Shelter Project 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. We take action during situtations of armed conflict, and engage in other contextes where our competences will add value. The majority of our 5000 staff members are national employees in NRC’s projects in around 25 countries worldwide. All our projects are supervised by the NRC Head Office in Oslo. NRC was established in 1946 under the name Aid to Europe, to assist refugees in Europe after World War II. Today NRC is organised as an independent, private foundation. We cooperate closely with the UN and other humanitarian organisations, around the world as well as in Norway. What does NRC do? Programme Activities: NRC’s main activity is the deliverance of humanitarian aid through programme activities in the field. NRC specialises in five programme areas, or core competences – Shelter, Food Security, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Education, and Information Counselling and Legal Aid (ICLA). The core competences are adaptive to different contexts and mutually reinforcing.

  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Qualification: BA/BSc/HND
  • Experience: 3 years
  • Location: Adamawa
  • City: Yola
  • Job Field: Engineering / Technical  , NGO/Non-Profit 

The Shelter Project Manager (SPM) directly implements the Shelter CC projects. S/he will provide regular technical support and monitoring visits to all program areas to ensure interventions consider international best practices and appropriately meet the project participants’ needs in target communities. S/he will represent NRC at the coordination fora, as delegated by the Area Programme Manager.

This position reports to the Area Programme Manager and is a crucial member of the Area Management Team.

What you will do:

Specific responsibilities 

Program Development:

  • Contribute to the situation analysis, identify needs, and actively take part in developing project strategies.
  • Lead the design, conduct quality technical and needs assessments, work with the Shelter Specialist and M&E (Monitoring & Evaluation) Focal Point, and submitting timely quality reports.
  • Contribute to the development of concept notes and proposals.
  • Proactively work with M&E to lead and/or support the documentation of lessons learned, best practices, and case studies for projects to inform the improved design of new projects and highlight NRC work to key stakeholders.
  • Proactively engage with potential donors at the field level through effective coordination and collaboration, working with the Area Programme Manager.

Project Management:

  • Prepare and deliver detailed project implementation, procurement, and budget spending plans promptly, ensuring that off-targets are identified and mitigated promptly.
  • Ensure availability of quality partnership assessment and partnership plan and ensure that relevant MoUs (Memorandum of Understanding) and other support documentation and resources are in place to work with local partners.
  • Provide guidance and technical support to staff on implementation modalities, plans, and strategies, including the development and rollout of remote management plans, partnership strategies and plans, advocacy plans, and risk analysis.
  • Ensure the integration of other Core Competencies in both design and implementation of actions.
  • Manage assigned human resources, incl. recruitment, f planning, and management processes, and conduct staff performance and development management. 
  • Conduct frequent field visits to project areas to ensure quality implementation through technical and managerial guidance, support, and monitoring.
  • Conduct monthly project progress reviews, including progress against objectives, indicators, activities, as well as budget vs. actual spending, and report to the Area Manager on the project progress.
  • Ensure project budget management incl. the monitoring of projects, take corrective measures, and ensure the effective use of resources.
  • Ensure quality and timely preparation of donor reports, project reports, and any other NRC internal reports as required.
  • Ensure compliance during project implementation with donors and NRC regulations, working closely with the Grants and Shelter Specialist and ensuring adherence to available guidelines.
  • Work closely with the M&E (Monitoring & Evaluation) team to support the continuous monitoring of project implementation, quality, the measuring of all indicators, and ensuring that NRC accountability mechanisms CFM (Complaints and Feedback Mechanisms) in place are reviewed, known to and utilized by the project participants.

Capacity Building:

  • Identify learning and training opportunities for project staff and partners and work as a mentor and role model for less experienced staff.
  • Work with the Shelter Specialist to provide necessary technical training and develop appropriate technical guidelines and materials for NRC’s and partner staff.

Representation, Coordination, and Advocacy:

  • Develop and maintain collaborative and effective partnerships with NGOs (non-governmental organizations), CBOs (Community-Based Organizations) and government partners.
  • Ensure the effective participation of stakeholders in project implementation.
  • Ensure the development of advocacy messages within projects, ensuring linkages to the overall Nigeria country program, and to the advocacy strategy.
  • In collaboration with senior program staff, assist in advocacy activities that target decision-makers at all levels.
  • In collaboration with the Shelter Specialist, feed in learning, experiences, and evidence to relevant global advocacy objectives.

What you will bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree in civil or architectural engineering. 
  • Minimum of three years of professional experience leading, managing, and implementing emergency response programs in shelter programming in a humanitarian and/or recovery context
  • Demonstrated experience in budgeting, and proposal writing.
  • Strong budgeting and budget monitoring skills, including proficiency with MS Excel.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities, deadlines, and tasks efficiently.
  • Strong ability to work with diverse groups/individuals, ranging from local partners, local authorities, humanitarian community and to the private sector.
  • Experience in supporting the Logistics and Procurement department in the procurement of non-food, shelter and hygiene items and diverse types of constructions and rehabilitation activities.
  • Experience in managing construction projects undertaken by private companies or vendors.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, public speaking, and strategic planning skills are required.
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal, as well as excellent report writing skills.

Context/specific skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Demonstrated background and knowledge of major humanitarian donors, particularly BHA, ECHO, and experience of working in collaboration with UN agencies especially UNICEF, UNHCR and IOM.
  • Previous experience in emergency preparedness and response in Northeast Nigeria.
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully managing, and capacity building a multicultural team.
  • Previous experience in partnerships with local governments and CBOs, providing capacity building, coaching, and collaborating on project design and implementation.
  • Willingness to travel and work in hard-to-reach areas under strenuous conditions.
  • Good cultural awareness and sensitivity.
  • Experience with start-up or expansion of new programmes.

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