Environment Programme Policy Advisor

Danish Refugee Council

Copenhagen, , DK

We are looking for a dynamic, ambitious and experienced specialist on environment programme policy development within the humanitarian or development sector. If you are highly specialised with environmental policy and practice and want to join one of the largest and highest rated NGO’s in the world – apply for the job and get the opportunity to support DRC’s progression towards becoming an organisation proactively complying with sustainable and environmentally sound principles and practices.

Who are we?

The position is anchored in the Programme Division of the International Department of the Danish Refugee Council, which covers international humanitarian and development work in 40+ countries and situations of displacement. The position works in close collaboration with the Programme Innovation and Business Engagement team but will engage widely with colleagues across DRC globally.

Disasters affect an average of 350 million people each year and cause billions of dollars in damage. Climate Change and environmental degradation could bring internal displacement figures to 140 million people by 2050. The intersection of climate change, environmental degradation and forced displacement requires comprehensive solutions to the multidimensional challenges it creates.

Multiple efforts and workstreams throughout DRC aim at identifying and improving a sound programmatic and operational approach to the issues that affect conflict affected people and communities, and in situations where climate change and environmental degradation is a risk multiplier. There is a pressing need to compile best practice and advise programmes more systematically on state-of-the-art experience and key steppingstones. The Environmental Policy Advisor will lead this work, and do so by facilitating internal coordination and engagement, and spearhead the development of solid, practical policy guidance.

Your main duties and responsibilities

The position is complementing the ongoing work of DRC’s Programme Innovation and Business Engagement (PIBE) initiative on looking at innovative programme models for linking environmental consideration and climate resilience. You will be expected to deliver the following:

  • An updated policy and operational guidance in terms of regular, consistent and robust inclusion of environmental safeguards in programme throughout.
  • Ensure a more proactive approach to integrating environmental concerns in programmes and projects, and consistent work with programmes focused on adapting their focus
  • Roll-out of the above as part of DRC wider update and roll out its Programme Handbook.
  • A catalogue of best practices of environmental consideration in DRC programmes.
  • Host organisational expertise and experience in environmental safeguarding
  • In coordination with designated focal points, proactively engage with DRC donors and other relevant stakeholders to gather trends, requirements and opportunities of relevance to DRC.

The scope will also ensure DRC compliance with the growing number of requests for more robust environmental safeguards by donors and partners.

Who are you?

We expect you to have:

  • An advanced degree in disaster management, environmental studies, sustainability science or similar
  • Strong understanding of environmental and climate change policy and practice
  • Well elaborated know-how and experience in humanitarian and/or development programming
  • Ability to model, develop and integrate new policies and practices within a wider organisation
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish relationships within DRC and to external stakeholders at highest level
  • Strategic thinking ability, to capacity to develop innovative policies, systems and new eco-systems
  • Excellent communication skills, verbally and in writing

Moreover you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ 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 DRC’s vision and values

We offer

Contract length: One year with the possibility of extension depending on funding.

Workplace: DRC HQ, Copenhagen, Denmark

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.

Application process

All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered. If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please use our job support at drc.ngo/jobsupport. For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website drc.ngo.

Closing date for applications: 9 February 2020

Submit your CV and a motivation letter by clicking on “Apply for position” on this page. Please submityour application, in English no later than Sunday 9 February, 2020. Interviews are expected to be held during the following week (week starting February 17th 2020).