Area Manager Libya (Interim Position)

Norwegian Refugee Council

What we are looking for:

The Norwegian Refugee Council in Libya is looking for an experienced interim Area Manager (AM) to lead our operations in Libya. The role presents an exciting opportunity to shape our area-based approach and build the capacity of our teams across the country to deliver safe, high quality and efficient services to affected populations. The AM will also support the expansion of NRC operations in hard-to-reach communities across Libya through our emergency response and early recovery interventions, including our ongoing Libya Flood Response.

What you will do:

  • Overall responsibility of managing the Area office and sub offices.
  • Provide area specific input on Core Competency (CC) strategies, Country Strategy and Plan of Action.
  • Lead the development and implementation of the area level strategy to respond to emergency humanitarian needs and strengthen NRC’s position to support durable solutions for affected communities in Libya.
  • Oversee NRC Libya Flood response including safety, budget and procurement oversite and the set-up of new sub-office and structure in Derna area.
  • Contextualize, adapt, and implement Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to ensure effective provision of assistance to hard-to-reach areas including through remote management as required.
  • Support the development of assessment, concept notes, project proposals, and budget development for scale-up and post emergency activities.
  • Ensure NRC’s data collection systems are in place and information is properly stored and analyzed.
  • Represent NRC at area level with local stakeholders and national and international NGOs, including in UN and INGO led coordination fora.
  • Lead the senior Area Management Team (AMT) and cultivate a robust workplace culture.
  • Implementation of projects (including master support budget and coordinating input for donor proposals and reports) in the area, in compliance with contractual commitments (i.e. quality, synergies, timeliness, use of resources) and aligned to regional and global strategies.
  • Ensure optimal use of resources within the allocated project budgets and CC strategies.
  • Facilitate strong coordination and regular flow of information between the areas of operations, as well as with the NRC Libya Country Office.
  • Responsible for staff security in the Area, including supporting security risk assessments for possible new areas of intervention.
  • Lead on performance management of direct reports and provide constructive feedback on areas of improvement.
  • Roll out capacity building plan for staff in the Area Office, ensuring access to learning initiatives and trainings with a strong focus staff development, care and retention.
  • Actively promote PSEA (Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) standards and principles within NRC and amongst beneficiaries served by NRC.

Please download the detailed job description to learn more about the position.

What you will bring:

  • Minimum 3 years of experience from working as a Senior Project Manager in a humanitarian/recovery context.
  • Previous experience of working in complex and volatile contexts. Knowledge of the context in Libya is highly desirable.
  • Experience in implementing and managing cash-based interventions and market-based programmes.
  • Experience with remote management and delivering assistance in hard-to-reach areas.
  • Experience in change management and implementing policies and procedures.
  • Experience with capacity building of staff to take on senior leadership positions.
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile with documented results related to the position’s responsibilities.
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal. Knowledge of Arabic is highly desirable.

What we offer:

  • Duty station: Tunis, Tunisia
  • Contract: 6 months
  • Travel: 30% to Libya.
  • Salary/benefits: grade 10 on NRC’s 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.

Find out more about the benefits of working for NRC

Why NRC?

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. Our 15,000 staff work in crises across 40 countries, providing life-saving and long-term assistance to millions of people every year.

NRC Libya began its operations in 2017 and has scaled-up its operational and programming presence across the country to support IDPs, returnees, host-communities and other vulnerable groups affected by conflict and disaster. NRC delivers assistance through its offices in Tripoli, Benghazi and Misrata and a Community Centre in Ajdabiya. NRC is also in the process of establishing a new office in Eastern Libya to respond to flood and storm affected areas, including Derna. NRC provides assistance through integrated shelter, cash, livelihoods, legal assistance, and education programming. NRC also carries out evidence-based advocacy to improve the protection environment for the most vulnerable communities in Libya and to support them in accessing durable solutions. NRC is the co-lead of the National Education and Shelter Working Thematic Working Groups and is an active member of the Libya INGO Forum.

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We are looking for people who are passionate about helping refugees and people forced to flee. Are you one of those people? If you are, NRC offers you the opportunity to:

  • do demanding and professional work, often in challenging contexts.
  • join a work culture that empowers every employee to share ideas and take responsibility.
  • be part of a welcoming and supportive community committed to human dignity.

Learn more about NRC’s operations in Libya here.


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.

How to apply

Important information about the application process

  • Internal candidates only: To apply as an internal candidate, log in with your official email or click on Opportunity MarketPlace.
  • 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.
  • We receive many applications for each vacant position and so only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • We invite applications from all qualified and interested candidates. Send in your application here by latest November 2, 2023.
  • If you have any questions about this role, please email [email protected]with the job title as the subject line.

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