Area Manager

Norwegian Refugee Council, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
24th January, 2019

Job Description

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee.

We protect displaced people and support them as they build a new future. We started our relief efforts after World War Two. Today, we work in both new and protracted crises across 31 countries. We specialise in six areas: food security, education, shelter, legal assistance, camp management, and water, sanitation and hygiene.

We stand up for people forced to flee. NRC is a determined advocate for displaced people. We promote and defend displaced people's rights and dignity in local communities, with national governments and in the international arena. NRC’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva is a global leader in monitoring, reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.

We respond quickly to emergencies.Our expert deployment capacity, NORCAP, boasts around 1,000 experts from all over the world who can be deployed within 72 hours. Our experts help improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises.

Around 6,000 men and women work for the Norwegian Refugee Council.Most of us are hired locally to work in the field, and a small number are based at our head office in Oslo. Many of our colleagues were once themselves fleeing their homes.

NRC established operations in Bangladesh in December 2018 and we are now scaling up our operation. We are establishing our presence in Cox's Bazar and will in 2019 need experienced staff to build our organisation.

The purpose of the Area Manager position is to ensure high quality and cost effective programme/project implementation within the designated geographical area.

The Area Manager reports to the Country Director.

Job description

  • Line management for senior project staff and support functions in the area
  • Member of the Country Management Group (CMG)
  • Ensure optimal use of resources within the allocated project budgets and CC strategies
  • Represent NRC and networking on area level
  • Ensure that capacity building is provided to all staff in the area
  • Ensure overall security and safety of staff in the area

Oversee the expansion of the NRC’s Cox’s Bazar set-up in two key areas:

  • Operational set-up: securing of appropriate office and accommodation spaces, increase of fleet, introduction of local support staff, etc.
  • Programmatic expansion: oversee transition from two core competencies (CC) to three or more.
  • Support the implementation of CC assessments
  • Significantly contribute to the development of NRC’s 2019-2020 Country Strategy, using findings of assessments and lessons learned from implementation to date.
  • Coordinate NRC’s funding proposal submissions to key donors, with country level management.
  • Represent NRC in relevant Cox’s Bazar level coordination fora, including the NGO Platform, Cox’s Bazar INGO Team Leaders’ group, Advocacy Working Group and ad hoc meetings that require senior NRC representation.
  • Ensure the induction of new staff, as per NRC internal policies and procedures.
  • As Area Security Focal Point, liaise closely with the CD on security and safety issues, and feed into the revision of SOPs, risk assessments, etc., as appropriate.


  • Minimum 3 years of experience from working as a Senior Project Manager in a humanitarian/recovery context
  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal
  • Knowledge of the context in the Cox’s Bazar Rohingya and refugee response.
  • Solid experience from sector/cluster coordination, grants management and programme development,
  • Experience from advocacy work
  • Experience with start-up

Personal qualities

  • Handling insecure environments
  • Strategic thinking
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Managing performance and development
  • Managing resources to optimise results
  • A good sense of humour is an advantage
  • All NRC employee are expected to work in accordance with the organisation's core values: dedication, innovation, inclusiveness and accountability.



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