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Global Roving Emergency Response Manager

Remote | Home Based - May require travel

  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Remote | Home Based - May require travel
  • Grade: Mid level - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2024-05-24

What are looking for

We are looking for experienced Emergency Response Managers or experience in similar positions. This is a management position therefore broad experience managing providing leadership in missions and to teams in large scale and broad emergencies is highly desired.  

Technical background in Shelter, WASH or Cash programming is an added advantage. A second language, French, Spanish or Arabic is preferred.

What you will do

The purpose of the Emergency Response Manager position is to be responsible for design, development and implementation of timely and high-quality emergency response across a country, or for a specific geographical area/emergency of a large scale.

The main purpose of the Global Roving Emergency Response Manager position is to: 

  • Act as the strategic lead expert in emergency response within each office the position is deployed to
  • Function as interim Emergency Response Manager in an existing NRC country programme, responding to a new emergency or to manage the existing emergency response system within the country programme.
  • Provide trainings on the key aspects of Emergency Response.
  • Provide technical support and guidance in developing preparedness in country programmes ahead of emergencies.

The Global Roving Emergency Response Manager will undertake short-term assignments, up to 6 months, to different NRC country operations. Assignments are based on requests from NRC’s Regional Offices.

The Emergency Response Manager when deployed is overall responsible for:

  • Overall oversight, strategic development and operational management of emergency response activities covering one or more areas. 
  • Developing robust emergency setups based on appropriate needs analysis with an integrated program approach. 
  • Developing emergency response strategies and technical SOPs/guidelines.
  • Development and management of funding proposals, project budgets and donor reports.
  • Implementation of emergency response projects (including master support budget and coordinating input for donor proposals and reports, and resources deployment), in compliance with contractual commitments (i.e. quality, synergies, timeliness, use of resources).
  • Main focal point for development of emergency preparedness planning within the country operation.
  • Provide emergency specific input on Core Competence strategies, Country Strategy and Plan of Action.
  • Line management of project staff, and may be required to manage project manager(s).
  • Representing NRC in relevant forums/Clusters, including in meetings with national authorities and donors at national level related to emergency response.
  • Compliance with and adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures.
  • Promoting the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy.

Note: Specific responsibilities will be outlined in a separate Terms of Reference (TOR which will be developed for each assignment

Download the detailed job description here to learn more about the position.

What you will bring

  • Minimum Bachelors/First Level University Degree.
  • Minimum 5 years of managerial experience from working in a humanitarian/emergency context with high level of knowledge and experience of emergency response, including programme development and setting up of new rapid responses.
  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts with substantial experience working in acute emergency situations.
  • Knowledge of cash-based interventions and market-based programmes.
  • Professional credibility and confidence to act as the in-country lead on emergency response.
  • Ability to effectively manage and deploy significant resources (financial, funding, material assets).
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal. Language skills in one of the following: French, Spanish, or Arabic is preferred.
  • Ability to quickly assess new context(s) and to make an impact during short-term assignments.
  • Technical expertise in one of NRCs Core Competencies (Education, WASH, LFS, Camp Management, ICLA, Shelter), is advantageous.

Understanding of and commitment to:

  • Organisational learning, quality management and development.
  • Working collaboratively with technical and operational colleagues within a matrix structure.
  • Ability to work under pressure, independently and with limited supervision.

What we offer

  • Duty station: Global roving, home based when not deployed.
  • Contract: 24 months 
  • Travel: Up to 75% (candidates applying should be comfortable with this level of travel to different contexts).
  • Salary/benefits: Grade 9 on NRC's grading structure.  
  • 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 of all nationalities. Please ensure you attach copies of your academic and professional certificates.
  • 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 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

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.