Area Manager - Syria Response Office


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

NRC Syria Response Office

The Syrian Crisis is well into its eighth year, but the level and intensity of conflict in the country remains high. Humanitarian and protection needs are overwhelming. According to OCHA, 13 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance inside of Syria and millions have been forced to flee. Approximately 6.2 million people in Syria are living in protracted displacement. Most IDPs have sought refuge with host families and in abandoned or unfinished buildings, which are often overcrowded. Elsewhere, they reside in tents or makeshift accommodation in informal settlements and camps. 6 million school-aged children and education personnel are in need of support. 1.8 million school-aged children are internally displaced and 2 million children remain out of school and disconnected from learning and their peers.

NRC’s programming in Syria is supported by multiple donors, including NMFA, SIDA, ECHO, SDC, DG NEAR, UNICEF and UNHCR.

NRC is currently recruiting an Area Manager for our Syria Response Office.

Area Manager

The Area Manager is responsible for ensuring high quality and cost effective programme/project implementation within the designated geographical area, in compliance with NRC and donors’ policies and procedures. S/he will represent NRC at area level and represent area priorities within the Country Management Group. As a member of the leadership team the Area Manager ensures that staff observe NRC’s Code of Conduct and other guiding principles and that NRC’s financial, human and other resources are carefully controlled to ensure maximum impact for affected communities is achieved.

Role Specific Information

  • Provide effective leadership to the Area team: regular organisation of Senior Management Team meetings to ensure flow of information between the area and the country office; participation in Programme meetings; performance management of direct reports.
  • Represent NRC at sub-national level with local stakeholders and national and international NGOs.
  • Represent NRC with area-based donors.
  • With the support of the Area Team, take the lead on the re positioning of NRC in the area to better respond to the changing humanitarian needs.
  • Provide regular input to advocacy initiatives
  • Accountable for safe programming at area level in line with NRC Protection Policy and guidelines.
  • Support the planning and conduction of protection-sensitive risk and needs assessments

Our Ideal Candidate:

A university graduate, with a minimum of 3 years’ experience from a senior management position in a humanitarian/recovery context. NRC is particularly looking for a manager with the strength and vision to support fresh and innovative teams of highly professional staff across our areas of operations. A strategic thinker, with strong project management skills and an individual with a solid understanding of the Syrian context and the donor landscape involved is highly valued. Candidates with a thorough understanding of, and experience working with all phases of Project Cycle Management are particularly encouraged to apply.

Additional Information:

Contract period: 12 months

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

Duty station: Syria

Approved health certificate will be requested before contract start

Related documents : Job Description


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Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 11:48