Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Education Project Manager

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Job Description


NRC is looking for a Protection Specialist to join the Afghanistan mission. The role holder is the technical lead for the Protection-from-Violence thematic area and leads NRC’s Protection position vis-à-vis relevant Coordination and decision-making fora. He/she provides expertise and is responsible for strategic advice, programme development, Technical Support, quality assurance, and Capacity Building. The Protection Specialist is responsible for identifying priority protection issues, building protection capacities, technical guiding the specialised protection programme, and developing and guiding the implementation of protection strategies and plans.

If you are an action-oriented, execution-driven, and hands-on executive, with a track record in defining, planning, and shaping distinctive strategies and initiatives distinctive strategies through adapting through changing circumstances and capitalising on trends, then this is the role for you!

What You Will Do

Strategic Leadership: Developing the Protection strategy and contributing to integrated programming. Leading on the merge of Protection and Site Management. Fundraising: Developing and revising funding proposals, budgets, and donor reports. Technical Quality: Developing technical standard operating procedures, guidelines, tools, etc. Providing technical direction and project implementation support. Learning: ensure key learnings are extracted and incorporated. Strengthening Protection Monitoring and Evaluation tools and systems, and supporting programme learning throughout the project-cycle. Coordination and Representation: Represent the organization in external coordination forums/ liaise and collaborate with authorities and other key stakeholders . Advocacy and Coordination: Contribute to advocacy objectives through meaningful engagement in briefings, development of advocacy products, and coordination. Capacity Building: Providing training and building capacity of technical staff.

What You Will Bring

Senior management Camp Coordination and Camp Management experience in a humanitarian/recovery context. Protection, legal frameworks, and professional standards understanding in a humanitarian and displacement context. Afghanistan context and humanitarian community response experience and knowledge. High risk, insecure, opaque, complex, and volatile context exposure. English fluency, both written and verbal.

What Makes This Position Attractive?

The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan is complex, protracted, and worsening. The country is facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis with a risk of systemic collapse and human catastrophe.  A commitment to Protection is at the core of NRC’s mission. In Afghanistan, NRC is running a protection programme focusing on the Protection of Civilians from situations of violence, Civilian Self-Protection, Site Management, and delivering specialised protection services (including protection case management and individual protection assistance). This is an opportunity to contribute to the protection and assistance of vulnerable and crisis-affected women, girls, boys, and men. NRC Afghanistan is one of the leading Humanitarian Response agencies (particularly for Afghans forced to flee), maintaining a presence of 12 offices and over 1,000 staff in 14 provinces across the country. Meaningful work that responds to the diverse needs, priorities, and concerns raised by beneficiary communities. NRC Afghanistan meets immediate humanitarian needs, prevents further displacement, and contributes to durable solutions. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to join our work culture that empowers every employee to share ideas and take responsibility.

What We Offer

Kabul, Afghanistan duty station. 12 month contract duration. 30% travel, approximately. Grade 9 in NRC’s Salary Scale. NRC offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. NRC is an equal opportunities employer. In the selection of our staff, we are committed to diversity without distinction to age, gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality, and physical ability. We think outside the box, encourage ideas, and give responsibility to all employees at all levels. You will have many opportunities to be heard and take the initiative.

Key Information - Please Take Note When Applying

We highly encourage you to learn more about the role: please review the full Job Description here. Learn more about NRC’s operation in Afghanistan here. Apply by completing all the system-required fields of your employment history, experience, responsibilities, and education in your application. Ensure to attach your latest CV. Submit your application and CV in English. When creating your profile, include your full name as per your passport. To apply as an internal candidate, click on the suitcase icon “I am an employee” on the top right of the page to be redirected to NRC’s internal career site. Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of colour are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. NRC is dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. Unsolicited applications not related to this specific job advertisement will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We receive many applicants for each vacant position. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to give detailed feedback to applicants who have not been shortlisted. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply early. For any queries, please email us at with “Protection Specialist Afghanistan” as the subject line. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises across more than 31 countries, providing emergencies and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. We stand up for people forced to flee, advocating their rights. NORCAP, our global provider of expertise, helps improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises. NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country. Employment with NRC may lead to employment in or deployment to Regions, Countries, Areas or Offices that may be host to considerable health, safety and Security risks. NRC takes this very seriously and we have procedures in place to reduce known risks, but will never be able to take away all risks. NRC is an equal opportunities employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality and physical ability.

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