Regional Programme Advisor - Dakar- Senegal National Position

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We are looking for a Regional Program Adviser to support NRC Central and West Africa Countries programs operations

All NRC employees are expected to work in accordance with the organization’s values. To be dedicated, innovative, inclusive, and accountable are attitudes and believes that shall guide our actions and relationships.
NRC’s programs and advocacy support families affected by the conflict in the shelter, Food security and livelihoods, education, water and sanitation, camp management, and legal assistance sectors. NRC has over 1,300 employees working on the NRC regional response.
NRC’s Central and West Africa Regional Office (CWARO) located in Dakar, Senegal is quite a recent regional office. It was moved from Oslo, Norway to Dakar, Senegal in March 2018 and started being operational in the summer of 2018.
The CWA region is composed of Country Offices in Mali, the Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), North-east Nigeria, Cameroon, and a new country office in Niger and Burkina Faso. All countries are experiencing a deterioration of the security situation, increasing humanitarian needs, and displacements numbers due to conflict. Displacement across the region is fluid and complex. Across the region, new displacements occur alongside secondary displacements of people who are trying to return home but often find themselves unable to reach their place of origin. An increasing number of people across the region live in protracted displacement and are dependent on humanitarian assistance for survival.
The Central and West Africa Regional Office is overseeing the country programs in the region and provides strategic guidance across the core program, advocacy, and support functions.

The Regional Programme Advisor is responsible for providing specialist advice and guidance to the Country Director and/or Head of Programme at Country level in ensuring that optimal program strategies, structures, systems, and resources are in place; and to assist the Country Office (CO) to ensure that donor obligations and requirements are met.
The position reports to the Head of Programme Unit in the Dakar Regional Office.

Duties and responsibilities

Generic responsibilities

  • Responsible for quality control of the content of donor proposals and reports, macro log frames, and triannual reports in regards to country strategy and donor compliance, including coordination of inputs from relevant Regional Programme Managers, Technical and Thematic Advisers in Head Office.
  • Quality control of documents for UN donors, however, will be the responsibility of the respective Head of Programme at the country level. NMFA and SIDA frameworks will be the responsibility of the Senior Regional Advisor in Oslo.
  • Contribute and provide specialist support, advice and guidance to programme development and to strategic planning in-country programmes, as appointed by the line manager
  • Conduct regional analysis of trends in the region as appointed by the line manager to contribute to regional understanding and provide evidence for advocacy and innovative project ideas
  • Support programme assessments and evaluations in-country programmes as required
  • Promote the incorporation of lessons learned and best practices into existing and new programmes and projects in-country
  • Conduct recruitment interviews and facilitate induction training sessions upon request
  • Represent NRC in relevant fora based on thematic areas appointed by the line manager
  • Responsible for follow-up on a monthly basis with in-country focal points, i.e., Grants Coordinators, Head of Programme on programmatic issues
  • Carry out other duties of a temporary character appointed by the line manager

Specific responsibilities

  • Compliance and adherence to NRC policies, guidance, and procedures
  • Responsible for PCM support, including facilitation and delivery of training to country programmes within the region
  • Coordinate internal reporting and facilitate meetings between country offices the Regional Office and Head Office as required, ensure correct archiving of key Country Office strategy, programme and project documentation, and keep oversight of Country Office proposal and reporting deadlines.
  • Support the review and development of NRC M&E products and processes (e.g., GORS).
  • Responsible to stay updated on specific countries
  • Support to regional and cross border proposals
  • Provide support, guidance and training when required to in-country staff in coordination with the Head of Programme
  • Provide inductions/briefs on the country programme for incoming programme staff and take part in debriefs for programme staff leaving the country offices.
  • Take part in recruitments for programme staff in the country offices.


  • Minimum 5 years of experience within the humanitarian/recovery context, of which 2-3 years is at the Manager/Advisor level
  • Specialist knowledge and expertise equivalent to an advanced university degree in a relevant field (e.g. international development, politics, social sciences, migration, etc.)
  • Experience developing complex and multi-sectoral proposals and reports for various key institutional donors (NMFA, Sida, UNHCR, DFID, ECHO HIP, BPRM, OFDA, etc.). Knowledge of private donor funding a plus.
  • Strong field experience preferred, especially from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Fluency in English and French, both written and verbal

Personal qualities

  • Handling insecure environments
  • Planning and delivering results
  • Working with people
  • Analyzing
  • Communicating with impact and respect
  • Coping with change
  • Coordination

We can offer

Contract period: 9 months
Duty Station: Dakar, 40% travel within the region.
Salary/benefits: According to NRC Senegal’s salary scale and terms and conditions.
An approved health certificate will be requested before the contract start.
Please note only national candidates will be considered for the position

How to apply

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