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Senior Recruitment and Development Adviser NORCAP


  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Oslo
  • Grade: Senior level - Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Refugee rights and well-being
  • Closing Date: 2024-05-26

NORCAP’s mission is to improve aid to protect and empower people affected by crises and climate change. With expertise in the humanitarian, development and peacebuilding sectors, we collaborate with local, national and international partners on finding solutions that meet the needs of people at risk.

We do this by:

  • Supporting humanitarian, development and peacebuilding initiatives that protect and empower people.
  • Improving impact at the global and local level through joint projects with partners and stakeholders
  • Providing expertise and developing capacity that enable partners to meet the needs of people in fragile situations and crises.
  • Strengthening the global system that we are part of through support for leadership, coordination and policy development.
  • Building bridges between the humanitarian, development and peacebuilding sectors
  • NORCAP is part of the Norwegian Refugee Council.

The Recruitment and Development Unit (RDU) is in the NORCAP HR Section and plays a pivotal role in hiring skilled professionals globally to support humanitarian, development, and peacebuilding efforts. As a Senior Recruitment and Development Adviser, you will be an integral part of our team, contributing to our mission with a degree of independence while still having room for growth and development. 

You will join a team of 5 senior advisers with similar tasks, each aligned to specific thematic areas, and the Head of Unit. In this role you will not only be an expert in successfully leading complex recruitment initiatives, you will also build strong partnerships with hiring managers and be relied on for strategic recruitment advice.  

The Senior Recruitment and Development Adviser will be responsible for implementing delegated areas of responsibility related to recruitment, selection, and development activities according to the department’s strategies and priorities. You will take on responsibilities with full autonomy, while still receiving support and guidance from other senior team members as needed. We are a team of diverse individuals coming from different backgrounds and areas of interest. Some of our team members are actively involved in DEI efforts, Employer Branding and Onboarding and work cross-sectionally. We foster a positive and inclusive work environment where humour is valued. If you appreciate levity and can handle good-natured banter, you will fit right in!

Main tasks and responsibilities:

  • Lead and manage end-to-end recruitment processes for critical roles, ensuring exceptional service to hiring managers, external partners, and candidates.
  • Partner with hiring managers to align talent acquisition with departmental objectives, shaping strategic recruitment direction.
  • Applying and refining the NORCAP assessment center to ensure efficiency and consistency across all processes.
  • Analysing background information and developing an understanding of the needs to effectively translate job requirements into a tailor-made recruitment process.
  • Actively engage with candidates to ensure a positive experience throughout the recruitment process.
  • Lead the development and implementation of innovative recruitment strategies, attracting top talent and building a strong employer brand.
  • Build capacity, acquire, and share knowledge with the members of the unit and NORCAP in a way that contributes to the building of a strong supportive culture.
  • As directed by the Head of Recruitment and Development Unit, mentor and coach junior team members, fostering their professional development and knowledge transfer within the unit.
  • Providing input and support for reporting and analysis tasks as needed.


  • Analyse job description/terms of reference
  • Drive the successful execution of end-to-end recruitment for crucial positions, ensuring exceptional experience for all stakeholders.
  • Use existing assessment tools to evaluate candidates against agreed competence framework in cooperation with the team. 


  • Spearhead the development and implementation of innovative recruitment tools and methodologies, driving continuous improvement in efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Coach talent pool members with regards to presenting competencies and skills to partner organisations
  • Support the development of recruitment expertise within the department, by coaching new staff. 
  • Spearhead the development and conducting of training for hiring managers and other relevant colleagues on the effective use of recruitment tools, and securing full adoption when new tools and guidelines are developed.
  • Lead/support the development and implementation of recruitment-related initiatives e.g. employer branding, head office onboarding, and other initiatives in line with the department's strategy.
  • As directed by the Head of Recruitment and Development, lead initiatives that result in the development/sustainment of synergistic approaches between the RDU and other sections in the department, and other relevant stakeholders in the NRC (e.g. Global Recruitment Centre)
  • As part of risk management, support or lead initiatives as directed by the Head of Recruitment and Development, with the annual review of recruitment Standard Operation Procures (SOPs) and all recruitment processes against NORCAP quality standards
  • Leading other tasks/initiatives as needed


Generic professional competencies:

  • Relevant graduate degree (masters)
  • A minimum five years of relevant experience within Recruitment, HR, and project management
  • Experience handling recruitment processes from sourcing to selection.
  • Adaptability working in dynamic and diverse environments.
  • Advanced knowledge of recruitment and selection tools and processes.
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English; Norwegian and/or French an advantage


Specific skills, knowledge and experience: 

  • Experience with various recruitment and selection tools
  • Understanding of the importance of a strong employer brand in recruitment and ideally experience in employer branding
  • Tech savvy, comfortable communicating virtually and learning new digital tools and platforms, keeping abreast of advances in technology and social media
  • Experience or comfortability in public speaking
  • Experience using various programmes in Microsoft Office 365 is an advantage.
  • Experience applying technology and implementing new tools/approaches to established recruitment processes
  • Experience from humanitarian work in the field is an advantage
  • Knowledge of UN agencies and or other international agencies and their procedures
  • It is desirable that the candidate has a broad network in their field.


For more information, please see full job description

What we offer 

  • Rewarding work for a renowned global organisation 
  • Permanent contract based in central Oslo;
  • Hybrid working;
  • Salary and benefits according to NORCAP’s salary scale and terms and conditions

How to apply 

  • When submitting your application, kindly register in English your full employment history and education. Please include your full name as written in your passport. Uploaded CVs alone will not be reviewed.   
  • NORCAP values diversity, equity and inclusion. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, religion or disability. 
  • NORCAP reserves the right to conduct a full background check on shortlisted candidates 
  • Feedback will be given to all applicants within four weeks after the closing of this advertisement.  
  • Apply before midnight 26th May 2024 (Oslo time).
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