Norwegian Refugee Council Regional Programme Advisor (Region Horn of Africa) Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Norwegian Refugee Council

Regional Programme Advisor – Region Horn of Africa

Ref. nr.: 3328105888Full time

Job location:Nairobi

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

NRC’s Horn of Africa operation comprises of large-scale multi-country humanitarian and early recovery interventions spread across nine countries (Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Yemen, Eritrea, Uganda, South Sudan and Tanzania).

NRC’s overall strategy in the region is to ensure a greater number of vulnerable people in hard to reach areas get access to humanitarian assistance, become resilient to future disasters and find durable solution.

The regional office is based in Nairobi and works with country programmes to ensure standardisation of programmatic and operational approaches, promote multi country programming and ensuring quality and coordination.

The Programme Advisor is responsible for supporting the Country Director and/or Head of Programme in their daily work and to ensure donor obligations and requirements of programme funding are met.

Only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Generic Responsibilities

  • Responsible for quality control of content of donor proposals and reports, macro log frames, and triannual reports in regards to country strategy and donor compliance, including coordination of inputs from relevant Regional Programme Managers, Technical and Thematic Advisers in Head Office. Quality control of documents for UN donors however, will be the responsibility of the respective Head of Programme. NMFA and SIDA frameworks will be the responsibility of the Senior Advisor in Oslo
  • Contribute to programme development and to strategic planning for selected country programmes as shall be assigned by line manager
  • Conduct regional contextual analysis and trends in the region that contributes to regional understanding and provide evidence for advocacy and innovative project ideas
  • Support programme assessments and evaluations in country programmes as required
  • Promote incorporation of lessons learned into new programmes and projects
  • Conduct recruitment interviews and facilitate induction training sessions upon request
  • Represent NRC in relevant forum based on thematic areas appointed by line manager
  • Responsible for follow-up on a monthly basis with the Head of Programme on programmatic issues
  • Compliance with and adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedure
  • Carry out other duties of temporary character appointed by line manager

Specific Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the review of proposals, budgets and reports for the selected county programmes in the region to ensure high quality that meets donor requirements
  • Support with grants start up meetings, programme reviews and ensure lesson learned are captured and documented to help improve on the programme delivery in the selected countries of support
  • Field visits to support and train staff on issues such as grants management, project cycle management, proposal and report writing
  • Support in the timely budgetary revisions at project level in close collaboration with grants coordinators and finance staff for the selected countries of support
  • Ensure full compliance with requirements and conditions in grant agreements and contracts, in close cooperation with programme, support, and finance departments
  • Focal point for the selected donors to offer guidance on donor regulations and guidelines
  • Lead on selected theme in the region and provide leadership as well as guidance as will be required
  • Provide support, guidance and training when required to in-country staff in coordination with the Head of Programme
  • Promote the rights of the displacement affected communities (Refugees/ IDPs/returnees) in line with the advocacy strategy
  • Represent NRC in relevant forums based on thematic areas as assigned by line manager


  • Minimum 3 years of Manager/Advisor experience in a humanitarian/recovery context
  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal

Education level: College / University, Bachelor’s degree

Personal qualities

  • Handling insecure environments
  • Planning and delivering results
  • Working with people
  • Analysing
  • Communicating with impact and respect
  • Coping with change

Language: English

We offer

  • Duty station: Nairobi
  • Contract period: 12 Months with possibility of extension
  • Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s general directions, The candidate will observe NRC’s code of conduct and working hours for the NRC specific Country

Miscellaneous info

  • Travel: Some travelling must be expected

Search criteria:

  • Industry: Emergency Relief
  • Special field: Project management
  • Role: Advisor

How to Apply

Candidates should apply on line by going through

Email and paper applications will not be considered.

Deadline for application: 12/02/2017

Community Development, NGO and UN, Project Management
Updated: February 1, 2017 — 3:55 am