Area Manager

DRC , Lebanon
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Job Summary

Job Description

Danish Refugee Council, one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is currently looking for a highly qualified Area Manager to be responsible for all of DRC’s results, impact and strategic goals in northern Lebanon.

About the job

The Area Manager is responsible for the coordination, management, development and representation of all DRC’s work in northern Lebanon. Working hand-in-hand with the Programme Manager, the Area Manager oversees multi-sectoral programme implementation according to DRC’s commitments and strategies in Lebanon, while working with the Support Services teams to also ensure that they are implemented in accordance with DRC’s regulations, procedures and guidelines. S/He is accountable for enabling a productive and accountable relationship with beneficiaries, community leaders/representatives, relevant governmental authorities, national and international NGOs and UN Agencies. As DRC’s primary representative in northern Lebanon, the post-holder also ensures a safe environment for DRC staff, beneficiaries and assets through a proactive, acceptance-building approach.

Your main duties and responsibilities will be:

Representation and Coordination

  • Represent all aspects of programmes and operations and have overall accountability for the area
  • Foster relationships with Government authorities, national and international organisations and other relevant stakeholders in the area
  • Maintain close working relationships with donors and lead negotiations to further partnerships.
  • Develop, implement and regularly revise DRC’s engagement strategy and acceptance in the area
  • Ensure that the DRC programme in the area contributes to DRC´s advocacy efforts
  • Ensure collaboration and coordination with the other Area Manager(s) to ensure programmatic integration and learning


  • Line manage area support and program staff, ensuring inter-department coordination
  • Enable an effective team through results-oriented management systems and leadership
  • People management of direct reports (including development, people planning and performance)
  • Encourage a positive, innovative and mutually supportive team spirit amongst the area team
  • Ensure overall provision of and adherence to DRC policies, Code of Conduct, procedures, guidelines, systems and standard practices, including commitments under the CHS

Programme development

  • Lead the process of adapting DRC national strategy in coordination with the Programme Manager(s)
  • Provide guidance to the Programme Manager(s) in developing DRC’s program in the area and provide technical and context-specific input for fundraising efforts
  • Provide regular analysis of the context and humanitarian situation in the area for the development of project proposals, organisational strategies and safety assessments.

Safety and Security

  • Ensure a safe and secure environment for DRC staff, beneficiaries and assets by ensuring local security procedures are up to date and are being followed by promoting regular staff training, providing safety analysis, recommendations and decisions.

About you

To be succesful on this role, you need to possess the following:


  • Minimum 5 years of management experience overseeing humanitarian and development multi-sector, multi-donor programmes in complex environments
  • Strong leadership skills and competence in people management
  • Practical and extensive financial, human resources and public procurement experience
  • Proven excellent communication skills and report writing skills.
  • University degree with advanced training/courses either in management, international relations, development studies, or other related fields;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English essential
  • Spoken Arabic an advantage

In this position, you are also 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

Contract length: 12 months

Level: E2

Designation of Duty Station: Non-Family Duty Station l North Area (Tripoli and the suburbs/towns around it & Akkar)

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to . For questions regarding the vacancy please contact karim.mikati@drc.NGO.

How to apply

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: 22 October 2020

For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website drc.NGO.

DRC as an employer
By working in DRC, you will be joining a global workforce of around 8000 employees in 40 countries. We pride ourselves on our:

  • Professionalism, impact & expertise
  • Humanitarian approach & the work we do
  • Purpose, meaningfulness & own contribution
  • Culture, values & strong leadership
  • Fair compensation & continuous development

DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process.