Regional Programme Adviser East Africa & Yemen (Kenyan Nationals Only) At Norwegian Refugee Council

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The Regional Programme Department, based in Nairobi and managed by the Regional Programme Director, is responsible for the strategic development of NRC programming in the region by maximizing the support to and the development of COs as well as by exploring and creating synergies among COs. The Regional Programme Department is focused on research, policies, guidance & procedures, evidence and learning, capacity building, programme quality and donor relations.

Overview of the Role

The Regional Programme Adviser will have a number of allocated country offices and will provide a range of advisory support and capacity building to in relation to programme proposal development, grants management, and PCM (ensuring the effective management of the full programme cycle and donor reporting). Additionally, they may act as the within regional team expert on a particular area of programme and business development.

The postholder acts as the key interface between the country office, regional office and head office. As part of a technical matrix structure, the postholder is required to work collaboratively with colleagues in both the technical and the operational management structures in country offices, and also has a technical accountability to the programme function, policy, strategy, and direction as determined through the Head Office level of the NRC. Staff within the team may be required to contribute to global initiatives as part of a wider community of specialists. Collaborative working with colleagues within the wider regional programme team, at HO and in other Regions is essential to effectiveness in the role and maximising the shared learning across NRC.

What you will do

  1. Provide specialist support, advice and guidance to own portfolio of country offices in relation to programme development and to strategic planning in country programmes.
  2. Conduct regional analysis of trends in the region as allocated by line manager to contribute to regional understanding and provide evidence for new initiatives (e.g., advocacy, new project ideas, new potential donors or partnerships)
  3. Responsible for capacity building and learning and development, as required, including facilitation of induction training for relevant programme personnel in COs, and provision of PCM support, including facilitation and delivery of trainings, to country programmes within the region.
  4. May be required to participate in a small number of recruitment interviews for key relevant CO positions and provide some technical supervision (e.g., Grants/PCM Managers).
  5. Responsible for quality control of high-risk donor proposals and reports, macros log frames, and triannual reports and internal programme strategy documents and reports, in regard to NRC strategies and donor compliance.
  6. Where applicable, liaise and work collaboratively with colleagues in Policy and Partnerships to ensure provision of information and support to Cos

Specifically you will

  1. Identify gaps in quality and practice, and common learning and development needs in relation to programme proposal development, PCM, Grants Management within the region’s COs and work collaboratively with L&D colleagues (regional, HO, OD/PCM Adviser) on development of learning initiatives to build skills and capacity
  2. Be the in team focal point on assigned institutional donor knowledge, working collaboratively with colleagues in Partnerships and Policy (HO, NRC Rep Offices), and other regions, to develop information resources and tools to support COs in targeted programme proposals and high-quality donor reporting and compliance
  3. Conduct analysis of trends in the region or sub-region to contribute to regional understanding and provide evidence for advocacy and innovative project ideas.
  4. Establish and provide a regional helpdesk function, working collaboratively with colleagues within the region and country offices

What you will bring

  • Several years of experience within the humanitarian/recovery context, of which 3 years of Manager/Advisor experience
  • Specialist knowledge and expertise equivalent to an advanced university degree in a relevant field (e.g., international development, politics, social science)
  • Knowledge of institutional donors’ strategies, priorities, and compliance requirements – NMFA, UNHCR, FCDO, ECHO etc.
  • Track record of successful proposal development, or similar in funding or partnerships
  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts, with preference for previous experience in (name of region, or country contexts)
  • Understanding of, and commitment to working collaboratively with technical and operational colleagues within a matrix structure, including capacity building
  • Experience of developing learning and development tools and resources to support capacity building
  • Knowledge of and interest in new business opportunities, including commercial partnerships
  • Experience of working with cross-country programmes and donors
  • Fluency in English (and relevant language/s for the region), both written and verbal; is an asset

We are also looking for people who

  • Can plan and deliver results
  • Have a strong analytical skills
  • Are able to think strategically
  • Are able to communicate with impact and respect
  • Can initiate action and change
  • Have the ability to Handle insecure environments

What we Offer

Contract Type: National Contract

Contract Duration: 12 months with possibility of extension

Grade: Grade 9 according to NRC Kenya Salary Scale

Duty Station: Nairobi, Kenya

Travel: 40%

Start Date: July 2022

How to apply

To learn more regarding this role and to apply, please click on the link below
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