Global Programme Policy and Development Director

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Organization: Norwegian Refugee Council
Job Type: Full-Time
Country: Norway
Experience: Executive Level (10 years)
Languages: English
Category: Education/Pedagogy
Topic: Refugee Rights
Application Deadline: 23. June 2021

Job Description

We believe in a world where the rights of displaced and vulnerable persons are protected during a crisis. We do this through our programmes, where we provide assistance to meet immediate humanitarian needs, prevent further displacement and contribute to durable solutions. At the root of our programmes are our solid technical expertise and specific sectorial knowledge aiming for the highest possible quality, whether in stand-alone or integrated approaches.

We are looking for a fantastic new colleague to lead NRCs future global programme development within our 6 programmatic sectors (core competencies); Education, Shelter and Settlements, Information Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA), Camp Management, Livelihood and Food Security, and Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). As NRC embarks on the exciting work of implementing our new Global Strategy for 2022-2025, you will head up a team of great, passionate, professional people and be part of shaping a new management team for global programmes in NRC.

If you are a senior professional with significant experience in the humanitarian sector, great to work with, have first-hand experience from developing and implementing programmes in the field and a track record of building good teams and providing strategic leadership in complex international organisations, you might be exactly what we are looking for. If you are also up for the challenge of shaping the future of one of the largest humanitarian organisations working with displaced people, come join our team!

What you will do

You will oversee The Programme Policy and Development (PPD) unit that sets NRC’s programme policy, develops accompanying strategies, and provides the required guidance that enables NRC to implement quality humanitarian assistance.

You will also be responsible for the following:

  • Strategic programme development for NRC’s programmes across our 30 countries of intervention, and for continuously driving innovation within NRC’s 6 programmatic sectors (core competencies);
  • Leading a team of passionate experts within our Core Competencies, setting policies and standards within these, and providing the required guidance that enables NRC to implement quality humanitarian assistance;
  • Ensuring the unit’s adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures and for the development, follow up and reporting on action plans and budgets according to overall NRC strategic direction;
  • Ensure NRC provides thought leadership within our Core Competencies in the sector and that NRCs expertise is recognised within the humanitarian sector, potential partners and the donor community.
  • As a member of the management team for the Global Programme Section, contribute to team spirit and good collaboration within the section and work collaboratively on over-arching planning, strategy, cross-unit project implementation and lead delegated change projects.

What you will bring

  • Highly advanced professional expertise and in-depth knowledge and experience from programmatic design and implementation in the humanitarian sector, including experience working with conflict and displacement related issues.
  • Minimum 10 years of relevant leadership/project development and management experience within the humanitarian field, preferably including experience as head of programme/programme director in a country operation as well as first-hand experience providing technical advice to teams implementing programmes on the ground.
  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts.
  • A passion for quality in humanitarian response and an understanding of and commitment to innovation, learning and integrated programming approaches.
  • Understanding of global trends that can affect humanitarian response to conflict and displacement and deep knowledge of the humanitarian system.
  • Proven experience in leading change processes in complex, multinational organisations.
  • Understanding of leadership, management, influencing and development with a matrix structure.
  • Professional credibility to provide technical leadership to programme staff globally, influence senior managers, drive change internally and to represent NRC with senior decision-makers externally;
  • Team spirit, can-do attitude, sense of humour and ability to laugh at yourself.
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal. French, Arabic and/or Spanish is an asset.

We know that you are curious and would like to learn more about this role; please click here to access the full Job Description.

Whom you will work with

You will join our colleagues in Head Office and be part of the Global Programme Section (GPS), which is responsible for developing the global programme framework for the organisation, and consist of three units:

  1. The Programme Policy and Development Unit (which this position heads up) focused on the continuous development and improvement of NRC’s programme activities with a specific focus on Education, Shelter & Settlements, Information Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA), Camp Management, Food Security, and Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
  2. The Programme Strategy and Innovation Unit (head of the unit also under recruitment) – focused on the identification and development of new programming approaches in line with NRC’s Global Strategy, as well as facilitating and stimulating an environment conducive to innovation within NRC.
  3. The Monitoring & Evaluation Unit – focus on the development and operationalisation of NRC’s monitoring and evaluation framework is in line with NRC’s policies, donor requirements, and external standards. The unit also makes sure that the framework supports and contributes to organisational learning.

The PPD unit is part of a technical matrix structure and is required to work collaboratively with colleagues in both the technical and operational management structures at all levels (Head Office – HO, Regional Office – RO and Country Office – CO). The Global Programme Section is also in constant contact with NRC’s representation offices for external representation, policy engagement and donor relations, as well as other departments in HQ to support fundraising, strategy and organisational development.

What makes this position attractive?

  • A challenging and exciting opportunity with an international team in an international organisation that wants to make a difference and take concrete action to do so;
  • A chance to shape the future programming of one of the largest humanitarian organisations working with displaced people and enable NRC to continue to deliver services of quality.
  • A permanent position with Oslo as the preferred duty station, but we can consider home-based options and placement at other NRC duty stations for the right candidate;
  • Salary and benefits according to NRC’s salary scale and terms and conditions.

We are also looking for people who share our values:

  • To be dedicated in what we do;
  • To be innovative with our solutions;
  • To act as one unified and inclusive team;
  • To be accountable to the donors that make our work possible; the people we exist to serve, and to each other… the members of our NRC family.

We are happy about early applicants. NRC wants to reflect the diversity of the organisation also in senior HQ positions. We, therefore, encourage people with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives to apply.

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