Non-Technical Survey and Community Liaison Coordinator at Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a Danish international non-governmental organisation, which promotes and supports durable solutions to the problems faced by refugees and internally displaced people all over the world. DRC is present in more than 30 conflict territories around the world assisting displaced people with shelter, food, income-generating activities, and a wide range of other assistance. It is of utmost importance for DRC to work in compliance with the DRC Accountability and Quality Management system and national legislations. Smooth, reliable and effective operational systems are preconditions for DRC to maintain its position as a trustworthy and reliable partner for our donors and an accountable organisation towards our beneficiaries.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Non-Technical Survey and Community Liaison Coordinator

Location: Maiduguri, Borno with regular travel to Adamawa and Yobe
Supervised by: Head of Programmes
Reporting to: Head of Programmes
Employment Period: 10 months (potentially renewable)
Type of Contract: Expatriate

Introduction
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.

Background
DRC has been operating in West Africa since 1998. DRC and its technical unit the Danish Demining Group (DDG) have had an operational presence in Nigeria since July 2015. DRC has five main offices in Abuja, Yola, Maiduguri, Damaturu and Mubi and five offices in deep field locations across Northeast Nigeria including Mafa, Ngala, Bama, Pulka and Michika.

Purpose
Danish Refugee Council is currently looking for Non-Technical Survey (NTS) & Community Liaison Coordinator for the DDG programme in Nigeria focusing in the North-east region.  The overall role of the NTS/CL Manager is to provide oversight and ensure implementation of all NTS/CL activities with DRC Programme in Nigeria as follow:

  • Training, education and awareness of ERW and safe behavior, resulting in reduced risk-taking behavior within the conflict-affected communities;
  • Identification of hazardous areas through Non-Technical survey that will enable safe return of communities and/or land freed for productive use, while marking of contaminated areas, as part of NTS, will generate a decrease in the number of casualties;
  • Team management and supervision.

Duties and Responsibilities
The main responsibilities and tasks of the Non-Technical Survey (NTS) & Community Liaison Coordinator are the following:

Staff Management & Supervision:

  • Conduct training for NTS/RE operators/facilitators, key people in the communities etc.;
  • Conduct refresher training for NTS/RE facilitators and ensure the skills of the NTS/RE operators/facilitators are according to applicable internal and international standards;
  • Supervise the teams and ensure that the tasked NTS/RE activities are carried out in the field;
  • Ensure that the team has the necessary materials and other equipment to carry out the designated activities.
  • Planning, monitoring & quality management
  • Initiate, plan and coordinate NTS/RE in targeted communities;
  • Coordinate and lead needs’ assessment, baseline surveys and data collection in the field;
  • Analyze data on contamination collected by the survey teams and provide reports on hazardous areas;
  • Conduct regular Quality Assurance (QA);
  • Act as budget manager for the project.

Coordination:

  • Liaise with local authorities, community leaders, and stakeholders to ensure the smooth running of the NTS/RE activities;
  • Maintain good communication with partner organizations;
  • Maintain good relationships and communication with other mine action interventions in the area including those involved in the survey, marking and clearance to ensure good coordination and shared knowledge.

Reporting:

  • Prepare weekly/monthly/quarterly work plans;
  • Prepare weekly/monthly/quarterly reports;
  • Ensure that all reports from the field are properly completed and submitted in a timely fashion;
  • Ensure timely reporting to the Head of Office, DDG Global Advisor and other relevant stakeholders;
  • Keep monthly records of NTS / RE teams’ progress and activities
  • Undertake any other tasks as required by Head of office.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of 5 years experience in MRE and NTS within humanitarian mine action programmes
  • EOD 3 qualified
  • Prior experience working with NGO is an asset
  • Excellent working knowledge of International Mine Action Standards and experience in drafting standard operating procedures
  • Excellent knowledge of non-technical survey and community support activities
  • However, applicants must be aware that DRC cannot employ, under an expatriate contract, a citizen of the country in which she/ he is going to be stationed (in such case, the Republic of Nigeria).

Required Skills & Qualities

  • Core Competencies of DRC:
    • Striving for excellence
    • Collaboration
    • Taking the lead
    • Communication
    • Demonstrating Integrity
  • Knowledge of Mines and ERW encountered in Western Sahara and understanding of military operations
  • Good knowledge of clearance methodologies and equipment utilized in demining operations, experience planning and implementing clearance operations is an asset
  • Proven experience and knowledge of information management and analysis, IMSMA and Base Camp Garmin. Other GIS software is an asset
  • Good writing skills in reporting and proposal development
  • Ability to work away from home within remote environments for extended periods of time
  • Excellent discipline with the ability to follow direct instructions
  • Team-player who accepts DRC/DDG lines of management and is able to command authority him/herself.
  • Well organized, proactive, flexible and trustworthy
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Computer literate, MS Office and DRC Dynamic
  • 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.

Application Closing Date
3rd September, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (Dakar-time).

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Note

  • 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.
  • You are welcome to contact the Head of Programmes – Nigeria, zinnah.kamah@drc.ngo for additional information regarding the position.
  • Applications submitted after the deadline above 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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