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Norwegian Refugee Council seeks to recruit an area manager – Hargeisa, Somalia

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Norwegian Refugee Council seeks to recruit an area manager – Hargeisa

Area Manager – Somaliland

Norwegian Refugee Council

NRC has been active in Somalia since 2004 with four area offices in Kismayu, Mogadishu, Garowe and Hargeisa, providing protection and humanitarian assistance to refugees, internally displaced persons and returnees in Somaliland, Puntland, South Central and Jubbaland regions. NRC offers a comprehensive response for returnees and IDPs of high need, addressing their food security, livelihood, shelter, education, ICLA, and water, hygiene and sanitation needs and also responding to emergencies through NRC’s five core competences; Shelter, Education, Food Security and Livelihoods, WASH and Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA).

NRC Somalia is part of NRC’s East Africa and Yemen regional operation which comprises of large-scale multi-country humanitarian and early recovery interventions spread across seven countries (Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Yemen, Eritrea, South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania). NRC’s overall strategy in the region is to enhance protection and promote the rights of displaced people in humanitarian need by improving living conditions and seeking durable solutions. The regional office is based in Nairobi and works with country programmes to ensure standardization of programmatic and operational approaches, promote multi country programming and ensuring quality and coordination.

All NRC employees are expected to work in accordance with the organisation’s core values: dedication, innovation, inclusivity and accountability. These attitudes and believes shall guide our actions and relationships.


Role and responsibilities

Reporting to the Country Director, the Area Manager position is to ensure high quality and cost effective programme/project implementation.


Generic responsibilities :

  • Line management for senior project staff and support functions (and Field Office Coordinators) in the area Member of the Country Management Group (CMG) ;
  • Compliance with and adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures Provide area specific input on CC strategies, Country Strategy and Plan of Action Organize grants opening and closure meetings at area level ;
  • Implementation of projects (including master support budget and coordinating input for donor proposals and reports) in the area, in compliance with contractual commitments (i.e. quality, synergies, timeliness, use of resources) ;
  • Assess needs, develop emergency response and implement response plans ;
  • Ensure optimal use of resources within the allocated project budgets and CC strategies Represent NRC and networking on area level ;
  • Ensure that capacity building is provided to all staff in the areas Ensure overall security and safety of staff in the areas ;
  • Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy.


Specific responsibilities :

  • Responsible for conflict-sensitive programming ;
  • Ensue beneficiaries led design and implementation of projects and activities including beneficiary complaints mechanism are strengthened ;
  • In liaison with the Programme Development unit ensure that systems for monitoring and evaluating project activities are developed and implemented ;
  • Ensure that NRC’s finance procedures, guidelines and systems are properly implemented and are respected ;
  • Ensure ongoing check and review mechanism in place for the control and stock system of goods, vehicles and transport coordination and make any necessary improvements ;
  • Oversee and coordinate administrative and logistical requests made by the projects for optimal cost efficiency and utilisation of resources ;
  • Develop relationships with donor teams and agencies in the area, and contribute to securing sufficient finances for the programme ;
  • Coordinate with UN agencies, other (I)NGOs, local and state authorities, the targeted beneficiaries and donors and ensure maximum collaboration and cooperation with all key stakeholders ;
  • Remain updated on all relevant political and Government policy issues related to the country operation in general and the area in particular ;
  • Leads and manages staff training initiatives, structured and targeted capacity building efforts and increased nationalisation opportunities within NRC ;
  • Guided by guidelines and direction of NRC selection, capacity building and close monitoring of the Implementing Partners and ensure compliance ;
  • Undertake any other duties assigned by the CD as and when required.


Professional competencies for this position :

Minimum 3 years of international experience from working as a Senior Project Manager in a humanitarian/recovery context Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts

Deadline for application : 28/11/2018

Key info :

Advertiser:  Norwegian Refugee Council

Ref. nr.: 3976261075 Full time

Search criteria :

Location Somalia

Industry Emergency Relief

Special field Coordination

Job location : Hargeisa


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  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities ;
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile ;
  • Proven experience as a leading organizational representative, in personnel management, finance, logistics, administration, and implementing security protocols.


Context/skills, knowledge and experience :

  • Knowledge of Somalia and East Africa and socio-cultural complexities ;
  • Knowledge of the context and dynamics in Somalia – previous work experience in Somalia is an asset Demonstrated understanding of working in complex operating environments ;
  • Able to cope and manage minimum or not recreational and social facilities, shared accommodation, insecurity situation ;
  • Holder of a valid and clean international driver’s license ;
  • The following behavioral competencies are essential for this position ;
  • Handling insecure environments ;
  • Strategic thinking ;
  • Empowering and building trust ;
  • Managing performance and development ;
  • Managing resources to optimize results.


We offer :

Contract period:  12 months with possibility of extension

Duty Station: Hargeisa

Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s salary scale and terms and conditions

NRC may be required to verify the identity of its partners and to check that its partners have not been involved in illegal activities. NRC reserves the right to use electronic screening tools for this purpose.

The positon is open to national and international candidates.

The Norwegian Refugee Council is an equal opportunity employer, with no discrimination in terms of sex, age, religion, ethnic origin or political affiliation. Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

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