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EU Partnership Officer (m/f/d)

NRC Europe – Norwegian Refugee Council Full-Time  Brussels, Brussels, Belgium 4 Jan 2021

Job Description

NRC Europe – Norwegian Refugee Council seeks

EU Partnership Officer (m/f/d)

About Us

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises across 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.


EU Partnership Officer will work in the Partnerships and Policy Department. The Partnerships and Policy Department is responsible for NRC’s strategic relations with institutional donors and private foundations and is the “centre of excellence” on donor/partner relations in NRC, thereby providing support to all Departments, and Regional, Country and Representation Offices in the organisation. This includes being responsible for developing relevant global strategies for resource mobilisation; developing funding prospects with existing and new donors; further streamlining NRC’s procedures, processes and tools related to resource mobilisation and grant management; developing and providing internal training and help-desk support, etc.

The Partnerships and Policy Department consists of eight units: the EU Partnership Section (Oslo), the Advocacy and Policy Section (Oslo), NRC Europe (Brussels), NRC Geneva (Geneva), NRC USA (Washington D.C.), NRC FlĂĽchtlingshilfe Deutschland (Berlin), NRC UK (London) and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre IDMC (Geneva). Six of these units (the Institutional Partnerships Section, NRC Europe, NRC Geneva, NRC USA, NRC FlĂĽchtlingshilfe Deutschland and NRC UK) have responsibilities related to partnerships with institutional donors and private foundations.

1. Role and Responsibilities

The purpose of the EU Partnership Officer is to provide essential support to the IPAs on a number of institutional donors from the European Institutions and EU Member states. As such, the EU Partnership Officer is responsible for assisting with these donors to follow up and ensure strategic relations and for building internal capacity and maintaining a help desk on donor related issues.

1.1. Generic responsibilities

A. Responsibilities related to NRC’s main strategic donors

Support to EU Senior Institutional Partnership Advisors

  • Contributes within NRC to the analysis and information sharing on donor policies and rules and regulations or processes;
  • Ensure relevant NRC colleagues and units are provided with timely and exhaustive information on donor priorities.

Support on interactions with ECHO operational staff at HQ level

  • Maintain and reinforce quality exchanges and communication with ECHO operational units in Brussels on specific issues on compliance challenges, corruption fraud cases, requesting and agreeing on light changes to operations;
  • Follow-up and daily management challenges with Countries Office to inform operational desks;
  • Assist NRC operational representatives in their interactions with ECHO staff at central level.

Assist with resource mobilisation

  • Identify, track and share information about new funding opportunities;
  • Undertake “donor mappings” upon request from NRC Country Offices and departments;
  • Launch and support prioritization processes together with the IPAs;
  • Develop infographic to support analysis on funding trends per region, sector, organizations.

Assist on Providing help-desk and daily support on EU donors

  • Support in providing advice on donor expectations and requirements in proposal and reports;
  • Ensure NRC relevant colleagues stay updated on donor rules and regulations. Make sure that key information about rules and regulations are regularly updated in tools and disseminated within NRC and available to NRC staff to facilitate compliance;
  • Ensure the promotion of good practices related to EU institutional donors. This includes the update and development of new tools such as checklists or compilation of analysis and lessons learned documents for internal dissemination.

Assist on-site and on-line training to NRC operational units

  • Ensure the update and support the development of training and capacity building materials;
  • Organise and support the IPA in the provision of training and facilitates trainings if needed.

1.2. Specific responsibilities

The EU Partnership Officer shall have specific responsibility for the following NRC donors:

  • ECHO as a main priority;
  • Support on EU Member states donors;
  • Support on other EU donors matters upon request.

In addition, it is expected that the EU Partnership Officer support and cover for the IPAsas and when needed within her/his capacities.

1.3. Critical interfaces

By interfaces, NRC means processes and projects that are interlinked with other departments/units or persons. Relevant interfaces for this position:

  • Operational engagement with and resource mobilisation from partners: critical interface with Field Operations and support to the IPA if needed with other units;
  • Help-desk support and capacity building: critical interface with the Country Offices and all other units in NRC related with donor funded projects at FO.

2. Competencies

1. Professional competencies

Generic professional competencies for this position:

  • Relevant University law degree or equivalent qualification combined with relevant professional experience from a humanitarian/development organisation and/or from a donor administration, either at Head Office/capital or field/embassy level;
  • Documented results in resource mobilization, including with developing proposals and reports to government donors, or similar;
  • A thorough understanding of Project Cycle Management, especially of the logical framework approach;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including negotiation skills and training facilitation basic skills;
  • A conscientious and structured person with strong planning and administrative skills, including computer skills (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and preferably also Agresso);
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal and preferably knowledge of French language;
  • Knowledge of EU Institutional donors including strategic priorities, organizational setup and funding mechanisms, is a clear advantage;
  • Prior experience with the following donors is also desirable: ECHO, and EU Member states.

2. Behavioural competencies

  • Handling insecure environments;
  • Planning and delivering results;
  • Working with people;
  • Analysing;
  • Communicating with impact and respect;
  • Coping with change.

Please note that only applications received through NRC Website will be considered (EU Partnership Officer Belgium – NRC and NORCAP Careers Careers ( Any questions related to the posting can be referred to

NRC offers a fixed term full-time contract under the Belgian employment law (With possiblitiy of extention). Attractive package includes benefits, aligned with experience and skills.

The deadline for applications is Sunday the 10th of January 2021 at 12:00 CET.