Programme/Finance Adviser

Norwegian Refugee Council, Athens, Greece

Skill Required:, Finance and AccountsProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
10th March, 2020

Job Description


The humanitarian situation for asylum seekers and migrants in Greece continues to be of serious complexity and concern. Asylum seekers, refugees and migrants who remain and continue to arrive in the country face harsh living conditions and multiple protection concerns. Greece hosts an estimated 110,000 population, among them people who arrived and remained in Greece since the 2015-2016 flow Total arrivals in 2019, mostly of Afghans and Syrians through sea routes, increased to approximately 74,000, highest level since 2016. In this context, Greece is called upon to develop its asylum and migration management system, while at the same time constrained by the ongoing financial crisis. In 2020, the national authorities are expected to increase provision of services for which they have limited resources. First steps have been taken with new national strategies for the reception of migrants and refugees, and the government has also reviewed the legal framework for asylum and reception in late 2019.

The NORCAP Capacity Building Project for Greece aims to contribute to ensuring dignified reception standards and protection of particularly vulnerable asylum seekers. The Reception and Identification Service, created by Law 3907/2011 and re-established by Law 4375/2016, is an independent agency under the Ministry of Migration Policy, competent for the reception and identification procedures for new arrivals and for the accommodation and provision of material reception conditions for asylum seekers, as well as for vulnerable persons. Under this project, one goal is to support the capacity development of RIS to ensure dignified conditions in Reception and Identification Centers and temporary sites and protection of persons in need.

NORCAP has deployed nine Site management support (SIS) and protection experts, who are working together as a team under the Special Secretary’s of Reception and RIS Director’s guidance in close collaboration with the competent RIS Departments and RIS managers on location. The NORCAP project manager provides guidance on how to achieve NORCAP project related targets and reserves secondary supervision in terms of attendance and performance.

Under the operational and direct supervision of the Project Manager, the Programme Adviser will support the technical oversight of programme management unit of RIS and implementation of activities of the Department of Planning and Monitoring Financial Programmes. He/She also participates in the formulation, management and evaluation of programme activities relating to NORCAP Capacity Building Project for Greece within the asylum and migration portfolio. The Programme Adviser also works in close collaboration with the Head of the Department, RIS Director and Special Secretary of Reception, as well as other NORCAP deployed staff and programme staff in Governmental entities, UN Agencies and NGOs.

  • Contribute to the planning and coordination of financial programmes and implementation of activities by RIS and design programming that responds to the gaps identified.
  • Support governmental officials charged with programme planning and monitoring through trainings and ongoing work side-by-side.
  • Develop and encourage the implementation of a program for governmental authorities responsible for camp management and recommend ways for attaining sustainable capacity development.
  • Organise or participate in the organising of trainings and workshops aiming at developing the capacity of the service.
  • Support RIS to Ensure that partnerships agreements are established in a timely manner, regularly monitored and reported in line with governmental policies and guidelines.
  • Monitor specific stages of projects/programme implementation; Assess project performance to identify success factors and suggest best practices for absorption of funds.
  • Under the supervision of the NORCAP project manager, support members of the SMS team by providing guidance and advice on how to best achieve the goals of the NORCAP programme, as well as how to resolve administrative issues.
  • Ensure that activities implemented directly by NORCAP are established in a timely manner; regularly monitor and report in line with NORCAP’s programming policies and guidelines.
  • Collect inputs and compile reports addressed to NORCAP management and donors as requested by the NORCAP Project Manager Europe/Greece.
  • Perform any other job-related duties as required.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Relevant higher education degree in business administration, finance, social or development studies, project management or related field; At least 5 years of prior relevant professional experience, at the national or international level as project/programme officer in a donor funded programme; Experience in the use of computers and office software packages and handling of web based management systems.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Experience with a Government or UN agency or NGO is preferred.
  • An understanding of the mission, core values and objectives of the Reception and Identification Service (RIS), as well as NORCAP’s vision and values.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Greek.


  • Attention to details
  • Ability to work independently, as well as part of a diverse and multi-sectoral team.
  • Ability to keep calm under pressure when interacting with external counterparts, as well as a member of a team
  • Good understanding and compliance to supervisory and reporting lines
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relations with relevant Government and Non-Governmental counterparts and international organizations.

Education Level

  • College / University, Bachelor's degree


  • Greek
  • English


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