Access Coordinator, Khartoum – Norwegian Refugee Council


Job Access Coordinator, Khartoum, (national only) – Norwegian Refugee Council


The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee.

We work in crises across more than 30 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 is a global provider of expertise that contributes to solving challenges in the humanitarian, development and peacebuilding sectors. Our ultimate goal is to strengthen the resilience, and protect the lives, rights and livelihoods of vulnerable people and communities

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.

The Norwegian Refugee Council has an interesting and rewarding opportunity to be part of our newest country of operation – Sudan.
The NRC has recently re-registered to operate in Sudan, and is currently in country start-up phase, conducting assessments and designing the first steps of the programme. Focus will be given to people displaced by conflict, refugees, and vulnerable migrants, and potential geographical areas of work will be Khartoum state, South Kordofan and Blue Nile on a first phase, with the idea to expand to other States. 
As a priority, NRC is therefore hiring an Access Coordinator to be part of establishing NRC’s programme in Sudan. 

Duties and responsibilities

The purpose of the Access Coordinator position is to develop a sustained and quality access strategy and support principled programme design and implementation by providing analysis and operational directions. The following is a brief description of the role

Maintain active contact with Access/Liaison counterparts from peer agencies (including Local Humanitarian Partners) and relevant organisations.
Participate in the CIVMIL coordination (if active).
Support the field office coordinators and HSS staff with establishing and maintaining contacts with the authorities in the areas of operation.

Analysis and Advocacy support:
Establish a context monitoring system to collect and analyse key information and data relevant to NRC’s programmatic and strategic decision making.
Monitor the security and political situation on the ground building on external network; share regular context updates and analysis.
Regularly provide written and verbal analysis to NRC country management team (CMG) and area teams highlighting conflict dynamics and trends analysing their impact on current and future NRC access and presence, to inform decision-making process.
Support the Policy and Advocacy department in identifying access related issues and in producing evidences for advocacy purposes.
Facilitate information management and dissemination amongst others through weekly context updates as well as ad-hoc analysis.

Field support:  
Support the NRC Country and Area Office Management Groups in making informed strategic decisions related to humanitarian access and the practical application of humanitarian principles.
Coordinate the implementation of access strategies for all operational areas. Participate in scoping missions and develop mission reports to inform decision making in new areas of intervention.

Programmatic support:
In coordination with Country Office and Area Office teams, contribute in designing access strategies for new operational areas.
Support in ensuring that program activities are planned, implemented and monitored safely through advisory and technical support.
Contribute in ensuring that all interventions are conducted in respect of the Do No Harm principle and in a conflict-sensitive manner.
Highlight operational dilemmas throughout all PCM phases and inform CMG decision.


3 to 5 years of experience with a satisfactory performance in the same or similar functional area preferably with UN or NGOs
Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
Technical expertise in humanitarian access
Demonstrable technical knowledge of and experience managing and/or advising on humanitarian access
Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
Previous experience in remote management
Fluency in English, both written and verbal
Bachelor degree in related field
Advanced computer skills
Analytical-minded and able to read political /reference maps
General understanding of humanitarian work and PCM

Context/ Specific skills, knowledge and experience:
Experience in liaising with communities and authorities as well as NGOs
Experience of assessing political, social and security situations in the country
Fluency in Arabic
Familiar with local culture, politics and geographical areas
Strong interpersonal skills, including capacities to negotiate with non-government stakeholders

Personal qualities

Strategic thinking
Planning and delivering results
Working with people
Communicating with impact and respect
Analysing Handling insecure environments

We can offer

Duty Station: Khartoum, Sudan
Travel: At least 70% travel
Contract Period: 12 months, with possible extension
Salary/Benefits: NRC offers a competitive compensation and benefits package
NRC may be required to verify the identity of its partners and employees to check they have not been involved in illegal activities. NRC reserves the right to use electronic screening tools for this purpose.
Females are highly encouraged to apply

 Application deadline:21/08/2020


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