Job: Norwegian Refugee Council Area Manager - Tanzania

undefinedOrganization: Norwegian Refugee Council
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 13 Jul 2016

Area Manager - Tanzania
Norwegian Refugee Council

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
In mid-April 2016, NRC conducted a Pre-Assessment mission in the refugee camps of Mtendeli/Karago, Nduta and Nyarugusu of Tanzania to gain an understanding of the humanitarian situation, identify gaps and needs for the Burundian refugees in the Country. The assessment revealed that the humanitarian situation for the refugees requires urgent intervention as the needs in almost all the sectors relevant to NRC are high. As of May 2016, Tanzania was hosting over 140,007 Burundian refugees and number was project by UNHCR to reach 170,000 people by the end of 2016. In view of this, NRC has decided to establish an operational office in Kibondo area in north western Tanzania to respond. The initial focus of the operation will be in Mtendeli/Karago and Nduta refugee camps. NRC will start with interventions focusing on two sectors, shelter (transitional, including a WASH component; family latrines) and education (initially construction of permanent classrooms).
The purpose of the Area Manager position is to ensure high quality and cost effective programme/project implementation within the designated geographical area.
Job description
  • Line management for senior project staff and support functions (and Field Office Coordinators) in the area
  • Member of the Country Management Group (CMG)
  • Compliance with and adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures
  • Provide area specific input on CC strategies, Country Strategy and Plan of Action
  • Organize grants opening and closure meetings at area level
  • 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).
  • Assess needs, develop emergency response and implement response plans
  • Ensure optimal use of resources within the allocated project budgets and CC strategies
  • Represent NRC and networking on area level
  • Ensure that capacity building is provided to all staff in the area
  • Ensure overall security and safety of staff in the area
  • Promote the rights of refugee, IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy
  • Specific Tasks:
  • Responsible for the establishment and growth of the new area NRC office in Kibondo, Tanzania in line with NRC start up guidelines
  • Ensure that NRC Human Resource Management policies, procedures, guidelines and systems are established, properly implemented and are respected
  • Establish a good working environment in Kibondo area based on NRC values and promote an environment of team work and team spirit
  • Develop relationships with donors in Tanzania and contribute to securing sufficient finances for the programme
  • Remain updated on all relevant political and policy issues related to the area of operation
  • National representation and coordination with UN agencies, NGOs, government authorities, beneficiaries as well as donors to ensure maximum collaboration with key stakeholders.
  • All in-country activities, personnel and the Country Management Group (CMG)
  • Ensure Country level advocacy is undertaken
  • Cost efficiency and quality, including implementation of control mechanisms
  • Ensure the establishment of adequate country structures and systems
  • Learning, training and development of all staff, including a strategy for national staff development
  • Minimum 5 years of experience from working as Senior Project Manager in a humanitarian/recovery context
  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal
Education field
  • Administration / Organisation / Management
Education level
  • College / University, Bachelor's degree
Personal qualities
  • Knowledge of the context in Greater lakes and Horn of Africa Region
  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Experience with project development, especially from an emergency and post-emergency phases
  • Experience working with various donors and conversant with their technical frameworks and strategies (eg. UNHCR, DFID, SIDA, ECHO, EU etc.)
  • Experience in capacity building and community mobilization
  • Experience in advocacy work
  • Experience with coordination mechanisms (cluster and sectorial)
  • Experience in resource mobilisation and in particular working with EU donors, American donors and UN agencies
  • Experience in capacity building and community mobilization
  • Experience in advocacy work
  • Experience with start-up, exit or similar
  • Experience with coordination mechanisms (cluster and sectorial)
  • Proficiency in French and Kiswahili an asset
  • English
We offer
  • Duty station: Kibondo, Tanzania
  • Contract duration: 12 months contract with possibility of extension.
  • Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s general directions, The candidate will observe NRC’s code of conduct and working hours for NRC Tanzania.
Miscellaneous info
  • Travel: Some travelling must be expected
How to apply:
Please, apply through, then vacancies.