15 July 2019

DRC is looking for a Student Assistant for their Civil Society Engagement Unit

Student Assistant (DiPS) – Civil Society Engagement Unit

Application deadline: 31 July 2019

(Danish language proficiency required)

Who are we?

DRC’s newly created Civil Society Engagement Unit (CSEU) supports and strengthens DRC’s engagement with and support to Civil Society in its international operations. CSEU also heads DRC’s long-standing engagement with diaspora communities across Europe, facilitating, supporting and enhancing their role as effective transnational civil society that contributes to humanitarian assistance, recovery and development in their countries of origin.

The student assistant will join CSEU with a specific focus on supporting the Diaspora Project Support (DiPS) team. DiPS is a Danida-funded project providing financial and technical support to diaspora-led projects implemented in Somalia and Afghanistan and building evidence-based knowledge of the value of diaspora engagement in countries of origin.

In addition to provisions of funding for diaspora-led relief, rehabilitation and development projects, DiPS offers trainings to strengthen the diaspora organizations’ capacity on relevant topics such as developing and managing projects in fragile contexts. Part of the DiPS approach is to continuously consult diaspora, including by regularly consulting its diaspora Advisory Boards on issues related to programming, strategy and advocacy as well as the assessment of incoming project proposals. The Advisory Boards are elected by their diaspora constituency at the Annual Grand Meetings usually held in early November.

About The Job

The student assistant will mainly provide administrative support the implementation of the Diaspora Project Support (DiPS) project. Specifically, this includes organizing and supporting trainers in carrying out capacity development events for Danish diaspora organizations, and providing administrative and coordination support to the DiPS Annual Grand Meetings. The student is also expected to support communication activities to a Danish diaspora network primarily via the DRC website, email campaigns (Mailchimp), Facebook and SMS services. Ad-hoc administrative support to the unit and other projects is expected.

Roles And Responsibilities Include The Following

In relation to conferences and capacity development events:

  • Prepare, post and disseminate notices for events
  • Liaise with conference and training facility service providers
  • Follow up on events in relation to administrative issues, including regarding registrations and evaluations
  • Play a lead role on administrative issues in relation to the Annual Grand Meeting, including regarding the election of Advisory Board members, mobilizing Danish diaspora members, liaising with the venue providers, registration and administrative follow-up 

In Relation To Communication

  • Plan, draft, and distribute information about DiPS and other related issues via the DRC website, email campaigns, Facebook and Whatsapp/SMS services
  • Manage and further develop the Unit/DiPS contact lists (via Mailchimp)
  • Manage and maintain a communications calendar to ensure a continuous flow of information to diaspora and other relevant stakeholders 

In Relation To The CSEU And DiPS Overall

  • Provide ad-hoc administrative support as required
  • Collaborate on cross-cutting unit admin tasks as required
  • Since the Civil Society Engagement Unit structure is still under development, key responsibilities may change. 

About You

To be successful in this role we expect you to thrive with providing administrative support to a unit that engages in a broad range of activities. This demands a focus on being solutions-oriented, a team player and an openness to changing responsibilities.

The successful candidate should have the following competencies and education:


  • Experience with organizing training events and conferences (1-2 years)
  • Experience with communication with civil society representatives
  • At least two years of higher education in a relevant field
  • English (fluent)
  • Danish (read and write)


  • NGO experience with social media and email campaigns is an advantage
  • Experience with Mailchimp, spreadsheets and illustration software is an advantage
  • Knowledge of Somali, Dari or Pashtu is an advantage 

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

We offer

Work place: Copenhagen

Start date: As soon as possible

This position is dependent on enrollment in higher education and subject to availability of funding

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

Please note that it is a requirement to have the right to work in Denmark (through nationality or existing work visa) to be considered for this role.

Application process

All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV in English. Apply online via the "Apply Now" button. A pplications sent by email will not be considered. 

Closing date for applications: 31 July 2019. We expect to conduct interviews during the first weeks of August 2019.

Further information

For questions regarding the vacancy please contact Martin Wolf Andersen, DiPS project coordinator, via click apply.

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