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DanChurchAid (DCA) is looking for a Programme Director, International Department, Copenhagen


DanChurchAid (DCA)


Torsdag, 17. august 2017 - 23:55
Programme Director,Copenhagen


DanChurchAid (DCA) is looking for a Programme Director to the International Department in the Copenhagen headquarters.

Who we are
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. 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.

Our three main goals are to save lives, build resilient communities and fight extreme inequality. We work both through partners and self-implement in humanitarian situations, where the presence of local partners is scarce.
The number of people affected by crisis due to conflict, protracted crisis or climate change have never been higher since World War II. Extreme poverty, lack of access to basic services and democratic rights are still the reality of life for millions of people around the world. DCA is responding to the severity and complexity of these challenges by changing the architecture of our humanitarian and development work. This means that we are working on strengthening the nexus between long-term development and humanitarian assistance. We are increasingly making use of new technology and have embarked on a journey of digital transformation. 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.

The position
The Programme Director position is new and created to ensure overall implementation of our global strategy, coherence and accountability across ten decentralised country offices in Africa, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. The country offices have as minimum a four-year country programme, including a robust financial frame. The Programme Director will lead ten competent and engaged country directors and will work to achieve the highest level of quality, accountability and impact in the international programme work.

The Programme Director will refer to the International Director, who has the overall strategic and operational responsibility of the International Department. The Programme Director will become a member of the Senior Management team, which is executive in the overall operational management of DCA. As member of Senior Management group, the Programme Director will be expected to contribute to strategic organisational decisions and discussions and to ensure clear communication of decisions to the staff.


  • Management of ten Country Directors to ensure a competent, dynamic and inspiring work environment in our country offices.
  • Overall responsibility for programme development and implementation of programmes, including financial and risk management.
  • Strategic input to the development and review of country programmes.
  • Ensure coherence, accountability and compliance across countries.
  • Facilitate an environment that generate new solutions to create more impact on the ground.
  • Contribute to good coordination and close relations across the department and within the organisation.
  • As member of Senior Management group, the Programme Director will be expected to contribute to strategic organisational decisions and discussions and to ensure clear communication of decisions to the staff.


  • Minimum 10 years of management experience
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience with management of middle managers
  • Solid experience with development work and humanitarian interventions in the field.
  • Relevant university degree
  • Professional proficiency in English is necessary. While it will be useful to know or learn some Danish, you will not need to be a native Danish speaker.

Personal qualifications

  • You lead by example in an inclusive and respectful manner.
  • You are a strong decision-maker, and you know when to involve others in the decision-making
  • You stick to the strategy, but are open to new ideas.
  • You are a strong communicator and know the value of being a good listener
  • Your personal commitment inspires your staff to perform their best
  • You respect that staff needs to know about your priorities. 
  • You can solve conflicts and know when to seek consensus
  • While ensuring that they deliver on the expected results, you have confidence in your staff and delegate responsibility with ease
  • You respect decisions and deadlines

When applying, you are kindly requested to attach a copy of relevant certificates, together with your CV and motivation letter that clearly demonstrates experience of competencies as required. Please note all qualifications will be verified.

The place of work will be at DanChurchAid’s headquarters, Nørregade 15, 1165 Copenhagen, Denmark. Frequent travel 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 17 August 2017. Interviews expected 22nd and 24th August 2017

For further information about this position contact Jonas Nøddekær, International Director on email: [email protected] or telephone +45 29 69 91 21.

DanChurchAid's aim is to strengthen the world’s poorest people in their struggle for a life in dignity. Its work is based on a Christian view of humanity with respect for every individual’s rights and equal worth. DanChurchAid is rooted in the Danish National Evangelical Lutheran Church, but is active wherever we find the need is highest, regardless of religion, gender, political beliefs, race, national or ethnic origins, handicap or sexual orientation.

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