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Project Adviser – Market analysis

  • Norwegian Refugee Council
Brussels, Belgium
Contract staff
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  • Norwegian Refugee Council
Brussels, Belgium
Contract staff
Published:

All NRC employees are expected to work in accordance with the organization’s values. To be dedicated, innovative, inclusive, and accountable are attitudes and beliefs that shall guide our actions and relationships.

BACKGROUND:

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) delivers high-quality aid, protecting people forced to flee and supporting them as they build a new future. NRC works in new and protracted crises across more than 35 countries, providing food assistance, clean water, shelter, legal aid, education and protection from violence.

NRC’s market analysis project aims to enhance the capacity of humanitarian workers to develop and use market analysis for cash preparedness and tactical supply chain planning in program design. Market analysis is required to inform the feasibility of cash and voucher assistance (CVA) and for effective supply chain planning of humanitarian responses. It is necessary for effective and responsible programming. In NRC, market analysis has been a strategic function of our supply chain operations since 2021. We want to enhance the capacity and knowledge across the sector to develop quality market analysis.

As such, the objective of this project is twofold: First to facilitate open virtual trainings on market analysis methodologies with the development and launch of a TOT (Training of Trainers) program; Second, to enhance efforts to coordinate market analysis using existing platforms to fill knowledge gaps, coordinate implementation, and advocate for the utility of market-based response design and supply chain planning to increase localization of procurement and expanded use of cash- and market-based programming.

This position will play a key role as part of the Global Supply Chain Unit in NRC with the overall objective to enhance the capacity of humanitarian actors to deploy evidence-based decision making to use local market capacity to inform their aid responses. Specifically, this role will include developing and delivering virtual trainings on market analysis methodologies and a training of trainers’ programme. The Advisor would also provide technical support on market analysis implementation.

ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Market Analysis Advisor as part of the “ECHO Transforming Supply Chain - Market Analysis” project, will lead the development and facilitation of a capacity-building programme on market analysis targeting the wider humanitarian community. The trainings will be organised remotely/virtually and will target humanitarian practitioners responsible for informing the tactical decision-making in modality and sourcing of response design in their organization. The Advisor will be responsible for adapting NRC’s existing training programme to a wider audience and developing and launching a TOT programme on the pre-selected methodologies. The Advisor will also be responsible for providing technical support on market analysis implementation, reviewing, and providing feedback on reports and recommendations for how to adapt programme activities based on findings. The Advisor will also be responsible for gathering feedback from practitioners and preparing reports for publication, to be made available for the wider humanitarian community. The Advisor will be guided and supported by the Supply Chain Unit in Oslo, under the supervision of the Project Manager and work with the Project Coordinator.

Generic responsibilities

  • Adhere to NRC's systems and procedures at a global level;

  • Ensure adherence to NRC policies, handbooks, guidelines, donor requirements, national laws and procedures;

  • Support the implementation of the 2022-2025 NRC Global Strategy, with a particular focus on strengthening  environmental analysis;

  • Develop capacity building tools and procedures;

  • Conduct capacity building sessions for a wide range of organisations, hosted by NRC;

  • Assess capacity building effectiveness and make changes as relevant to enhance the outcomes;

  • Provide technical advice and support to organisations on how to adapt programme response to avoid causing harm to local markets/livelihoods;

  • Ensure that the findings and recommendations that come out of the market analysis capacity building sessions are shared with senior management or the participating organisations and other relevant stakeholders;

  • Ensure effective documentation and sharing of the results of the market analysis capacity building sessions;

  • Contribute towards the strengthening of accountability and learning on market-based programme performance in humanitarian actions.


Specific responsibilities

  • Adapt NRC virtual training programme for market analysis methodologies “Stoplight” and “Multi-sector market assessment toolkit”, and develop capacity building plan;

  • Develop training of trainers programme targeting focal points from the various organisations;

  • Organise and facilitate training programmes;

  • Hold virtual debriefs with stakeholders from the involved organisations to share findings and recommendations for programme design;

  • Write reports highlighting key findings and prioritised recommendations from each market analysis implemented and shared;

  • Write lessons learned report reflecting input from participants in the capacity building exercises and participants in the coordination mechanisms;

  • Work closely with the project coordinator for monitoring and evaluation purposes;

  • Modify changes to the capacity building trainings based on the post-training survey results, analysed by the project coordinator;

  • Monitor the level of engagement with capacity building participants outside of sessions and report to the coordinator;

  • Mentor and follow up with participants who have graduated from the TOT programme to reinforce learning and create a community of practice.


Critical interfaces

Interfaces are the processes and projects that are linked with other departments/units or persons. Relevant interfaces for this position:

  • Market Analysis Coordinator: Support training implementation, material development and monitoring;

  • Regional and Country Offices: Coordinate with them and provide relevant information;

  • Learning and Development Unit: For the development of the training material;

  • Cash & Markets Team: Collaborating on communication for market analysis and coordination on selection of country implementation;

  • Information, Communications, and Technology Unit: Developing systems and tools in line with organizational ICT guidelines. Feeding into and influencing ICT’s organizational strategy;

  • Field Operations: Close and integral link with the Field Operations Sections to support market analysis function.


COMPETENCIES:

Competencies are important in order for the employee and the organisation to deliver desired results. Details about NRC's competencies are to be found in the Competency Framework. Competencies are relevant for all staff and are divided into the following three categories:

Value driven competencies

  • Values are aspirational attitudes and beliefs that influence the way people conduct themselves. NRC's values are: Dedication, Innovation, Inclusive and Accountable.


Behavioural competencies

These personal qualities influence how successful people are in their job. Of the 12 behavioural competencies, the following are essential for this position:

  • Empowering and building trust;

  • Influencing;

  • Planning and delivering results;

  • Communicating with impact and respect.


Professional competencies

These are skills, knowledge and experience that are important for effective performance:

Generic professional competencies:

  • Professional background in a relevant field (e.g. cash- and voucher-based modalities, market analysis, market-based programming in the humanitarian sector, learning and development, organisational development);

  • Experience in successful training design, delivery, and evaluation to meet organisational requirements;

  • Knowledge of market analysis methodologies, such as MSMA and Stoplight methodologies for market analysis or equivalent;

  • Familiarity with online training methods, tools, and techniques;

  • Ability to engage stakeholders at various organisational levels and balance their priorities;

  • Documented results related to the position's responsibilities;

  • Fluency in English is required in both written and verbal, other languages as French, Arabic and Spanish are desirable;

  • Excellent organisational skills;

  • High degree of service-mindedness.


Personal Characteristics:

  • Very strong communication skills, both written and oral;

  • Strong networking and representation skills;

  • Result-oriented and problem solving;

  • Strong analytical skills;

  • Attention to detail;

  • Ability to be flexible and creative.


PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT:

The employee will be accountable for and evaluated on the responsibilities and the competencies, based on NRC’s Performance Management Framework. The following documents will be used for performance reviews:

  • The Job Description;

  • The individual Work and Professional Development Plan;

  • The NRC Competency Framework.


WHAT WE OFFER:

  • Duty station: Brussels;

  • Contract: Temporary 23 months contract;

  • Salary/benefits: Grade 8 on NRC’s regional 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.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE APPLICATION PROCESS:

  • Internal candidates only: please click on the suitcase icon labelled “I am an employee” to be redirected to NRC’s internal careers site;

  • 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;

  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We receive many applicants for each vacant position.


If you have any questions about this role, ho.recruitment@nrc.no with the job title as the subject line.

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.

ABOUT US:

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:

Click HERE to apply.
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