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Myanmar: Project Manager-Protection

Deadline for application: 
06 Sep 2019
Danish Refugee Council
Job type: 

DRC is seeking a dynamic and motivated Project Manager- Protection to strengthen and develop the protection team and programmes in Rakhine state.

Who are we?

DRC has provided humanitarian assistance to people in need in Myanmar since 2009. DRC is currently engaged in humanitarian response in Rakhine, Kachin, Northern Shan and Kayah.

In 2012, waves of inter-communal violence swept through Rakhine, forcing approximately 140,000 persons to flee their homes and take refuge in IDP camps spread across the state. DRC activities target these IDPs, as well as other local vulnerable populations such as host villages and isolated villages. DRC implements a multi-sector response, including camp management, GBV, Child Protection, Livelihoods, Protection, and WASH in Sittwe, Pauktaw, and Mrauk Oo Townships in Rakhine.

DRC/DDG Myanmar currently employs over 380 national and 30 international staff and operates from eight operational offices. The main donors of DRC in Myanmar are ECHO, EC, UNHCR, UNICEF, DANIDA and SDC.

The Project Manager-Protection will report to the Base Manager and Protection Manager in Rakhine State, Myanmar.

Overall purpose of the role:

  • Responsible for the implementation of DRC protection programming and for developing context sensitive programme modalities in Mrauk Oo and Kyauktaw Townships, Rakhine
  • Responsible for assisting in the development of protection proposals and donor reporting

Sector responsibilities: Advocacy for the rights of displaced people in their context of displacement, protection initiatives, case management, monitoring of rights, and building community-based protection mechanisms.

Main responsibilities

Project Management and implementation

  • Coordinate, plan and monitor protection project activities, with a specific emphasis on remote project management
  • Provide day to day support to GBV and CP teams with remote management and emergency response activities, as requested by Base Manager/required
  • Ensure the highest quality of the sectoral interventions, and the coherence between all projects, ongoing and proposed, according to the overall protection strategy and taking into account remote monitoring modalities
  • Take leadership of protection projects in terms of high quality and timely deliverables, narrative reporting and financial overviews, close cooperation with donors, Government counterparts and coordination mechanisms on site, and in synergy with other DRC interventions in the area.
  • Formalize and develop project related operational tools and training modules, with support from the Protection Manager
  • Provide input for monthly, quarterly, interim, and annual donor reports as well as ad hoc donor requests
  • Provide overall budget monitoring, financial management and expenses control for the project activities, including compliance with minimum DRC and donor requirements
  • Take lead in planning protection monitoring activities and compiling inputs from the protection team on monthly protection monitoring reports, analyze protection trends, and submit compiled report to Protection Manager

Program development, strategy, and external relations

  • Representation of DRC and active participation in protection sector meetings and relevant sub sectors/working groups
  • Oversee knowledge sharing across teams, and ensure that monitoring and evaluation results are understood and used to improve programs
  • Drive the development and growth of the relevant programs within the DRC program objectives, including proposal development, and feed into country-wide strategy development
  • Ensure adaptiveness of programming with the ongoing emergency response, in coordination with and supported by the Protection Manager
  • Ensure cooperation and integration with GBV and Child Protection programmes through working with the other project managers and team leaders
  • Take lead in Protection Mainstreaming and integration efforts with other DRC sectors, particularly livelihoods

Accountability and reporting

  • Guided by the DRC Programme Handbook, continuously monitor and develop relevant accountability initiatives within the protection program as well as strengthening the effort to document the impact of activities
  • Ensure compliance with internal and external reporting requirements including procurement

People Management

  • Lead and manage project staff members including mentoring, ensuring coordination, recruitment, and capacity development
  • Provide on the job training as required and adapt trainings/coaching to specific staff needs
  • Act as Officer-In-Charge in absence of Base Manager and/or as delegated

As Manager the post-holder is responsible for the following:

  • Accountable for achieving DRC’s strategic goals and objectives within the area of responsibility
  • Accountable for making significant decisions on what the child protection team does: its purpose, functions and role, and for making commitments and decisions that require the expenditure of significant unit resources.
  • Accountable for people management of direct reports, generally at least 3 employees. This includes hiring & firing, objective setting, probation, performance appraisal, development of staff, managing performance, including poor performance, etc
  • Accountable for making sound decisions based on DRC policies, MOPs, standards, and the advice of technical experts in DRC

About You

To be successful in the position you should meet most/ all of the following requirements:​

  • Minimum 2-3 years of proven international experience in NGO projects, particularly in managing protection projects. Prior experience in remote management and in emergency response to displacement is a very strong advantage
  • At least 2 years' experience with people management
  • Master's degree (e.g. humanitarian programming, international development, human rights, or international relations) desirable
  • Undergraduate degree in related field (international relations, anthropology, social work) required
  • Full professional proficiency in English
  • Excellent writing and editing skills for external audiences (including governments and donors)
  • Experience working in conflict contexts or emergency response
  • Experience in producing high-quality technical material (training material, programme tools, proposals, strategic documents etc.)
  • Experience working with Monitoring and Evaluation

​We offer

DRC will offer the successful applicant a 12 months contract, based on funding availability. Salary and conditions will be in accordance with DRC’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to www.drc.dk under Vacancies. The position is placed in Employment Band F, level 2.

The duty station is Mrauk Oo, Rakhine State, with occasional travel to Kyauk Taw, Sittwe and to Yangon as needed. Mrauk Oo is a non-family duty station.

How to apply:


Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking on the apply button. All applicants must send a cover letter and an up-to-date CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in the same language as this vacancy note. CV only applications will not be considered. Deadline for applications: 6 September 2019.

(Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and shortlisted candidates may be contacted for interview/an offer made before the advertised closing date)

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