Senior Institutional Partnership Advisor World Bank Job Vacancy in Kenya - Norwegian Refugee Council

The World Bank Senior Advisor will work in the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Regional Office in Nairobi. Building on the experience of NRC’s work with the World Bank in Somalia, the position will lead the identification and development of further opportunities for collaboration within East Africa. The position will however be global in scope, and based on NRC priorities and identified opportunities, it will also support country offices in other regions as required.

The position falls under NRC’s Partnerships and Policy Department (PnP), which is responsible for:

  • NRC’s strategic relations with institutional donors;
  • The organisation’s global advocacy and policy work;
  • Partnerships with UN agencies, INGOs, and International Financial Institutions.

Role and Responsibilities:

The primary responsibility of the position is to provide support to prioritised Country Offices in pursuing partnership opportunities with the World Bank. The position will advise senior management across NRC in developing its engagement with the World Bank, with a focus on the World Bank’s work in fragile states and with refugees. The position will be the NRC focal point for expertise on the World Bank and its relations with NRC. The position is expected to contribute to establishing new operational partnerships with World Bank either directly or as a sub-contractor.

Specific Responsibilities;

  1. Lead, manage, and develop NRC engagement with the World Bank, with a focus on operational partnership opportunities;
  2. Identify and develop World Bank partnership opportunities for NRC and communicate them to relevant regional and country office and technical staff;
  3. Provide strategic partnership support to country programme teams engaging or seeking to engage with the World Bank, including through dedicated visits to regional and country offices to advance the dialogue and develop opportunities;
  4. Engage with World Bank staff to identify programme priorities related to forced displacement and fragile states, and position NRC as a resource and potential partner to implement these programmes;
  5. Develop and maintain relationships with key constituencies within NRC on World Bank priorities and NRC’s progress in building a partnership with the Bank, including the Senior Management Group and the management teams of Field Operations and PnP;
  6. Engage with UN agencies, such as UNICEF and UNHCR, to explore opportunities for joint engagement and/ or sub-contracting vis-à-vis the World Bank.
  7. Explore engagement with Regional Development Banks.

Critical Interfaces

  1. Provide operational partnership support: NRC Director of Institutional Partnerships; Field Operations and Regional and Country Directors; NRC regional and country programs managers;
  2. Develop NRC engagement with the World Bank: NRC SMG; NRC Director of Institutional Partnerships; NRC Director of Humanitarian Policy; the Director of NRC USA and; World Bank staff within the Fragility, Conflict, and Violence unit and in their regional and country offices;
  3. Engage at senior level with existing NRC partners: Senior staff at UN operational agencies and international NGOs


Professional competencies

  • Advanced degree in a relevant field, such as public policy and humanitarian affairs;
  • Minimum of 7 years of relevant documented advisory level experience
  • Ability to analyse complex situations related to forced displacement;
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Fluency in English and at least one other relevant language
  • Experience working with The World Bank

Context related skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Knowledge of the World Bank and how it operates, especially in fragile states and states hosting large numbers of refugees;
  • Documented/proven results related to the position’s responsibilities, particularly in negotiating and/ or managing World Bank or other large commercial contracts including elements related to compliance and risk management;
  • Knowledge of humanitarian operations, policy and principles, preferably gained through direct experience in conflict-affected countries;
  • Knowledge of the humanitarian system and prior experience working or liaising with operational UN agencies and non-governmental organizations;

For more information here is the Job Description

Additional Details:

Duty Station: Nairobi, Kenya

Locations - Global

Type of Contract: 24 Months renewable

Salary: Based upon the NRC grading Scale

This position is open to qualified candidates of all nationalities! Experience working with The World Bank is highly desired.

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