New Jobs Opportunities at Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)


NORCAP Junior Energy Experts – Accelerator Program 2020  
Application deadline: 24/06/2020
Employer: Norwegian Refugee Council 
Title: NORCAP Junior Energy Experts – Accelerator Program 2020
Full-time/part-time: Full-time 
Employment type: Contract
Percentage of full-time: 100 
Webcruiter ID: 4246661164
Positions: 5
Start date: 01/09/2020

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NORCAP has provided experts in the energy field since 2018 and currently boasts one of the world’s largest pools of expertise on clean energy. Our experts strengthen partners’ capacity to provide clean energy services to vulnerable populations and humanitarian operations, enabling refugees, internally displaced people and host communities to live dignified and productive lives.
The experts have backgrounds in engineering, social studies, environmental protection and human rights law, with experience not only from humanitarian organisations, but also from the private sector.

However, it is a recurrent challenge to recruit qualified female energy experts to our positions. In order to ensure gender diversity, enhance collaboration and reflect different perspectives and expertise, we are looking for more women to join our energy team.  
Candidates to the Accelerator programme should have a background in areas such as renewable /clean energy, environmental protection or humanitarian development, and a keen interest to learn more and contribute to NORCAP’s future energy work.

The trainee period ranges from 6-12 months, depending on host agency needs. All candidates who go through the accelerator programme will automatically become part of the NORCAP pool of experts once their trainee period is finalised. 
The junior energy expert will support NORCAP’s clean energy missions taking place in various African and Middle Eastern countries -– e.g. Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya, Chad, DR Congo, Rwanda, Mozambique and Jordan.
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All new experts recruited through the Accelerator programme will spend time (physically or remotely) at the headquarters of key partner organisations, such as the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Geneva and World Food Programme (WFP) in Rome. They will pair up with an experienced expert from a partner organisation, working on developing clean energy services, such as:
  • Delivering clean cooking solutions  
  • Developing mini grids to rural areas 
  • Developing street lighting infrastructure 
  • Greening humanitarian operations 
  • Transition from diesel generators to clean energy 
  • Solar home systems 
  • Enhance the clean energy component in strategies and programme operations. 
The trainees will work closely with communities, in particular women and girls, that are most affected by lack of access to energy. Through activities such as interviews, field visits and focus group discussions, the trainee will map participants’ needs, brainstorm possible solutions with the communities and document individual stories for communication and advocacy purposes.
Women who would like to enhance their experience in the field of humanitarian energy are encouraged to apply.
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Duties and responsibilities
Support NORCAP Energy Experts in:
  • Developing, monitoring, running energy projects for homes, schools, livelihoods, and businesses to enable refugees, internally displaced people and host communities to live dignified and productive lives.
  • Planning, budgeting, monitoring, reporting (narrative and financial) in compliance with the host agency and NORCAP requirements.
  • Making needed assessment, focus group discussions, and other project monitoring and evaluation exercises.
  • Participating in relevant meetings with management, partners, governments.
  • Establishing and maintaining strong links with stakeholders, positioning NORCAP as a key player in complementing the global clean energy strategy.
  • Documenting activities through photos and information gathering, according to NORCAP and host agency communication and advocacy procedures
  • Presenting NORCAP’s energy work and raising awareness on the benefits of sustainable energy solutions in humanitarian settings by participating in events, conferences, writing reports, blogs etc.
  • Attending workshops and training proposed (Online and Physically) by NORCAP and host agency and reflect the knowledge on the real operation.
  • Conduct field mission(s) as per the proposed schedule by NORCAP and host agency
  • Ensuring cross-sectoral approach and collaborations in all areas of our work, eg. with health, food security, protection.
  • Supporting the host agency team, and NORCAP team in Oslo, when requested, with the development of technical guidelines and best practices in the implementation of clean energy interventions.
  • Perform other tasks as required.
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  • Advanced university degree in renewable energy, environmental science, engineering, economy or related disciplines. 
  • 1-3 years of experience in renewable energy/ climate studies/ environmental protection/ energy technology/ science/ humanitarian laws/ social development/ project development.
  • Understanding of the humanitarian contexts in general and clean energy needs and challenges in specific.
  • Proven technical experience in renewable energy systems design, implementation, and monitoring.
  • Knowledge of humanitarian global initiatives as (New clean energy challenge, SAFE, SEforAll, Moving Energy Initiative).
  • Knowledge of standard ICT office systems and tools.
  • Fluency in English, and one other UN language, preferably French, Spanish, Arabic.

Personal qualities

  • Excellent verbal and written communication and listening skills;
  • Ability to plan and organise work with minimum supervision.
  • Excellent cognitive/analytical skills with ability to analyse complex problems and propose workable and practical solutions.
  • Capacity to conceptualise issues, think in abstract terms and analyse numerical data.
  • Ability to extract pertinent information from relevant sources.
  • Ability to actively seek information and opinions of stakeholders to understand and identify needs and expectations.
  • Good interpersonal skills with ability to work harmoniously with people of different national and cultural backgrounds. 
  • We can offer
  • A great opportunity to work in an international setting for a world recognized organization
  • Significant life experiences through challenges and self-development
  • Access to a unique network of humanitarian and development professionals
  • A meaningful job working with the world’s challenges on location
  • Monthly salary 46.000 NOK
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Application procedures and CV registration:
Kindly submit your CV and application in English and include your full name as written in your passport
Please note that you are required to enter the geographical location for all your previous positions while registering your CV. There is no specific field for this information in our CV form, but you can use the "Company name" field for both company and location
NRC reserves the right to conduct a full background check on shortlisted candidates
Approved Health Certificate will be required prior to contract commencement and deployment
All applicants will get feedback within four weeks after the closing of this advertisement

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.