BLP Roving Technical Capacity Building Coordinator - For internal NRC Candidates Only - Region Middle East


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

Since 2007 the NorwegianRefugee Council (NRC), in cooperation with the Institute of Education,University of Tromsø in Norway and the Norwegian Centre for Violence andTraumatic Stress Studies (NKVTS) have collaborated in improving learningconditions for children and adolescents exposed to war and conflict. Theinitially called ‘Trauma Intervention’ was successfully tested out in NorthernUganda in 2010 and 2011 and then it was piloted in Palestine in 2011 targetingUNRWA schools in Gaza.[1] The pilot Gazaintervention resulted in reduced nightmares for two-thirds of the children froman average of four to five nightmares per week to nearly zero. The remainingthird of the children also reported significant reduction in nightmaresfrequency and intensity. The later called ‘Better Learning Program’ (BLP)intervention was implemented across 40 schools in Gaza and the West Bank from2012 to 2014. In 2014 – 2015 scholastic year the project was successfullyup-scaled to 168 UNRWA-schools in Gaza and 10 in the West Bank.

An NRC regional workshop on BLP took place in Amman 13th -15thJanuary 2016, aimed at key NRC Middle East Country Office education staff totake stock of the lessons learnt and best practices, while providing practicaltools and examples to start-up BLP in other country office operations beyondPalestine. Some country offices already have well-established educationprograms which will move towards incorporating BLP, while other country officesare recently launching their education programs and BLP will be incorporatedfrom the beginning.  In light of NRC’s ‘1Million Children Learning in Emergencies’ initiative, 2016 represents a uniqueopportunity for NRC as a whole, and more specifically for NRC’s EducationSection, to start institutionalizing programs that have demonstrated to besuccessful in providing quality support to children and school teaching andnon-teaching staff. There is a strong identified need to deploy a rovingcapacity-building support for launching the BLP in the region - almost all ofthe NRC countries in the Middle East region indicated that they would requiretraining and also surge support for integrating this new approach in 2016.

Roles and Responsibility

The BLP Roving Technical Capacity Building Coordinator is responsible for supporting Middle East Country Offices by providing technical capacity-building on BLP approach, throughout all phases of the project cycle.  

Specific responsibilities

  • Provide input to the BLP development plan of all COs and any other project related documentation
  • Facilitate BLP-1 and BLP-2 training sessions for NRC education staff, teachers and counselors in collaboration with the BLP University of Tromsø consultants
  • Translate and facilitate the instructions and discussions arising in the workshops and develop related reports
  • Provide surge support and start-up support 
  • Based on the need of the CO, support management education staff in meeting with relevant partners, education informants and Ministry of Education (MoE) to introduce the BLP and its results-based evidence
  • Develop ToR and provide support in the implementation of the Palestine BLP final evaluation; contribute to other BLP programme reviews as delegated by line manager
  • Provide input to M&E tools and collaborate with CO M&E units in the utilization of the BLP tools


Generic professional competencies

  • Minimum 5 years of experience working in education programming within the humanitarian/ recovery context, of which 2 years at the level of Coordinator or above.
  • Experience designing and delivering training sessions / workshops
  • 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


Context related skills, knowledge and experience

  • Experience working with NRC’s Better Learning Programme
  • Experience working with overall strategy and planning
  • Expertise / knowledge about the Middle East region

Behavioral competencies

  • Handling insecure environments
  • Planning and delivering results
  • Influencing
  • Communicating with impact and respect
  • Coping with change

We offer a 10 month contract. 


Generic professional competencies

    Generic professional competencies

      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: L-5, International Limited
      • Occupational Groups:
        • Education and Training
        • Education and Training
        • Architecture, Building and Property Management
        • Architecture, Building and Property Management
        • Emergency Aid
      • Closing Date: 2016-03-12

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