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The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has been present in south east Liberia since 1998. Since 2006 DRC has been pursuing a regional strategy determined and shaped by the displacement patterns stemming from the conflicts in the West Africa region. With the aim of building up protection capacities for people in displacement and of working towards durable solutions upon return, DRC strives to have a presence in refugee/IDP producing areas and communities as well as in refugee/IDP receiving and hosting areas and communities. Currently, DRC runs a regional programme focusing on border areas between Liberia, Cote D’Ivoire and South East Guinée that includes protection and emergency interventions as well as rehabilitation and recovery activities. The regional office is located in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
DRC’s Liberia programme focuses on emergency, community recovery and development within the sectors of Camp Management, WASH, Livelihoods and Social Cohesion with focus on protection.
Following post-electoral crisis in Cote d’Ivoire end 2010 and early 2011, over 30,000 Ivorian refugees fled to Maryland County. DRC has been closely involved in the refugee emergency response in South East Liberia - Maryland County, most significantly in Little Wlebo refugee camp where DRC carries out camp establishment/ construction, camp management, protection, community services, and distributions. At present, 6,500 refugees are staying in Little Wlebo camp and UNHCR expects the camp population to increase to between 10,000 and 20,000 during 2012
Under the supervision of Head of Office Maryland, the Camp Manager for Little Wlebo Refugee Camp is responsible for supervising and managing all DRC staff and all DRC activities in Little Wlebo camp. This includes a multisectoral approach in camp management, shelter construction, protection, community services, and distributions of NFIs and food items.
In addition, the Camp Manager is responsible for the coordination of assistance, protection and services at camp level. This entails building effective partnerships with a diversity of stakeholders, ranging from refugees to humanitarian partners, local communities, and government authorities.
• Responsible for supervision and management of all camp staff and DRC activities in Little Wlebo camp, including shelter construction, community mobilization, protection, camp management and distributions.
• Coordination of finance, administration and logistics related to programme implementation with Head of Office, Maryland
• Train staff at camp level on all camp management aspects
• Maintain open dialogue with the camp population
Program implementation
• Ensure adequate care and maintenance of camp infrastructure, or if application, initiate new construction
• Supervise all distributions of NFIs and food items to camp population, taking maximum care to ensure accountability
• Assessing protection and assistance needs of the camp population on a regular basis, with due consideration to age, gender and diversity
• Identify gap in service provision to refugees, proactively referring those gaps to relevant forums or advocating with government authorities or humanitarian partners for additional support
• Coordinate all activities by all humanitarian partners to avoid duplication and monitoring that protection considerations are mainstreamed in all sectors
• Continually maintain and develop governance and community participation mechanisms in camp, ensuring that the voices of men, women, boys, girls and groups with specific needs are heard and represented
• Actively promotes the participation of camp population in decision making about the camp
Program development
• Adapt camp activities, as applicable, in close coordination with Head of Office Maryland and Country Director Liberia, if/as the context changes
• Lead camp coordination meetings
• Participate in other coordination meetings related to the camp
• Ensure that monitoring and evaluation systems are in place for all camp activities
• Report periodically on camp activities to Head of Office Maryland for donor reporting
• Submit monthly report to WFP for food distributions
The camp manager manages all staff working in the camp, consisting of approximately 40 individuals, of which there are expected to be two international staff under the 2012 program. The camp manager reports to the Head of Office, Maryland.
Professional qualifications, experience and skills
• University degree in Social Science, development studies or equivalent combination of relevant training and experience
• Demonstrated record of field and operational experience at an international level in complex emergencies
• 5 years of work experience in camp management, community mobilization and distributions in a leadership position and solid understanding of camp dynamics
• Proven ability to manage multi-sectoral programs
• General knowledge of construction, protection and skills training – technical knowledge in any or all of these sectors is an advantage
• Fluent in English. French is an advantage
• Computer literate
Personal attributes
• High level of personal integrity, commitment and professional responsibility
• Excellent communication skills
• Team player with strong leadership skills
• Mature personality with life experience is an advantage
We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of age, nationality, race, gender or age.
Availability: 1. January, 2012
Duty station: Maryland County, Liberia (Non Family Duty station).
Contract: 12 months, with possibility of extension (subject to funding)
Please note that this is a Field-recruited expatriate position.
You are welcome to contact Regional Director Gilles Ponserre on email: for further information on the programme and the position.
Please note that applications are not to be sent to Mr Ponserre; we only receive applications via our online-application form at under Vacancies/Current vacancies/Camp Manager – South East Liberia. Applications sent directly to Mr Ponserre WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult
DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability committments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework (
ABOUT DRC The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a private, humanitarian organisation covering all aspects of the refugee cause. Our aim is protection and promotion of durable solutions to refugee and displacement problems, on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights. We work on the basis of the Code of Conduct for the ICRC and NGOs in Disaster Relief, and the UN Conventions on Refugees.
How to apply: 
APPLICATION AND CV Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post. Only motivated applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications will be considered.
CV-only applications will not be considered.
We only accept applications sent via our on-line system at under Vacancies > Current Vacancies > Camp Manager – Liberia.
Please forward the application and CV in English and marked “Camp Manager – South East Liberia”, no later than Sunday, 30 November, 2011.
Please contact Anne Oxholm,, if you experience problems with your on-line application

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