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Humanitarian Policy Advisor - NRC Geneva


NRC requires an experienced Humanitarian Policy Advisor to be based in Geneva and assist the Director of NRC Geneva and the Humanitarian Policy team with the coordination of our humanitarian policy and advocacy portfolio work with an overall aim to promote improved response to, and protection of, displaced persons. The Humanitarian Policy Advisor will contribute toward NRC’s policy work by; leading policy related to the intersection of counterterrorism measures (CT), countering violent extremism (CVE) measures, and principled humanitarian action; exploring the role of risk management in humanitarian action; engaging with selected Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) processes; and contributing to NRC’s humanitarian financing, humanitarian principles and protection portfolios.
The Advisor will support fundraising and reporting efforts; coordination of projects; organisation of events; networking with internal and external stakeholders; draft messages, briefing papers and other products as required. The Humanitarian Policy Advisor will be expected to work closely with other members of the Geneva humanitarian policy and Institutional Partnership team under the management of the Director, and closely collaborate with country and regional offices, various departments in NRC Head Office and other Representation Offices.

The Humanitarian Policy Advisor reports to the Head of the Humanitarian Policy and Partnerships Unit - Geneva

Job description

1) Project coordination and accountability
In support of the Humanitarian Policy Unit:

• Ensure donor reports are prepared and submitted for approval in a timely manner.
• Coordinate the continued development and implementation of NRC’s CT/CVE/Risk Management strategy, including the delivery of products and messages.
• Pursue opportunities to promote NRC’s humanitarian policy engagement on CT, CVE, and Risk Management, including the dissemination of products and messages in Geneva and internationally.
• Ensure timely and regular circulation of information across NRC on progress and activities related to the CT/CVE/Risk Management portfolio.
• Ensure that NRC’s Head Office, Representation offices and Country Offices are regularly engaged on developments, opportunities and events within the international humanitarian sector on CT, CVE and Risk Management.
• Provide to support to Country Offices, including missions related to the project.
• Attend humanitarian briefings in Geneva as requested, and represent NRC’s priorities as required.
• Actively seek out and draft fundraising proposals.
• Manage budgets related to this portfolio and ensure timely.
• Recruit and manage interns as required.
• Undertake other tasks as set by the Director.

2) Representation and networking
As delegated by the Director:

• Represent NRC in meetings, events or processes relevant to Humanitarian Policy, or as requested by the Director.
• Liaise with diplomatic missions and stakeholders in Geneva and internationally (in liaison with NRC offices in those locations) for the development and implementation of the NRCs policy strategy.
• Participate in relevant groups and partnerships to develop and implement joint policy activities, including the IASC.
• Strengthen engagement by NRC Country and Regional Offices in Geneva and New York led processes, including their direct representation where possible.

3) Drafting and other tasks as required

• Draft talking points, briefing papers, position papers, updates and other material as required for representation by NRC management on CT, CVE and Risk Management.
• Draft website updates and communications material as required.
• When requested by the Director, provide support to NRC USA, NRC Europe, other offices of NRC’s Policy and Partnership Department; NRC Head Office; and Regional/County Offices on broader humanitarian policy concerns, including attending UN and other briefings.
• Support the Director by participating in selected IASC processes and coordination mechanisms, including providing direct support for NRC’s role co-chairing the IASC Principled Humanitarian Action Reference Group, and participation in other IASC meetings when requested.
• Provide support to NRC HQ, NRC USA, and NRC Europe when requested by the Director and act as the Geneva focal point for relevant humanitarian policy and advocacy issues.
• Contribute to the positioning and representation of the organization.


• Three years’ work experience with NRC or closely affiliated to NRC operations at country level.
• University degree in social science, human rights, law or other relevant field.
• Experience of working in complex and volatile humanitarian contexts.
• Proven research, analytical and documentation skills.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

Context/Specific skills, knowledge and experience:
• Understanding of the IASC, humanitarian principles, humanitarian access, humanitarian financing is a benefit
• Demonstrated experience in humanitarian policy / diplomacy.
• Proven coordination, networking and event organisation experience.
• Field experience with NRC or an organisation closely affiliated to NRC
• Sound representation experience, with preference for experience in engagement with Member States, multi-lateral institutions and international organisations.
• Proven project management experience, including with donor reporting and budget processes.
• Knowledge of or fluency in languages relevant for the position is an asset, especially French and/or Arabic.

Education field

  • Law
  • Social sciense

Education level

  • College / University, Master / Phd grade

Personal qualities

• Managing resources to optimise result
• Handling insecure environments
• Planning, strategic thinking and delivering results
• Working with people
• Analysing
• Communicating with impact and respect
• Coping with change


  • English

We offer

A two year NRC Geneva contract.
This position is graded as an NRC Grade 8 position
All positions in Geneva are considered national positions. The NRC Geneva terms of employment and salary grid are applicable.
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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  • Location: Oslo
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Emergency Aid
  • Closing Date: 2017-10-31

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