Graduation Approach Lead (Open to all nationalities), Mogadishu, Somalia

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Graduation Approach Lead (Open to all nationalities), Mogadishu, Somalia

  • Organization: NRC – Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Mogadishu
  • Closing Date: 2024-03-13

Females are highly encouraged to apply.


The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), a renowned humanitarian organization, is recruiting a Graduation Approach Lead for its BHA-funded resilience and food security activity in Somalia, set to begin in September 2024. This pivotal role will guide the implementation of a graduation approach aimed at alleviating poverty among ultra-poor communities affected by displacement. The ideal candidate will possess significant experience in designing, leading, and applying research to poverty reduction projects using the graduation approach in various contexts, with a focus on urban settings and empowering women and youth. What you will do

Program Strategy and Implementation:

  • Collaborate with consortium members to refine the project’s graduation approach strategy, ensuring the sequencing and integration of interventions are tailored to the unique needs of the target communities.
  • Develop innovative and sustainable models for poverty reduction, focusing on creating long-term economic opportunities for youth and women in urban contexts.

Stakeholder Engagement and Collaboration:

  • Forge strong partnerships with local governments, NGOs, and community leaders to foster a supportive environment for program initiatives.
  • Facilitate regular stakeholder meetings to gather input and ensure alignment of program goals with community needs and expectations.

Research and Innovation:

  • Lead the design of research methodologies alongside the learning lead and learning partner, focusing on assessing the impact and scalability of the graduation approach.
  • Analyze research outcomes to identify trends, challenges, and opportunities for program enhancement.

Capacity Building:

  • Design and conduct targeted training sessions and workshops for staff, partners, and community representatives on effective implementation of the graduation approach.
  • Develop resources and tools to support the ongoing learning and development of team members and partners.

Monitoring and Learning:

  • Contribute to establishing robust monitoring systems to track program progress, beneficiary impact, and the effectiveness of interventions.
  • Regularly review and analyze program data to inform strategic adjustments and improvements.

Donor Compliance and Reporting:

  • Coordinate closely with the MEL team to ensure accurate and timely reporting of program activities and outcomes to BHA and other stakeholders.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of BHA’s compliance requirements and RFSA guidelines to ensure adherence in all aspects of the program.


What you will bring


  • Advanced degree in International Development, Social Sciences, Economics, or related field.
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in implementing poverty reduction projects using the graduation approach in at least two different contexts.
  • Proven experience with youth and women’s livelihood projects in urban settings.
  • Familiarity with BHA funding mechanisms, especially RFSA projects.

Skills and Competencies:

  • Strong leadership and strategic planning abilities.
  • Excellent analytical, research, and problem-solving skills.
  • Effective communication and stakeholder engagement capabilities.
  • Ability to work in diverse and challenging environments.
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken.

What we offer

  • Duty station: Somalia
  • Contract: international contract
  • Travel: As required.
  • 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

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.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We receive many applicants for each vacant position.
  • This position is open for all nationalities.
  • The position shall be open for a duration of 1.5 months. However, if the pool is competitive, the advertisement will be closed before the set deadline. Screening of applications will be done on a rolling basis.
  • Make sure that you upload your latest CV and cover letter and to fill all fields required for the application.
  • If you have any questions about this role, please email EAY Recruitment 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.

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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.

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