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Regional Roving Livelihoods and Food Security Adviser

Woking (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)

Founded in 1946, today the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) works in both new and protracted crises across 31 countries. Our 6,000 employees provide life-saving and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. NRC specialises in six areas: food security, education, shelter, legal assistance, camp management, and water, sanitation and hygiene. NRC is a determined advocate for displaced people. We promote and defend their rights and dignity in local communities, with national governments and in the international arena.

NRC’s expert deployment capacity, NORCAP, boasts around 1,000 experts from all over the world who can be deployed within 72 hours. NORCAP experts help improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises. 

NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.

NRC is looking for an experienced, French and English speaking, Livelihoods and Food Security Adviser with solid humanitarian backgroundto cover 6 months maternity leave.

The Regional Roving Advisor Livelihoods and Food Security is the organisation’s regional expert within the Livelihoods and Food Security core competency.

The NRC Central and West Africa region is composed of country offices in Mali, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), North-east Nigeria, and in Cameroon. All countries are experiencing a deterioration of the security situation, increasing humanitarian needs and displacements numbers due to conflict. Displacement across the region is fluid and complex. Across the region new displacements occur alongside secondary displacements of people who are trying to return home, but often find themselves unable to reach their place of origin. An increasing number of people across the region live in protracted displacement, and are dependent on humanitarian assistance for survival.

The Central and West Africa Regional Office (CWARO) is overseeing the country programmes in the region, and provides strategic guidance across core programme, advocacy and support functions. The Regional Office for Central and West Africa will move from NRC Oslo to Dakar in Senegal during the spring of 2018.

Job description

  • Technical CC support: Responsible for the provision of strategic advice and guidance to the Country Offices in relation to the core competency to ensure that NRC delivers high quality, effective and relevant programming.

  • Capacity development: Accountable for the capacity development along the technical reporting lines (to COs and RO) within the Livelihoods and Food Security core competency including the mentoring and development of key staff in the country offices. Contribute to the recruitment and induction of appropriately qualified core competency staff.

  • Technical CC development: Responsible for the further development of NRC’s country office Livelihoods and Food Security programmes ensuring that NRC remains a relevant actor.

  • Programme integration: Contribute to the identification and utilization of programmatic synergies between Livelihoods and Food Security and the other core competencies as well as the development areas through the integrated programme approach.

  • Learning and information sharing: Responsible for the documentation, analysing and dissemination of Livelihoods and Food Security learning from the country programs including the sharing of best practices, resources and tools ensuring coherence, efficiency and effectiveness of the operation.

  • Networking and representation: Responsible for the networking and representation of NRC in regional policy debates in relation to Livelihoods and Food Security Core Competence. Contribute to the participation of the core competency in country clusters and representation in various fora when requested and relevant. Contribute to the identification, development and maintenance of relationships with relevant stakeholders (e.g. donors, UN agencies, NGOs) related to Livelihoods and Food Security in the region and the related countries.

  • Resource mobilization: Contribute to the resource mobilisation and fundraising for regional programme development related to Livelihoods and Food Security.

  • Monitoring and Evaluation: Contribute to the development and facilitate the use of effective assessment and M&E systems ensuring compliance with NRC program policy, quality standards and technical guidance. Contribute to the overall analysis, strategic use and dissemination of relevant data for Livelihoods and Food Security. Contribute to the alignment of M&E and PCM systems with the Livelihoods and Food Security core competency.

  • Advocacy: Contribute to the identification, prioritization, development and documentation of advocacy issues related to Livelihoods and Food Security.

  • Programme Policy compliance: Responsible for the monitoring of country programme compliance with the Programme Policy and to activate procedures to obtain approval/rejection of context specific deviations from the programme policy in country offices.


  • Minimum 5 years of relevant professional experience as a manager within the humanitarian field, including (ideally) experience of working as an adviser
  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts, and ability to work independently in a result oriented, multi-cultural environment and manage conflicting priorities.
  • High level of professional expertise in the core competence
  • Experience in drafting and encouraging implementation of policy/strategic guidance, and developing practical tools and resources
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Able to represent organisation at a strategic level
  • Fluency in English and French, both written and verbal

Education level

  • College / University, Bachelor's degree

Personal qualities

  • Handling insecure environments
  • Planning and delivering results
  • Influencing
  • Analysing
  • Communicating with impact and respect
  • Coping with change
  • Strategic thinking

  • All employees of the Norwegian Refugee Council should be able to adhere to our Code of Conduct and the four organizational values: Dedicated, innovative, inclusive and accountable


  • French
  • English

We offer

  • Commencement: December 2018
  • Duration: 6 months
  • Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s general directions and free housing of moderate standard.
  • Level: Grade 9 in NRC grade structure
  • Duty station:Roving with 70% travel
  • Approved health certficate will be requested before contract start.

  • 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
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: Woking (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Nutrition
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
  • Closing Date: 2018-07-30

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