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Department: Somalia
Workplace:    Mogadishu
Contract Type: Expatriate or national contract
Posted: 10 Apr 2023
Expires: 18 Apr 2023

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organization which has been operating in Somalia since 1997. DRC has mainly focused on Somalis who are displaced by conflict and natural disaster. DRC programs include Camp Coordinator and Camp Management, WASH, Shelter, Protection, Food security, and Economic Recovery with a large focus on emergency response programming.

About the job

Overall purpose of the role

The Head of Support Services will offer overall direction and management of all support services in the operation, in close cooperation with the Country Director. The Head of Support Services will ensure the existence of effective and efficient business support in the CO’s finance, human resources, supply chain  and IT activities.

S/he will play a key role in developing and implementing country specific strategies as well as devising, implementing and improving support services systems, processes and policies in support of DRC’s mission in line with DRC operational standards and procedures and the scale up in the Somalia context.

Your main duties and responsibilities will be:

Strategic Management

  • Participate as a member of the SMT in the development of the annual Strategic Programme Plan (SP) in accordance with the DRC Global Policies and guidelines.
  • Provide effective leadership in managing resources of DRC Somalia.
  • Provide regular financial reports to SMT.
  • Lead on developing and implementing training programmes for all Area Support Services’ staff.
  • Identify both short term and long-term resource needs and translate these into objectives andpriorities for future DRC projects.
  • Providing support to the Country Finance Manager and provide monthly KPIs the RO/ HQ Task Force
  • Advise and inform the CD in regards to the development, monitoring and assessment of the ongoing programs in terms of resource management.
  • Participate in drafting project proposals, and on the use of resources according to budgets and policies.
  • Manage, coordinate and coach functional head of departments, ensuring systemwide financial management and governance.
  • Systems development and roll out of systems already developed in close cooperation and coordination with RO and DRC’s headquarters. This includes tools for monitoring shared expenditures, donor co-funding and decentralized book keeping and grants management systems.
  • Support on putting together and updating DRC Somalia Results Plan.
  • Risk Management Framework and compliance to external and internal regulations as well as continuous improvement to internal control environment.
  • Act of the CoC and Safe Guarding Focal Point.


  • Ensure financial regulations, procedures and documentation requirements are adhered to in DRC country operation.
  • Provide overall financial planning support to Head of Programs, advise on spending and financial spending strategies, provide accurate financial outlook of the programs on a regular basis.
  • Provide inputs to budget development and guidance on overall financial management support to then budget holders.
  • Ensure salary allocation plans are in place for the entirety of the year and updated accordingly.
  • Responsible for ensuring Master Budget is in place and updated monthly and functional in the DR Dynamics – ERP system
  • Constantly check the integrity and robustness of financial procedures, possible mismanagement and suggest corrective actions to minimise losses.
  • Active seeking for direction from the senior management team once suspecting or having discovered [early] signs of budgetary disparity, fraudulent activity, or administrative adversities thereof.
  • Reviewing of timely and accurate financial and administrative reporting to external parties, and to headquarters.
  • Ensure that all necessary agreements, permits and licenses necessary for DRC‘s operations (including VAT exemption where applicable) are in place and keep updated on national
  • Administrative rules and regulations pertaining to the activities of DRC.


  • Direct management of administrative and Human resources personnel at manager level, ensuring  indirect management of the staff in field offices, and monitoring the conduct of other staff in relation to the rules and policies of DRC are in place by the CO.
  • Ensuring an honest, timely and quality delivery of administrative and Human resources services at all levels of organisation hierarchy, through sound recruitment, firm internal controls and reporting, solid coordination between projects and personnel, and internal audits.
  • Facilitation of continued learning and improvement through training, coaching, and communication amongst personnel, and organising sessions for self-evaluation and goal-setting.
  • Ensure that effective HR policies are in place and implemented.
  • Upholding of the Code of Conduct among the personnel at country office and in field locations through personal example.
  • Ensure a sound HR and payroll management system compliant to DRC HR policies is in place.
  • Support the deployment of expatriate staff members, especially as regards travel, housing, and Country Office compliance with the DRC Terms of Expatriate Employment.
  • Ensure a well-functioning staff complaint reporting and handling mechanism is in place.
  • Ensure DRC guesthouses are maintained and upgraded to relevant standards.

Supply Chain & IT

  • Provide supervision to country supply chain inclusive of related information management and maintenance, requests for quotations, quality control and ensuring the set procedures are followed.
  • Supervise country supply chain manager, ensuring supply chain team’s close cooperation country wide with the departments for admin/finances, human resources and program operations.
  • Monitoring procurement procedures and ensuring that items are accounted for and quality/quantity controlled in stock reports and asset inventory management system.
  • Ensure archiving is completed in compliance with DRC and country policies.
  • Providing support to Supply Chain Manager in timely management and updating of all logistics reports and information as required by the organisation.
  • Standardisation of all service contracts.
  • Ensure the streamlining and harmonizing supply chain procedures across all field offices, with emphasis required on warehousing policies.
  • Manage and implement DRC global Information Technology strategies.
  • Work closely with the IT Specialist to make sure that Information Management System is properly configured, IT related services provided, Networks, infrastructures are administered including desktop PC’s, servers, network equipment, and software applications.
  • Make sure that regular and high quality IT support to all users and identify appropriate solutions to be integrated into the systems operation and make recommendations for implementation.
  • Ensure adequate provision is made for new staff in terms of IT equipment.

Team Management and coordination

  • Direct supervision and management of staff in the relevant areas of responsibility. This will include regular team meeting and strong follow up of objectives set for the staff under direct supervision.
  • Ensure support services heads of departments serve as technical line management for all Area and Field support teams leads.
  • Develop a network with other INGOs on finance and administration-related topics and ensure a proactive communication with all relevant stakeholders.
  • Share and coordinate administration and finance related information with the Head of Programs , Head of Operations and other staff, and attend any internal coordination meetings.
  • Liaise with donors and government officials, especially in relation to the issues of compliance, registration and audit.
  • Maintain close coordination and dialogue with Regional Office and HQ, Area  Managers and Sector leads in country on operations.

About you

To be successful in this role we expect the following:


  • 7 years INGO or other international agencies experience in finance and operations management in international humanitarian set up, including demonstrated ability to set up operational management systems in a large programme and direct experience of delivery of humanitarian programme in an emergency responses.
  • Post graduate degree in Business Administration, Finance or Accounting and Addition Professional qualification such as ACCA/CPA or equivalent is desired.
  • Excellent knowledge in preparing major international donor reports and knowledge of major donor rules including UNHCR, UNICEF, ECHO, EC, DFID, DANIDA and USG.
  • Possess strong accounting, analytical and conceptual skills.
  • Proven Communication and Management Skills.
  • Proven commitment to accountable practices. Good knowledge ERP financial software will be an added advantage.
  • Previous experience in setting up systems in a new country program is an asset.
  • Knowledge of working in hostile environments.
  • Proven ability to manage large varied workloads and deal constructively with stress and periods with long hours.
  • Proven ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines and work with limited supervision.
  • Proactive, stable and robust character and a good team player.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective working relations at all levels.

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: You uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to our values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

We offer

Contract length: 12 Months

Band: M-E

Designation of Duty Station: Mogadishu, Somalia- Unaccompanied duty station.

Start date: May 2023

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to under Vacancies.

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: 18th April 2023

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

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