Ended Area Programme Manager

The Job

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 5000 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 

Reporting to the Area Manager, the Area Programme Manager (PM) is a member of the Area Senior Management Team. This position is specifically created to strengthen project cycle management, with emphasis on effective supervision of project implementation processes, programme development, reporting and continuous quality improvements. As part of this role, the incumbent will ensure effective integration across Core Competencies, as well as external coordination with Clusters and other implementing agencies, includes in the consortia.

Job description

  • Line management for Area level project officer/coordinators.
  • Compliance and adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures.
  • Responsible for ensuring programme support to integrated programme, coordination and technical quality in Area office.
  • Provide area specific input relevant for CC strategies.
  • Compliance to donor standards, and grant management and regular reporting to donor in Area.
  • Identify funding opportunities and develop funding strategy and forecasts.
  • Responsible for grants management and BPO allocations in Area.
  • Responsible for technical issues involving sectorial coordination with Clusters and Working Groups at Area Level, including promoting the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with NRC Advocacy Strategy (specific for Yemen).
  • Ensure compliance with contractual commitments and extracting and implementing key learnings from project implementation.
  • Coordinate new emergency response in Area, and approve existing.
  • Conduct systematic capacity building for project managers on proposal writing, report writing and programme related components.
  • Contribute to the proposal development, identify donor needs / donor challenges, develop area protocol for go / no go decisions together with the AM on funding opportunities.
  • Collaborate with CC Coordinators/Officers to develop programmatic strategy including Managing emergency response in the Area in coordination with the AM. Embedded to this is to ensure a robust M & E being in place as well.
  • Responsible for the Area Project Cycle Management, including Grants start-up, review and Closure meetings supported by AM as needed.
  • Coordinate with the finance department to ensure effective and transparent project progress forecast; Ensure compliance to donor standards, grants management and quality reporting
  • Supervise and manage a team of technical Core Competence Programme Coordinators/ Officers (as applicable), and support them in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects in the Area including targets and budgets. Quality, efficiency being a key drive.
  • As and when requested by the AM, represent NRC in external forums: Clusters, sectoral coordination or working groups in the Taiz Areas, ensuring the NRC profile is positively maintained as per NRC values, objectives, strategy and advocacy plan. This includes proactively representing in cluster coordination meetings and maintaining contact with relevant local authorities, UN and other agencies, ensuring that NRCs mandate, vision, approach and programming is understood and accepted.
  • Provide inputs to the Area strategy, lead on design and needs assessment of the CCs component; Continuously support in assessing the context and assessments and make recommendations to the AM to adapt the programme and team composition as required by the context.


  • An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, social science, international studies, public administration, economics, or a related field is required. University graduate with at least 4-6 years’ experience managing projects for an international organization in a humanitarian/recovery setting. Or
  • An advanced university degree (Bachelor's degree or equivalent) in political science, social science, international studies, public administration, economics, or a related field is required. University graduate with at least 6-7 years’ experience managing projects for an international organization in a humanitarian/recovery setting.
  • A dynamic leader, who possesses effective interpersonal communication skills with the ability to influence others.
  • A proven record of effective and complex management; includes a good understanding of programme cycle management (and the PCM tools), excellent people management skills, team development and proven financial management skills.
  • Experience in Emergency Response and Scale-up programming.
  • Understanding and experience of protracted crisis contexts.
  • Knowledge of own leadership skills/profile.
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal.

Education field

  • Administration / Organisation / Management
  • Social science

Education level

  • College / University, Bachelor's degree
  • College / University, Master / Phd grade

Personal qualities

  • The ability to take the initiatives and work independently, innovatively and effectively with limited direct supervision.
  • Ability to work within a team – supporting other departments is essential.
  • Excellent organizational and problem- solving skills with the ability to remain calm, whilst dealing with conflicting priorities/working under pressure.
  • Good networking, negotiation and representation skills with the ability to influence and advocate.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal English) and the ability to write clear, concise reports.
  • Knowledge of donor contract regulations, particularly DFID, ECHO, SIDA, NMFA and OCHA is essential.
  • Proven evidence of leadership skills including challenging, motivating and developing a team through periods of change.
  • Ability to work with others to develop vision into a strategy and communicating and influencing this to a wider audience.
  • Good understanding of humanitarian coordination mechanism.
  • Commitment to NRC's overall aims, policies and values with experience of promoting gender equity, diversity and the interests of marginalized people in all aspects of NRC’s work.
  • Ability to travel in Northern Governorates, working flexibly and willingness to learn.
  • Knowledge of the context in Northern Yemen is essential.


  • Arabic
  • English

We offer

  • Female Candidates are highly encouraged to apply.
  • Duration and type of contract: six Months, renewable depending on need, funding and performance.

Miscellaneous info

  • Travel: Approx. 150 days travel
How to Apply

Please Interested candidates are kindly requested to visit our website below for More details about post and apply through Post application:


  • Employer: NRC
  • Category: Programs
  • Location: Taiz
  • Posted on: 16 April 2018
  • Deadline: 24 April 2018