Contracts Management Specialist - Tenders Global

Contracts Management Specialist

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  • Posted 5 months ago

Danish Refugee Council

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is an independent international non-governmental organization, working in 40+ countries throughout the world, and our primary mandate is to promote durable solutions for refugees and displaced populations. The DRC office in Nairobi is a Regional Office providing management support and strategic direction to DRC programs operating in East Africa & Great Lake region.

The EAGL Regional Office covers the following country operations: Burundi, Djibouti, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

Overall purpose of the role

We are looking for a motivated international development professional to join DRCs Contracts team and spearhead our close support to DRC field operations implementing commercial contracts. The role includes day-to-day support and capacity strengthening to in-country project management teams; risk management; budget management; quality assurance of reporting to clients; and engagement with partners. This role also includes exposure to multi-disciplinary teams working within DRCs well-established country operational platforms, while also contributing to the refinement of DRCs commercial contract management structures and procedures


Commercial contract project management and oversight (80-90% LOE)

  • Engage regularly with in-country project management to monitor projects performance from a corporate risk and compliance perspective. At the direction of Project Directors, this may include engaging regularly with delivery team leadership and client representatives
  • Advise project management teams to empower them to make effective management decisions that achieve project objectives, protect DRCs corporate interests and are in line with commercial contract delivery best practices,
  • Serve as technical line manager and backstop to in-country Project Managers, where applicable, providing regular technical oversight and on the job training for project management tasks specific to commercial contracts. When Project Manager is on leave, serve as delegate for project management responsibilities such as Budget Holder in Dynamics,
  • Engage ad-hoc with wider project delivery teams and Country Office-based Support Services teams to advise on efficient, high-quality and compliant project delivery, in line with DRCs Operations Handbook and commercial contract best practices,
  • During project start-up, ensure accurate set-up of the project, including project budget, in Dynamics by COand HQ finance teams. The CMS is specifically responsible for providing Finance with the correct information for the project, project contract and grant cards, as well as for building accurate Forecast Models (both Approved Budget and Sales Budget).
  • Working closely with project management and HQ finance focal points (Business Controller and Contract Finance Coordinator), ensure timely and accurate project financial management, including: accurate budget tracking and forecasting (internal DRC reporting); and invoicing, expense reporting, and forecasting (client reporting),
  • Advise on and support the management of human resources related to the contract; including consultant recruitment, contracting and onboarding where necessary, in line with DRC and client policies
  • Review and quality assure project reporting, including narrative and M&E components, ensuring all external project reports are written in clear and professional English, respond to client requirements and are submitted on time
  • Ensure fiduciary, reputational, security and technical risks specific to commercial contracts are included in DRCs standard risk management procedures, including appropriate identification, mitigation, ownership and escalation of project risks to both DRC and our clients.,
  • Advise on and support the development and approval of budget amendments, including working closely with the project management, Country Office and delivery teams to define workplans, areas to implement Value for Money, appropriate budgeting for DRC core and support staff, and completing any other budget documentation required by the client,
  • Advise project management on compliance with DRCs corporate policies relating to commercial contracts, as well as specific contract terms and conditions, including Duty of Care, Conflict of Interest, IT, etc,
  • Advise on project compliance with internal, and external audit recommendations; as well as facilitate client spot checks and support project teams to implement recommendations. During project closedown, support project management teams, CO Finance and HQ finance in facilitating donor-led audits and producing final expense reports/invoices,
  • As necessary and agreed with Project Directors, take primary responsibility for mitigation of project fraud and corruption risks, including oversight of appropriate due diligence and compliance of project subcontractors.

Commercial contract business development (10-20% LOE)

  • Support identification of new opportunities and sourcing other market intelligence through strong, effective project delivery.
  • As time and needs dictate, participate in commercial contract proposal development, such as developing technical and/or commercial proposals.
  • Working with HQ Contracts team counterparts, support build-up and management of DRC’s institutional knowledge around commercial contracts

About you

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRCs 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 act in line with our vision and values.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelors degree in Project Management, Development Studies, Finance or any other relevant field
  • 3-5 years experience in project management within the stabilization, development and/or humanitarian sectors
  • Experience of managing donor funded commercial contracts, including from donors such as FCDO, World Bank, USG and DANIDA
  • Experience of managing high-risk and sensitive projects (desirable),
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and planning skills
  • Proven ability to work independently, with a clear understanding of risk escalation requirements
  • Proven ability to propose creative solutions to challenges, and proven ability to deliver results within a flexible and adaptive framework
  • Proven capability in budget and financial management and needs-based cost reduction
  • Successful experience working within culturally and politically diverse teams and institutions, in a fluid and dynamic environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including ability to engage diplomatically
  • Ability to build effective, credible and productive working relationships with donors, advisers, and wider networks; including high degree of responsiveness
  • Understanding the importance of, and need to, adhere to Duty of Care requirements, as well as understanding the broader implications of working in FCAS
  • High degree of flexibility to adapt to client priorities and demands;interpreting these for country management teams

We offer

  • Contract length: One year
  • Employment Category: Band NM G1
  • Start date: January 2024
  • Duty Station: Nairobi
  • Reporting Line: Head of Operational Contracts and Grants with a technical line to the Global Commercial Contracts Advisor

Providing equal opportunities. We are committed to creating an inclusive and positive work environment based on mutual respect for all employees. All applicants are considered for employment without attention to race, age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other factor. At DRC we celebrate diversity and appreciate our employees for the people they are and their unique skills, backgrounds, and perspectives. We encourage all interested candidates to apply.

Promoting high standards : DRCs capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDPs 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 DRCs 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

Application and CV

Only motivated applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications, sent together with a CV, will be considered.

DRC only accepts applications sent via our online-application form onwww.drc.ngounder Job / view vacancies

Please submit your application and CV in English no later than 24November2023

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