Job Title: Regional Director – Central & South-West Asia (CASWA)
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Employer: Danish Refugee Council
Job Location: Kabul, Afghanistan or Tehran, Iran (negotiable)
Closing Date: 15/11/2016
Job Description:

Are you the Danish Refugee Council’s next Regional Director for our Central & South-West Asia op-erations? We are looking for an accomplished, innovative and visionary leader to maintain and strengthen DRC’s position as a leading displacement and protection agency in the region. 

Who are we? 
Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a leading global displacement agency working in 40 countries around the world, in conjunction with our specialist mine action unit Danish Demining Group (DDG). The Central & South-West Asia region is based on the Afghan displacement axis and our operations provide multi-sectoral support to affected populations in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran. In addition to retaining a strong and vigilant emergency response capacity, we have broadened our response to meet the increased needs for transitional and durable solutions.  
Within an overall strategic framework of responding to emergencies, seeking solutions to protracted displacement; and tackling root causes, our programming in CASWA encompasses:  emergency response, protection, livelihoods, mine action and armed violence reduction. With more than 500 fulltime national and international staff members, main offices in Kabul, Islamabad and Tehran and a portfolio in 2016 of more than USD 15 million, DRC is one of the largest INGOs operating in the region. 
About the job 
DRC’s comprehensive and solutions-based approach to displacement requires a high level of strategic leadership, innovation and effective advocacy. You will drive a regional strategy that puts DRC at the forefront of addressing the pressing and complex needs faced by affected populations, within the overall framework of DRC’s international strategy. 
Your overall reporting line will be to DRC’s International Director and you will be a member of DRC’s global Extended Senior Management Group within the International Department. You will be responsible for managing three Country Directors as well as a regional support team providing support and programmatic guidance. 
In this position, you will be responsible for: 
  • Exercising strategic leadership, i.e. leading the development, management and implementation of country strategic priorities as well as continuously assessing DRC CASWA’s presence and operational profile in the region and expanding to new geographic and programming areas as required. 
  • Promoting and contributing to the development of a clear and relevant profile within the CASWA context, guided by DRC’s corporate profile and priorities. 
  • Representing DRC and DDG externally towards stakeholders and duty bearers, positioning DRC CASWA strategically towards external actors, and pursuing new partnerships and funding opportunities. 
  • Ensuring that DRC CASWA is organized and managed in order to pursue opportunities while at the same time operating in compliance with minimum requirements and relevant guidelines, including overseeing operations in terms of financial management, quality and compliance, and ensuring that risk management systems are in place. 
  • Taking overall responsibility for safety and duty of care for staff in the CASWA region.  
About you
To be successful in this role we expect you to be an effective and accomplished leader with a proven track record of identifying and developing strategic opportunities. You have deep knowledge of humanitarian principles and practices, and displacement. You thrive in managing the challenges of working in highly complex political and security environments. You have a proven track record of effectively and persuasively representing a large and leading international organization to external partners and authorities. You are an effective people manager, capable of building and sustaining high performing teams, with highly engaged and committed employees. 
In addition to the qualities stated above, you are also expected to be ‘expert’ level in each of DRC’s 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 our vision and values. 
Moreover, we also expect the following: 
  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience (including 5 years at senior management lev-el) in international emergency and/or post-conflict settings, preferably working with dis-placed people.
  • Experience in leading the development and implementation of strategies in large scale and complex humanitarian operations.
  • Experience in negotiating and advocating with government authorities and donors for solu-tions that serve the needs of our beneficiaries.
  • Proven track record of successful fundraising.
  • Proven track record of managing a large financial turnover and mitigating risk in a complex and volatile environment.
  • Experience in effective people management, including implementation of code of conduct and anti-corruption measures.
  • Experience managing the safety of staff
  • Excellent written and spoken English language, communication and drafting skills. 
  • Experience working in Afghanistan/CASWA region.  
We offer 
Contract length: Two years 
Level: A2 
Duty station: Kabul, Afghanistan or Tehran, Iran (negotiable). Kabul is an unaccompanied duty station, whereas Tehran is an accompanied duty station with eligibility for DRC’s large family package. 
Start date: December 2016 / January 2017 
Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to under Vacancies for more information.  
For questions regarding this vacancy please contact either Head of Regional Operations, Shanna Jensen, at or International Director, Ann Mary Olsen, at 
Application process
Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking on the apply button
All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English.
Please note that CV only applications and applications sent directly to Ms Jensen or Ms Olsen will not be considered. 
Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis to a closing deadline of 15 November 2016. 
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact  
We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of nationality, race, gender or age. 
For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website 
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organisation founded in 1956 that works in more than 35 countries throughout the world. We are the largest humanitarian NGO in Denmark and consistently ranked as one of the world’s best NGOs according to Global_Geneva.

We fulfil our mandate by providing direct assistance to conflict-affected populations – refugees, internally displaced people and host communities in the conflict areas of the world. We also advocate on behalf of conflict-affected populations globally on the basis of humanitarian principles and the Human Rights Declaration. Our work and long-term strategies are guided by our five core values: Humanitarian approach - Respect - Independence & neutrality - Inclusion - Honesty & transparency.

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