Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Ryse Civic Engagement Coordinator

Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Job Description

  Danish Refugee Council is a leading protection agency pursuing our mandate to protect and promote durable solutions to displacement-affected populations based on humanitarian principles. In the Middle East, DRC applies a regional approach with operational presence in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey & Yemen.

DRC’s country strategy in Jordan aspires to deliver high quality, contextually driven programming responding across the continuum of needs of displacement affected individuals and communities. DRC has been active in Jordan since 2003 when it first responded to the Iraqi refugee crisis. DRC is engaged in a multi-sectorial response to the Syrian crisis in Jordan since 2013, providing Emergency assistance, protection services and livelihood support to displacement affected communities in East Amman, Karak, Ma’an, Tafileh, Madaba, Irbid and Mafraq governorates as well as in the Azraq refugee camp. The programme currently has 190 national staff, 9 expatriate staff and an operating budget in 2020 of USD 13 million.

About the job

DRC is leading the Resilient Youth Socially and Economically Empowered (RYSE) consortium, aimed to develop and mobilize a dynamic, powerful, multi-stakeholder initiative/eco-system focusing on empowering at displaced and conflict-affected youth to become the much-needed positive change agents. The vision is to develop a flagship model, in which youth, governments, private sector companies as well as investors and civil organizations together educate, embolden and enable youth to fulfil their critical role in a future Syria and Jordan and to pursue their life ambitions. The key target group are Syrian youth who are displaced and living as refugees in Jordan but also vulnerable young Jordanians who have been massively affected by the conflicts in the region.

RYSE encompasses three separate, but interlocking objectives. Objective 1 focuses on providing life skills, trainings, and pathways for youth to engage in leadership in civil society. Objective 2 provides a graduation model approach to help youth and their families become more resilient and obtain improved economic outcomes. Objective 3 will seek to create an enabling and refugee and youth-inclusive supporting environment by addressing the formal and larger context of institutional and policy structures in Jordan that prevent youth from actively participating in civil society and the Labour Market.

In line with the theory of change, objective one of the proposed project is to enable youth to be agents of change in their communities by empowering them with transformative civic skills and meaningful opportunities for civic participation. Throughout the project Design phase youth have been involved, validating priorities, and this trajectory will be pursued during the life span of the implementation. Through both formal and informal educational system, institutions and organizations, youth will receive age-appropriate life skills training that will strengthen their civic skills, before being supported to utilize their skills in community- and school-based initiatives. The activities are designed to simultaneously foster acceptance and social cohesion among Syrian and Jordanian youth, in turn decreasing tensions between refugees and host communities in Jordan Your main duties and responsibilities will be: 

Technical leadership

  • Providing technical expertise and leadership for Objective 1 of the Program in order to ensure project objectives are achieved in a manner that meets donor expectations and that is in line with the agreed program budget and plan.
  • Leading the overall Coordination of youth participation and the civic engagement component and give the strategic directions and management of the core implementation of this program
  • Helping to execute the RYSE Coalition’s overall vision and strategy to meet short and long-term goals, in partnership with the civic engagement technical partners.
  • Taking the technical lead in representation and coordination efforts with a variety of stakeholders related to Objective 1 of the program.
  • Supervision and support to implement activities within the program that push the agenda of the consortium and work closely with the technical partners who are leading the youth civic engagement component.
  • Develop TORs for specialized external consultants/ advisors when needed to support the implementation of objective 1
Technical Coordination

  • Lead the RYSE Objective One working group, sending out meeting invites, preparing the agenda, documenting minutes.
  • Supervise the master implementation plan as it fulfils a long-term vision, achieve short-terms goals, and align to strategic priorities.
  • Oversee implementation of Objective 1 activities and ensure that services are delivered on time, on budget, and in compliance with donor regulations.
  • Provide leadership to Consortium Partners involved in the implementation of Objective 1, program plans (including timeframe and deliverables) and evaluation, and assessments, leading to a well-implemented youth civic engagement program.
  • Work with the Consortium Partners’ staff to maintain the developed work-plans and follow up with team members regularly to ensure that activities are on track, identify bottlenecks and the ways those bottlenecks could be addressed.
  • Provide technical assistance and support to Consortium Partners for effective implementation.
  • Lead update meetings with Consortium Partners for task tracking, execution and reporting
Monitoring, evaluation and reporting

  • Monitor program progress against both programmatic and budgetary targets, making adjustments to Program Design.
  • Prepare timely and high-quality program and donor reports on project activities in compliance with donor requirements with partners as necessary ensuring a high quality of program implementation.
  • Review and develop monthly, quarterly, intermediate and annual program status reports for Objective 1 required for management and donors, reflecting achievements made, challenges and solutions.
  • Actively, track program data submitted by Consortium Partners and overall impact to youth participants
  • Identify opportunities for growth, improvement and innovation, including scaling and deepening the impact of the program.
  • Support compliance with agreed standards among Consortium partners
Field visits

  • Conduct field visits to the project locations in a timely manner, the visits should be 2-3 days a week (50%) of time.
  • Coordinate with the responsible partner and RYSE admin to conduct the required field visit.
  • The locations of the field visits include Amman, Mafraq, zarqa, Ajloun, Karak and Ma’an, Tafelah, Za’atri Camp and Azraq camp.
  • Follow up on action points resulted from the field visits reports and report the results to the Chief of Party within two weeks of the field visit
  • Provide field visits reports submitted within one day of each field visit using KoBo toolbox.
About you

  • University degree (Masters preferred) in relevant discipline (International Relations, research methods, political science, international studies/development etc.)
  • Five years of experience working with NGOs and INGOs, experience in civic engagement and education activities, advocacy, civil society, institutional development or related technical areas.
  • Experience of, and commitment to, working through systems of Community Participation and accountability and has proven experience in youth civic engagement as well as youth positive development.
  • Effectively works with internal and external stakeholders; develops effective partnerships; demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to effectively coordinate with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Strong writing and speaking skills; able to explain complex ideas in a simple yet compelling manner.
  • Good Presentation and speaking skills to represent consortium at meetings and events.
  • Strong time management skills.
  • Outgoing personality and willingness to be flexible with duties and priorities.
  • Knowledge of budget development and tracking.
In this position, you are 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.

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 March 2021

The screening process for this position is on rolling basis, so early submission of applications is encouraged.  DRC remains a right to close the vacancy once a suitable candidate is identified.

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

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