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  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Jordan | Syria
  • Grade: Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
  • Closing Date: 2019-06-20

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Head of Programme-Syria Response Office- Amman, Jordan - Syria

Jordan (Jordan) | Syria

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

The Syrian Crisis is in its ninth year, but the level and intensity of conflict in the country remains high. Humanitarian and protection needs are overwhelming. According to OCHA, 11.7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance inside of Syria and millions have been forced to flee. Approximately 6.2 million people in Syria are living in protracted displacement. Most IDPs have sought refuge with host families and in abandoned or unfinished buildings, which are often overcrowded. Elsewhere, they reside in tents or makeshift accommodation in informal settlements and camps. 3.7 million school-aged children are in need of support and 2.1 million are out of school and disconnected from learning and their peers.

NRC’s programming in Syria is supported by multiple donors, including NMFA, SIDA, ECHO, SDC, French CDCS, DG NEAR, UNICEF and UNHCR. 

NRC is currently recruiting a Head of Programme based out of our Syria Response Office in Amman.

The Head of Programme advises the Country Management Group on programme direction and focus. The post-holder is committed to ensuring that, through NRC’s programme, people affected by displacement have their rights respected and that they are protected. The Head of Programme represents NRC with donors, key stakeholders, UN agencies and other NGOs, in both bilateral and broader coordination meetings as well as in advocacy fora.

The Head of Programme has delegated responsibility for ensuring that NRC’s programme design is relevant to the needs, offers value for money and is of high quality during the whole project cycle. The post-holder provides leadership to the Programme Unit and ensures that core competency strategies and programmes are developed in line with the overall country strategy. Decisions on whether or not to apply for particular funding opportunities, consolidation of donor proposals and donor reporting are under the management of the Head of Programme.

With a strong focus on programme quality, the Head of Programme guides the development and continuous evolution of NRC M&E systems, ensuring that programmes are adjusted based on learning from monitoring and evaluation and that feedback is received and acted upon.

The Head of Programme is a member of the Country Management Group and actively contributes to the strategic direction of the country programme. As a member of the leadership team the Head of Programme ensures that staff observe NRC’s Code of Conduct and other guiding principles, and that NRC’s financial, human and other resources are carefully controlled to ensure maximum impact for affected communities is achieved.

For this vital role our ideal candidate is:

A university graduate, with a minimum of 5 years’ experience from a senior management position in a humanitarian/recovery context. NRC is particularly looking for a manager with the strength and vision to support fresh and innovative teams of highly professional staff across our areas of operations. A strategic thinker, with strong project management skills across any of the NRC Core Competencies and an individual with a solid understanding of the Syrian context and the donor landscape involved is highly valued. Candidates with a thorough understanding of, and experience working with all phases of Project Cycle Management are particularly encouraged to apply.

Position responsibilities include: 

  •  Member of the Country Management Group (CMG)
  • Compliance with and adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures
  • Provide programme input to Country Strategy and Plan of Action
  • Development of Core Competency strategies
  • Development of holistic and needs based programmes
  • Identify funding opportunities, develop funding strategies and forecasts
  • Grants management, BPO allocations and reporting to donors, including compliance with donor standards
  • Quality control, M&E and organizational learning
  • Capacity building of all technical staff
  • Other tasks as required by management

Additional Information: 

Duty Station: Amman, Jordan

Duration: 12 Months (renewable)

Approved health certificate required prior to start

For full details please see the job description attached below

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