Country Director - Jordan


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

Rights Respected People Protected



The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) have currently more than 2,000 staff in the Middle East region assisting people displaced by conflict in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Palestine. NRC as one of the leading humanitarian organization provides Shelter, Education, Food Security, Information Counseling and Legal Assistance (ICLA) and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sectors with strong protection and resilience focus integrated into our programs

NRC strives to combine its programmatic activities with evidenced-based advocacy work focused on policy change and strong external communications and media engagement and. The Country Office also works to ensure safe and integrated programming through ensuring protection is effectively mainstreaming across all programming.

NRC established its presence in Jordan in November 2012 in response to the conflict in Syria and resulting refugee influx. NRC Jordan currently employs over 450 national staff and is now one of the largest INGOs in the country. In 2016 the Country Office continues to focus on provision of protection, assistance and access to essential services for vulnerable Syrian refugees in formal camps and host communities.

The objective for the Jordan program is to provide high quality, innovative and integrated solutions for Syria’s refugees and vulnerable host communities in Jordan that focus on maximum impact of the assistance in terms of quality and scope, and prioritization of needs of the most vulnerable.

NRC is working in Zaatari and Azraq refugee camps and in the host communities in the governorates of Irbid, Jerash and Ajloun. After conducting needs assessments in 2016, NRC will also start implementation in the governorates of Mafraq and Amman by the end of 2016.


NRC is now looking for a dedicated Country Director that will be leading NRC’s work in Jordan, one of NRC’s largest country programs.  


This is an exciting opportunity to join an organisation saving lives and defending dignity, at a time when record numbers are fleeing their homes. The Country Director will play an ambassadorial and advocacy role for NRC in the region, lead a team of over 450 staff and a budget of over 300 million NOK.


For this interesting start-up role our ideal candidate is:

A highly experienced professional with a minimum of 5 years’ experience from working as a Senior Manager/Country Director in humanitarian/recovery context.  A college graduate with an advanced university degree in a subject relevant to humanitarian action, human rights, or refugees. Strong leadership skills and proven result related to the position’s responsibilities, including financial management and performance management. Knowledge of the context in Jordan and the Middle East. Proficiency in Arabic is appreciated.

We are looking for a strategic thinker that is able to handle high pressure environments, can build trust and empower others and that has a strong network ability and skills of persuasion. Having a good sense of humour is always an important asset.


Key Job Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Representing NRC Jordan with a diverse range of governmental, humanitarian and communal stakeholders
  • Development and execution of country strategy in support of NRC’s regional strategy
  • Overall responsible for all activities, personnel and the country management team (CMT)
  • Safety and security of all staff in the NRC Jordan Country Programme
  • Country level advocacy on behalf of vulnerable displaced populations
  • Responsible for overall resource allocation, mobilization and control
  • Responsible for cost efficiency to ensure maximum impact through programmatic delivery
  • Ensure the application and development of global NRC structures and systems in country
  • Learning, training and development for all staff, including a strategy for national staff development


If you are eager to continuously strive to reach more people with better assistance, to speak up for the most vulnerable and a looking for a great new role with great opportunities we would encourage you to apply.



Candidates are encouraged to apply early, as applications may be screened prior to the vacancy deadline

We offer up to a 24 month contract.

Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s salary scale and terms and conditions

Duty station: Amman (Family duty station)

Approved health certificate will be requested before contract start

NB: Please note that you are required to enter the geographical location in 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.

For further information please see the Job Description below. 

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: Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Emergency Aid
  • Closing Date: 2016-10-24

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