Area Manager (Ethiopian National Position)

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: Norwegian Refugee Council
Closing date: 5 Apr 2021

About Us

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises across 31 countries, providing emergencies and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. We stand up for people forced to flee, advocating their rights. NORCAP, our global provider of expertise, helps improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises. NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.
Employment with NRC may lead to employment in or deployment to Regions, Countries, Areas or Offices that may be host to considerable health, safety and security risks. NRC takes this very seriously and we have procedures in place to reduce known risks, but will never be able to take away all risks.

NRC in Ethiopia is recruiting an Area Manager who will have the overall responsibility for their designated area, and ensure that NRC´s programme in the area develops in line with NRC’s mandate, policies and country specific strategies. This is a leadership position which provides an exciting opportunity to join one of NRC's largest programmes in the East Africa & Yemen Region.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provide overall leadership and oversight of the designated area
  2. Line management for senior project/programme staff and support functions
  3. Member of the Country Management Group (CMG)
  4. Ensure Area compliance with and adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures
  5. Provide area specific input on Core Competency Strategies, Country Strategy and Plan of Action
  6. Organize grants opening, review and closure meetings at area level
  7. 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).
  8. Assess needs, develop emergency response and implement response plans
  9. Ensure optimal use of resources within the allocated project budgets and Core Competency Strategies
  10. Represent NRC and networking on area level
  11. Ensure that capacity building is provided to all staff in the area
  12. Ensure overall security and safety of staff in the area
  13. Promote the rights of refugees in line with the advocacy strategy


  • Minimum first level university degree in relevant and related field
  • Minimum 5 years of experience from working as a senior Project Manager or similar, in a humanitarian/recovery context


  • Previous experience from working in complex contexts
  • Strong leadership skills, with previous experience managing a team
  • Experience working with displacement-affected populations
  • Experience with a range of donors, with specific experience and knowledge of ECHO, EU, UNHCR, UNICEF and other major donors and foundations
  • 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 East Africa Region
  • Strong communication skills
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal

Capacity to build and motivate teams is an asset for this role; please demonstrate your ability to do this in your application.

What We Offer

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Additional benefit and on-the-job training will be provided

  • 24 months fixed term contract
  • Grade 10 in NRC's grade structure

Internal candidates are encouraged to apply but we are also open to external applicants who can show a commitment to NRC and being part of a challenging, but important mission to make a difference in Ethiopia.

To apply as an internal candidate, remember to click on the suitcase icon “I am an employee” on the top right of the page to be redirected to NRC’s internal career site

How to apply:

Please apply through this link before April 5 2021


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