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Regional Programme Adviser - Middle East Office

Amman

  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Amman
  • Grade: Senior level - Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed

What we are looking for

Senior programme management experience within the humanitarian sector. Experience working with overall strategy development and planning, developing learning and development tools and resources to support capacity building.

Knowledge of and interest in new business opportunities, including commercial partnerships, as well as experience of working with cross-country programmes and donors with a track record of successful proposal development, or similar in funding or partnerships.

Experience from working in the Middle East and North Africa. 

What you will do

As a member of the Regional Head of Programme Development and Support Unit, you will be responsible for providing specialist advice and guidance to the Country Director and/or Head of Programme and Grants Managers at Country level in ensuring that optimal programme strategies, structures, systems and resources are in place. The Regional Programme Adviser will provide advisory support, technical oversight, and capacity building to CO staff to assist and ensure that donor obligations and requirements are met. 

The advisory support and capacity building is in relation to programme proposal development, grants management, and Project Cycle Management (PCM), ensuring the effective management of the full programme cycle and donor reporting. 

Key responsibilities

  • Strategy, programme and business development - Lead Strategic initiatives, provide specialist support, advice and guidance to own portfolio of country offices in relation to programme development and to strategic planning in country programmes as well identify potential new business development opportunities within the region;
  • The role will also contribute to identification, development and maintenance of relationships with designated stakeholders (e.g., donors, UN agencies, NGOs, private sector) related to programme and business development.
  • Advice, support and capacity building - responsible for capacity building, learning and development, as required, including facilitation of induction training for relevant programme personnel in COs, and provision of PCM support, including facilitation and delivery of trainings, to country programmes within the region.
  • Quality standards, data analysis, and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) - responsible for quality control of high-risk donor proposals and reports, macros log frames, and triannual reports, reconciliation of deliverables and internal programme strategy documents and reports, in regard to NRC strategies and donor compliance; The role will also promote incorporation of lessons learned and best practices into programme development in country programmes
  • Establish and provide a regional helpdesk function on assigned themes, working collaboratively with colleagues in Head Office (HO), within the region and country offices. Thematic areas include but not limited to: PCM, Hard to Reach, Emergency Preparedness, Consortia and down-stream partnerships best practices. 
  • Lead on commercial partnerships, identifying opportunities for cross-country/regional arrangements and developing outline business proposals to be taken forward with the Regional Programme Director. 
  • Be the in team focal point on assigned institutional donor knowledge, working collaboratively with colleagues in Partnerships and Policy to develop information resources and tools to support COs in targeted programme proposals and high-quality donor reporting and compliance. 
  • Conduct analysis of trends in the region or sub-region to contribute to regional understanding and provide evidence for advocacy and innovative project ideas.

Please download the detailed job description to learn more about the position. 

What you will bring

  • Specialist knowledge and expertise equivalent to an advanced university degree in a relevant field (e.g., international development, politics, social science). 
  • Several years of experience within the humanitarian/recovery context, of which 3 years of Adviser / Programme Manager / Head of Programme experience.
  • Knowledge of institutional donors’ strategies, priorities, and compliance requirements - NMFA, UNHCR, ECHO, FCDO etc. 
  • Track record of successful proposal development, or similar in funding or partnerships.
  • Experience from working in the Middle East and North Africa. 
  • Understanding of, and commitment to working collaboratively with technical and operational colleagues within a matrix structure, including capacity building.
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal; Arabic is an asset.
  • Experience working with overall strategy development and planning, developing learning and development tools and resources to support capacity building.
  • Knowledge of and interest in new business opportunities, including commercial partnerships, as well as experience of working with cross-country programmes and donors.

What we offer

  • Duty station: Amman, Jordan, Middle East and North Africa Regional Office
  • Contract: 24 months.
  • Travel: Up to 40% within the region. 
  • Salary/benefits: grade 9 on NRC’s national salary scales, with accompanying terms and conditions/
  • NRC is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to diversity without distinction to age, gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality, and physical ability.
  • We think outside the box, encourage ideas, and give responsibility to all employees at all levels. You will have many opportunities to be heard and take the initiative.

Find out more about the benefits of working for NRC

Important information about the application process

  • We invite applications from all qualified and interested candidates. Please ensure you attach copies of your academic and professional certificates.
  • For internal candidates only: To apply as an internal candidate, log in with your official email address or click on Opportunity Marketplace.
  • When creating your profile, include your full name as given on your passport. Complete all the system-required fields for experience, employment history and education.
  • Submit your application and CV in English, taking care to attach your latest CV.
  • Applications that do not meet the minimum standards in terms of experience or qualifications will generally not be considered. Unsolicited applications not related to this specific job advertisement will not be considered.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We receive many applicants for each vacant position.
  • If you have any questions about this role, please email mero.recruitment@nrc.no with the job title as the subject line.

Why NRC?

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. Our 15,000 staff work in crises across 40 countries, providing life-saving and long-term assistance to millions of people every year.

Watch this short video to see NRC in action.

We are looking for people who are passionate about helping refugees and people forced to flee. Are you one of those people? If you are, NRC offers you the opportunity to:

  • do demanding and professional work, often in challenging contexts
  • join a work culture that empowers every employee to share ideas and take responsibility
  • be part of a welcoming and supportive community committed to human dignity

Learn more about NRC

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