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  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Sanaa
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2019-02-18

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Area Programme Manager (National Position)-Hodeidah - Yemen

Sanaa (Yemen)

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

Reporting to the Area Manager, the Area Programme Manager (APM) is a member of the Area Senior Management Group. The APM is responsible of the programmes in all NRC’s target locations under the Sana’a area of operations.
This position is specifically created to strengthen project cycle management, with emphasis on effective supervision of project implementation processes, programme development, reporting and continuous quality improvements. As part of this role, the incumbent will ensure effective integration across Core Competencies (CC), as well as external coordination with Clusters and other implementing agencies, including the consortia.

Job description

  • Line management of all project managers/CC coordinators.

  • Contribute to the development of CC and country strategy, technical SOPs / guidelines and Macro LFAs.

  • Compliance and adherence to NRC policies, technical tools, handbooks and guidelines.

  • Responsible of development of funding proposal, project budgets and donor reports.

  • Coordinate and manage all projects implementation (activities, budget and project documentation) in line with proposals, strategies and donor requirements.

  • Liaise and collaborate with relevant local and national stakeholders, and represent NRC in relevant forums/cluster/working groups.

  • Implement technical direction and ensure high technical quality of projects.

  • Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need of protection, explore and asses new and better ways to assist.

  • Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy.

  • Provide inputs to the area strategy, lead on design and needs assessment of the CCs component; Continuously support in assessing the context and needs of vulnerable population, and make recommendations to the AM to adapt the programme and team composition as required by the context.

  • Collaborate with PMs and CC Coordinators to develop annual programmatic/CC strategy, including emergency responses in the area in coordination with the AM. Embedded to this, ensure a robust M&E being in place as well.

  • Identify funding opportunities and develop funding strategy and forecasts for the area.

  • Lead development of relevant, effective and integrated projects for the area to optimize the impact on the target population.

  • Lead proposal development process at the area level, identify donor needs / donor challenges, develop area protocol for go / no go decisions together with the AM on funding opportunities.

  • Responsible for the Area Project Cycle Management, including Grants start-up, review and Closure meetings supported by AM as needed.

  • Responsible for ensuring programme support to integrated programme, coordination and technical quality in the area.

  • Responsible for grants management and programme budget allocations in Area.

  • Ensure compliance with contractual commitments and extracting and implementing key learnings from project implementation.

  • Coordinate new and existing emergency responses in the area, with support from emergency response manager and the AM.

  • Conduct systematic capacity building for project managers on proposal writing, report writing and programme related components.

  • Conduct regular programme progress and after action review workshops/meetings, regular programme meetings and lead on project evaluations and lessons learnt exercise.

  • Compile and produce regular area level programme reports such situation report, activity progress report etc.

  • Responsible for technical issues involving sectorial coordination with Clusters and Working Groups at area level, including promoting the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with NRC Advocacy Strategy.


  • An advanced university degree in political science, social science, international studies, public administration, economics, or a related field is required. University graduate with at least 4-6 years’ experience managing projects for an international organization in a humanitarian/recovery setting.

  • A dynamic leader, who possesses effective interpersonal communication skills with the ability to influence others.

  • A proven record of effective and complex management; includes a good understanding of programme cycle management (and the PCM tools), excellent people management skills, team development and proven financial management skills.

  • Experience in Emergency Response and Scale-up programming.

  • Understanding and experience of protracted crisis contexts.

  • Knowledge of own leadership skills/

Education field

  • Administration / Organisation / Management

  • Social science

Education level

  • College / University, Bachelor's degree

  • College / University, Master / Phd grade

Personal qualities

  • The ability to take the initiatives and work independently, innovatively and effectively with limited direct supervision.

  • Ability to work within a team – supporting other departments is essential.

  • Excellent organizational and problem- solving skills with the ability to remain calm, whilst dealing with conflicting priorities/working under pressure.

  • Good networking, negotiation and representation skills with the ability to influence and advocate.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal English) and the ability to write clear, concise reports.

  • Knowledge of donor contract regulations, particularly DFID, ECHO, SIDA, NMFA and OCHA is essential.

  • Proven evidence of leadership skills including challenging, motivating and developing a team through periods of change.

  • Ability to work with others to develop vision into a strategy and communicating and influencing this to a wider audience.

  • Good understanding of humanitarian coordination mechanism.

  • Commitment to NRC's overall aims, policies and values with experience of promoting gender equity, diversity and the interests of marginalized people in all aspects of NRC’s work.

  • Knowledge of the context in Yemen is essential.


  • Arabic

  • English

We offer

  • 12 Months contract with possibility of extension subject to funds.

  • Female Candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

Miscellaneous info

  • Travel: Approx. 150 days travel

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
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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