Institutional Partnership Adviser (IPA)

Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 30

Position description

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has established a representation office in Washington, DC to strengthen NRC engagement with our partners in the US (especially USAID/OFDA and Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM)). In this context NRC USA is seeking an experienced Institutional Partnership Adviser (IPA) to manage US government grants.  

The Institutional Partnerships Adviser (IPA) is vital, focusing on ensuring that all NRC submissions to the US government and other partners are quality applications in full compliance with donor requirements. The position involves frequent contact with NRC’s field teams in conflict-affected countries, including opportunities to travel and provide on-site training on complying with US government regulations. The IPA role also involves outreach to the World Bank and private foundations based in the US.  

The IPA is part of a six-person NRC USA office with a close and mutually supportive work environment. In turn, the Washington IPA is part of a global team of partnership advisers who liaise similarly with donors in Norway, Sweden, Brussels, London and Berlin. The position therefore has the advantages of working in a small office while offering opportunities to be a meaningful and effective operational humanitarian agency meeting the needs of displaced people. The position reports to the Executive Director, NRC USA

Duties and responsibilities

  • Serve as the focal point with US-based institutional donors, ensuring that applications and subsequent program and financial reporting meet NRC and the donor requirements for quality , adherence to regulations, timeliness, and transparency in close cooperation with NRC Head Office and Country Offices
  • In close collaboration with the Executive Director and in line with the NRC Financing Strategy, maintain existing and develop new institutional funding prospects, with a primary focus on PRM and OFDA 
  • Stay updated on trends and priorities among US-based institutional donors and ensure that NRC Head Office (HO) and relevant country offices are aware of funding opportunities; 
  • Track opportunities for NRC with US-based donors beyond the US government, including the World Bank and private foundations
  • Further professionalize donor work, including contributing to enhancing NRC's strategic partnership with donors  


The core qualifications for this position include a university degree or equivalent experience; minimum five years' experience with a humanitarian or development organization and/or with a donor, either at head office/capital or field/embassy level; and prior experience in grant management with an INGO, in particular with US government partners.  Extensive knowledge of US government funding mechanisms and requirements and regulations for humanitarian funding is also essential.  

Candidates must hold permanent residency in the U.S.  

The position requires English language fluency. Additional language skills are highly advantageous, especially Arabic, French, and/or Spanish. University degree and/or equivalent experience is also required.


Personal qualities

You are described as a driven and dedicated professional with strong collaboration skills. 

Furthermore you are a positive, insightful and solution-oriented. Applicants must also be able to combine long-term and comprehensive focus with more operational work. 

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