Head of Programme Support Unit

Norwegian Refugee Council, Kabul, Afghanistan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
2nd April, 2019

Job Description

Our Programme & Protection Unit in NRC Afghanistan is looking for you! If you are a robust and aspiring Grants Manager or M&E Manager that is looking to transition to senior management positions, this could be what you've been looking for! The Head of Programme Support will deputize for the Head of Programme. This is an exciting opportunity to work in one of our biggest humanitarian operations.

Read below for details about the position and send us your application today.


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 1,000 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..


With a strong focus on programme quality and support, the Head of Programme Support Unit will guide the development and continuous evolution of NRC Afghanistan’s grant portfolio and will be the PCM compliance/focal point. As delegated from the Head of Programme, the Head of Programme Support Unit will ensure a robust Monitoring and Evaluation system for the Country programme, and support management of partnerships and consortia.


  • Compliance and adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures
  • Line management and staff development
  • Support in the development of a multi-year funding strategy, programme forecasts and identify funding opportunities, taking particular account of changing donor priorities
  • Accountable for compliance in relation to grant management and project cycle management processes, as delegated from Head of Programme
  • Manages the development of submissions to donors, including project proposals and coordinate input for reporting to donors.
  • Responsible for quality control of donor applications and reports
  • Responsible for the management of consortia of which NRC is the lead agency, and in development of any consortia applications
  • Ensure a robust M&E system is in place, including an appropriate beneficiary feedback mechanism. Regular monitoring and data collections should be analysed and factored into future programme design and development
  • Ensure all programme staff are trained in NRC’s project cycle management
  • Compliance and adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures
  • Deputising for the Head of Programme


  • Minimum four years’ experience from a senior grant management position, with responsibility for programme, in a humanitarian/recovery context
  • Experience of working on, coordinating or leading consortia or other forms of partnership implementation
  • Experience in M&E systems and approaches, and accountability mechanisms and frameworks
  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Experience of working in integrated programmes
  • Knowledge of the context in Afghanistan
  • Knowledge of donor landscape, priorities and conditions
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal


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