Area Programme Manager at Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent, humanitarian, non-profit, non-governmental organisation. We provide assistance, protection and durable solutions to refugees and internally displaced persons worldwide. What is NRC? NRC promotes and protects the rights of refugees and people who have been displaced within their own country.

  • Experience 4 years
  • Location Adamawa
  • City Yola

What you will do:

Specific Responsibilities

Programme Development:

  • Ensure availability of up-to-date needs assessment (preferably multi-sectoral) to inform programme design and advocacy efforts.
  • Ensure all relevant stakeholders are included in the planning and implementation of projects as appropriate.
  • Ensure systems for programme quality control, monitoring, and evaluation, and incorporate key learning in programme development, adjustment, and implementation.
  • Coordinate and closely support CC Project Managers/ Coordinators in drawing up plans, proposals, and budgets for new projects/extensions of projects in conjunction with the relevant programme and support staff.
  • Coordinate multi-sectoral emergency preparedness and response as required by the context and management.
  • Actively promote and drive as well as closely coordinate with all CC Project Managers/ Coordinators to maximise on integrated programming and promote self-reliance.
  • Ensure the inclusion of cash- and voucher-based interventions and market-based programmes in area-based strategies and their implementation across and within NRC’s core competencies.

Programme Management:

  • Overall responsibility for effective and efficient management of programming across White Nile State consistent with the project management cycle (including reporting to the desired quality and standard);
  • Overall programme budget oversight for all projects/portfolio implemented in the Area and ensure appropriate burn-rates are maintained and solutions to over/under expenditure are applied.
  • Responsible for providing implementation support and guidance to Project Managers/ Coordinators, including but not limited to providing instructions on work plans, approving expenses/procurement, recruitments, reporting, etc.
  • Responsible for providing timely and methodical updates regarding needs and trends specific to the Area Office to the Area Manager and Country Office.
  • Support Project Managers/ Coordinators and ensure CC-specific M&E roles and responsibilities are adhered to.
  • Provide an enabling environment for implementing cash- and voucher-based interventions, including multi-purpose cash/ voucher assistance and sector-specific cash/ voucher responses.

Logistics, Finance, and Human Resource Management:

  • Ensure appropriate Financial and Logistical NRC systems/ procedures are adhered to within the programme team.
  • Support Project Managers/ Coordinators and ensure timely and accurate development of procurement plans, recruitment plans, M&E plans, and spending plans per project and ensure the same is shared with relevant support colleagues.
  • In line with project needs and funding availability, continuously and proactively plan programme staff requirements and liaise with HR and Admin to ensure the same.
  • Performance management of all direct reports, including regular 1:1 meetings and completion of work and development plans.
  • Responsible for ensuring systematic capacity development and training of CC Project Managers/ Coordinators, particularly around implementation and reporting capacities.

Coordination and Representation:

  • Responsible for attending relevant cluster meetings and coordination fora, representing NRC strictly within the limit set out by the Country Office, including promoting the rights of IDPs/refugees in line with NRC’s Advocacy Strategy.
  • Conduct senior representation at state and locality levels and promote strong working relationships with government counterparts.
  • In line with NRC’s standards, ensure communication plans are implemented, stakeholders are informed on NRC’s activities, and the organisation is well accepted by communities.
  • Step in as Acting AM (or OIC) as and when required.

What you will bring:

  • At least four years in a management position in a humanitarian and/ or recovery context.
  • Previous experience working in complex and volatile contexts.
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of Project Cycle Management and team leadership skills/ profile, including own.
  • Fluency in English is essential, both written and verbal.
  • Computer literate in Microsoft Office, including strong Word, Excel, and Outlook skills.

Context/specific skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Knowledge of the context in Sudan desirable.
  • Experience in community-based and participatory programme design and planning approaches.
  • Demonstrated ability to think creatively and practically to improve the quality of projects.
  • Experience in needs assessment, project monitoring and evaluation, and programme development.
  • Knowledge of multiple core competency programming and expertise in one or more of NRC’s Core Competencies is considered an advantage.
  • Good communication skills, with the capacity to directly influence and negotiate with various stakeholders.
  • Strong leadership skills and a supportive management style.
  • Experience with a flexible approach to managing and prioritizing a high and diverse workload.

What Makes This Position Attractive?

  • The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organization helping people forced to flee. The organization protects displaced people and supports them as they build a new future. NRC began relief efforts after World War II, and today, works in both new and protracted crises across more than 40 countries.
  • Meaningful work that responds to the diverse needs, priorities, and concerns raised by beneficiary communities. NRC Nigeria meets immediate humanitarian needs, prevents further displacement, and contributes to durable solutions.

What We Offer:

  • Duty station: Yola, Adamawa, Nigeria.
  • Contract duration: 12 months
  • Travel : 60% within targeted project locations
  • Salary/benefits: Salary according to Nigeria grade 9 salary scale for NRC.
  • NRC is an equal opportunities employer. In the selection of our staff, we are committed to diversity without distinction to age, gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality, and physical ability.
  • We think outside the box, encourage ideas, and give responsibility to all employees at all levels. You will have many opportunities to be heard and take the initiative.