Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Area Programme Manager

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Job Description

Yemen is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, with up to 80% of the population currently in need of some form of humanitarian or protective assistance, many due to a breakdown in existing support systems and the deterioration of all basic services. Protracted conflict, economic deterioration, and the sustained non-payment of public salaries have left two-thirds of Yemen’s population – 20 million people – facing a crisis or emergency food insecurity and a threat of widespread famine.

NRC has operated in Yemen since 2012. Currently, NRC operates in ten governorates clustered under three Area Offices, with each area office managed by an Area Manager in a significantly decentralized structure. The overall budget turn-over exceeds US$ 35 million with a total staffing of more than 300.

About the position

Reporting to the Area Manager, the Area Programme Manager (APM) is a member of the Area Management Team. The APM is responsible for the programmes in all NRC’s target locations under the Sana’a area of operations.

This position is specifically created to strengthen project cycle management, with emphasis on effective supervision of project implementation processes, programme development, reporting and continuous quality improvements. As part of this role, the incumbent will ensure effective integration across Core Competencies (CC), as well as external Coordination with Clusters and other implementing agencies, including the consortia.

The day to day

  • Provide inputs to the area strategy, lead on the Design and needs assessment of the CCs component; Continuously support in assessing the context and needs of the vulnerable population, and make recommendations to the AM to adapt the programme and team composition as required by the context;
  • Collaborate with PMs and CC Coordinators to develop annual programmatic/CC strategy, including emergency responses in the area in coordination with the AM. Embedded to this, ensure a robust M&E being in place as well;
  • Identify funding opportunities and develop funding strategies and forecasts for the area;
  • Lead development of relevant, effective and integrated projects for the area to optimize the impact on the target population;
  • Lead proposal development process at the area level, identify donor needs/donor challenges, develop area protocol for go / no go decisions together with the AM on funding opportunities;
  • Responsible for the Area Project Cycle Management, including Grants start-up, review and Closure meetings supported by AM as needed;
  • Responsible for ensuring Programme Support to the integrated programme, coordination and technical quality in the area;
  • Responsible for Grants Management and programme budget allocations in Area;
  • Ensure compliance with contractual commitments and extracting and implementing key learnings from project implementation;
  • Coordinate new and existing emergency responses in the area, with support from emergency response manager and the AM;
  • Conduct systematic Capacity Building for project managers on proposal writing, report writing and programme related components;
  • Conduct regular programme progress and after-action review workshops/meetings, regular programme meetings and lead on project evaluations and lessons learnt exercise;
  • Compile and produce regular area level programme reports such situation report, activity progress report etc;
  • Responsible for technical issues involving sectoral coordination with Clusters and Working Groups at area level, including promoting the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with NRC Advocacy Strategy (specific for Yemen);
  • As and when requested by the AM, represent NRC in external forums: Clusters, sectoral coordination or working groups in Aden, ensuring the NRC profile is positively maintained as per NRC values, objectives, strategy and advocacy plan. This includes proactively representing in Cluster Coordination meetings and maintaining contact with relevant local authorities, UN and other agencies, ensuring that NRCs mandate, vision, approach and programming is understood and accepted.
You can learn more about the role by clicking on the Job Description As our prospective candidate, you have the following;

  • An advanced university degree in political science, social science, international studies, public Administration, economics, or a related field is required. University graduate with at least 4-6 years’ experience managing projects for an international organization in a humanitarian/recovery setting;
  • A dynamic leader, who possesses effective interpersonal communication skills with the ability to influence others;
  • A proven record of effective and complex management; includes a good understanding of programme cycle management (and the PCM tools), excellent people management skills, team development and proven financial management skills;
  • Knowledge of donor contract regulations, particularly DFID, ECHO, SIDA, NMFA and OCHA is essential;
  • Knowledge of the context in Yemen is essential.
As part of our team, you will enjoy the following;

  • A challenging opportunity with an international team dedicated to people forced to flee;
  • Duty Station will be Sanaá with travel upto 40% to the field;
  • A 1-year contract with a likelihood of extension;
  • Salary and benefits according to NRC’s salary scale and terms and conditions.
We strongly believe in diversity for a healthier and more creative environment. Talent exists everywhere and opportunities should be open for women and underrepresented groups at all levels. If you have a passion for helping communities, please share your talent with the world and send us your application. All NRC employees are expected to work in accordance with the organisation's values; To be dedicated, innovative, inclusive, and accountable are attitudes and beliefs that shall guide our actions and relationships. We are happy about early applicants.
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