Head of Programme, Policy, Advocacy and Learning
We are looking for a person to Head the Programme, Policy, Advocacy and Learning unit in International Department.
With a new Organisational Theory of Change, a new partnership agreement with Danida, a diverse and growing financial foundation and a new organisational structure in the International Department, DanChurchAid is well suited to meet the humanitarian and development challenges of a changing Global World. To realise these opportunities, DCA is looking for a person to Head the Programme, Policy, Advocacy and Learning unit in International Department. An experienced leader that can foster excitement and innovation, and ensure effective and relevant use of DCA’s technical competencies at field level and at head office to strengthen the quality of programmes and project design to ensure impact and support the growth in funding.
You will be leading a team of 15-16 dedicated programme-, advocacy- and learning advisors with a diverse technical background and competencies all relating to DCA’s International Strategy. You will guide and influence the fulfilment of the vision for the unit, which is to ensure that development, humanitarian, and advocacy work carried out by DCA and partners is sustainable, of high quality and in accordance with global best practice.
As Head of Unit you cooperate across the entire organisation from DCA country offices to HQ units in all departments. You will refer to the International Director, who has the overall strategic and operational responsibility of International Department, and you will be a member of the International Management Team. You will represent DCA in external meetings and processes including cooperation and negotiations with ACT alliance partners, relevant networks, as well as towards ministries/donors.
The unit consists of a Programme Team, a Learning Lab Team – each with a team leader – and five global advocacy advisors. The learning lab is functioning as an international business unit with both internal and external consultancies related to blended and digital learning solutions.
To be successful in this role you must:
- Be strategic and visionary and have the capacity to distill and analyze development trends and think politically
- Have strong interpersonal and staff development skills
- Have a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience (including 3 years of relevant management experience)
- Have experience with development and humanitarian programming - and policy work
- Have experience from extended periods of work in development countries and/or humanitarian situations
- Demonstrate ability to effectively structure, manage and motivate a multidisciplinary team of experts
- Understand modalities of partner-implemented and self-implemented programmes and have proven record of accomplishment for organisational development and building capacity of civil society organisations
- See the opportunities in blended learning and digital solutions for capacity building as well as be open to and preferably have experience with new (digital) technologies, innovation processes and multi-stakeholder platforms
- Have proven experience in advocating – strategically and successfully – within and with INGO networks, government authorities, UN, donors on relevant humanitarian and development issues such as Climate Change, Responsible Investments, Inclusive Business and Civil Society Space
- Ensure that the team contribute to the overall coherence, accountability and compliance across International Department and the country programs (humanitarian and development)
- You lead by example in an inclusive and respectful manner.
- You are a strong and clear communicator and know the value of being a good listener
- You have good mediation skills and can facilitate consensus
- While ensuring that staff deliver on the expected results, you have confidence in them and delegate responsibility with ease
- Relevant university degree and excellent communication skills in English is necessary – knowledge of the Danish language an advantage.
- Contract starting 1st January 2018 or soon hereafter
- Good colleagues in a rewarding and empowering work place
- Salary based on DCA’s collective agreement – incl. pension scheme
- Work time is 37 hours per week including lunch break
- An interesting and challenging opportunity to strengthen and further develop one of Denmark’s largest Humanitarian and Development NGOs and make a real difference to people in need in the Global South.
To apply: Please upload your CV and motivational letter.
The place of work will be at DanChurchAid's headquarters, Nørregade 15, 1165 Copenhagen, Denmark. Some travelling is required.
Qualified and interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, religion or ethnic affiliation are encouraged to apply for the vacancy.
Deadline for applications is 30th November 2017. Interviews expected medio December 2017
For further information about this position contact Jonas Nøddekær, International Director on email: email@example.com or telephone +45 29 69 91 21.
DCA was founded in 1922 as a response to the refugee crisis after World War I and is a major Danish development and humanitarian actor with an annual turnover of around $100 million. Our three main goals are to save lives, build resilient communities and fight extreme inequality. To better respond to the global challenges and opportunities, we are working on strengthening the nexus between long-term development and humanitarian assistance. We insist on strong local engagement through local actors and welcome partnerships from all realms of society to improve the lives of people in need and to advocate for the right of every human being to have a life in dignity. We therefore work both through partners and self-implement in humanitarian situations, where the presence of local partners is scarce. We operate in more than 20 countries of which 10 have significant long-term development and humanitarian interventions. Globally, DCA employs more than 700 staff. DCA has a high level of engagement and support in Denmark thanks to its more than 20.000 volunteers and supporters. DCA is member of the global ACT Alliance.