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Head of Climate and Energy Unit

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.

Head of Climate and Energy Unit

Are you passionate about making sure vulnerable communities get access to climate services and clean energy?

The current climate crisis is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Individuals, communities and nations become increasingly vulnerable as the frequency and magnitude of natural hazards and extreme weather events rises. Ensuring people get reliable climate information and access to renewable energy is key to developing stronger and more resilient communities.

NORCAP has provided climate expertise for several years and expertise in clean energy for the past two years. Our project is growing and we need a committed leader, ready to drive our international commitments and contributions forward. As Head of Unit, you lead a dedicated team in Oslo, as well as the experts on mission, with strategic responsibility and great opportunities for influence.

The climate and energy unit is responsible for strategic development, funding and implementation of our projects. NORCAP is currently the largest global provider of energy expertise to humanitarian operations and we help strengthen partners’ capacity to provide clean energy services to vulnerable populations.

Through our work, we also support local, regional and national partners make climate services more accessible to local, regional and national communities and stakeholders. Our experts have experience in climate change adaptation, meteorology and hydrology, as well as reducing and managing disaster risks.

Duties and responsibilities

The Head of Unit is responsible for management and scale-up of the program portfolio, and new project developement, within the areas of resilience and disaster risk reduction/ management (DRR/M), clean energy and climate change adaption. The position is responsible to drive the strategic development of these portfolios. S/he ensures development of new partnerships and donor relations. The Head of Unit has line management of the unit staff members.

The Head of Unit’s main responsibilities includes:

  • Line management and professional development of unit members
  • Overall budget responsibilities of unit’s portfolio
  • Drive strategic development of new projects and partnerships within the area of climate, resilience, DRR/M and clean energy, including fundraising, project design and development
  • Develop, follow up and report on strategy and action plans in line with the NORCAP Strategy
  • Project Management of the climate services project funded by Norad and other donors and overall management of the other projects/initiatives in the unit
  • Responsible for the maintenance, development and quality assurance of all partnerships relevant for climate and resilience, including strategic partnership with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) and its partners
  • Ensure compliance with NRC’s overall strategies, policies and procedures within the section
  • Ensure our pools of experts consist of relevant expertise, based on partner dialogue on capacity needs, and identify development and training needs of experts/communities of practice
  • Contribute to collaboration between different sections/departments of NRC, and participation in relevant working groups
  • Quality assurance of the grant management cycle, overall compliance and contracts
  • Implement(ation of) results-based management, including documentation and visibility of results


  • University degree within a relevant field of study (e.g. Climate change, Resilience, Political Science, Human Geography, Social science, Humanities and/or Management)
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience including strategic leadership and management responsibility
  • In-depth technical knowledge of the climate and clean energy areas
  • Demonstrated experience from project management, project design, planning and budgeting processes
  • Hands-on experience in grants management, including financial and narrative reporting
  • A proven track record of successfully developing proposals, concept notes and annual plan/reports
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal
  • Experience from international work, knowledge of the UN system, as well as humanitarian principles is an asset
  • Knowledge of French and Norwegian is an asset
  • Experience with standard ICT office systems and tools

Personal qualities

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including cultural sensitivity
  • Ability to work in a structured, proactive and independent way
  • Excellent coordination and management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in highly stressful situations and contexts
  • Highly developed analytical skills
  • A solutions oriented approach
  • Ability to influence and gain buy-in for new perspectives

We can offer

  • This is a permanent position located in NRCs Head Office in Oslo/Norway. Remote working is not an option for this role.
  • Preferred start date as soon as possible.
  • This position is a Grade 10 in our organisation with a minimum salary of 588,000 NOK per year
  • Challenging, meaningful and varied work
  • You will be part of a strongly committed, international team in a well-known humanitarian organisation
  • Good pension and insurance schemes