Job Description


NRC is looking for a Head of Programme to join the Myanmar mission. The role holder will develop and ensure implementation of holistic high-quality programmes.

If you are experienced and seasoned leader with a track record of developing and integrating distinctive strategies; successful experience building and leading collaborative, engaging, and effective teams; and the ability to meet new challenges and navigate through insecure environments, then this is the role for you!

What You Will Do

Remote Programming (development and implementation of remote programming systems and tools for hard-to-reach and underserved populations; and supporting monitoring and evaluation, accountability, systematic learning, implementation support, and programme oversight). Remote Management (development and implementation of remote Management Systems and tools). Partnerships (building and strengthening networks and collaborations; strengthening localization strategies; and implementation of consortia). Safe & Inclusive Programming (ensuring meaningful access, accountability, and Community Engagement). Protection & Policy (programme-led policy; and protection in Humanitarian Action). Strategic Fundraising & Donor Engagement (leading the fundraising strategy).

What You Will Bring

Senior management experience in a humanitarian/recovery context. Strategic advocacy experience. Protection principles knowledge and exposure. Remote programming and remote team-working exposure. Complex, and volatile context exposure. Humanitarian Access constraints familiarity. Myanmar context exposure and knowledge. English fluency, both written and verbal.

What Makes This Position Attractive?

NRC has delivered Humanitarian Assistance and protection to vulnerable affected populations in Myanmar since 2008, following Cyclone Nargis. Over that time, NRC has evolved into a complex and mature mission with an excellent reputation for technical skill and delivery of programmes. NRC provides services and assistance to vulnerable populations affected by conflict and displacement over three geographical areas (Northwest, Northeast, and Southeast Myanmar) and the Country Office in Yangon. NRC Myanmar works in collaboration with a diverse portfolio of partner organisations. Over the past years NRC Myanmar has been at the forefront of partnerships, piloting fair share, integrated programming, and stand-alone protection from violence. The portfolio of projects is currently larger than 15. Overall, the Programme Unit brings together a team of around 20 staff. This is an opportunity to join one of the most respected humanitarian actors in Myanmar that has a strong reputation with donors, embassies, clusters, and peer agencies, and the chance to work with a diverse portfolio of donors and partners. NRC has established sector teams in Camp Management, Education, Information Counselling and Legal Assistance, Protection from Violence, and Shelter and Settlements. This role provides exposure to a diverse range of sectors and programming modalities. Meaningful work, with a high-quality integrated programme, that that responds to the diverse needs, priorities, and concerns raised by beneficiary communities. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to join our work culture that empowers every employee to share ideas and take responsibility.

What We Offer

Yangon, Myanmar duty station, subject to receiving appropriate documentation. The successful candidate will be expected to work from home/remotely for extended periods of time. 24-month contract duration. 25% travel, approximately.  Grade 11 in NRC’s Salary Scale. NRC offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. NRC is an equal opportunities employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, 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 Myanmar here. Apply by completing all the system-required fields of your experience, employment history, 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 and you meet most, but not all the requirements, we encourage you to apply anyway. Applications that do not meet the minimum standards in terms of experience or qualifications will generally not be considered. 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. For any queries, please email us at with “Head of Programme Myanmar” 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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