Civil Society & Partnership Advisor

  • G03 Good Health and Well Being
  • G04 Quality education
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • January 20, 2019

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Do you want to work in a leading international humanitarian organization committed to the protection of forcefully displaced people in 40 conflict zones world-wide? Then you might be our Civil Society & Partnership Advisor.


Who are we?

Committed to support displacement affected people and communities in all stages of forced displacement, DRC has embarked on engaging to a greater extent in activities linked closely to the development agenda in addition to those clearly linked to humanitarian assistance.  As part of this ambition, DRC seeks to build a stronger and more defined approach to why and how to engage with civil society, as well as develop a clearer and more strategic framework for that engagement. This is one of the main duties and responsibilities of this position.

Such a civil society strategy should be based on experiences and lessons learned from DRC International’s current and previous programming, especially taking into account that DRC international in its first decades was implementing a considerable number of civil society engagement and capacity development projects. At the same time, the strategy needs to be cognizant to the fact that this marks a change in the way DRC has been working over the past decade, as a first responder and self-implementing organisation.

The position is part of the Programme Platform unit, which consists of two platform leads, two interns and a number of project positions. The position refers to the head of unit, and the position will in addition to the platform work, also have some cross-cutting responsibilities.


About the job

Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is looking for a Civil Society & Partnership Advisor to continue the implementation of our Civil Society & Partnership project and act as technical resource on issues relating to engaging with civil society and working with local partners. The specific objective for the position will be to strengthen DRC internationals engagement with civil society, framing an understanding of civil society and develop systematic, DRC-specific approaches on why and how to engage with civil society within our international operational context.

Key duties and responsibilities of the position:

  1. To be the project manager for the Civil Society and Partnership project, under the Partnership priority – and be a technical resource for the organization on issues relating to engaging with civil society, partnership with local organisations, and capacity enhancement.
  2. As part of the project, finalise the strategy for DRC internationals engagement with civil society, creating clarity of concepts, framing an organisational understanding of civil society and developing a systematic, DRC-specific approach on why and how to engage with it within our international operational context.
  3. As part of operationalizing the strategy, to develop tools and guidance on how to support capacity development with local partners and empower civil society actors in relevant contexts.
  4. Support the DRC pilot countries – including the programmes with 4-year Danida Civil Society funding: East Africa (with a specific focus on Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia), MENA (with a specific focus on Iraq), and Central and South West Asia (with a specific focus on Afghanistan) – in developing a contextualized civil society and partnership strategy.
  5. Support relevant DRC regional and country programmes in developing an elaborated approach to partnership and capacity development.
  6. Be the go-to person for the Implementing Partner policy and roll out tools; serve as helpdesk; and exercise due diligence.
  7. Facilitate the development of an online reference and resource tool.
  8. Other relevant task as defined by the head of the Programme Platform unit.


About you

To be successful in this role we expect you to have significant demonstrable experience in a relevant specialist position in international humanitarian and/or development organisation in a mix of field and HQ positions, and of developing, management and evaluation of humanitarian and/or development programming. You should furthermore have significant experience of developing and applying tool for engaging with and empowering civil society and strengthening local partner capacities, demonstrable experience of leading organizational change processes or projects, and of leading and/or managing documentation review and organisational research exercises.

All employees should master DRC’s core competencies: Communicating, Taking the lead, Collaborating, Striving for excellence and Demonstrating integrity.

Moreover, we also expect the following:

  • Social science master’s degree in development or humanitarian studies, political science, sociology, human geography or similar.
  • Excellent and updated knowledge of engagement concepts, participatory techniques and methodologies applied by projects in humanitarian and/or development contexts.
  • Excellent and updated knowledge of the development and humanitarian policy environment.
  • Demonstrable skills with the design and facilitation of trainings and workshops.
  • Excellent communication skills for writing and presentation
  • Demonstrable abilities in problem solving as well as taking an innovative approach to working.
  • Demonstrable ability to work independently as part of a small team and to form close working relationships with colleagues from a diverse range of backgrounds.
  • Highly motivated and hard working with strong attention to detail.
  • Fluent written and spoken English; Ability to work in French an advantage
  • Able to travel for 30 to 45 days per year and operate in a physically demanding working environment.


We offer

Contract: Permanent, subject to funding
Work place: Copenhagen, Denmark
Start date: asap


Salary and conditions will be in accordance with the agreement between DRC and the AC organization. This is a national position for which local terms and conditions apply.

Please note that you need to have the right to work in Denmark (through nationality or existing work visa) in order to be considered for this role.


Application process

All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV in English. Apply online on our page Current Vacancies at Applications sent by email will not be considered.

Closing date for applications: January 20th, 2019. We expect to conduct interviews January 24th and a starting date as soon as possible, preferably February.


Further Information  

For specific information on the job responsibilities, please contact head of Programme Platform unit Klaus Ljørring Pedersen at the following:

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

DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process. Visit to read more about what we do to secure robust safeguarding mechanisms.

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