Job Title: Area Manager Shire - Ethiopia
Job Ref: 3308391365
Employer: Norwegian Refugee Council
Job Location: Ethiopia
Closing Date: 20/01/2017
Job Description:

Established in 2011, the Norwegian Refugee Council office in Ethiopia works to ensure that displaced populations in need of humanitarian assistance are included in emergency, durable solution and resilience based programming. The Ethiopia programme has field operations in Dollo Ado, Shire, Gambella, Assosa, Jigjiga and Addis Ababa. Through Shelter, Education, WASH, Education, ICLA (Information, Counseling & Legal Assistance) and Food Security & Livelihoods interventions, NRC works to improve the protection and living conditions of refugees, host communities, internally displaced persons and youth at risk of irregular migration.

Reporting to the Country Director the Area Manager is responsible for ensuring high quality and cost effective programme/project implementation within the designated geographical area.

Job description

  • Generic Responsibilities
  • Line management for senior project staff and support functions (and Field Office Coordinators) in the area
  • Member of the Country Management Group (CMG)
  • Compliance with and adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures
  • Provide area specific input on Core Competencies strategies, Country Strategy and Plan of Action
  • Organize grants opening and closure meetings at area level
  • Implementation of projects (including master support budget and coordinating input for donor proposals and reports) in the area, in compliance with contractual commitments (i.e. quality, synergies, timeliness, use of resources).
  • Assess needs, develop emergency response and implement response plans
  • Ensure optimal use of resources within the allocated project budgets and Core competence strategies
  • Represent NRC and networking on area level
  • Ensure that capacity building is provided to all staff in the area
  • Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy
  • Specific responsibilities:
  • Development of strategies, concept papers and situation analysis
  • Coordination and quality control of project applications
  • Assist in securing sufficient funding, and develop close cooperation with donor agencies
  • Develop close cooperation with the target group and local authorities
  • Planning of programme/project assessments and evaluations in Shire
  • Ensure quality implementation of projects, and regular follow ups
  • Ensure optimal use of financial resources
  • Ensure that all NRC systems for programme administration and financial management are implemented and adhered to
  • Ensure that systems for monitoring programme/project activities are developed and implemented
  • Preparation and quality control of required reports
  • Management of staff reporting directly to the Area Manager
  • Responsible for employment of national staff for the area office.
  • Promotion of team work and team spirit, securing adequate training of staff
  • Representing NRC in various forums
  • Coordinating NRC programme activities with national authorities, United Nations agencies and other national and international agencies/organisations
  • Ensure that the NRC programme in the area, contributes to NRC´s advocacy efforts, nationally, regionally and internationally
  • Ensure that the Security Plan for the area is updated regularly
  • Ensure that NRC staff adheres to NRC´s security rules and guidelines


  • Minimum 3 years of experience from working as a Senior Project Manager in a humanitarian/recovery context
  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal
  • Context specific knowledge and skiils:
  • Experience working with displacement-affected populations
  • Experience with a range of donors, with specific experience and knowledge of DEVCO and other major donors
  • Experience in dealing with institutional actors and government authorities
  • Experience in managing and leading programmes within partner networks and / or consortia
  • Experience in organizational representation, coordination and liaison
  • Experience of implementing multi-sectoral programming and of enabling the development and strengthening of resilience strategies
  • Experience in working in the Horn of Africa Region

Personal qualities

  • Behavioral competencies:
  • Handling insecure environments
  • Strategic thinking
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Managing performance and development
  • Managing resources to optimise results

We offer

  • Duty station: Shire
  • Contract period: 12 months with possibility of extension.
  • Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s general directions.
  • Travel: 50%
  • Approved health certificate will be requested before contract start
  • NRC may be required to verify the identity of its partners/employees and to check that its partners/employees have not been involved in illegal activities. NRC reserves the right to use electronic screening tools for this purpose.
  • Application procedures and CV registration: 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

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