Area Programme Manager at Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Application deadline closed.

Job Description

The Area Programme Manager is responsible for the implementation of an integrated programme and represents NRC at coordination forums, as delegated by the Area Manager. This position is a key member of the Area Management Group. The following is a brief description of the role.

Generic responsibilities 

  • Line management for CC (core competencies) project Coordinators in the area.
  • Compliance and adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures.
  • Responsible for grant opening meetings and grant closing meetings at area level.
  • Provide area specific input relevant for CC strategies.
  • Ensure compliance to donor standards, grant management and regular reporting to the donor in the area.
  • Identify funding opportunities and develop an area funding strategy along with forecasts for the area.
  • Responsible for grant opening meetings and grant closing meetings at area level.
  • Ensure compliance with contractual commitments, extract and implement key learnings from project implementation in the area.
  • Ensure capacity building of all technical staff.
  • Contribute to the development of area and CC strategies, initiate, and participate in the development of relevant CCs projects.

Specific responsibilities 

  • Deputize AM (Area Manager).
  • Provide regular progress reports to the Area Manager.
  • Representation in sectorial coordination, emergency meetings, clusters and/or working group at area level in the absence of CC Coordinator.
  • Responsible for carrying out progress review meetings for ongoing projects.
  • Responsible for programme implementation ensuring high quality and cost efficiency targeting the beneficiaries most in need.


A. Professional competencies 

Generic professional competencies for this position: 

  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts.
  • Core competency expertise on distribution/ cash and voucher.
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities.
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile.
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal.

Context/Specific skills, knowledge, and experience:

  • Educated to degree level (Master preferred) in Social work, Development studies, humanitarian studies or a technical qualification in one of the NRC core competency areas above (LFS, ICLA, WASH, Education or Protection) with significant experience in humanitarian work.
  • Post Graduate Qualification in Project Planning and Management with Demonstrated Experience will be added advantage.
  • Minimum 8 years’ experience with at least 4 years in a senior program management position in a humanitarian/ recovery context overseeing a varied number of projects with different donors.
  • In-depth Understanding of the West Nile Refugee Context.

For more detailed information see the detailed Job Description.

Additional Information:

Position:                                         Area Programme Manager (Uganda Nationals only)

Reports to:                                     Area Manager

Supervision of:                               Core Competency Coordinators

Grade:                                             9

Duty station:                                    Arua, West Nile, Uganda

Travel:                                            50%

Duration and type of contract:  12 months with the possibility of extension

We invite applications from all qualified and interested candidates. Candidates are encouraged to apply early, as applications may be screened prior to the vacancy deadline.

Please note to attach your academic and professional certificates in your application.

For any queries, please email us at with the job title as the subject line.

To contact the recruitment team; quote the full name of the advert on your subject line. Applications sent via email will not be accepted. Please check your application status on your NRC application profile.”


The role is open to Uganda nationals only..


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.


Job Identification: 10580

Job Category: Administration

Posting Date: 28/04/2023, 14:23

Apply Before: 20/05/2023, 02:59

Degree Level: Post Bachelor’s

Job Schedule: Full time

Locations: Arua