Project Assistant

Norwegian Refugee Council , Hargeisa, Somalia

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

Job Description

Founded in 1946, today the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) works in both new and protracted crises across 31 countries. Our 6,000 employees provide life-saving and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. NRC specialises in six areas: food security, education, shelter, legal assistance, camp management, and water, sanitation and hygiene. NRC is a determined advocate for displaced people. We promote and defend their rights and dignity in local communities, with national governments and in the international arena.

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

NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.

NRC in Somalia & Somaliland:

NRC has been active in Somalia/Somaliland since 2004 with four area offices in Kismayu, Mogadishu, Garowe and Hargeisa, providing protection and humanitarian assistance to refugees, internally displaced persons and returnees in Somaliland, Puntland, South Central and Jubbaland regions. NRC offers a comprehensive response for returnees and IDPs of high need, addressing their food security, livelihood, shelter, education, ICLA, and water, hygiene and sanitation needs and also responding to emergencies through NRC’s five core competences; Shelter, Education, Food Security and Livelihoods, WASH and Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA).

NRC Somalia/Somaliland is part of NRC’s East Africa and Yemen regional operation which comprises of large-scale multi-country humanitarian and early recovery interventions spread across seven countries (Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Yemen, Eritrea, South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania).  NRC’s overall strategy in the region is to enhance protection and promote the rights of displaced people in humanitarian need by improving living conditions and seeking durable solutions. The regional office is based in Nairobi and works with country programmes to ensure standardization of programmatic and operational approaches, promote multi country programming and ensuring quality and coordination. 

Role Specific Information: The purpose of the assistant position is to assist in the day to day implementation of the Food Security Project.

Generic responsibilities (max 10):

These responsibilities shall be the same for all positions with the same title. The responsibilities shall be short and essential. Details belong in the Work- and Professional Development Plan.

  • Adhere to NRC policies, tools, handbooks and guidelines
  • Assist with the implementation of the support function portfolio according to plan of action
  • Prepare and develop status reports as required by management
  • Ensure proper filing of documents
  • Promote and share ideas for improvement of the support function

Specific responsibilities:

  • These responsibilities shall be adapted to the particularities of the job location and context, phase of operation,
  • strategic focus and type of programme intervention. This section shall be revised whenever a new employee is
  • hired or the context changes significantly.

Assist in stakeholder sensitization of project(s):

  • Ensure communities are mobilized and information about the project(s) is shared before project
  • start Participate in the beneficiaries’ identification, verification, selection and registration in the project
  • area Ensure that all the registered beneficiaries receive all the assistance due to them timely.
  • Lead in conducting regular meetings with target beneficiaries, community committee members
  • and local leadership.
  • Ensure that output data and reports are shared with the supervisor timely.
  • Lead in the collection of baseline, post distribution and end line data/information.
  • Ensure that regular meetings are held with stakeholders; beneficiaries, non-beneficiaries and
  • community committee members to discuss project progress and challenges etc.
  • Participate in the implementation of the plan of action, review achievement and constraints, and
  • provide feedback accordingly
  • Assist the project staff and partners in encouraging and sensitizing public opinion on Protection
  • issues and Rights focused activities
  • Conduct field visits and interviews with target beneficiaries to map the unmet needs, and identify
  • any other significant issues to be reported as appropriate
  • Receive and maintain information from IDPs coming to the NRC office and report
  • their requests Participate in weekly market price monitoring and monthly project outputs and outcomes
  • monitoring
  • Keep track of the distribution of inputs, cash/vouchers and training activities.

Our Ideal Candidate:

  • We are looking for a university graduate in agriculture, NRM or related field, with a minimum of  two years previous experience in INGO/UN. 
  • Experience working in complex and volatile contexts, in particular in Somalia.  Technical livelihood refugees, asylum
  • seekers and returnees expertise relevant to the role. Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities.  Fluency in English, both written and verbal.
  • We are particularly looking for a positive individual with strong communication skills, who can build trust and confidently navigate both internally and externally at different levels.
  • In this position you will join highly motivated and expert staff who are making a difference to the most vulnerable people.


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