Programme Advisor (Turkey and Syria) - Region Middle East


The Programme Advisor is responsible for supporting the Programme Director and/or Country Director in ensuring that optimal programme structures, systems and resources are in place; and for ensuring that donor obligations and requirements for programme funding are met.
The Middle East Regional Office was created in January 2014 as part of NRC’s reorganisation process. The programme support unit (PSU) as part of MERO is crucial for supporting the application and development of systems, structures and tools that bolster programme management and delivery in Middle East Country Offices in the following domains:
• Effective M&E systems & structures for project cycle management.
• Grant compliance and quality control ensured.
• Programme technical development, information-sharing and synergies between country offices are supported.
• Capacity building and training of NRC staff.
• Donor relations structured and developed.

Currently the PSU is comprised of a head of unit, three programme advisors, one monitoring and evaluation advisor and one education specialist. This position will replace the current progamme advisor for Syria while the Turkey portfolio is new to NRC. This position gives the possibility for someone who is proactive, creative and energetic to make a visible imprint on NRC by improving the PSUs ways of working with the goal of enhancing and ensuring PSU value-added service delivery to country offices. Patience and flexibility is required for this position given the size, complexity and changing pace of programming within the Middle East.

Job description

  • Responsible for quality control of content of donor applications, reports, macro logframes, and quarterly reports including coordination of inputs from relevant special advisors and thematic advisors in head office.
  • Facilitate programme development where appropriate and strategic planning in country programmes as appointed by line manager.
  • Contribute to the development of ToRs for project/programme assessments and evaluations in Country Programmes as required.
  • Responsible for follow-up on a monthly basis with the Head of Programmes on programmatic issues as outline in the PA/HoPU meeting format.
  • Represent NRC in relevant meetings and forums appointed by line manager.
  • Ensure filing of all project and relevant country files on FOKUS and maintain proposal development & reporting calendars for Turkey and Syria.
  • Participate in MERO internal country-focused meetings for Turkey and Syria.
  • Organise Quarterly Country meetings for Turkey and Syria in line with standard operating procedures.
  • Carry out other duties of temporary character appointed by line manager.
  • To provide support, guidance and training if required to in-country grant officers/coordinators in coordination with the Head of Programmes for that country.
  • To contribute to the PSU ‘ways of working’ by documenting tools, approaches or other ways that define how you work in relation to the Country Offices or in the PSU.
  • Assist the Turkey start-up team with programmatic analysis and research as required.


  • Minimum 5 years of experience within the humanitarian/recovery context, of which 3 years at the level of Manager/Adviser.
  • Experience developing proposals and reports for various key donors (NMFA, UNHCR, DFID, ECHO, EuropeAid, BPRM, OFDA, SDC, SIDA, CIDA/DFATD etc)
  • Experience working in complex and volatile contexts.
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities.
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal; Arabic highly appreciated.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications.

Personal qualities

  • You are able to handle insecure environments;
  • You are able to plan and deliver results;
  • You are able to influence;
  • You are able to analyze;
  • You are able to communicate with impact and respect;
  • You are able to cope with change.

We offer

  • Commencement: 1/1/2016.
  • Contract period: 24 months.
  • Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s general directions.
  • Duty station: Amman (Non Family Duty Station).
  • 20-30% 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
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation
    • Development Cooperation
    • Development Cooperation
    • Development Cooperation
    • Development Cooperation
    • Development Cooperation
    • Development Cooperation
    • Development Cooperation
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  • Closing Date: 2015-11-01

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