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Norwegian Refugee Council
Regional Grants Coordinator (Kenya Nationals) - Region Horn of Africa
Ref. No: 3176801980
Job Location: Nairobi
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

NRC’s Horn of Africa operation comprises of large-scale multi-country humanitarian and early recovery interventions spread across eight countries (Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, and Yemen), and most recently Eritrea, Uganda and South Sudan. 

NRC’s overall strategy in the region is to ensure a greater number of vulnerable people in hard to reach areas get access to humanitarian assistance, become resilient to future disasters and find durable solution. 

The regional office is based in Nairobi and works with country programmes to ensure standardisation of programmatic and operational approaches, promote multi country programming and ensuring quality and coordination.

The main purpose of the Regional Grants Coordinator (RGC) is to assist the Regional Programme Director (RPD) in ensuring that donor obligations and requirements of Multi Country programme funding are met with high quality programming approach. 

As delegated, the RGC is responsible for assisting Programme staff of the selected small country programmes in the region with key issues related to designing projects, proposal writing, project monitoring and reporting while ensuring efficient grants administration.

Job description

Generic Responsibilities
  • Support in the strategic planning, programme development and reviews for the selected country programmes in the region
  • Responsible for quality control of content for the multi country proposals including coordination of inputs from relevant Core Competency advisors in the region
  • Responsible for the compilation of the regional reports including the Triannual BSC reports in collaboration with the regional heads of departments
  • Prepare country fact sheets and other relevant information pieces for the selected country programmes
  • Promote the rights of the displacement affected communities (Refugees/ IDPs/returnees) in line with the advocacy strategy
  • Represent NRC in relevant forums based on thematic areas as assigned by line manager
  • Compliance with and adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedure
Specific responsibilities
  • Responsible for the review of proposals, budgets and reports for the selected county programmes in the region to ensure high quality that meets donor requirements
  • Support with grants start up meetings, programme reviews and ensure lesson learned are captured and documented to help improve on the programme delivery in the selected countries of support
  • Establish and maintain grants tracking systems, processes, documentation and databases for effective grants management for selected countries of support
  • Field visits to support and train staff on issues such as grants management, project cycle management, proposal and report writing
  • Support in the timely budgetary revisions at project level in close collaboration with finance staff for the selected countries of support
  • Support LEAN initiatives in the country programme aiming at reducing operational time and improving control
  • Ensure full compliance with requirements and conditions in grant agreements and contracts, in close cooperation with programme, support, and finance departments
  • At least 5 years’ experience in program and project design, implementation, management, monitoring, evaluation and report writing
  • Strong planning, coordination, organisational and project management skills and ability to prioritise and handle multiple tasks
  • Demonstrated ability to transfer knowledge to diverse audiences through training, menioring and other formal and non-formal methods
  • Ability to design and train others on PCM and Logical Framework Approaches and sound knowledge of participatory approaches and result-based monitoring and evaluation frameworks
  • Knowledge of institutional donor compliance requirements e.g. Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, USAID/OFDA, ECHO/EC, UNHCR, SIDA, Danida, etc
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • High level of communication, interpersonal, representation and negotiation skills
  • Ability to write high quality concept notes and technical sections for donor proposals
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal
  • Above average computer literacy, especially in common software programmes
Education level: College / University, Bachelor's degree

Personal qualities
  • Handling insecure environments
  • Managing resources to optimize results
  • Managing performance and development
  • Communicating with impact and respect
  • Strategic thinking, result oriented and diplomatic
  • Initiating action, culturally sensitive and coping with change
  • Ability to work under pressure and with limited supervision
  • Flexible, innovative and creative, confident in taking initiatives and exploring new opportunities
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
Language: English

We offer

Duty station: Nairobi
Contract period is for 12 months 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 the NRC Office in Nairobi
40% Travel is expected.

Miscellaneous info

Travel: Some travelling must be expected
Search criteria:
  • Location: Kenya
  • Industry: Emergency Relief
  • Special field: Project management
  • Role: Supervisor

Re-Advertisement: CaLP Regional Focal Point – East Africa - Kenya
Ref. No: 3177961244
Job Location: Nairobi

CaLP is looking for qualified candidates for the key role of Regional Focal Point for East Africa, based in Nairobi, Kenya. 

If you have a proven track record in networking, coordination, representation, and the development of strategic partnerships at senior levels, along with substantial experience of humanitarian programming in a range of contexts, and are looking for an exciting opportunity within a growing organisation, this could be the job for you. 

If you understand the critical role that cash transfer programming has the potential to play in helping to re-shape and develop more effective emergency response programming and systems, and would like to contribute to supporting this, this is your chance to work with and for the largest global network of CTP stakeholders. 

