CC will be providing leadership to the project and its activities, oversee smooth implementation of the project through the members of the Consortium, and oversee the administration and implementation of the grant in line with ECHO procedures. The CC will be supported by Programme Management Unit (PMU) to support these tasks. The CC will have financial and human resource management oversight and will provide strategic leadership in Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL).

Responsibilities
The ECHO Consortia Coordinator is responsible for the following detailed tasks within the framework of DRC standard regulations and operational procedures (including the Code of Conduct, The DRC Assistance Framework, the DRC Programme Manual and administrative regulations), approved programme documents, donor contracts and applicable Ugandan laws:

Project management:

  • Management and implementation of the project, with an emphasis on ensuring timely and high-quality achievement of the project goal and objectives by the respective Consortium partners.
  • Ensure monitoring systems are in place, including gathering data for case studies and lessons learned
  • Provide guidance on implementation of a basic needs approach with specific focus on cash-based programming, ensuring that all partners utilize the same targeting/monitoring approaches and tools
  • Ensuring that the Partners implement the project as stipulated in their proposals and as per the work plans presented and ensure that the spending rates of the project are commensurate with the project spending plans.
  • Develop partners’ project progress reporting and financial expenditure tools and train the partners on use of these.
  • Ensuring that partners provide monthly output trackers and consolidate to provide monthly status updates on the Consortium's progress, challenges and planned mitigation measures.
  • Troubleshoot any challenges with project implementation in consultation with the partners and bring this to attention of the partners in a timely manner with the highest authority of the partner in country.
  • Lead and manage the Programme Management Unit (PMU) including grants, finance and MEAL functions.
  • Seek advice from the Head of Programs (HOP) on the program implementation methodology and approaches and keep the HOP and CD updated on the program progress

Financial management:

  • Ensuring that the partners have sound financial management in place.
  • Liaise with ECHO to get a good understanding of the financial procedures and ensuring that the partners comply with ECHO financial regulations
  • Develop tools and formats for financial reports in close collaboration with the finance team and ensure timely financial reports and budget follow ups from the partners.
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly and other financial report for the consortium and alert the CD/HOP of any financial issues that might be emerging.
  • Facilitate provision of training for project staff from members of consortium on relevant guidelines, regulations and procedures.

Representation, communication and coordination

  • Chair the PMU meetings between partner representatives, technical advisors, M&E and support functions.
  • Ensure Consortium representation in external coordination meetings and leadership on technical discussions at national level by developing harmonized programmatic positioning on cash programming.
  • Represent consortium progress to donors as well as within the Cash Working Group
  • Facilitate reporting and information sharing within the cash WG
  • Accountable to Consortia Steering Committee, Initiate and facilitate Steering Committee meetings, drafting agendas to reflect priorities, challenges and opportunities for the Consortium
  • Oversee development of the Consortium communication and advocacy and promote the use of Consortium-generated knowledge and learning;
  • Ensure proactive engagement, and facilitate formal meetings with key stakeholders including with the Government authorities
  • Ensure close coordination with other agencies and consortia who are implementing project activities in the same area. Develop a close coordination with the Government of Uganda, Office of the Prime Minister and UNHCR and other UN Agencies providing assistance in the same region.
  • Represent the Consortium in coordination mechanisms as needed
  • Ensure timely and accurate programmatic and financial reporting to the donor, collating inputs from the Consortium partners.

About you
To be successful in this role we expect the following experience and technical competencies:

  • Demonstrated experience of successfully managing and leading Consortia;
  • At least 5 years of senior management experience in an NGO or consultancy environment, with experience managing cash transfer programming
  • A post-graduate degree in international relations, business administration, management, human rights, social sciences or related field;
  • Good knowledge of Cash feasibility analysis, modality and mechanism selection, MEB and transfer value(s) and needs and vulnerability targeting
  • Practitioner knowledge of the latest and most relevant cash- and markets-based programming technical tools, guidance, and evidence-based initiatives
  • A good understanding and experience of context in South Western Uganda is an added advantage
  • Experience in leading and coordinating in refugee coordination working groups
  • Proven analytical and strategic planning skills;
  • High-level communication and people skills;
  • Excellent writing skills and able to negotiate effectively between different stakeholders, and to represent the Consortium at high level forums;
  • Extensive experience in representation and networking, in particular with Government authorities, EU, humanitarian and development actors;
  • Demonstrated project, program and human resource management experience, including working with local partners;
  • Proven ability in working in hardship environments. The position will require extensive travel to the field;
  • Strong understanding of MEAL, including in complex programmes;

Moreover, 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: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

We offer

Duration: 1 Year renewable contract subject to performance and funding.

Contract: Salary and conditions in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Global Expatriates available https://drc.ngo/about-drc/vacancies/expatriate-terms-of-employment This position is under Band Non-Manager G1

Start Date: Immediately.

Duty Station: Kampala with frequent travel in field offices (60%) in Uganda. This is a non-accompanied position.

Reporting: This position reports to Country Director.

Commitments: DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework (http://www.drc.dk/HAF.4265.0.html). All DRC staff must be committed to the Red Cross Code of Conduct, as well as the Core Humanitarian Standards.

Gender Equality: DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels. In light of this, women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply to bridge the gender gap.

Equal Opportunities: DRC is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability status, religion, ethnic origin, colour, race, marital status or other protected characteristics.

How to apply:

Applications
Applicants must send a cover letter (max 1 page) and an updated CV (max 3 pages) in English. Cover letter should outline your personal motivation for applying and your key qualifications for the position. Apply online on our page Current Vacancies at www.drc.ngo. Applications sent by email will not be considered.

Closing date for applications: 6th December, 2020.

NB: This is a re-advertisement, candidates who had previously applied need not re-apply.



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