Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) NGO Careers – Area Manager

Job Title:  Area Manager
Organization: Norwegian
Refugee Council (NRC)
Duty Station: Uganda
About NRC:
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.
About NRC Project:
Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
has been implementing projects for internally displaced persons and Refugees in
Northern Uganda and West Nile respectively, since 1997. Having smoothly
phased-out these projects, NRC is currently making all the necessary
preparations to begin new interventions in Education and Food Security to
support efforts of the Government of Uganda and UNHCR in helping South Sudanese
Refugees in West Nile, mainly in Adjumani and Arua districts. NRC has
established its office in Adjumani/Parkelle to support its project activities
and liaise with Government, UN and implementing partners operating in Adjumani
and Arua refugee settlements.
Job Summary: The Area
Manager will take lead and oversee NRC’s activities in the designated geographical
area. The Area Manager shall represent and attend to NRC’s interests in the
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Responsible
    for the Core Competencies activities, field offices and staff within the
    specific area, including the Area Management Team (AMT)
  • In
    charge of the development and execution of the strategy for the area
  • Ensure
    adherence to NRC policies and donor requirements
  • Responsible
    for managing emergency response capacity in the area
  • In
    charge of safety and security of staff
  • Area
    level advocacy
  • External
    representation, coordination and relationship building
  • Responsible
    for shared resource allocation
  • Implementation
    of policies and procedures
  • Learning,
    training and development of staff
  • Carry
    out all initial start up activities, including follow ups with the NGO
    Board of Uganda, Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Office of the Prime
  • Organize
    start up meetings with UNHCR and other partners in the operational area
  • Set
    up the offices in the operational Areas
  • Develop
    close cooperation with the target group and natinal authorities
  • Develop
    relevant programmes for the case load
  • In
    charge of recruiting staff for the programme
  • Preparation
    and submission of required reports to the Regional Director, donors and
  • Staying
    updated on all relevant political and policy issues related to the country
    and the region
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    candidate should hold relevant education, preferably in management, social
    sciences or international development
  • At
    least three years’ experience from working as a Senior Project Manager in
    a humanitarian/recovery context
  • Previous
    experience from working in complex contexts
  • Documented
    results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Detailed
    knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
  • Fluency
    in English, both written and verbal
  • Solid
    field experience, preferably from refugee/IDP programmes
  • Past
    experience in capacity building and training
  • Skills
    and experience in staff management
  • Past
    exposure and experience of management of projects to deadlines
  • Prior
    experience in logistics/administration management
  • Significant
    experience of coordination and advocacy work
  • Proven
    management and programme development experience
  • Solid
    experience from development of proposals, budgets and reports
  • Behavioral
    competencies. These are personal qualities that influence how successful
    people are in their job, the following are essential for this position:
  • Handling
    insecure environments
  • Strategic
  • Initiating
    action and change
  • Empowering
    and building trust
  • Political
    and cultural awareness
  • Proven
    communication, interpersonal, representation, negotiation and management
  • Computer
    literacy skills – database knowledge essential
  • Holder
    of a valid international driver’s licence
  • Goal
    oriented and visionary
  • Possess
    the ability to work under pressure, independently and with limited
  • Ability
    and willingness to work and live under difficult circumstances.
  • Flexible
    and creative, and it help’s if you have a sense of humour.
  • Knowledge
    of the political situation in Uganda and/or Horn of Africa region
How to Apply:
All candidates who wish to join
one of the world’s leading relief organisations, Norwegian Refugee Council
(NRC) should Apply by visiting the web link below.
Deadline: 7th November 2014.
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