Head of Programme

Norwegian Refugee Council, Kabul, Afghanistan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
19th July, 2019

Job Description


Afghanistan remains a protracted and complex emergency. Conflict-induced displacement and recurrent natural disasters occur at the same time as ongoing return of Afghan refugees from Pakistan and Iran. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) established operations in Afghanistan in 2003 and is one of the leading humanitarian response agencies (particularly for Afghans who have felt forced to flee their homes due to conflict). We respond across Afghanistan, including in hard-to-access provinces, by providing Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance, Education, Shelter, Food & Livelihoods, Camp Management and Emergency programmes.. Maintaining a presence of 12 offices and over 1,200 staff around the country—notably in the country’s most troubled provinces, NRC Afghanistan operates a diverse grants portfolio, which is set to grow commensurate with the mounting humanitarian needs over the next three years as per our 2018-2020 strategy.


The purpose of the Head of Programme (HoP) position is to develop and ensure implementation of holistic high quality programmes. Position reports to the Country Director and heads the Programme and Protection unit based in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The Head of Programme will have the following responsibilities:

  • Line management for Specialists (Core Competency and Protection Specialists) and the Head of Programme Support Unit.
  • Member of the Country Management Group (CMG)
  • Compliance with and adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures
  • Provide programme input to Country Strategy and Plan of Action
  • Development of Core Competency strategies
  • Development of holistic and needs based programmes
  • Identify funding opportunities, develop funding strategies and forecasts
  • Grants management, BPO allocations and reporting to donors, including compliance with donor standards
  • Quality control, M&E and organizational learning
  • Capacity building of all technical staff
  • In-country representation and networking
  • Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy
  • Play a key role in the realisation of the Country Programme's specific objectives defined in the Country Strategy, namely:
  • Explore opportunities to expand existing programmes to reach displacement-affected people wherever they are in a principled manner, especially in hard-to-access areas which are not well-served by other humanitarian agencies.
  • Lead efforts to ensure our programme responses integrates different core competencies, protection and advocacy to help provide durable solutions
  • Ensure synergies between programme activities and advocacy efforts
  • Ensure an evidence-based approach in programme design/response
  • Responsible for the programmatic input to the emergency preparedness plans (EPP).


  • Minimum 5 years experience from a senior management position in a humanitarian/ recovery context
  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Core competency expertise, in one of NRC’s programmes
  • 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 Afghanistan or insecure complex humanitarian situation (an advantage)

All NRC employees are expected to work in accordance with the organisation’s core values: dedication, innovation, inclusive and accountability. These attitudes and beliefs shall guide our actions and relationships.


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