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  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Sanaa
  • Grade: Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
  • Closing Date: 2019-02-21

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Humanitarian Access Adviser - Yemen

Sanaa (Yemen)

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation
helping people forced to flee.

We protect displaced people and support them as they build a new future. We started our relief efforts after World War Two.
Today, we work in both new and protracted crises across 31 countries. We
specialise in six areas: food security, education, shelter, legal assistance,
camp management, and water, sanitation and hygiene.

We stand up for people forced to flee.
NRC is a determined advocate
for displaced people. We promote and defend displaced people's rights and
dignity in local communities, with national governments and in the
international arena. NRC’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva is
a global leader in monitoring, reporting on and advocating for people displaced
within their own country.

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

Around 6,000 men and women work for the
Norwegian Refugee Council.
Most of us are hired locally
to work in the field, and a small number are based at our head office in Oslo.
Many of our colleagues were once themselves fleeing their homes.

The Norwegian Refugee Council in Yemen is looking for a Humanitarian Access Adviser to support access innovation initiatives, including the development of strategies, tools and guidelines. The Humanitarian Access Adviser will collaborate with field staff to provide access analysis and recommendations based on program operation needs. The position will also play an active role within the humanitarian community through different access working groups. The position will be based in Sana'a, with frequent travel to field sites.

Job description

• Support access innovation initiatives, including development of other strategies, tools and guidelines for management of NRC’s access in Yemen
• Provide access analysis based on program operation demand and in collaboration with field staff.
• Work with program unit to ensure access elements are included in proposals.
• Identify training needs, and support or conduct training initiatives for field staff in Yemen for humanitarian access and negotiations.
• Contribute to advocacy efforts related to access, in close coordination with the Protection and Advocacy Adviser.
• Provide area-based access analyses supporting operational implementation or program development, including recommendations on how to address issues as they arise
• Contribute to NRC regional and global access discussions and development of tools and strategies, share lessons learned and best practices from Yemen, act as a platform for knowledge exchange within agencies in Yemen
• Support NRC Global to refine and further develop and field test strategies, trainings, tools and guidance (access strategy and negotiations)
• Lead coordination of INGOs Access Working Group.
• Co-chair OCHA’s Humanitarian Access Working Group (HAWG).
• Ensure that linkages between access initiatives are established and maintained, particularly between the HAWG, the INGO Access Working Group and the Advocacy Working Group.
• Collaborate closely with OCHA and any other data analysis units on key access issues that require monitoring and analysis.


• Advanced University/Master's degree in relevant field
• Minimum 3 years of experience from working as a Senior Project Manager in a humanitarian/recovery context
• Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
• Fluency in English, both written and verbal
• Arabic language skills are an asset
• Previous experience in a similar role, desirable
• Knowledge of Yemen or similar contexts

Personal qualities

• Strong analytical skills
• Strong coordination skills, with the ability to negotiate and influence
• Resilience and ability to live and work in insecure environments
• Strategic thinking
• Ability to empower and build trust

We offer

• Duty Station: Sana'a, Yemen with 40% field travel
• Contract Duration: 12 months
• Salary/Benefits: Competitive compensation and benefits package
• NRC may be required to verify the identify of its partners and check that its partners have not been involved in illegal activity. NRC reserves the right to use electronic screening tools for this purpose.

• Applications will be screened on a rolling basis; therefore, if you are interested we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.
• Females are highly encouraged to apply
• Preferred start date is 1 April 2019

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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