NRC Geneva, Norwegian Refugee Council

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NRC Geneva leads the Norwegian Refugee Council’s representation and activities in Geneva, especially with the IASC mechanisms, UN agencies and Swiss donors, and is leading on humanitarian policy globally. NRC strives to assist and protect vulnerable and displaced people during crises, especially in situations of conflict. Established in 1946, NRC is an independent, humanitarian, non-profit, non-governmental organisation working in over 25 countries. NRC employs a rights based approach, challenging those with responsibility to uphold the rights of displaced people set out within national and International Laws. NRC endeavours to secure the acceptance of local stakeholders for activities and is committed to the principles of humanity, neutrality, independence and impartiality.

NRC, with the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), advocates towards decision-makers at local, national, regional and global levels in order to obtain full respect for the rights of displaced and vulnerable people. Advocating with the United Nations, especially with protection mandated agencies, is a priority in order to strengthen humanitarian response. NRC seeks to engage with all relevant actors in order to secure and maintain access to displaced and vulnerable people, and promote the achievement of durable solutions. All NRC employees are expected to work in accordance with the organisation’s core values: dedication, innovation, inclusivity and accountability. These attitudes and beliefs shall guide our actions and relationships.

In recent years, the Norwegian Refugee Council has made a conscious effort to “rethink” its approach to protection and shift the focus of its protection activities to those that specifically aim to improve the safety and security of conflict affected populations. Both in programming and policy, NRC has historically engaged in substantial work related to the protection of civilians (PoC) agenda, both thematically and in relation to specific conflicts. We have made particularly significant strides forward with regards to humanitarian access, and we have successfully collaborated with like-minded organizations to advocate for policies with select governments and in forums such as the UN Security Council, to improves PoC. We operate in more 30 countries globally – the majority of which are directly impacted by conflict – where we are confronted with a wide array of armed actors, and where our programs are designed to prevent or mitigate the harm that those actors may inflict on civilians.  

Recognizing this, NRC is now seeking to build on our organizational strengths and field experience in PoC to more strategically and proactively in Protection of Civilians policy work. Specifically, we aim to (1) engage where civilian access to assistance and protection is being limited by the action or inaction of armed actors, to (2) build up knowledge and expertise on selected subthemes under the PoC where NRC’s voice would be particularly relevant, and to (3) support policy advancements on PoC through the UN Security Council and Department of Peace Operations.  

Application deadline:11.10.2020
Employer:Norwegian Refugee Council
Title:Consultancy: Mapping Opportunities for NRC’s Protection of Civilians work
Employment type:Other
Webcruiter ID:4295730600

Purpose and Objectives
The primary purpose of the consultancy is to provide NRC with a comprehensive overview of actors and activities within the protection of civilians space, and to identify the best opportunities for NRC to contribute to the advancement of PoC, with consideration of our past experience on the topic, current PoC activities, and willingness/interest of country offices to engage moving forward.

This work is expected to lay the groundwork for NRC’s strategy for policy engagement on protection of civilians, in a way that optimizes contributions from the various departments of the organization and is grounded in the work of our field operations.

Key Deliverables:

  • An Inception Report providing detailed methodology and an initial identification of key issues and questions to be explored, interviews and workshops to be conducted, and potential key issues to be documented.
  • A mapping of actors and initiatives on PoC, which focuses on work being done in this field.
  • A draft report analyzing key opportunities for NRC engagement in PoC policy work and identifying concrete objectives for change within PoC to which NRC would be well placed to lead or significantly contribute to.A final report (no more than 20pages), including:
    • Explanation of the methodology and constraints encountered
    • Essential and critical findings
    • Documented examples illustrative of the key issues, themes, and dynamics observed
    • Recommendations to NRC for ways to effectively engage with PoC policy over the next 2-5 years
  • Presentation of key findings and recommendations from the consultancy to NRC Geneva’s policy team, and NRC’s PnP Extended Senior Management team

Proposed timeline 
The consultant will be remunerated for the equivalent of 15 days work from mid-October 2020, upon completion of identified deliverables. All deliverables will be submitted to NRC no later than 15 November 2020. Payment will be made within fourteen (14) working days of submission of all deliverables.

The full terms of reference for this consultancy is available here


  • Demonstrated familiarity with protection of civilians work and related networks in both policy and programming;
  • At least 7 years of relevant professional work experience, specifically related to planning, managing, monitoring and evaluating protection work;
  • Demonstrated ability for rapid analysis of very complex issues, strong decision-making, and translation of programmatic priorities into operational strategies;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English;
  • Practical experience working on institutional capacity assessments, analysis of results, and recommendations for appropriate interventions.

Note: Applications can be accepted only from registered consultancy firms/sole traders

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to complete a Webcruiter application with the following information:

  • Consultant CVs for each proposed team member;
  • Proposed work plan outlining specific dates for key deliverables and a proposed budget covering daily consultancy rate in CHF or EUR, inclusive VAT and all charges (including the number of expected working days);
  • List of references that can be contacted to verify the quality of services;
  • Proof of registration as a sole trader/registered company.

See full terms of reference for more information here.Please note: All service providers/consultants working with NRC should maintain high standards on ethical issues, respect and apply basic human and social rights, ensure non-exploitation of child labour, and give fair working conditions to their staff. NRC reserves the right to reject quotations provided by suppliers not meeting these standards. Consultants doing business with NRC will be screened on anti-corruption due diligence before NRC confirms a contract. 

We look forward to receiving your application!


Maria KeucheyanSenior HR Officer

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.

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