As a CaLP Regional Focal Point, you would have a pivotal position in defining and implementing a regional strategy and related activities, including linking these to global initiatives, and ensuring that CaLP’s work is addressing the humanitarian and CTP priorities of agencies and beneficiaries in East Africa. 

While direct and extensive technical and operational experience of CTP is a clear value-added for this role, it may not be essential where candidates possess other key skills, and can demonstrate sufficient understanding of, and interest in, the use of CTP in humanitarian contexts. 

This role is hosted and contracted by the Norwegian Refugee Council.

Job Description
  • Responsible for the development and ownership of the CaLP regional strategy in line with CaLP global strategy including defining with the CaLP global and technical team the priority countries and appropriate linkages.
  • Contribute to revisions of the CaLP Global Strategy, including the capacity building, advocacy, and research strategies, and any other strategic documents, as required
  • Ensure the activities implemented in the region (e.g. capacity building) are in alignment with the global and regional strategies.
  • Develop regional strategic partnerships in line with the global/regional strategy.
  • Engage proactively with donors, governments, and the private sector to attract funding of CaLP plans/activities on country and regional levels as per the CaLP global, regional and funding strategy.
  • Lead on the development of proposals and reports for the region, and contribute to global CaLP funding efforts where requested
  • Responsible for grant and budget management at the regional level, in coordination with the global business support and funding staff, including budget follow-up, and maintaining up to date work planning for regional activities
  • Work with existing coordination systems to promote cash coordination and good practice in the region. This will entail linking with the existing coordination mechanisms at country and regional levels (e.g. clusters, CWG), and may require engaging in technical facilitation and networking for the creation or re-establishment of national cash coordination mechanisms where necessary.
  • Lead and convene regular meetings of the Regional Cash Working Group (RCWG) in Nairobi, ensuring that the content and direction of the meetings corresponds to regional CTP thematic and coordination priorities
  • In collaboration with the global capacity building team, support the regional CBO in the implementation of capacity building activities in accordance with the capacity building strategy and regional priorities. This includes the components of the Standard Training Package, ToTs, Building Individual Expertise, and Strengthening Institutional Capacity.
  • Work with the CBO and Administrator to contribute to, approve and validate regional training plans (for CaLP-led trainings and ToTs), and ensure effective administrative and logistical systems are in place for training delivery
  • Support the CBO and the global team in coordinating with agencies wishing to run CaLP-affiliated trainings in the region
  • Support the global team and CBO in the identification of organisations to participate in the Strengthening Institutional Capacity program, and contribute to the implementation of related activities as needed
  • Document good practice and innovations, and ensure information management on regional and country level, for sharing with the wider regional/global community of practice.
  • A post-graduate degree in socio-economic, food security, livelihoods, social science or equivalent.
  • At least 7 years of relevant experience in humanitarian/development programming, including substantial experience of cash transfer programming at technical implementation and advisory level for international organisations / institutions in rapid onset and chronic emergency contexts
  • Technically and operationally experienced in all aspects of the project cycle on CTP, including market assessment and analysis tools, multi-sectoral / multi-purpose CTP and a broad understanding of delivery mechanisms, opportunities and implications presented by new technologies
  • Proven ability to network, influence, negotiate, coordinate, represent and pursue relevant technical related collaboration work with a proven track record in influencing multi-lateral organisations, governments or other significant institutions at global / senior levels.
  • A broad understanding of roles and responsibilities of the international humanitarian architecture including key actors, global clusters, systems and processes that underpin humanitarian preparedness, response and early recovery stemming from experience in working with NGOs as well as donor and / or UN organisations.
Education field: Social science

Education level: College / University, Bachelor's degree

Personal qualities
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills, with ability to manage own workload and meet organisational and external deadlines.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and cross-cultural team playing skills, together with the ability to remain calm under pressure and not lose sight of strategic priorities.
  • Ability to project manage complex projects and multidisciplinary/cross-sector technical work including human resource and financial management skills, often requiring a high degree of independent initiative, judgement negotiating and decision making skills.
  • Ability to work independently and with a geographically dispersed team.
  • Proven experience of the major humanitarian donor reporting and proposal procedures (ECHO, OFDA etc.).
  • Proven management experience.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English.
  • A sound understanding of the importance of gender and equal opportunities in humanitarian work.
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and the ability to work in a wide variety of cultural contexts and individual team members.
  • French language skills (verbal and written)
  • Experience working in the East Africa region
Language: English

We offer
  • Duration of contract: 12 months renewable
  • Duty station: Nairobi
  • Salary: According to NRC's general directions
Miscellaneous info

Travel: Some travelling must be expected

Search criteria:
  • Location: Kenya
  • Industry: Emergency Relief
  • Special field: Executive / Management
  • Role: Senior executive
How to Apply

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Deadline for application: 04/09/2016

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