Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Access Adviser (INGO Forum)

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Job Description


NRC initiated country operations in Nigeria in June 2015, in order to respond to the critical and increasing needs in the country. NRC currently has a full team based in Maiduguri and a Coordination office in Abuja. NRC is currently providing services across various sectors namely; Shelter and Non-Food Items (NFI); Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion (WASH); Food Security; and Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA) in order to address identified humanitarian needs.
The INGO Forum in Nigeria was formed in late 2014 to develop a collaborative platform for effective and principled INGO interaction, engagement and coordination for humanitarian, recovery and development interventions in Nigeria. Since inception, the INGO Forum has become a critical platform for ensuring effective information sharing and Analysis; leadership on advocacy and policy engagement; and liaison with government/donor/UN engagement and engagement ensuring the perspectives of INGOs and affected populations are ultimately included in decision-making processes. The INGO Forum is governed by a core membership of 41 members (and 6 observers) with new member applications pending approval on a regular basis, The INGO Forum is governed by an elected Steering Committee of five Country Directors and a Chair that works alongside a full-term Secretariat. Since March 2017, the INGO Forum is administratively hosted by Mercy Corps in Nigeria’s capital city of Abuja as well as Maiduguri.

The purpose of the Adviser position is to promote efforts Humanitarian Access and coordination, and support day-to-day implementation of the NIF Project. The main tasks will be delivered through the co-chairing of the Access Working Group, together with OCHA.

Duties and Responsibilities

Adherence with NRC and donor policies, tools, handbooks, guidelines and regulations
Develop access strategy, technical SOP’s / guidelines
Overall Management of Access staff and responsible for staff recruitment
Coordinate and manage Access activities in line with proposals, strategies and donor requirements
Liaison and collaborate with relevant local and national authorities and stakeholders and represent NIF in relevant forums and working groups
Develop partnerships in the humanitarian community and coordinate with relevant authorities to Design solutions to identified problems
Co-chair the Access Working Group together with OCHA’s management according to the AWG’s ToR
Represent the AWG at OHCT and HCT levels (upon request from NIF DDir and Dir) and brief the Country Team on Access issues and ongoing discussions
Effectively promote the application of IHL and the operationalisation of humanitarian principles in the humanitarian response in Nigeria
Coordinate BAY state and deep field level access meetings and engagements, with travel to Abuja for key meetings as necessary and briefings to the HCT

Collaborate closely with REACH, iMMAP, OCHA, INSO and other Data Analysis units on key humanitarian issues that require monitoring and analysis;
Identify opportunities for strengthening access measures, as well as opportunities for promoting community acceptance and accountability to the affected population
Ensure that linkages between other access initiatives are established and maintained
Ensure attention to special protection issues that arise with the project; particularly those involving vulnerable groups, sensitive topics, protection of sources and confidential data
Undertake regular visits to the deep field and consistent liaising with key stakeholders to share relevant information and stay informed.
Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy


Experience from working within technical expertise area in a humanitarian/ recovery context
Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
Advanced university degree in conflict and development, international relations, international humanitarian law or related technical field (minimum master’s degree).
Five years cognate experience in a similar role within an NGO (local or international), with humanitarian access functions.
Experience with developing and implementing access related strategic objectives
Knowledge of the humanitarian coordination system and the mandates of the actors involved.
Knowledge of International Humanitarian Laws
Good knowledge of the social, economic and political dynamics in North East Nigeria, the Lake Chad Basin and Sahel region in general
Strong data analytical and interpretation skills.
Commitment to international humanitarian standards and principles.
Ability to work independently in a fast-paced and often demanding environment.
Fluency in English, both written and verbal

Personal Qualities

Planning and delivering results Empowering and building trust Communicating with impact and respect Handling insecure environment

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