Partnership Advisor - Region Middle East

Amman | Amman

In the Middle East, NRC has over 3000 staff dedicated to assisting people affected by conflict in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Palestine. Its humanitarian interventions are based upon its programming expertise in the Core Competencies of Shelter, Education, Water and Sanitation Hygiene, Food Security, along with Information Counselling and legal Assistance (ICLA) to forcibly displaced people.
The Syrian Crisis is well into its fifth year, but the level and intensity of conflict in the country remains high. Humanitarian and protection needs inside of Syria are overwhelmingly resultant of the effects of ongoing conflict in a complex emergency situation, in which displacement is both massive and widespread. According to OCHA, 12.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance inside of Syria and millions have been forced to flee. Approximately 7.6 million people are IDPs - over one third of the total population, including those forced to leave the country, and more than 40% of the current population living inside the country. Most IDPs have sought refuge with host families and in abandoned or unfinished buildings, which are often overcrowded. Elsewhere, they reside in tents or makeshift accommodation in informal settlements and camps only. ESCWA estimates that over 680,000 houses have been completely destroyed since the start of conflict in 2011, with a further 2.1 million houses damaged by fighting. According to the Multi-Sector Needs Assessment (MSNA, October 2014), 2.8 million people require non-food item (NFI) assistance. Needs related to Food Security are growing in parts of Syria, where peoples capital and assets have been diminished. Some areas have been drought-affected since 2008, where agricultural infrastructure has suffered from neglect even prior to conflict.
NRC’s programming in Syria has a strong protection and resilience focus that ensures integrated programme responses that meet diverse needs of vulnerable populations. NRC’s response to the complex challenges of the operating environments in Syria is to focus its resources upon continually strengthening the effectiveness of its directly implemented activities and those enabled through partnership with local actors. It is upon the latter, that this position is focused, with a view to developing programming relevant to similar operating environments and types of humanitarian need, including Iraq and elsewhere.

Job description

  • Ensure a harmonized approach to partnership among NRC Syria response offices and Syrian partners.
  • Pursue and develop relationships with Syrian stakeholders to open up new humanitarian access opportunities and to maintain existing ones.
  • Develop a Partnership Strategy to maximize NRC’s partnership opportunities in hard-to-access areas (Syria, Iraq etc.) to increase humanitarian access and ensure adherence to the Principles of Partnership.
  • Develop new systems of support, implementation and compliance for partnerships between NRC and local actors, in liaison with NRC’s support sections in country, regional and head offices, along with donors.
  • Develop due diligence and compliance policies and procedures for partner-based work in Syria, including that related to counter-terror legislation, cash programming.
  • Contribute to the development of HR procedures for Syrian staff.
  • Support the further development of NRC’s Remote Management and Partnership guidelines, policies and related quality assurance documentation.
  • Lead the development of Capacity-building programmes for direct implementation with Syria partners and through training of trainers.
  • Contextualize, adapt and implement SOPs and procedures from the Cash Assistance Advisor to ensure effective provision of assistance to hard-to-reach areas.


  • Master's degree in related field (desirable).
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in related programming in post-conflict environments.
  • Minimum 4 years’ programme/project experience.
  • Experience as a Technical Programme Advisor.
  • Documented/proven results related to the position’s responsibilities.
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal.

Personal qualities

  • You are able to work with people;
  • You are able to analyze;
  • You are able to think strategically;
  • You are able to empower and build trust;
  • You are able to communicate with impact and respect.

We offer

  • Commencement: 1/12/2015.
  • Contract period: 12 months.
  • Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s general directions.
  • Duty station: Amman.
  • 50% regional travel.
  • Approved health certificate will be requested before contract start.
  • Application procedures and CV registration:
  • Please note that you are required to enter the GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION for all your previous positions while registering your CV. There is no specific field for this information in our CV form, but you can use the "Company name" field for BOTH company and location.
  • NRC may be required to verify the identity of its partners and to check that its partners have not been involved in illegal activities. NRC reserves the right to use electronic screening tools for this purpose.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Amman | Amman
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
  • Closing Date: 2015-10-20

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