Project Assistant - Information, ICLA Vacancies at the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
Posted: 21/Dec/2016

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, emergency food security, and water, sanitation and hygiene sectors.
 The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 5,000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters, NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours’ notice when a crisis occurs.

As part of the emergency response, the main focus for NRC will be targeted at the provision of protection through the ICLA legal aid program for conflict affected populations including IDPs, returnees and the local communities in Borno State. NRC is implementing activities in the area of food security, water and sanitation and shelter sectors.


Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Commencement: As soon as possible
Contract period: 31st December 2017 (with possibility of extension) 

Tasks and Responsibilities
The ICLA Assistant reports to the ICLA Officer based in Maiduguri. The ICLA Assistant will contribute and assist the ICLA Project Officer and project Assistants in the following activities:

  • Adhere to NRC policies, tools, handbooks and guidelines
  • Assist with the implementation of the support function portfolio according to plan of action
  • Prepare and develop status reports as required by supervisor
  • Ensure proper filing of documents
  • Promote and share ideas for improvement of the support function
  • Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy
  • Involve and inform communities and community leaders about the activities to ensure accountability.
  • Break down the annual operational plans into weekly, monthly and quarterly implementation plans
  • Assist the Project officer to ensure that procurement and distribution of materials and are timely and according to procedures
  • Perform any other duties as requested by the ICLA Project Officer

Specific Responsibilities

  • Participate and contribute in the development of HLP and CD training modules
  • Participate and contribute in the development of the ICLA core competency strategy
  • Assist in the direct implementation of ICLA project activities


  • University Degree in Law from a recognized Nigerian University, and a thorough knowledge of Nigerian law;
  • Work experience in the field of law (e.g. courts, attorney or legal aid agencies), preferably experience in working with clients;
  • Valid membership to the Nigerian Bar Association;
  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts;
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities;
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile;
  • Managing resources to optimize results;
  • High-level competency in computer skills (Microsoft Office applications);
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal;
  • Fluency in Hausa and in one or more of the national/regional languages.

Personal qualifications

  • Planning and delivering results
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Highest standards of ethics and integrity
  • Handling insecure environments
  • Communicating with impact and respect
  • All employees of the Norwegian Refugee Council should be able to adhere to our Codes of Conduct and the four organizational values: Dedicated, innovative, inclusive and accountable


  • According to NRC’s directions


Applicants should send their applications letter and updated CV's to:


  • The title of the position (Project Assistant - ICLA Maiduguri) must be indicated in the subject line of your e-mail. Please notice that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • Any application received after the deadline will not be considered
  • The Norwegian Refugee Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer Women are particularly encouraged to apply to this position.