Head of Programme Yemen

  • Contract
  • Sanaa
  • Posted 2 months ago

NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council

What we are looking for

This is a senior leadership position and a member of the Country Management Group. We are therefore looking for candidates with senior management experience within humanitarian/recovery context. 

Core Competency expertise, proven strategy development and management experience in Yemen or from contexts like Yemen as well as fundraising experience are requirements for this position.

The successful candidate will have strong interpersonal skills and change management experience with Knowledge of cash-based interventions, market based programmes and durable solutions. 

A good understanding and knowledge of the Yemen context and Arabic language skills are an added advantage. 

What you will do

The purpose of the Head of Programme position is to develop and ensure implementation of holistic high-quality programmes. You will be in charge of overseeing the strategy and implementation of NRC activities in Yemen, building on a solid team and expertise. 

Key responsibilities include:

  • Providing programme input to Country Strategy and Plan of Action.
  • Development of Core Competency strategies that are aligned to regional and global priorities and strategies.
  • Development of holistic and needs based programmes, including cash-based interventions and market-based programmes.
  • Identifying funding opportunities and developing funding strategies and forecasts.
  • Grants management, BPO allocations and reporting to donors, including compliance with donor standards.
  • Quality control, M&E and organizational learning.
  • Line management of Core Competence Specialists and Capacity building of all technical staff.
  • Compliance with and adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures.
  • In-country representation.
  • Promoting the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy.

Specifically you will: 

  • Lead on Safe and Inclusive Programming initiatives, ensuring that all programmes meet minimum standards.
  • Develop NRC Yemen’s strategic direction on Durable Solutions and build a portfolio of programmes supporting these ambitions.
  • Provide an enabling environment for the implementation of cash-based interventions, including multi-purpose cash assistance, emergency cash responses.
  • Improve implementation of NRC’s PCM mandatory activities, grants management, and programme implementation follow up.

What you will bring

  • Minimum 4 years’ experience from a senior management position in a humanitarian/ recovery context.
  • Core competency expertise with experience in complex emergencies and early recovery programming.
  • Strategy development and fundraising experience in a context like Yemen. Experience in Yemen is an added advantage.
  • People management with great interpersonal skills.
  • Change management – right sizing experience.
  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts.
  • Knowledge of cash-based interventions, market based programmes and durable solutions.
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal.
  • Arabic language skills an asset.

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

What you will bring

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience from a senior management position in various humanitarian/ recovery and refugees’ contexts, with Core Competency expertise. 
  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts.
  • Knowledge of cash-based interventions and market based programmes.
  • Experience with working with partners/ setting partnership.
  • Experience leading and managing teams.
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal. Knowledge of the Arabic is an asset 
  • Valid driver’s license.

Understanding of and commitment to:

  • organisational learning, quality management and development.
  • working collaboratively with technical and operational colleagues within a matrix structure.
  • Ability to work under pressure, independently and with limited supervision.

What we offer

  • Duty station: Sana’a, this is a non-family duty station. 
  • Contract: 24 months, unaccompanied. 
  • Travel: Approximately 30% in country.
  • Salary/benefits: Grade 11 on NRC salary scales, 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.

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Important information about the application process

  • This position is open to all candidates – national and international. Please ensure you attach copies of your academic and professional certificates.
  • To apply as an internal candidate, log in with your official email address 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 [email protected] 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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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

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Learn more about NRC Yemen 

NRC Yemen Factsheet

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