Executive Director – Partnerships and Policy

  • Contract
  • Belgium
  • Closing date: 2 May 2022



The Partnerships and Policy department leads, manages, and sets standards for NRC’s global advocacy and media work, our partnerships with institutional donors and private foundations, and formulates NRC’s position on key humanitarian policy issues. The department consists of more than 100 staff.

In addition to the representation offices in Brussels, Geneva, Berlin, London and Washington DC, the Executive Director for Partnerships and Policy will lead Oslo-based sections responsible for institutional partnerships and global advocacy and media and oversee Geneva-based IDMC, with more than 30 experts working on internal displacement.

We are looking for a strong leader, manager and advocate who is passionate about building partnerships and developing policies to strengthen the organisation’s ability to assist and protect displaced people in need. S/he will represent the organisation at the highest policy levels and lead NRC’s efforts to influence change within international humanitarian operations.

Come join us!

About the position

The Director is responsible for NRC’s institutional partnerships, including all donor relations, all representational offices, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), and the organization’s global advocacy and media work for humanitarian principles and protection. As a member of the Senior Management Group, reporting to the Secretary-General, s/he will influence the future direction of NRC. Some of the responsibilities associated with the role include;

  • Responsible for maintaining and setting strategic direction for NRC’s institutional partnerships. This includes all donor relationships, as well as strategic partnerships with the UN, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and local and international NGOs;
  • Responsible for leading NRC’s global advocacy, humanitarian diplomacy, and media work;
  • Managing NRC’s representation/liaison offices in Brussels, Geneva, Berlin, London, and Washington DC. Providing oversight of the Internally Displaced Monitoring Centre (IDMC);
  • Performance management and line management of staff across geographical locations, including the development of staff and holding the Department accountable for results;
  • Develop new and strengthen existing partnership agreements, with donors and international and local humanitarian groups and agencies;
  • Represent NRC externally, including in global news media;
  • Member of NRC’s Senior Management Group and an observer on NRC’s Board of Directors.

What you will bring

  • In-depth knowledge of the humanitarian system and practical experience from humanitarian work;
  • Experience with strategic relations towards donors as well as advocacy work;
  • Minimum 10 years of progressively responsible professional experience with at least 5 years of relevant senior management experience within the humanitarian field or other complex organisations with international exposure;
  • Outstanding communication, networking, representation, and interpersonal skills;
  • Proven analytical capacity and ability to develop and implement solid organisational strategies;
  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts;
  • Professional knowledge of humanitarian principles and international politics;
  • Fluency in English both written and verbal. Fluency in a second language is an advantage (NRC operates in English, Spanish, French and Arabic).

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What makes this position attractive?

  • A challenging and exciting opportunity with an international team dedicated to advocating for the rights of people forced to flee;
  • A chance to assume overall accountability for leading NRC’s efforts to influence change within international humanitarian operations;
  • A permanent full-time contract with Oslo as the preferred duty station, with travel up to 20%;
  • Salary and benefits according to NRC’s salary scale and terms and conditions.

Successful candidates share our values:

  • To be dedicated in what we do;
  • To be innovative with our solutions;
  • To act as one unified and inclusive team;
  • To be accountable to the people serve, donors that make our work possible, and to each other – the members of our NRC family.

Commencement 15 August or as soon as possible

How to apply

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