ICLA Project Manager

Norwegian Refugee Council, Herat, Afghanistan

Skill Required:, IT and ICTMedia and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
8th February, 2020

Job Description

Purpose of the Job:
The purpose of the Information, Counselling, and Legal Assistance (ICLA) Project Manager position is technical development, strategic direction, and quality assurance as well as monitoring of NRC Afghanistan’s ICLA activities and programme in western region, as well as relevant staff mentoring and capacity development. The ICLA Project Manager is expected to follow NRC’s standards, procedures, and guidelines for project governance applicable for the particular projects. S/he is also responsible for the overall planning and coordination of all ICLA interventions, either directly within the ICLA or as an integrated approach across other core competencies, across the Area Office, including in the two sub-offices, Badghis and Nimroz.
Duties and responsibilities
Generic responsibilities

  • Ensure adherence to NRC policies, handbooks, procedures and SOPs/guidelines;
  • Line management of ICLA project staff in Herat, and technical oversight and shared operational management of senior programme staff in sub-offices (i.e. ICLA Coordinators/ Officers who are line managed by the Field Manager/ Coordinator);
  • Contribute to the development of Area and ICLA specific strategies, initiate and participate in the development of ICLA projects and interventions;
  • Coordinate and manage ICLA project implementation (activities, budget, and project documentation) in line with proposals, strategies, and donor requirements;
  • Implement technical direction and ensure high technical quality of projects across operational provinces;
  • Provide regular progress reports to the Area Programme Manager, Area Manager, and the ICLA Specialist;
  • Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need of protection, explore and asses new and better ways to assist;
  • Contribute towards actively implementing and supporting ‘integrated’ (multi-sector) programmes, cross-sectorial exchange of lessons learned, and adherence to relevant quality standards;
  • Ensure capacity building of project staff and transfer key skills;
  • Liaise and collaborate with relevant local authorities and other key stakeholders;
  • Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy. Development of holistic and needs based programmes, including cash-based interventions and marked based programmes

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Ensure availability of up-to-date needs assessment to inform programme design and advocacy efforts;
  • Ensure all relevant stakeholders are included in the planning and implementation of projects as appropriate;
  • Under the line management of the Area Programme Manager, contribute towards drawing up plans, proposals, and budgets for new projects/extensions of projects in conjunction with the relevant team, both programme and support staff;
  • Support multi-sectoral emergency preparedness and response as required by the context and management;
  • Closely coordinate with all core competencies in the Area Office to maximize on integrated programming and promote durable solutions.
  • Ensure the inclusion of cash-based interventions and marked based programmes in country and area-based strategies and their implementation across and within NRC’s core competencies
  • Provide an enabling environment for the implementation of cash-based interventions, including multi-purpose cash assistance, emergency cash responses
  • Overall responsibility for effective and efficient management of the ICLA projects across Herat, Badghis, and Nimroz consistent with the project management cycle (including reporting to the desired quality and standard);
  • Overall budget management for all the ICLA projects/portfolio implemented in the Area, including the projects implemented in Badghis and Nimroz, and ensure appropriate burn-rates are maintained and that solutions to over/under expenditure are applied;
  • Responsible for providing technical and implementation support and guidance to field-based ICLA staff in implementing NRC project(s), including but not limited to providing instructions on work plans, approving expenses/procurement, recruitment, reporting, etc., in close coordination and collaboration with the sub-office management team based in Badghis and Nimroz;

For more information about the Specific Responsibilities, please see JD from below link.


  • Bachelor degree in law, sharia, business administration or other related field. Master’s degree preferred
  • At least five years in a development and/or humanitarian programming environment, including three years’ experience in a senior level project management position;
  • Previous experience working in complex and volatile contexts;
  • Experience in needs assessment, project monitoring and evaluation, and programme development;
  • Experience of geographical access negotiation and representation, including with local authorities, I/NGOs, and communities.
  • Experience of a flexible approach to managing and prioritizing a high and diverse workload
  • Documented results related to the position’s technical responsibilities;
  • Knowledge in protection mainstreaming, community outreach/engagement, community capacity building, and/or community-development oriented programming;
  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of Project Cycle Management and team leadership;
  • Fluency in English and Dari is essential, both written and verbal as well as understanding of Pashtu though not mandatory; Computer literate in Microsoft Office, including strong skills in Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Knowledge of the context in western and north-western Afghanistan, Herat, Badghis, and Nimroz Provinces in particular;
  • Good communication skills, with capacity to directly influence and negotiate with a wide range of stakeholders;
  • Strong leadership skills and a supportive management style;

Personal qualities

  • Planning and delivering results
  • Working with people
  • Communicating with impact and respect
  • Handling insecure environment
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Managing resources to optimize results
  • Managing performance and development


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