Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Humanitarian Access Adviser

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Job Description

All NRC employees are expected to work in accordance with the organization’s core values: dedication, innovation, inclusivity, and accountability. These attitudes and believes shall guide our actions and relationships. Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world, situated at the heart of the Sahel. Niger has a lack of state capacity to respond to humanitarian crises and is also bordered by countries affected by conflict and instability (Chad, Nigeria, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Libya in the far North). Then it is part of the migration route towards Northern Africa. Niger recently has been experiencing deterioration in security; rise in cross-border attacks by non-state armed groups – targeting Armed Forces and community leaders. It has been receiving many refugees from Nigeria, Mali, and lately from Burkina Faso. Burkina Faso has been experiencing an unprecedented rise in violence and humanitarian needs since early 2019. Burkina Faso was a relatively stable country but now the number of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) continues to increase as the government continues struggling to contain the incursions of the non-state armed groups. In January 2019 there were only approximately 20,000 IDPs, now there are estimated to be more than 1,000,000 IDPs and this is expected to continue. NRC’s program portfolio includes all four core competencies of NRC. ICLA (Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance), Livelihood and Food Security, WASH, Shelter, and Education. we are looking for a Humanitarian Access Adviser to support principled Program Design and implementation by providing Analysis and operational guidance to ensure sustained and quality access.

Duties and responsibilities

Specific responsibilities Liaison
  • Maintain active contact with Access/Liaison counterparts from peer agencies (including Local Humanitarian Partners) and relevant organizations.

  • Represent NRC in all access related areas including providing support to existing access mechanisms (Access Working Group, CMCoord).

  • Work closely with field staff to ensure sound knowledge of principled access and negotiations.

  • Work in close collaboration with the Regional Analyst and ACLED to monitor and analyse conflict dynamics, develop an analysis methodology and deliver inputs to the access / analysis platform (under development).

  • Coordinate with the Global Access Advisor on key issues and access strategic direction.

  • Support with establishing and maintaining contacts with the authorities in the areas of operation with a specific focus on the development of access related networks.

Analysis and Advocacy support
  • Suppot the establishment of a context monitoring system to collect and analyze key information and data relevant to NRC’s programmatic and strategic decision making.

  • Development of context-specific tools in support of building anticipatory analysis – in close coordination with the Regional Analyst and Global Access Advisor.

  • Provide written and verbal analysis to NRC country management team and area teams highlighting conflict dynamics and trends analyzing their impact on current and future NRC access and presence

  • Monitor the security and political situation on the ground building on the external network; share regular context updates and analysis.

  • Write regularly as well as ad-hoc reports pertaining to security incidents, access developments and other contextual concerns in order to better inform the decision-making process.

  • Support the Policy and Advocacy department in identifying access related issues and in producing evidence for advocacy purposes.

Field support
  • Support Country and area management team on crisis management, incident management and post-incident management when required.

  • Support the NRC Country and Area Office Management Groups in making informed strategic decisions related to humanitarian access and the practical application of humanitarian principles.

  • Coordinate the implementation of access strategies for all operational areas.

  • Provide Capacity Building and to field staff on access related topics (humanitarian principles, negotiations, Context Analysis).

Programmatic support
  • In coordination with HO access team and relevant AO/CO colleagues, contribute in designing access strategies for new operational areas.

  • Support in ensuring that program activities are planned, implemented and monitored safely through advisory and Technical Support.

  • Contribute in ensuring that all interventions are conducted in respect of the Do-No-Harm principle and in a conflict-sensitive manner.

  • Highlight operational dilemmas throughout all PCM phases and inform CMG decision.


Generic professional competencies for this position
  • 3 to 5 years of experience within a similar function with NGOs, the UN, or the private sector.

  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts

  • Documented results related to the position's responsibilities

  • Technical expertise in humanitarian access

  • Technical knowledge of and experience managing and/or advising on humanitarian access

  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile

  • Previous experience in Remote Management

  • Fluency in English and French, both written and verbal

  • Bachelor degree in a relevant field

  • Strong computer and data analysis skills

  • Analytical-minded and able to read political /reference maps

  • General understanding of humanitarian work Context related skills, knowledge, and experience

  • Experience in liaising with communities and authorities as well as NGOs,

  • Experience of assessing political, social, and security situations in the country Fluency in Arabic.

  • Familiar with local culture, politics, and geographical areas

  • Strong interpersonal skills, including capacities to negotiate with non-government stakeholders

Personal qualities

Behavioral competencies
  • Strategic thinking

  • Planning and delivering results

  • Working with people

  • Communicating with impact and respect

  • Analyzing

  • Handling insecure environments

We can offer

Commencement: ASAP Duration: 12 months Duty station: Ouagadougou with frequent travel Niger and field file offices Salary/benefits: Grade 9 of NRC Salary Grid Please note that you are required to enter the geographical location for all your previous positions while registering your CV. There is no specific field for this information in our CV form, but you can use the "Company name" field for both company and location. Only CVs and applications written in English will be assessed For more information, please click on the link Job Description
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