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US Grants Finance Adviser, Washington DC

Washington D.C. (United States of America)

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

NRC is looking for an experienced, results oriented and dedicated US Grants Finance Adviser  for a part-time position at our office in Washington DC.


The NRC USA office has two primary functions: raising money for NRC's overseas programs that meet the needs of conflict-affected refugees and internally displaced people and providing humanitarian policy advice to the administration, Congress, and peer non-governmental organizations. NRC receives financial support from the USAID's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and the US Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. We want to strengthen NRC’s US donor work and are looking for a part time US Grants Finance Adviser.


The US Grants Finance Adviser will assist with further professionalising NRC’s donor work by contributing  to quality improvements in donor submissions as well as improved adherence to donor rules and regulations. This role will include being responsible for monitoring and control of the financial aspects of NRC’s United States Government (USG) grants, and a help-desk role on the financial and administrative aspects of USG grants. The US Grants Finance Adviser will work closely with the Washington-based Institutional Partnerships Adviser.

More specifically the role entails:

Monitor and control the financial aspects of NRC’s USG grants. This includes the following tasks:

  • undertake quality check of proposal budgets, budget narratives and financial reports to ensure that they are in line with donor requirements
  • monitor liquidity in the awards and secure payment from donors
  • coordinate award closeouts related to financial aspects
  • support and advise on USG audits

Provide an internal help-desk function for donor related financial and administrative issues, including the following tasks:

  • develop and update procedures, guidelines, tools, trainings, etc. related to the financial and administrative aspects of USG award management
  • provide strategic and technical support to NRC USA, NRC Head Office, Regional Offices and Country Offices regarding USG financial requirements
  • conduct trainings in financial management on USG awards for relevant colleagues


For this role, we are looking for

An analytical adviser with minimum 3 years of relevant experience of international non-profit grants financial management practice in an international context as well as knowledge in and experience  from working with USG grants.  Has a solid understanding of USG Code of Federal Regulations (i.e. 2 CFR 200 Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Single Audit Requirements for Federal Awards and 2 CFR 700).

We are seeking a candidate who has good experience of working with people from different places and backgrounds. Excellent communication skills with ability to communicate with impact and respect. A positive, flexible and self-suficcient person who can handle pressure and tight deadlines well as well as have the ability to build trust in the organization.

Our ideal candidate is service minded, attentive to details, results oriented, has strong skills in Excel, Agresso or a similar ERP system and experience in training and or facilitation.

Fluency in English, both written and verbal, is a must as well as documented results related to the position’s responsibility.  NRC experience is an advantage.


If you fit into the above profile and want to be a part of a stimulating and rewarding work environment, a collaborative workforce and a genuine place of passion responding to global refugee crises we look forward to your application. 



For this role you have to be an American citizen or have permission to work in the US.

The position is part-time: 20 hours per week

Duty station: Washington DC

Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s general directions

Grade: 9 (see attachment for NRC Grade structure)

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.

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: Washington D.C. (United States of America)
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Banking and Finance
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Procurement
  • Closing Date: 2018-01-31

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