Director of Institutional Partnerships

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    negotiable / YEAR
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  • Posted:
    3 months ago
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    Management and Strategy, Partnership and Resource Mobilization
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An exciting opportunity to further develop the strategic engagement with institutional partners, including the main donors, of a leading international humanitarian NGO.

What we are looking for

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is seeking a highly qualified and dynamic Director of Institutional Partnerships. The Director of Institutional Partnership is part of the management team of the Partnerships and Policy department and reports to the Executive Director. The Department’s role is to lead, manage, support and set standards for NRC’s global advocacy work and partnerships with institutional donors, define NRC’s positions on key humanitarian policy issues, establish and manage strategic partnerships with UN agencies and NGOs, and consolidate and further develop NRC’s Representation Offices and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).

As Director of Institutional Partnerships, you will be responsible for the development of NRC’s global strategy, policies and procedures related to fundraising from and engagement with institutional donors and other key partners. NRC has a diverse donor base of more than 40 institutional donors, with the Norwegian MFA, USAID BHA, ECHO, UNHCR, OCHA, German FFO and Sida among the largest partners.

What you will do

  1. Overall responsible for strategy development and positioning regarding existing institutional donors, as well as new and non-traditional donors. This includes further developing NRC’s strategy for diversifying its donor base and expanding its capacity to secure and deliver large-scale grants, commercial contracts and lead consortia. Provide strategic guidance to enhance synergies across partnerships with key donors and identify innovative ways to build new partnerships.
  2. Overall responsible for the NRC‘s global support function related to institutional donors. This includes, for example, developing and defining policies, guidelines and procedures and ensuring that efficient systems are in place for timely and relevant advice and support to NRC staff, including on donor regulations and compliance.
  3. Technical reporting line from all the Institutional Partnership Advisers in the Partnerships and Policy Department for the purpose of further streamlining NRC’s approaches, practices, processes, tools, standards, training and regular information sharing on relations with institutional donors and related areas. 
  4. Drive the department’s work to streamline and simplify internal administrative and compliance procedures for partnerships with national and local actors and lead NRC’s advocacy with donors to promote policies and procedures that facilitate more equitable partnerships. 
  5. Provide the overall direction for NRC’s relations with any institutional donors not explicitly falling under the responsibility of any of the Institutional Partnership Advisers.

Please download the detailed job description to learn more about the position.

What you will bring

  • Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible professional experience with at least 5 years of relevant senior management experience within the humanitarian field
  • Outstanding communication, representation and interpersonal skills
  • Proven ability to develop and implement solid institutional and organisational strategies
  • Professional knowledge of humanitarian principles
  • Fluency in English and ideally Norwegian/Scandinavian languages, both written and verbal

What we offer

  • Duty station: Oslo, Norway or potentially another NRC Representation office.
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Travel: 15%
  • Salary/benefits: grade 12 on NRC’s Head Office 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

  • To apply as an internal candidate, log in with your official email or click on Opportunity MarketPlace 
  • 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.

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Learn more about NRC

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises across more than 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 is an equal opportunities employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality and physical ability.
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