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Roving Humanitarian Access and Negotiations Advisor - Head Office

Oslo (Norway)

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, education, emergency food security, legal assistance, and water,sanitation and hygiene sectors.

The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 5000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters -NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours notice when a crisis occurs

Job Description

The Roving Humanitarian Access and Negotiations Adviser will be responsible for providing support to country offices that are struggling with access issues and/or are planning to engage in humanitarian negotiations efforts. To achieve this the advisor will: 

  • Support country programmes in developing and executing access strategies, including outreach and negotiations
  • Provide technical support to field based access advisers
  • Refine and further develop tools, guidance and training materials on access (access strategy, negotiations, remote programming)
  • Train and mentor staff engaged in humanitarian access and negotiation efforts
  • Document and share organisational learning on access and negotiations in NRC
  • Contribute to donor applications and fund raising initiatives
  • Contribute to NRC’s international advocacy efforts in relation to access
  • Build relationships with relevant external stakeholders and represent NRC in  international fora related to access and negotiations
  • Carry out other duties of temporary character appointed by Head of Unit



  • Minimum 7 years of relevant professional experience within the humanitarian field – minimum 3 in a highly insecure context.
  • Significant experience from participating in/leading humanitarian negotiation efforts and leading teams in other efforts to increase access
  • Experience form developing and conducting trainings
  • Demonstrated ability to represent the organisation at a strategic level
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal. French and/or Arabic/Spanish is an asset.


Personal Qualitites

  • Proven ability to handle insecure environments
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Ability to work independently in a results oriented multi-tasking and multi-cultural environment
  • Willingness to undertake shorter missions to the field on short notice


  • We offer

    • Contract period: 12 months, starting as soon as possible
    • Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s general directions
    • Duty station: Oslo, Norway (up to 75% travel)


    Application procedures and CV registration

    • Please note that you are required to enter the 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 will be assessed
    • Late applications will not be considered
  • 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.

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    • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
    • Location: Oslo (Norway)
    • Grade: Mid/Senior
    • Occupational Groups:
      • Emergency Aid
      • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development
      • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development
      • Humanitarian Affairs
    • Closing Date: 2017-09-10

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