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9 Jun 2020

Durable Solutions Coordinator

Job Description

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We are looking for a highly qualified, self-motivated Durable Solutions Coordinator who is able to coordinate DRC South Sudan’s approach to durable solutions (returns, relocation and local integration) and work with diverse teams of both national and international staff, and equipped with technical skills to develop and strengthen these approaches and strategies in a highly complex crisis.


Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is operational in South Sudan since 2005, working with the overall aim of achieving durable solutions for displaced populations. The Danish Demining Group (DDG) started Humanitarian Mine Action in 2006.

Danish Refugee Council main programme objectives (2019-2021) in South Sudan are:

  1. To save lives and alleviate suffering among displaced people and their hosts
  2. To reduce displacement related risks and support and facilitate solutions
  3. To promote peaceful, inclusive and resilient societies and address root causes to displacement

DRC primarily operates across Upper Nile and Unity states, both of which are heavily affected by conflict and experience high numbers of internally displaced populations as well as refugees in need of humanitarian assistance. DRC has operational bases in Maban, Malakal, Kodok and Aburoc in Upper Nile and in Bentiu, Mayom, Kodok and Ajuong Thok in Unity state, supported by a country-office in Juba.

DRC recently developed important multi-sectorial mobile response teams based in Juba able to rapidly respond to new and urgent humanitarian situations countrywide at short notice to conduct assessments and responses

Purpose of the post

The Durable Solutions Technical Coordinator will support Danish Refugee Council (DRC), South Sudan and the wider international community by being a leading voice on issues related to returns, relocation, and local integration across South Sudan. The role will drive forward discussions, guidelines, programming and tools in a coordinated manner across locations and organizations. The role requires an individual with strong experience in relevant technical areas (e.g. housing, land and property) as well as national-level coordination experience. The role is approximately 50% internal technical leadership for DRC South Sudan and 50% external technical coordination and leadership


  • Technical Leadership for DRC South Sudan:
  • Provide overall direction for DRC South Sudan’s approach to durable solutions (returns, relocation and local integration) ensuring this is in line with DRC policies, principles and approaches
  • Adapt and lead DRC SSs solutions strategy, including input into country results framework
  • Ensure regular communication and collaboration with DRC Regional Office and HQ focal points, as well as DRC staff in neighbouring countries
  • Provide updates and technical guidance to the Country Director, and Head of Programme on durable solutions through briefings, advocacy documents, presentations for donors and other senior stakeholders
  • Support all relevant DRC staff to ensure appropriate durable solutions are mainstreamed throughout the South Sudan programme, through field visits, increased information sharing, and the development of standardised tools, guidance and other support documents as needed
  • Provide regular capacity building including workshops and trainings to DRC staff on durable solutions-related issues
  • Review and input to all relevant strategies, roadmaps, proposals and reports from a durable solutions perspective
  • Provide a leading technical role in the development of new programmes with durable solutions-focussed activities (e.g Housing Land and Property issues, community cohesion)
  • Lead advocacy efforts on issues related to durable solutions such as population movements, forced returns etc
  • Provide cover and support for other DRC technical staff as necessary

External Coordination and Leadership:

  • Provide external leadership and technical capacity on durable solutions issues in South Sudan in all relevant discussions
  • Co-lead the NGO Forum Working Group on Durable Solutions, driving forward the strategy, workplan, and developing guidance/briefing papers and tools
  • Co-lead through the NGO Forum key capacity building initiatives across NGOs such as trainings, webinars, workshops etc
  • Represent the NGO Forum on the national Advisory Group on Solutions, coordinating throughout with key internal and external stakeholders
  • Ensure active engagement in the national Housing, Land and Property Technical Working Group, the state level Solution Working Groups, and other relevant coordination bodies including relevant clusters.
  • Drive forward active collaboration with the Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat (ReDSS) including attendance at key meetings and involvement in regional working groups
  • Map and establish collaboration with key external stakeholders such as research institutions, advocacy agencies, data collection agencies, and others
  • Conduct solutions feasibility assessments/other solutions focused assessments in coordination with other agencies, communities, and local authorities, in key identified locations

About You

Experience and technical competencies

  • First degree or Masters degree in migration, international law, international relations, international development, or other relevant area
  • At least 5 years of progressive experience in the humanitarian-development sector, at least 2 of which should be overseas in an emergency / conflict setting.
  • Experience in using the IASC Framework and other key global and regional guidelines on durable solutions
  • Strong experience in negotiation, coordination, and diplomacy across a range of external stakeholders including Governments, UN, NGOs, donors
  • Experience in humanitarian programming, coordination, assessment, and research
  • Strong understanding of protection and conflict sensitivity principles and programming approaches
  • Experience in capacity building including training and mentoring of staff and teams
  • Experience engaging in topics surrounding returns, relocation and local integration (e.g Housing, Land and Property, community cohesion)
  • Strong understanding of the South Sudan historical, political, cultural and humanitarian context
  • Ability to work autonomously and proactively whilst managing a range of competing priorities
  • Commitment to DRC vision, mission, and core values
  • Ability and willingness to travel to field locations as possible and on a needs basis;


DRC adheres to the Core Humanitarian Standards. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of these standards

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate each of DRC’ five core competencies:

  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results through the Regional team both to position DRC and ensure excellence in all deliverable.
  • Collaborating: You lead regional initiatives and processes by involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.
  • Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: You listen to other stakeholders and staff; and you communicate concisely and persuasively.
  • Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with DRC’s vision and values.


Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to www.drc.dk under Vacancies. This position will be placed at Employment Band – F (Non Management).

Key stakeholders: (internal and external)

  • DRC Country Director, Head of Programmes, grants, MEAL, and other technical coordinator (CCCM, FSL, protection)
  • DRC field teams (area managers, programme managers, and officers)
  • DRC regional and HQ staff
  • South Sudan NGO Forum, and other key INGOs and NNGOs
  • UN agencies specifically UNHCR, IOM
  • Government authorities

How to apply

Application process

​Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking on this link: https://candidate.hr-manager.net/ApplicationInit.aspx?cid=1036&ProjectId…

All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in English. CV only applications will not be considered.

If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact www. drc.ngo/jobsupport

  • Applications close 19th June, 2020.

Gender Equality: DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels. In the light of this, women are particularly encouraged to apply to bridge the gender gap.

Equal opportunities: DRC is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all employee. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability status, religion, ethnic origin, colour, race, marital status or other protected characteristics

​Need further information?

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


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