Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Partnership Coordinator

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Job Description


These strategic locations have allowed NRC greater reach from the north and south parts of the North-East and North Central region and allowed NRC to contribute to bridging the gap between humanitarian aid and development cooperation, including by focusing on equitable access to basic services and strengthening the rights of displaced people and returnees. In addition to the Country Office and the above mentioned Area Offices, NRC has sub-offices structures in Dikwa, Monguno,  Biu, Mubi, Pulka and Gwoza. 

We are looking for people who are passionate about helping refugees and people forced to flee. 

If you are those people, the Norwegian Refugee Council in Nigeria is looking for those who are enthusiastic, passionate and experience in managing partnership and grants to join our team in Maiduguri, Borno State.

The Partnership Coordinator will work closely with the Consortium Manager, Area Managers and Grants Manager to achieve high-quality and compliant programming among NRC partners through effective sub-Grants Management and due diligence. The position will be responsible for building strong, sustainable partnerships, leading efforts to map out organisations for local partnerships and monitoring the activities of sub‐awards to ensure compliance with NRC’s Partnership Guidelines and Toolkit as well as Codes of Conduct relevant to partners. The position holder will be supervised by the Head of Program 

Support the development of NRC Partnership Standard Operating Procedures and tools based on lessons learnt and feedback.  

Develop NRC’s Mapping of national NGOs, Community-Based Organisations (CBOs), and civil society actors in relation to ongoing initiatives in Nigeria and in collaboration with the core competencies (sector specialists).  Uphold NRC principles of partnerships, NRC core values and Safe and Inclusive Programming (SIP) principles during the establishment of NRC partnerships and guide the evolution of strategic partnerships over time.  Lead and facilitate the development of NRC Partnership Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and tools, based on Lessons Learnt and feedback. Facilitate for NRC staff across all departments (including Area Office, Support, Programme Unit, etc.) to engage with and apply NRC partnership SOP and tools throughout the project cycle.    Ensure that all partners’ program results are received, supervised, filed and in compliance with donor objectives and requirements, coordinate with program teams and other units within NRC. Ensure that partners’ contractual reports are reviewed, and internal feedback is compiled and sent to partners in a timely manner. Advise the Area Managers of any issues and provide timely feedback to partners.  Lead the NRC monitoring of partners by developing an annual monitoring schedule, coordinating the development of monitoring tools, communicating monitoring‐related information to partners and facilitating remote and on‐site monitoring. Conduct monitoring visits and coordinate support for partners to address any concerns or issues that may arise. Ensure that response and support plans are implemented.  

Conduct field visits to partner activities and provide coaching and mentoring when possible and relevant.  Develop and maintain effective and positive working relationships with relevant stakeholders.  Maintain partner files, including filing of all appropriate communication, documentation and updates of the partnerships tracker, assembling all requirements throughout the downstream partner award lifecycle.   Support audit processes for NRC’s implementing partners.  

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a related area  Minimum of 3 years of work experience with NGO and/or international organizations, preferably in the field of grants management or partnership-related duties  Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities 

Ability to coordinate tasks and work processes and work with short deadlines  Fluency in English, both written and verbal  Knowledge of local languages such as Hausa, Kanuri, will be an added value  Planning and delivering results  Managing resources to optimize results  Influencing and consensus building  Handling insecure environments 

What’s in it for you? 

Join a work culture that empowers every employee to share ideas and take responsibility: 

At NRC we think creatively. We encourage ideas and give responsibility to all employees at all levels, to help solve the complex issues that we face. You will have many opportunities to be heard and take the initiative. 

Learn on the job: NRC's collaborative working style favours the exchange of good practice and lessons learnt. At NRC, employees learn on the job and are encouraged to look for opportunities to develop new competencies. NRC managers prioritise the quality work and the competency development of their staff. This entails giving newcomers a good start, following up, training and mentoring employees to allow them to perform well in their current job, and offering learning and development programmes. 

Additional Information:  

Duty Stations: Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria

Duration of contract: 12 months renewable. 

Grade Level:  7 in NRC's grading structure 

Reporting line:  Head of Program 

This position is open to Nigeria Nationals only. We invite applications from all qualified and interested candidates. Candidates are encouraged to apply early, as applications may be screened prior to the vacancy deadline. Female candidate are strongly advise to apply. 

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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