Monday, February 17, 2014

Deputy Country Director, Danish Deming Group

Danish Demining Group invites applications for the position ofDeputy Country Director in Somalia

Background: Danish Deming Group (DDG) is a department under Danish Refugee Council (DRC). 

DDG has operated in Somaliland since 1999 and in South Central Somalia since 2007 clearing mines and other explosive remnants of war. 

Following extensive research into the threats to the safety of local communities in Somaliland, DDG developed and began implementation of a 2 year pilot Community Safety (CS) Program in April 2008.

This is now a well established and successful Armed Violence Reduction (AVR) programme, and is currently being expanded to include the District level of safety management, and in a specific Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) management project, recognising the threat from proliferation of uncontrolled SALW in Somaliland. DDG’s community safety approach encompasses the following elements: Strengthening local institutions and enhancing local capacity for addressing safety needs Addressing immediate threats posed by explosive remnants of war Addressing small arms as a tool of violence Building capacity for conflict management and peace Strengthening relationships between security providers and communities

The program is rooted in a participatory process, where DDG assists target communities to assess their safety and security situation, define and prioritize their safety and security needs and identify resources to address these needs. 

The Deputy Country Director works closely with other expatriate staff and the Country Director.


The Deputy Country Director is responsible for DDG’s operations in Somalia & Somaliland and may have responsibilities as part of the regional initiatives in the Horn of Africa. 

The Deputy Country Director works in co-ordination with thematic specialists within the country programme. (Mine Action/PSSM Operations Manager and Armed Violence Reduction Managers). 

He/she is also required to liaise and coordinate with staff from the wider Horn of Africa and Yemen region, the DDG Regional Director, and staff from Danish Refugee Council during joint projects. 

The Deputy Country Director will perform the following in support of the Country Director:


Management, operational oversight and coordination of the Mine Action, Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and Community Safety (CS) programmes in Somalia Support and supervision of senior national and expatriate staff. 

This includes coaching, ensuring co-ordination between local managers, recruiting and development of staff.

Programme development 

Develop and expand the programme in a volatile environment Be a driving force in terms of developing the projects within the DDG programme objectives.

Strategic Development 

Contribute to developing DDG’s Mine Action and Armed Violence Reduction approach in Somalia and adapting it to the circumstances in the field.

Finance and administration

Responsible for budget monitoring, financial management and expenses control including compliance with minimum DRC/DDG and donor requirements and ensuring that the necessary systems are in place.


Responsible for security including development and ensuring adherence to security procedures, monitoring the development in the security situation, developing contingency plans etc.


Ensure proper and timely financial and narrative reporting in compliance with internal and external reporting requirements including procurement. 

Make regular field visits and reports 

Support the Country Director to prepare annual reports to the host government, donors and DDG Head Office as requested.


Act as representative for the DDG programme in Somalia towards government authorities, donors, partners, UN agencies and international and local NGOs and various local co-ordination forums. Cooperation and operational synchronisation with DRC Somalia and DDG Somaliland


Proposal writing, including development of budgets and support to the Country and Regional Director in applying for funding and broadening DDG Somalia’s funding base.


Guided by the DRC Programme Handbook, continuously monitor and develop relevant accountability initiatives in the field as well as strengthening the effort to document the impact of DDG’s activities.

  • University Degree in Social Sciences, Law, International Development, International Relations or related area 
  • Minimum of 3 years working experience at an international level with humanitarian international NGOs or operational UN agencies
  • Minimum of 2 years field experience in conflict affected areas, preferably in Africa in general or Somalia in particular 
  • Proven experience in project management, including budget expenditure, donor relations, reporting, proposal writing, staff management and monitoring and evaluation 
  • Experience in the area of small arms, conflict mitigation, community based safety programming or mine action 
  • Fluency in written and spoken English 
  • High degree of computer literacy
Personal competencies
  • Strong leadership skills, including ability to build and motivate a team as well as willingness to deal with conflicts up front
  • Political and cultural sensitivity, including ability to adapt well to local cultures 
  • Proven ability to function well in a volatile and very restricted environment 
  • Strong liaison and communication skills 
  • Ability to resist external pressures 
  • Innovative and creative thinking 
  • Strong analytical and reporting skills

Duty station: Hargeisa, Somaliland with frequent travel to other areas in Somalia. 

This is a ‘non-family duty station’ and the person must be prepared to live and work in an isolated and unstable security environment with limited recreational and social facilities. 

Accommodation is provided.

Contract: 12 months - with good possibilities for extension. 

Salary and conditions in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates, please refer to www.drc.dkunder Vacancies. 

This position is placed at salary category A6. 

The position offers an R&R benefit, in addition to standard vacation and holiday benefits. 

The position is subject to funding.

Start date: 1st April 2014 or as soon as possible.

Further information

You are welcome to contact Simon Rynn, DDG Regional Director,, for additional information about the vacancy. 

Please note that applications are not to be sent to Mr. Rynn.

For information about our work and organisation, please visit our website

Application and CV

Only motivated applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications sent together with a CV, in English and marked “Deputy Country Director DDG Somalia” will be considered.

We only accept applications sent via our online system under Vacancies. 

Applications sent directly to Simon Rynn will not be considered.

Please remember to upload a letter of application and your CV. 

CV-only applications will not be considered.

Applications are to be sent no later than 23 February 2014.

Please contact if you experience problems with your online application.