Middle East Regional Proposal Development Advisor - 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


Rights Respected, People Protected



The Middle East Regional Office (MERO) based in Amman, Jordan was created in January 2014 as part of NRC’s reorganization process.  We currently have more than 3,000 staff in the Middle East region assisting people displaced by conflict in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Palestine.  Our work is concentrated on the shelter, education, food security, legal assistance and water, sanitation and hygiene sectors with strong protection and resilience focus integrated into our programs.

NRC operations in the Middle East have grown significantly in recent years and further growth is expected in the months to come. With large operations in such fluid contexts, the NRC Middle East Regional Office has a stimulating and rewarding work environment, a collaborative workforce and genuine place of passion responding to a region in crisis.



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 (COs) in the following domains:

  • Grant compliance and quality control ensured

  • Programme development, information-sharing & synergies between COs supported

  • Capacity building and training of NRC staff

  • Donor relations structured and developed

Currently the PSU is comprised of a Head of Unit, three Regional Programme Advisors, and one Regional Programme Funding Advisor.


Role Specific/Purpose:

The Regional Proposal Development Advisor (RPDA) is a new position in the Regional Office, created in recognition of the need to provide greater in-country support to country offices in the development of proposals.

The chosen candidate should expect to spend up to 40% of their time on providing in-country proposal development support to any of NRC’s 6 country operations in the Middle East, 40% of their time on developing tools to improve the proposal and grant reporting system, and 20% of their time providing cover for the Programme Advisors.


Ideal Candidate Profile:

Minimum 5 years of experience working as a grants officer/coordinator/manager or similar position focused on project development & proposal writing with NRC key donors (NMFA, ECHO, DFID, SIDA, UNHCR, EuropeAid, amongst others).

Extensive proposal writing experience, and developing tools for grants management.

Background in capacity building, in addition to conducting lessons learned exercises.

Experience with inter-agency coordination and/or consortia.

Extensive proposal writing experience, and developing tools for grants management.

Organized, proactive, creative and energetic person to make a visible imprint on NRC by creating systems that improve NRC’s processes around ensuring quality proposals and reports. A patient and flexible person as well.

Excellent Level of written and spoken English,knowledge of the Middle East context is preferred.


Key Job Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • While on deployment to COs, act as the focal point / process holder for proposal development as designated, ensuring that the proposals meet high quality and compliance standards.

  • Document and disseminate learning and best practices for the donor application and reporting process in NRC, including the development of tools to make the process smoother.

  • Strengthen NRC’s capacity to design, manage and cost NRC’s involvement in consortium-style arrangements with partner agencies.

  • Conduct a lessons learned and mapping exercise of NRC’s experience with consortia in the region, with the view to highlighting best practices and developing a consortium “toolbox” including guiding documents and tools for NRC Counrty Offices.     

  • Based on best practices and in coordination with other units in MERO, develop a training for grants officers/coordinators on donor applications and reporting.    

 [12 months contract]

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

Duty Station: Amman, Jordan

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:
    • Emergency Aid
  • Closing Date: 2016-12-04

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