The vision of Norwegian People's Aid is Solidarity in Action. We are a politically independent membership-based organisation working in Norway and in more than 35 countries around the world. Founded in 1939 as the labour movement's humanitarian solidarity organisation, NPA aims to improve people's living conditions and to create societies that are more just and more democratic. NPA's international work covers three core areas: Humanitarian Disarmament, Democratisation and Just distribution of power and resources and Humanitarian Action and Crises Response.

Norwegian People’s Aid has been involved in mine action operations since 1992 and is one of the leading mine action and disarmament organisations worldwide. Together with national authorities and other stakeholders we are working to resolve problems faced by local communities caused by landmines and other explosive remnants of war. Currently NPA has 23 Mine Action and Disarmament Programmes ongoing in South East Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, South East Asia and Latin America.

The Programme Manager for Mine Action in Lebanon is responsible for management and development of the existing programme in accordance with NPA’s overall strategy, in close collaboration with the Country Director and the designated Advisor at Head Office in Oslo. Currently NPA is clearing cluster munitions in southern Lebanon, landmines along the Blue Line, and Improvised Explosive Devices, hereunder improvised landmines, in north east Lebanon, supported by a broad donor base and in close collaboration with national authorities and other mine action operators.

NPA is seeking a person with extensive management experience from Mine Action, fund-raising, budgeting and planning.

Purpose

The Programme Manager (PM) has the overall responsibility for all Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) mine action activities in country, and shall through effective management of staff, resources and networks ensure that the country programme works towards NPA’s vision of Solidarity in Action.

The PM shall provide strategic leadership and representation of NPA, maintain robust oversight of the programme and deliver effective management, monitoring and evaluation of all NPA’s mine action activities. The PM is also responsible to ensure relevance, cost-efficiency, quality and impact of all mine action activities at all times.

Tasks and responsibilities:

Strategic leadership and management

  • Lead the mine action programme according to relevant strategies and procedures and enable the development, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of activities undertaken by the programme, inclusing development of annual implementation plan
  • Line Manage and provide leadership, advice and support to the programme management team, and identify, promote and secure good cooperation and synergies with other NPA programmes in country
  • Ensure that the programme maintains all necessary legal registrations/accreditations, including accredited SOP's and MOU’s with relevant authorities
  • Provide effective representation of NPA towards relevant donors, national and local authorities and other relevant stakeholders in country and maintain good relations with all partners
  • Ensure at all times a responsible staffing structure and international and national staff coverage, and promote equal rights and gender balance
  • In cooperation with the Country Management Team, ensure that NPA’s HR policy, code of conduct and ethical guidelines are implemented throughout the programme

Programme and thematic responsibility

  • Responsible for managing and maintaining NPA’s operational design, geographical targeting and implementation focusing on quality, relevance, impact and cost efficiency
  • Responsible for developing and maintaining a proper programme document hierarchy according to set guidelines and Standard Operational Procedures (SOP)
  • Responsible to ensure that operations are carried out in accordance with overall plans, SOPs, International Mine Action Standards (IMAS) and National Mine Action Standards (NMAS), to cotinuiously monitor and direct the programme, analyse and evaluate performance, and identify areas for improvement
  • Develop detailed knowledge and understanding of all relevant donors and projects, and ensure compliance with project donors’ and HO requirements, and be responsible for resource mobilisation, including development of donor strategies, drafting of proposals and reports
  • Ensure proper planning, development, reporting and overall management of all relevant budgets in collaboration with Country Management team and HO

Safety and security

  • Ensure compliance with overarching security instructions from HO and the Country Crisis Management Plan, as well as to safeguarding best practice
  • Ensure that any accidents or incidents are thoroughly reported, investigated and analysed

Required qualifications

Must have:

  • Relevant higher education and/or relevant military education and experience
  • Experience from the Mine Action and Disarmament sector
  • Previous experience of working internationally at senior management level in an international context
  • Experience of strategically managing and directing large scale projects including implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation, risk assessment and mitigation and contract compliance
  • Strong people management experience with proven ability to lead and manage a multidisciplinary and multicultural team
  • Experience of having developed relationships and negotiated with donors, government bodies, other NGO’s as well as local partnerships
  • Experience of managing finance, administrative and human resource systems to ensure programme efficiency
  • Written and verbal proficiency in English
  • Good literacy, numeracy and IT skills

Desirable:

  • Experience and knowledge from work in post-conflict contexts
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant institutional donors
  • Working experience from Lebanon
  • Understanding of relevant national and development context of the project
  • Arabic language skills

In return we offer: An interesting, challenging work environment and a competitive salary package which includes country specific allowances. You will be covered by our comprehensive insurance scheme.

We offer five weeks annual holiday* plus one additional week off for expatriate staff.  NPA provides three international flights home per contract year**. We offer a one-year contract with the possibility of renewal.

This position is classified as a Family Duty Station

In general we emphasize the importance of strong health. One of NPA's overall objectives is to promote gender equality in our organisation, and female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Please note that screening may take place continuously and the position may be filled before the application deadline.

For more information about NPA, please see our website at https://www.npaid.org or visit us on Facebook  or Twitter.  

*  Terms for annual leave follow the Norwegian Annual Holidays Act
** Terms apply according to NPA’s internal regulations

Please apply online as instructed on this website. Due to capacity reasons we are only able to process applications sent through our recruitment portal.

Contact person

Hilde Jørgensen

Interim Country Director, Somalia

hildej@npaid.org