Regional Head of Self-Reliance, Durable Solutions, and Core Competency Unit – Middle East Office

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    negotiable / YEAR
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  • Posted:
    1 month ago
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    Management and Strategy
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Who we are looking for

A durable solutions and self-reliance expert with several years of leadership/management experience in displacement contexts with refugees and within the humanitarian and/or development sector.

The successful candidate will need to be a strategic thinker, results-oriented with experience managing teams through change.

Key skills required include programmatic strategic planning and development, fundraising, integrated response approaches, high-level coordination, networking and representation. Knowledge and experience in the Middle East context is preferred and an added advantage.

What you will do

The Regional Head of Self-Reliance, Durable Solutions, and Core Competency (CC) Unit, Middle East is responsible for leading the coordination of NRC’s durable solutions programming and response in the Middle East and leading the team of technical experts in NRC Core Competencies.

The position holder will lead NRC’s Middle East Regional Office’s (MERO) regional initiative on self-reliance and durable solutions for people in protracted displacement. Internally, the role will serve as a technical expert and resource for NRC’s strategic commitments and ambitions on advancing self-reliance and durable solutions in the region.

As the Head of the CC Unit, the role is also responsible for leading on identification and utilisation of programmatic synergies across CCs and development areas through an integrated response approach and through promoting best practices and learning. The position line manages the CC Regional Advisers and provides strategic advice and support to the Regional Programme Department and Country Office (COs) in the region in relation to the CCs and thematic areas.

In this position you will;

  • Lead on NRC MERO’s work related to durable solutions in the region, including by ensuring progress in advancing NRC’s regional durable solutions roadmap for 2024 by bringing together research, programming, advocacy, and country level programme personnel to foster a collective accountability on durable solutions in the Middle East.
  • Provide strategic advice and technical support, as well as capacity strengthening and sharing with Country Offices in the region on topics related to self-reliance and durable solutions.
  • Ensure the identification and utilization of programmatic synergies across CCs and development areas through the integrated response approach. Accountable for supporting the development of tools and methodologies to better integrate safe and inclusive programming, cross-cutting issues, and prioritised development areas into programmes.
  • Be accountable for strategic prioritizing within the CCs and thematic work in the unit, adaptation of NRC’s programme approaches through innovation and development to ensure regional positioning.
  • Be responsible for resource mobilisation and fundraising for the unit, in particular for programme development.
  • Lead and manage a team of technical experts by managing their performance and development and bringing coherence to the team through integrated programming and complementary approaches ensuring clear objectives aligned to regional strategy and priorities, and NRC strategy and programme priorities.
  • Contribute to the development of, and facilitate the use of, effective assessment and M&E systems ensuring compliance with NRC programme policy, quality standards and technical guidance. Provide technical guidance and thinking to advance NRC’s efforts in measuring self-reliance and durable solutions.
  • Responsible for the institutionalisation and promotion of best practices and learning related to the programmatic areas in the Unit. Contribute to and ensure alignment with global efforts on self-reliance and durable solutions, including sharing of approaches and lessons learned with other regions.
  • Responsible for identification, development, and maintenance of relationships with relevant regional stakeholders (e.g., donors, UN agencies, NGOs, research- and educational institutions, private sector) related to NRC’s programmes.
  • Work in partnership with the regional and country office advocacy leads to identify and develop regional advocacy issues related to relevant cross-cutting issues, including barriers to self-reliance and durable solutions.

Specific responsibilities are outlined in the job description. Please download the detailed job description to learn more about the position.

What you will bring

  • Several years (6+) leadership/management/adviser experience within the humanitarian field
  • Specific experience and expertise in:
  • Durable solutions, self-reliance and fundraising in the humanitarian and development sector.
  • strategic planning and strategic approaches to programme development.
  • policy/strategic guidance
  • high-level coordination, networking and representation
  • previous experience of managing staff teams, including during periods of change, would be
  • tools and resources development.
  • programme quality assessments, programme development and delivery.
  • experience from working in complex and volatile contexts, with preference for previous experience in the Middle East region.
  • learning and development as part of quality improvement and capacity building
  • partnership with public and private institutions and organisations.
  • Understanding of and commitment to:
  • integrated programming approaches
  • organisational learning, and the role and contribution of MEL to quality management and development.
  • working collaboratively with technical and operational colleagues within a matrix structure, including capacity strengthening.
  • University degree in a relevant social science discipline
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal. Fluency in one or more languages spoken in the region would also be an advantage.

What we offer

  • Duty station: Amman, Jordan
  • Contract: 24 months
  • Travel: Approximately 40% regional travel
  • Salary/benefits: Grade 10 on NRC’s salary scale, with accompanying terms and conditions/
  • NRC is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to diversity without distinction to age, gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality, and physical ability.
  • We think outside the box, encourage ideas, and give responsibility to all employees at all levels. You will have many opportunities to be heard and take the initiative.

Find out more about the benefits of working for NRC

Important information about the application process

  • We invite applications from all qualified and interested candidates. Please ensure you attach copies of your academic and professional certificates.
  • Internal candidates only: please click on the suitcase icon labelled “I am an employee” to be redirected to NRC’s internal careers site.
  • When creating your profile, include your full name as given on your passport. Complete all the system-required fields for experience, employment history and education.
  • Submit your application and CV in English, taking care to attach your latest CV.
  • Applications that do not meet the minimum standards in terms of experience or qualifications will generally not be considered. Unsolicited applications not related to this specific job advertisement will not be considered.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We receive many applicants for each vacant position.
  • If you have any questions about this role, please email with the job title as the subject line.

Why NRC?

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. Our 15,000 staff work in crises across 40 countries, providing life-saving and long-term assistance to millions of people every year.

Watch this short video to see NRC in action.

We are looking for people who are passionate about helping refugees and people forced to flee. Are you one of those people? If you are, NRC offers you the opportunity to:

  • do demanding and professional work, often in challenging contexts
  • join a work culture that empowers every employee to share ideas and take responsibility
  • be part of a welcoming and supportive community committed to human dignity

Learn more about NRC

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