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Senior Institutional Partnership (Maternity Cover) Adviser Switzerland

  • Full Time
  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • TBD USD / Year
  • Norwegian Refugee Council profile

  • Job applications may no longer being accepted for this opportunity.

Norwegian Refugee Council

This is an exciting opportunity to manage and lead the work of NRC’s partnership team and humanitarian financing portfolio in Geneva. You will be responsible for strategic leadership, team management, and hands-on implementation of our Humanitarian Financing policy activities, all in close coordination with colleagues in NRC Geneva, other parts of the Policy and Partnership (PnP) Department, and across various teams in Oslo Head Office.

What we are looking for:

NRC is seeking a highly qualified “Senior Institutional Partnership Adviser” with advanced knowledge and expertise of the humanitarian system, funding mechanisms, and humanitarian policy work.

What you will do:

Some of your specific responsibilities include:

  • Developing and leading NRC’s strategic relationships with UN agencies and Swiss partners, including the development of strategic approaches and the administration of current and future partnerships, MOUs and/or grant agreements.
  • Managing the work of the Institutional Partnership team in Geneva and ensuring supervisory capacity throughout the performance management cycle. This includes undertaking development responsibility for the team’s priorities and workplan, in line with the office’s objectives.
  • Representing NRC in partnership discussions with UN agencies and other donors, and at inter-agency and NGO forums relevant to the partner/donor portfolio; and ensuring the collection of cross-departmental input into relevant discussions and initiatives.
  • Overseeing the internal help-desk function for capacity building and compliance by managing the partnership team’s support for day-to-day administration of grant agreements:
  • Overseeing the development and updating of NRC donor pages that collect and organise partner/donor guidelines, tools, etc., and other materials, such as funding overviews and summaries of rules and regulations.
  • Responding to enquiries (from NRC HO and COs) related to partner/donor funding priorities, procedures, rules, regulations, and policies.
  • Overseeing the development of the capacity-building strategy and the delivery of capacity-building training on partner/donor requirements.
  • Staying updated on partner policy development and leading advocacy efforts for higher quality financing conditions with relevant actors; includes keeping NRC departments and COs/ROs informed of developments.
  • Ensuring leadership on financing policy initiatives related to quality funding, NGO-led financing mechanisms, and non-traditional contributors, ensuring strategic liaison and engagement of relevant NRC counterparts.
  • Any other tasks and responsibilities as required by the Director of Humanitarian Policy and Representative Office in Geneva.

What you will bring:

  • Relevant master’s degree or equivalent qualifications/experience.
  • Strong communication skills and fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Advanced knowledge and expertise of the humanitarian system, funding mechanisms, and humanitarian policy work.
  • Minimum 7 years of experience from a humanitarian organisation and/or donor administration, either at head office/capital or field/embassy level.
  • Professional experience with institutional donors.
  • Professional experience on humanitarian policy issues.
  • Ability to think strategically and translate this into plans for action and results.
  • Ability to lead a team and set priorities in line with the office’s and the organisation’s objectives.
  • Representation skills and experience.
  • Strong networking and negotiation skills.
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing priorities.
  • Ability to work autonomously and meet tight deadlines.

What we offer:

  • Duty station: NRC Geneva – Switzerland.
  • Contract: National Temporary (6 Months Maternity Cover).
  • Salary/benefits: Grade 9 on NRC’s regional salary scale, with accompanying terms and conditions.
  • NRC is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to diversity without distinction to age, gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality, and physical ability.
  • We think outside the box, encourage ideas, and give responsibility to all employees at all levels. You will have many opportunities to be heard and take the initiative.

Important information about the application process:

  • Internal candidates only: please click on the suitcase icon labelled “I am an employee” to be redirected to NRC’s internal careers site.
  • When creating your profile, include your full name as given on your passport. Complete all the system-required fields for experience, employment history and education.
  • Submit your application and CV in English, taking care to attach your latest CV.
  • Applications that do not meet the minimum standards in terms of experience or qualifications will generally not be considered. Unsolicited applications not related to this specific job advertisement will not be considered.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We receive many applicants for each vacant position.

If you have any questions about this role, [email protected] with the job title as the subject line.


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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