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Trainee Grants Officer - Iraq

Jordan (Jordan)




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



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NRC in Iraq

The unfolding crisis in Iraq is one of the most complex humanitarian emergencies in the world today, with millions of uprooted Iraqis, and hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. For the past several years, millions of people have been displaced from and within Iraq as a result of military operations. At the end of 2015, the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) began a military operation to enter and retake control of parts of the country under the control of armed opposition groups, especially in the Anbar governorate. Civilians have been caught in the crossfire. 

NRC has been present in Iraq since 2010, with offices located in Baghdad, Erbil, Dohuk, Kirkuk and Mosul.  We have scaled up our response across Iraq to meet the large-scale crisis facing the country, reaching Iraqis with emergency assistance and supporting Syrian refugees as they live in exile.  Our goal is to always be prepared to work in new settings, so we are establishing more local partnerships in Iraq.  Additionally, NRC is part of the UNICEF and WFP-led Rapid response mechanism (RRM), which enables us to reach newly displaced populations with the most urgent life-saving assistance.

Today, NRC is one of the biggest cash providers in Iraq. Our emergency assistance also includes distributing food rations, hygiene kits, water and basic non-food items (NFIs). In the winter months, we also provide blankets and heaters.  We pay particular attention to gender equality and ending gender-based violence (GBV).

Trainee Grants Officer  - Iraq Office

NRC’s Talent development trainee programme is designed to provide opportunities for individuals to gain experience in the humanitarian sector through a structured framework of on the job training, supportive leadership and individual training.  Trainees will gain insight and understanding of humanitarian principles and functions and develop personal and professional competencies to prepare them for a future career within the sector.  During the programme, trainees will work towards defined responsibilities with the objective of gaining the required level of key skills and experience in a specific profile.

The Grants Officer Trainee will work under the direct supervision of the Grants Manager to provide day-to-day support in all tasks related to effectively managing NRC Jordan’s various grants. Through this position, the Trainee will be exposed to different aspects of the Grants management and coordination process, including best practices, and tools.   With the support of the mentor and line manager, the trainee will gain direct and relevant experience in its Grants role within the humanitarian sector working in line with a structured learning framework in line with the following responsibilities: 

Roles and Responsibilities: 

  • Maintain an up-to-date overview of all grants and follow up on internal and external deadlines
  • Assist in the development of concept notes and project proposals, particularly through gathering and collating relevant information from a variety of sources
  • Assist the process of compiling reports (external and internal) in close collaboration with Project Managers and Core Competency Specialists, to ensure accurate, transparent and timely reporting
  • Stay updated on donor priorities and track and share relevant calls for proposals
  • Support improvement of internal grant management systems and processes.

Our Ideal Candidate:

NRC is seeking a passionate university graduate candidate, with professional writing skills,  proficiency in English language and strong analytical skills, highly attentive to details and a team player, who is looking to move his/her career up to the next level by developing his/her personal and technical skills in the Humanitarian Sector through understanding the humanitarian principles and functions.

As we are working in a challenging context, the Candidate has to be flexible, and has the ability to prioritize, solve problems and ability to meet deadline. 

Professional competencies for this position:

  • Academic background and/or experience relevant to the position, including in research and policy analysis
  • Fluent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Strong analytical and writing skills
  • Interest and/or experience in working within humanitarian and development response
  • Strong communication, coordination and interpersonal skills
  • Logical and methodical approach to work, detail oriented
  • Some experience with editing complex written texts
  • Highly proficient in the use of Excel; above average computer skills for Word and other applications
  • Ability to multitask and work in high-stress scenarios with competing interests 

Additional Information:

Contract period: 12 months

Monthly Living Grant : 12.000 NOK

Duty station: Jordan

Approved health certificate will be requested before contract start


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: Jordan (Jordan)
  • Grade: Junior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Procurement
  • Closing Date: 2018-09-24

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