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Rights Respected, People Protected
Founded in 1946, today the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) works in both new and protracted crises across 31 countries. Our 6,000 employees provide life-saving and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. NRC specialises in six areas: food security, education, shelter, legal assistance, camp management, and water, sanitation and hygiene. NRC is a determined advocate for displaced people. We promote and defend their rights and dignity in local communities, with national governments and in the international arena.
NRC’s expert deployment capacity, NORCAP, boasts around 1,000 experts from all over the world who can be deployed within 72 hours. NORCAP experts help improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises.
NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.
NRC in Somalia
NRC has been active in Somalia since 2004 with four area offices in Kismayu, Mogadishu, Garowe and Hargeisa, providing protection and humanitarian assistance to refugees, internally displaced persons and returnees in Somaliland, Puntland, South Central and Jubbaland regions. NRC offers a comprehensive response for returnees and IDPs of high need, addressing their food security, livelihood, shelter, education, ICLA, and water, hygiene and sanitation needs and also responding to emergencies through NRC’s five core competences; Shelter, Education, Food Security and Livelihoods, WASH and Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA).
NRC Somalia is part of NRC’s East Africa and Yemen regional operation which comprises of large-scale multi-country humanitarian and early recovery interventions spread across nine countries (Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Yemen, Eritrea, South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania). NRC’s overall strategy in the region is to enhance protection and promote the rights of displaced people in humanitarian need by improving living conditions and seeking durable solutions. The regional office is based in Nairobi and works with country programmes to ensure standardization of programmatic and operational approaches, promote multi country programming and ensuring quality and coordination.
Role and responsibilities
Reporting to the Country Director, the Area Manager position is to ensure high quality and cost effective programme/project implementation.
- Line management for senior project staff and support functions (and Field Office Coordinators) in the area
- Member of the Country Management Group (CMG)
- Compliance with and adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures
- Provide area specific input on CC strategies, Country Strategy and Plan of Action
- Organize grants opening and closure meetings at area level
- Implementation of projects (including master support budget and coordinating input for donor proposals and reports) in the area, in compliance with contractual commitments (i.e. quality, synergies, timeliness, use of resources).
- Assess needs, develop emergency response and implement response plans
- Ensure optimal use of resources within the allocated project budgets and CC strategies
- Represent NRC and networking on area level
- Ensure that capacity building is provided to all staff in the areas
- Ensure overall security and safety of staff in the areas
- Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy
- Responsible for conflict-sensitive programming
- Ensue beneficiaries led design and implementation of projects and activities including beneficiary complaints mechanism are strengthened
- In liaison with the Programme Development unit ensure that systems for monitoring and evaluating project activities are developed and implemented
- Ensure that NRC’s finance procedures, guidelines and systems are properly implemented and are respected
- Ensure ongoing check and review mechanism in place for the control and stock system of goods, vehicles and transport coordination and make any necessary improvements
- Oversee and coordinate administrative and logistical requests made by the projects for optimal cost efficiency and utilization of resources
- Develop relationships with donor teams and agencies in the area, and contribute to securing sufficient finances for the programme
- Coordinate with UN agencies, other (I)NGOs, local and state authorities, the targeted beneficiaries and donors and ensure maximum collaboration and cooperation with all key stakeholders
- Remain updated on all relevant political and Government policy issues related to the country operation in general and the area in particular
- Leads and manages staff training initiatives, structured and targeted capacity building efforts and increased nationalization opportunities within NRC.
- Guided by guidelines and direction of NRC selection, capacity building and close monitoring of the Implementing Partners and ensure compliance
- Undertake any other duties assigned by the CD as and when required
Professional competencies for this position:
- Minimum 3 years of experience from working as a Senior Project Manager in a humanitarian/recovery context Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
- Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
- Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
- Proven experience as a leading organizational representative, in personnel management, finance, logistics, administration, and implementing security protocols
Context/skills, knowledge and experience:
- Knowledge of Somalia and East Africa and socio-cultural complexities
- Knowledge of the context and dynamics in Somalia especially Puntland
- Demonstrated understanding of working in complex operating environments
- Able to cope and manage minimum or not recreational and social facilities, shared accommodation, insecurity situation
The following behavioral competencies are essential for this position:
- Handling insecure environments
- Strategic thinking
- Empowering and building trust
- Managing performance and development
- Managing resources to optimize results
- Contract period: 12 months with possibility of extension
- Duty Station: Garowe
- Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s salary scale and terms and conditions
- NRC may be required to verify the identity of its partners and to check that its partners have not been involved in illegal activities. NRC reserves the right to use electronic screening tools for this purpose.
The Norwegian Refugee Council is an equal opportunity employer, with no discrimination in terms of sex, age, religion, ethnic origin or political affiliation. Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.