Job Description


A very exciting opportunity to work as the Head of Programme at NRC Poland. in which you will lead, develop and ensure implementation of holistic high-quality programmes 


Since February 2022, almost 10 million people have crossed from Ukraine into Poland, fleeing the armed conflict in search of safety and international protection. Poland is the second biggest transit and receiving country in the region (after Russia), with close to 1.6 million individuals registered for temporary protection. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and operational partners estimate upwards of 2 million refugees will remain in Poland for the foreseeable future.

In Poland, 7 out of 10 displaced people struggle to cover their Basic Needs, despite the enabling legal environment and access to different social assistance mechanisms. Third-country nationals (TCNs) who fled from the conflict in Ukraine are particularly affected. They lived in Ukraine prior to 24 February 2022 but are not eligible for rights and benefits under the EU Temporary Protection Directive. In addition, needs also exist at the Poland-Belarus border, which has seen an increased influx of migrants and Asylum Seekers into Polish territory since the end of 2021.

what you will do:

Line management for Core Competence Programme Development Managers (PDMs) Member of the Country Management Group (CMG) Provide programme input to Country Strategy and Plan of Action  Development of Core Competency strategies that are aligned to regional and global priorities and strategies Quality control, M&E and organizational learning  Capacity Building of all technical staff In-country representation Development of holistic and needs based programmes, including cash-based interventions and market-based programmes Identify funding opportunities, develop funding strategies and forecasts  Grants Management, BPO allocations and reporting to donors, including compliance with donor standards In conjunction with the Director" id="link" class="link">Country Director, liaise with donors on new funding and operational areas of programming Accountable for the development of concept notes, project proposals, and budget development Lead the development of NRC partnership approach at country office level leading the development of tools/systems/approach/guidance in Coordination with all NRC functions. Ensure the inclusion of cash-based interventions and market-based programmes in country approach, as relevant and appropriate Work in coordination with Advocacy Manager in order to ensure that NRC is able to engage relevant decision makers and influence their decisions to address humanitarian needs Accountable for the implementation of NRC project cycle management 

Knowledge and Experience:

Minimum 4 years’ experience from a senior management position in a humanitarian/ recovery context Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts Technical programme expertise Knowledge of cash-based interventions and market-based programmes Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile  Fluency in English, both written and verbal Knowledge of the context in Poland and the wider Ukraine regional response Fluency in Polish is advantageous  Experience in developing evidence-based reports and research Experience with start-up, exit or similar

Please take a look at the detailed job description to learn more about the position 

What Makes This Position Attractive?

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. The organisation protects displaced people and supports them as they build a new future. The organisation began relief efforts after World War II, and today, works in both new and protracted crises across more than 40 countries. Meaningful work that responds to the diverse needs, priorities, and concerns raised by beneficiary communities. NRC Ukraine meets immediate humanitarian needs, prevents further displacement, and contributes to durable solutions. 

What We Offer

Duty station:  Warsaw Poland  Contract duration: National contract, 12 months, extension possible based on funding Travel : up to 20%  Salary/benefits: According to NRC salary scale, terms and conditions in Poland  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

Learn more about NRC here and NRC Poland To apply as an internal candidate, please 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. 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. 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. Nationals from Central & Eastern Europe are highly encouraged to apply EU nationals and those with the right to work in Poland will be prioritized For any questions pertaining to this role please write to with the "Job Title" 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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