Are you an experienced humanitarian with a keen understanding of the challenges of fundraising? Do you have great ideas for how to meet those challenges and want to lead a great team of experts to ensure that we are able to continue to help millions of people in need?
The Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC) Partnerships and Policy department leads the organisation’s global advocacy work and manages its partnerships with institutional donors and select private foundations. The department defines NRC’s positions on key humanitarian policy issues, and establishes and manages strategic partnerships with UN agencies and NGOs. The department works to consolidate and further develop NRC’s Representation Offices and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).
The Director of Institutional Partnerships will lead NRC’s strategic relations with, and fundraising efforts from, institutional donors and select foundations. In addition, (s)he will take part in the department’s management team and stand in for the PnP Executive Director in Senior Management Group meetings when necessary.
- Further develop and implement the organisation’s strategy for fundraising from institutional donors and provide the direction and drive the development of NRC’s relationships with its institutional partners.
- Overall responsibility for NRC’s “centre of expertise” function related to institutional donors (and private foundations). This includes, for example, developing and defining policies, guidelines and procedures and ensuring that efficient systems are in place for timely and relevant advice and support to NRC staff (bilateral follow-up, procedures and tools, trainings, proposal writing surge capacity, etc.)
Manage technical reporting lines from Institutional Partnership Advisers to streamline approaches, practices, processes, tools, standards, training and information sharing on relations with institutional donors as well as related areas
Advocate for and negotiate improved conditions for humanitarian financing with institutional donors and private foundations
Ensure that relevant NRC staff is informed on trends and developments among institutional donors
- Line management for the Head of Institutional Partnership Unit, the PnP DepartmentController, and the Institutional Partnerships Coordinator. This includes performance management, development of staff, and holding staff accountable for results
- Ensure efficient coordination and close working relationships with other parts of NRC
- Promote relevant best practices, capacity building and learning across the organisation
- Undertake representation functions on behalf of NRC
Perform other duties in the department as appropriate and requested by the Department Executive Director
Experience and qualifications
- Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible professional experience with at least 5 years of relevant senior management experience within the humanitarian field
Outstanding communication, representation and interpersonal skills
Proven ability to develop and implement solid institutional and organisational strategies
Professional knowledge of humanitarian principles
In depth knowledge of humanitarian financing, including all major NRC institutional donors
Prior experience with fundraising from private foundations is an advantage
Knowledge of and experience working for NRC is an advantage
Fluency in English, both written and verbal; knowledge of Norwegian/Scandinavian languages is an advantage,
Experience in budget responsibility and strategic planning
Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
Service oriented and good judgement
A highly engaged, international job environment – in a meaningful context!
A unique possibility to be hands-on in a strategic key role.
The position is a permanent position based at Head Office, central Oslo, terms as per national contract.
Please note that you are required to enter geographical location for all your previous positions while registering your CV. There is no specific field for this information in our CV form, but you can use the “Company name” field for both company and location.
Only CVs and applications written in English and entered into Webcruiter will be assessed. NRC reserves the right to conduct a full background check on shortlisted candidates.