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Capacity Building Specialist Syria Damascus AO2


  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Damascus
  • Grade: Mid level - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
  • Closing Date: 2024-05-28

NRC is looking for a Capacity Building Programme Specialist to join the Syria mission. The Capacity Building Programme aims to support the capacity of humanitarian actors including national responders that are authorised to provide information, counselling, and legal assistance services. The Capacity Building Programme engages in knowledge creation through legal analysis and the development of guidance for humanitarian activities, working closely with NRCs other core competencies.  Through co-leadership of technical working groups, and through integrated programming with other core competencies, the Capacity Building Programme also provides information on issues including housing, land, and property (HLP) rights, support on civil documentation, and access to livelihoods and essential services.

Please note: This is not a Human Resources Department role but is one of NRC’s core competencies in programmes closely correlated to our ICLA core-competency.

If you are passionate leader with experience in integrated programming, representation, capacity building in HLP rights, civil documentation, and project management then this is the role for you.

What You Will Do

  • Develop CB strategy, technical guidance, and Macro LFAs (MLFA) that are aligned with regional and global strategies and priorities.
  • Comply with and adhere to NRC policies, guidance, and procedures.
  • Contribute to fundraising, develop, and revise funding proposals, budgets, and donor reports. 
  • Provide technical direction and project implementation support.
  • Identify trends technical standards and donor priorities.
  • Ensure that key learnings are extracted from CB implementation and incorporate them in CB and staff development processes.
  • Provide systematic training and build capacity of technical staff.
  • Represent NRC in relevant forums/Clusters/Sectors, including with national authorities and donors.
  • Promote the rights of displaced persons in line with the advocacy strategy.
  • Supervise and manage the Capacity Building Coordinator role and any other CB additional roles.
  • Follow up on compliance with contractual commitments within CC, ensure high technical quality and synergies in project implementation.

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

What You Will Bring

  • Relevant university degree, preferably law.
  • Conversant with program issues in humanitarian settings (especially education, shelter, WASH, food security and livelihoods)..
  • Ability to work independently and proactively with limited daily support and supervision.
  • Minimum 4 years of experience in senior capacity within Legal Assistance in a humanitarian/ recovery context.
  • Previous experience from working in stressful, politicized, and restrictive environments. 
  • Proven experience in representing organizations vis-à-vis local authorities, UN agencies, other NGOs etc. in coordination settings (clusters, working groups, sectors etc.) preferably with background and/or participation in protection sector/cluster mechanisms. 
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal, with ability to produce final drafts of substantial analysis and briefing papers. 
  • Legal technical expertise, including knowledge of Housing, Land & Property and/or civil documentation issues in emergency and return contexts.
  • Knowledge of the displacement context in Syria and the Middle East. 
  • Advanced computer skills, especially in Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook.
  • Ability to work with diplomacy, tact and sensitivity and experience in working within different cultural contexts requiring cultural sensitivity.     
  • Demonstrate ability in thinking creatively and practically to improve the quality of projects.

What We Offer

  • Damascus, Syria duty station.
  • 12-month contract duration (with possibility of extension based on funding and performance)
  • 40% travel, approximately to areas of Operation
  • Senior Grade 9 in NRC’s Salary Scale. NRC offers a competitive compensation and benefits package.
  • NRC is an equal opportunities employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, 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.

Important information about the application process

  • Apply by completing all the system-required fields of your employment history, experience, responsibilities, and education in your application. Please ensure you attach your academic and professional certifications.
  • Ensure to attach your latest CV.
  • Submit your application and CV in English.
  • When creating your profile, include your full name as per your passport.
  • 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. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to give detailed feedback to applicants who have not been shortlisted.
  • For any queries, please email us at with “Capacity Building Programme Specialist-Syria” as the subject line.

Why NRC?

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organization 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.

Learn more about NRC’s operations in Syria here.

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