Area Programme Manager Iraq Kirkuk

Job Overview

Job Description


The Norwegian Refugee Council in Iraq is looking for an experienced professional to lead the implementation of integrated programmes as Area Programme Manager in the Central Iraq Area Office. The Kirkuk based role presents an exciting opportunity to shape programming related to both emergency response and returns.

The Central Area Office portfolio currently focuses on integrated livelihoods, legal assistance, and education programming. Livelihoods interventions include agriculture and water infrastructure rehabilitation combined with material and capacity support to farmers and business owners, and emergency cash assistance in areas with immediate needs. The legal assistance programme entails information, counselling, and legal assistance to individuals and households on legal civil documentation as well as housing, land and property rights issues. NRC’s education projects entail material support to schools, rehabilitation of key educational infrastructure, and capacity building of teachers, including in addressing children’s psycho-educational needs.

Role and Responsibilities:

The Area Programme Manager is responsible for bringing the different components of NRC’s programme response together to maximize positive impact for affected populations with the resources available. The role is expected to create cohesion between NRC core competency teams in order to that ensure people receive holistic assistance, create efficient linkages between programme and support departments, and to support the Area Manager in in facilitating collaboration with local stakeholders. In particular, the role seeks to capitalize on synergies and strengths with NRC’s livelihoods, legal assistance, and education capacities.

The role is responsible for improving management capacities and programmatic quality in large Area Offices. The Area Programme Manager line manages senior programming staff in Central Area Office, effectively oversees implementation, and leads on other programme development initiatives, as delegated by the Area Manager in the area of operation. The Area Programme Manager has core responsibility for implementing integrated programmes, is a member of the Central Area Management Team, represents NRC externally, and deputizes the Area Manager as needed. The role liaises with the Country Office programme team and has a technical line to the Head of Programmes.

Generic responsibilities

These responsibilities are the same for all Area Programme Manager positions and cannot be modified.

  • Line management for CC project managers
  • Compliance and adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures
  • Responsible for ensuring programme support to integrated programme, coordination and technical quality in Area office
  • Provide area specific input relevant for CC strategies
  • Compliance to donor standards, and grant management and regular reporting to donor in Area
  • Identify funding opportunities and develop funding strategy and forecasts
  • Responsible for grants management and BPO allocations in Area
  • Ensure compliance with contractual commitments and extracting and implementing key learnings from project implementation
  • Coordinate new emergency response in Area, and approve existing
  • Ensure capacity building of all technical staff

Specific responsibilities

These responsibilities to be adapted to the particularities of the job location and context, phase of operation, strategic focus and type of intervention.

  • Oversee all grants management and budget allocations in the Area Office
  • Line manage most senior programme staff in the area
  • Work with Project Managers to develop strategy for both emergency response and returns
  • Promote the rights of refugees in line with the advocacy strategy
  • Ensure integration, technical quality, and coherence of implementation for all activities across Area
  • Promote integrated programme approaches and methodologies, such as market-based approaches, urban and out-of-camp displacement responses, graduation approaches, et cetera
  • Contribute to fundraising, and develop funding proposals, budgets, and forecasts
  • Improve information management, localization, safe programming, and referral area processes
  • Promote programmatic approaches that are gender sensitive and inclusive
  • Represent NRC in sectorial coordination, clusters and/or working group at the Area level
  • Take actions to ensure appropriate and in-depth context analysis across the Area
  • Lead PCM at area office level as per NRC PCM standards, as delegated by the Area Manager
  • Provide innovative solutions to program challenges and conduct regular field monitoring
  • Support cross-cutting interventions including protection, gender, and cash and market programming
  • Deputize the Area Manager, when requested by the Area Manager and/or Country Director
  • Actively contribute to and support capacity building of all technical staff in the Area

Critical interfaces

By interfaces, NRC means processes/projects that are interlinked with other departments, units, or persons. These shall be adapted to the particularities of the job location and context, phase of operation, strategic focus and type of intervention. Relevant interfaces for this position are:

  • Proposal development: AM, HoP, CC/thematic Specialists and PDMs, Grants and Partnerships Manager, Regional Programme Advisor, Project Managers
  • Programme implementation: AM, HoP, CC Specialists and PDMs, Project Managers, M&E Manager
  • BPO and allocation of shared costs: Finance Manager, Area Manager
  • Grant management: AM, HoP, Grants Manager
  • Capacity development: Core Competency Project Managers and Coordinators


Competencies are important in order for the employee and the organisation to deliver desired results. They are relevant for all staff and are divided into the following two categories:

Professional competencies

These are skills, knowledge and experience that are important for effective performance.

Generic professional competencies

These are the same for all Area Programme Manager positions and cannot be modified

  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Minimum of 5 years’ work experience in Project Management
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal
  • Valid driver’s license

Context/Specific skills knowledge and experience

This section shall be adapted to the particularities of the job location and context, phase of operation, strategic focus and type of intervention.

  • Experience from a senior project implementation position in a humanitarian/ recovery context
  • Experience with integrated programming and/or coordinating multiple sectors/CCs
  • Experience in facilitating the capacity building efforts of diverse colleagues, including local
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent organizational and team management skills
  • Expertise on localization, working with partners, and community engagement
  • Experience with safe programming, including gender and protection mainstreaming
  • Experience building team culture of testing new ideas and solutions toward higher outcomes
  • Experience facilitating space for communication that is appreciative of everyone’s contribution
  • Experience generating space and processes that enable staff to use systems thinking to identify and address complex problems and barriers to integration
  • Thorough knowledge of the MS Office suite, especially MS Excel and the online Microsoft suite
  • Experience with livelihoods, education, and/or legal assistance programming is advantageous

Behavioural competencies

Personal qualities that influence how successful people are in their job. NRC’s Competency Framework states 12 behavioural competencies, the following are essential for this position:

  • Strategic thinking
  • Managing resources to optimise results
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Initiating action and change
  • Influencing
  • Planning and delivering results

Performance Management

The employee will be accountable for the responsibilities and the competencies, in accordance with the NRC Performance Management Manual. The following documents will be used for performance reviews:

  • The Job Description
  • Work- and Professional Development Plan
  • The Mid-term/End-of-trial Period Performance Review Template
  • The End-term Performance Review Template
  • The NRC Competency Framework

We Can Offer:

  • Contract period: 01/08/2022 – 31/07/2023 with possibility of extension
  • The position is open to both National and International Candidates
  • Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s salary scale and terms and conditions
  • Duty station: Kirkuk,Iraq
  • Travel: Frequent field travel expected

About Us

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises across more than 31 countries, providing emergencies and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. We stand up for people forced to flee, advocating their rights. NORCAP, our global provider of expertise, helps 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.
Employment with NRC may lead to employment in or deployment to Regions, Countries, Areas or Offices that may be host to considerable health, safety and security risks. NRC takes this very seriously and we have procedures in place to reduce known risks, but will never be able to take away all risks.
NRC is an equal opportunities employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality and physical ability.


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