Programme Development Manager (Shelter & WASH)

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

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The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, education, emergency food security, legal assistance, and water,sanitation and hygiene sectors.

The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 5000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters -NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours notice when a crisis occurs

In mid-April 2016, NRC conducted a Pre-Assessment mission in the refugee camps of Mtendeli/Karago, Nduta and Nyarugusu of Tanzania to gain an understanding of the humanitarian situation, identify gaps and needs for the Burundian refugees in the Country. The assessment revealed that the humanitarian situation for the refugees requires urgent intervention as the needs in almost all the sectors relevant to NRC are high. As of May 2016, Tanzania was hosting over 140,007 Burundian refugees and number was project by UNHCR to reach 170,000 people by the end of 2016. In view of this, NRC has decided to establish an operational office in Kibondo area in north western Tanzania to respond. The initial focus of the operation will be in Mtendeli/Karago and Nduta refugee camps. NRC will start with interventions focusing on two sectors, shelter (transitional, including a WASH component; family latrines) and education (initially construction of permanent classrooms).

The purpose of the Project Development Manager is to design, develop and implement Shelter & WASH programme/project in a small and medium size Country Operation or a start-up/small Shelter & WASH in a large country.

Job description

  • Generic Responsibilities:
  • Develop Shelter and WASH strategy, technical SOPs / guidelines and Macro LFAs
  • Compliance and adherence to NRC policies, Shelter and WASH tools, handbooks and guidelines
  • Responsible for management of funding proposal, project budgets and donor reports
  • Recruitment and overall management of project staff
  • Establish, coordinate and manage Shelter and WASH project implementation (activities, budget and project documentation) in line with proposals, strategies and donor requirements
  • Ensure capacity building of project staff and transfer key skills
  • Liaison and collaborate with relevant local and national authorities, UNHCR, NGOs and other stakeholders, and represent NRC in relevant forums/cluster/working groups.
  • Identify funding opportunities and develop and revise funding proposal, budget and donor reports
  • Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy
  • Specific Responsibilities:
  • Initiate and conduct new assessments, and develop new program proposals within shelter and WASH, linked to the country strategy
  • Recruitments of project staff and ensure capacity building and transfer key skills in order to build a strong national project team.
  • Explore new methodologies, techniques, and materials for development and design for shelter and WASH solutions
  • Daily coordination with other UN and other NGOs to identify gaps and avoid duplications


  • Generic professional competencies:
  • Higher education, preferably within architecture or engineering or related fields of study
  • Programme management experience from a senior level position in a humanitarian/recovery context
  • Technical Shelter/WASH expertise with minimum 5 years of international experience managing and implementing shelter/WASH project. Experience with start-up of shelter and WASH, or related programmes is an advantage
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Context/ Specific skills, knowledge and experience:
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal.
  • Knowledge in French and/or Kirundi is an advantage.
  • Experience with start-up of new shelter and WASH programs, including assessment, developing program strategies and proposals.
  • Ability to use ICT software to develop proposals, budgets, work plans, and monitoring and evaluation tools.
  • Knowledge and understanding of humanitarian standards such as Sphere and HAP.
  • Experience in training and capacity building of staff, and aptitude for community mobilization

Personal qualities

  • Behavioral competencies:
  • These are personal qualities that influence how successful people are in their job. NRC’s Competency Framework states 12 behavioral competencies and the following are essential for this position:
  • Managing resources to optimize results
  • Managing performance and development
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Strategic thinking
  • Initiating action and change

We offer

  • Duty station: Kibondo, Tanzania
  • Commencement: 1st February, 2017
  • Contract duration: 12 months contract with possibility of extension.
  • Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s general directions, The candidate will observe NRC’s code of conduct and working hours for NRC Tanzania.

Miscellaneous info

  • Travel: Some travelling must be expected