NRC has been active in Somalia since 2004 with four area offices in Kismayu, Mogadishu, Garowe and Hargeisa, providing protection and humanitarian assistance to refugees, internally displaced persons and returnees in Somaliland, Puntland, South Central and Jubbaland regions. NRC offers a comprehensive response for returnees and IDPs of high need, addressing their food security, livelihood, shelter, education, ICLA, and water, hygiene and sanitation needs and also responding to emergencies through NRC’s five core competences: Shelter, Education, Food Security and Livelihoods, WASH and Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA).

NRC Somalia is part of NRC’s East Africa and Yemen regional operation which comprises of large-scale multi-country humanitarian and early recovery interventions spread across Ten countries (Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Yemen, Eritrea, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania and Sudan).  NRC’s overall strategy in the region is to enhance protection and promote the rights of displaced people in humanitarian need by improving living conditions and seeking durable solutions. The regional office is based in Nairobi and works with country programmes to ensure standardization of programmatic and operational approaches, promote multi country programming and ensuring quality and coordination. 

Generic responsibilities (max 10)

Support the implementation and coordination of Durable solutions projects, including programme development, and reporting in line with donor requirements  Compliance with and adherence to NRC policies, guidance, and procedures Responsible to ensure full compliance of the different Integrated Durable solutions project components in relation to grant management and project cycle management processes Establish, maintain, and coordinate successful relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Provide guidance and advice to senior technical staff and programme teams on donor rules, regulations and requirements that may have an impact on the durable solutions projects.  Contribute to the development of relevant tools, standards and systems that are relevant to the integrated durable solutions project. 

Specific responsibilities

Build strong working relationships with programme and support teams at country and area level to ensure timely project deliverables and successful project completion. Coordinate the drafting and submission of different durable solutions projects progress reports in line with the donor reporting schedules. Coordinate and actively engage with national and sub-national coordination structures, and DS architecture, as well as with humanitarian, stabilization, and development organisations in programme areas of operations, to identify gaps and enhance synergies in order to support programme implementation and prioritization. Participate in Durable Solutions Working Group (DSWG) and Regional Coordination Units (RCUs) meetings and collaborate with relevant NRC colleagues for the coordination and implementation of durable solutions projects.   Take part in Technical Working Group (TWG) meetings organized for different durable solutions projects, participate in different consortia organized DS events and stakeholder meetings nationally and regionally, including meetings organized by the Danwadaag consortium. Contribute to fundraising through the development of new projects, including drafting of proposals, liaising with donors, and supporting the production of communication tools. Support the field teams to comply with both internal and external donor requirements. Coordinate with CC Specialists, Area Managers to ensure systems for quality control, monitoring and evaluation, and approach to identifying and acting on key learning in project implementation. In the absence of and together with the DS Manager act as the liaison with the donor/consortiums and provide regular updates formally and informally on the durable solutions project progress Liaise with government stakeholders at national level to ensure appropriate accountability and build ownership. Ensure cross-cutting issues are integrated in all programmes, notably Safe and Inclusive Programming, protection mainstreaming and conflict-sensitivity areas.

Critical interfaces

Area Managers: coordination and provide programme support Programme implementation teams: to ensure programme completion to workplan Donors: to report project progress and highlight achievements and issues Consortium Leadership Team (CLT) of the Danwadaag consortium: maintain functional relationship and communication. Government authorities: to ensure project understanding and support

2. Competencies 

Competencies are important in order for the employee and the organization to deliver desired results. They are relevant for all staff and are divided into the following two categories:

Professional competencies

These skills, knowledge and experience are important for effective performance.

Generic professional competencies for this position:

Minimum 4 years’ experience in a project management position working in a humanitarian/protracted crisis or development context Demonstrated technical expertise in two or more of the following programmatic areas: Shelter and Information Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA), WASH and Livelihoods and Food Security.  Experience working in complex and volatile contexts. Documented/proven results related to the position’s responsibilities. Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile Fluency in English, both written and verbal  

Context/Specific skills, knowledge, and experience:

Strong communication, inter-personal, and diplomatic skills, including the ability to work under matrix management structures.  Experience of working with large donors, including experience with FCDO, EU and World Bank will be an added advantage  Experience of the Somalia humanitarian context is an advantage Experience in strategic thinking and planning skills, be able to set priorities, prepare manageable work plans and to evaluate progress  Behavioural competencies (max 6)

These are personal qualities that influence how successful people are in their job. NRC’s Competency 

Framework states 12 behavioral competencies, the following are essential for this position:

Empowering and building trust Initiating action and change Planning and delivering results Managing resources to optimize results Empowering and building trust Handling insecure environments

The employee will be accountable for the responsibilities and the competencies, in accordance with the NRC 

Performance Management

The employee will be accountable for the responsibilities and the competencies, in accordance with the NRC Performance Management Manual. The following documents will be used for performance reviews: 

The Job Description The individual Work- and Professional Development Plan The Competency Framework

What We Offer:

Contract period: Up to December 2023, with possible extension 

Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s salary scale and terms and conditions

Duty station: Baidoa, Somalia 

Additional Information:

Candidates are encouraged to apply early, as applications may be screened prior to the vacancy deadline.

Incomplete, email and paper applications will not be considered.

Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraging. 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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