Area Manager Niger


NRC has been working in Burkina Faso and Niger as one country program since 2019. In 2023 the organisation is moving to establish two independent country offices, in order to better respond to the increasing humanitarian needs in new areas of operations in both countries.

NRC is dedicated to assisting people affected by conflict. Its humanitarian interventions are based on its programming expertise in the Core Competencies (CC) of Shelter, Education, Water, Sanitation and Sanitation, Livelihoods and Food Security, along with Information Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA) to vulnerable displaced people that were forced to flee.

In Niger, according to the UNOCHA, approximately 530,000 people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Approximately 300,000 people are IDPs (internally displaced people) and 230,000 people are refugees fleeing from Nigeria, Mali and Burkina Faso. Currently, NRC Niger Area programming is taking place in some of the most vulnerable areas such as Maradi, Tahoua and Tillaberi regions. This position will be based in Maradi, covering the NRC programme in Maradi and Tahoua, with responsibility for the programme in Tillaberi region with support from the Country Office in Niamey.

An ideal candidate will be a passionate and committed humanitarian worker with 5 years’ experience of working in a senior management position in a humanitarian/recovery context. NRC is particularly looking for a manager with the strength and vision to support fresh and innovative teams of highly professional staff across our areas of operations. A strategic thinker, connector, with strong project management skills and an individual with a solid understanding of the Nigerien context and the donor landscape involved is highly valued. Candidates with a thorough understanding of, and experience working with all phases of Project Cycle Management are particularly encouraged to apply.

Role and responsibilities

  • Overall responsibility of managing the Area Office including potential sub-offices
  • Produce assessments for new areas of operation, outline possible areas of intervention, and develop program strategy for implementation
  • Support the development of concept notes, project proposals and budget development for scale-up post emergency activities
  • In conjunction with Country Office, liaise with donors on new funding and operational areas of programming
  • Liaise regularly with local authorities (political and security), donors and humanitarian actors in the area of operations
  • Represent NRC at coordination initiatives at area level
  • Provide regular feedback input to advocacy initiatives
  • Responsible for overall staff security, including completing security risk assessments for possible new areas of intervention
  • Ensure training is provided to all staff and capacity building initiatives are in place
  • Ensure work and development plans are completed by all staff members in the area of operations and performance feedback sessions are conducted on a minimum quarterly basis
  • Ensure NRC’s data collection systems are in place and information is properly stored and analyzed
  • Overall responsibility for the recruitment of qualified staff for the area office
  • Contextualize, adapt and implement SOPs and procedures to ensure effective provision of assistance to hard-to-reach areas
  • Ensure Master Budget is covered, and is up to date at all times, reflecting cost-efficient use of the available funding
  • Lead by example the teams on the ground on NRC’s core values (dedication, innovation, inclusion and accountability)
  • Lead on access strategy and its implementation in hard-to-reach areas

Professional competencies

  • Minimum 5 years of experience working as a Senior Project Manager in a humanitarian/recovery context
  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
  • Fluency in French and in English, both written and verbal
  • Knowledge of the context in West Africa
  • Experience with start-up, exit, or similar

Please access the full job description here: JD – Area Manager_

What we offer;

  • 12-month contract duration with possibility of extension.
  • Grade 10 in NRC’s Salary Scale. NRC offers a competitive compensation and benefits package.
  • NRC is an equal opportunities employer. In the selection of our staff, 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.
  • An opportunity to work in one of the largest humanitarian emergencies and have an impact in a neglected context.

Deadline for applications: 24/04/2023

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to join our work culture that empowers every employee to share ideas and take responsibility: At NRC, we think outside the box. We encourage ideas and give responsibility to all employees at all levels, to help solve the complex issues that we face. You will have many opportunities to be heard and take the initiative

To apply as an internal candidate, click on the suitcase icon “I am an employee” on the top right of the page to be redirected to NRC’s internal career site

Kindly send any questions that you may have in relation to the application process to: cwa.recruitment@nrc.noApplications sent via email will not be accepted. Please check your application status on your NRC application profile

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