Norwegian Refugee Council Programme Director (Somalia & Kenya) Job 2014 vacancy in Nairobi Kenya today


Norwegian Refugee Council

Programme Director Somalia & Kenya – Kenya

Job Location: Nairobi

Ref. No.: 2122874795

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people.

NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, education, emergency food security, legal assistance, and water,sanitation and hygiene sectors.

The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 3500 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents.

In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters -NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours notice when a crisis occurs

NRC has been present in the Horn of Africa region since 2004. Operations in the region began in Somaliland in 2004, expanded to Puntland in 2006, South Central in Somalia and Kenya in 2007. Since 2011, four more programmes have been established in the region: Ethiopia, Yemen, Djibouti and South Sudan.

Recently the NRC South Sudan programme was incorporated into the region. Prioritized activities focus on shelter and infrastructure construction; water, hygiene and sanitation; emergency education including youth education; protection; food security and distribution; and Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA).
The Regional Office is situated in Kenya (Nairobi), with country offices in Addis Abeba (Ethiopia), Juba (South Sudan), Mogadishu (Somalia) and Sanaa (Yemen).

The Programme Director Reports to the Deputy Regional Director/Country Director Kenya.

He/she will cover Kenya and Somalia and some regional aspects. He/she will support the Country Director in quality assurance -and compliance of donor applications and reports.
The Programme Director is expected to travel on a regular basis to the field.
Job Description
  • Development and execution of Core Competencies strategies
  • Responsible for programme development, coordination, technical quality and synergies
  • Identification and assessment of new programme opportunities
  • Evaluation, review and quality control of ongoing and completed programmes
  • Country level emergency response
  • Representation
  • Ensure donor compliance and adherence to NRC policies
  • Training and development of programme staff
  • Deputy CD when relevant
Specific Responsibilities are:
  • Function as the Head of the internal Programme Development Unit (PDU) which is responsible for programme quality and development, follow-up of activities, M&E activities and standardization of core competencies throughout the programme.
  • That the staff in the PDU are managed and effectively utilized to support the development of the Horn Programme
  • Contribute actively in strategic planning processes, including the development of regional programme strategies
  • Contribute to the analysis of the political and humanitarian context in the Horn.
  • Ensure quality implementation of programme/projects within specified time frames
  • Quality control of proposals, budgets and reports to donors
  • Support the Regional Director and Deputy Regional Director with resource mobilization, including donor contact
  • Ensuring a conscious programme approach in line with the “do-no-harm” principles
  • Keeping the Regional Director/Deputy Regional Director/Country Directors and Regional Management Team informed about all programmatic issues of relevance to the overall management and coordination of the country programme.
  • Ensuring quality monitoring and documentation of programme/project activities
  • Preparation and quality control of required reports to the Deputy Regional Director, NRC HQ (incl. monthly, quarterly and annual programme reports) and donors.
  • Strengthens the common NRC identity amongst staff by encouraging, planning for and facilitating relevant exchange between project staff across the programme (physical exchanges, info sharing, etc.)
  • Ensuring optimal use of human resources in the programme, incl. promotion of team work and team spirit, and securing adequate training of staff
  • Developing and monitoring the annual calendar of deadlines for reporting on projects/submission of project proposals covering the country programme and communicates these to field staff.
  • Regular project follow ups in all geographical areas where the programme is implemented
  • Minimum 4 years experience from working as a Senior Manager/Programme Director in a humanitarian/ recovery context
  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Core competency expertise
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal
  • Valid driver’s license
Personal qualities

The following competencies are essential for this position:

  • Handling insecure environments
  • Planning and delivering results
  • Working with people
  • Analysing
  • Communicating with impact and respect
  • Coping with change
  • Strategic thinking
  • Initiating action and change
  • Influencing
We offer
Commencement: As soon as possible
Contract period: 2 years
Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s general directions and free housing of moderate standard. Please note that tax fees may occur for some countries.
Duty station: Nairobi/Kenya with 50% of time travelling to other offices in the region.
Application procedures and CV registration:
Candidates should apply on line by going through
Please note that you are required to enter the geographical location for all your previous positions while registering your CV. There is no specific field for this information in our CV form, but you can use the “Company name” field for both company and location.

Email and paper applications will not be considered

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Deadline for application: 03.04.2014

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