NRC: Senior Legal Advisers

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The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee.


We protect displaced people and support them as they build a new future. We started our relief efforts after World War Two. Today, we work in both new and protracted crises across 31 countries. We specialise in six areas: food security, education, shelter, legal assistance, camp management, and water, sanitation and hygiene.

We stand up for people forced to flee. NRC is a determined advocate for displaced people. We promote and defend displaced people’s rights and dignity in local communities, with national governments and in the international arena. NRC’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva is a global leader in monitoring, reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.

We respond quickly to emergencies. Our expert deployment capacity, NORCAP, boasts around 1,000 experts from all over the world who can be deployed within 72 hours. Our experts help improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises.

Around 6,000 men and women work for the Norwegian Refugee Council. Most of us are hired locally to work in the field, and a small number are based at our head office in Oslo. Many of our colleagues were once themselves fleeing their homes.

We are looking for 2 savvy and compassionate legal advisers committed to our mission of protecting displaced people and developing our legal and regulatory compliance. NRC is a highly international and professional, humanitarian organisation with Head Office in Oslo and operations in 31 countries. We need someone who gives clear sighted legal advice and is motivated by developing our organisation to ultimately  – even better –  defend the rights of displaced people and refugees.

Could this be you?

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The Senior Legal Advisers provide guidance and expertise on various legal areas. They ensure that our offices – from Head Office in Oslo to our Representational and Regional offices in the field – manage legal risks and are compliant with relevant donor and regulatory requirements. In these positions you will have the opportunity to shape and develop NRC’s legal work, and to further professionalise an organisation that has experienced substantial growth over the last few years. Furthermore, you will be a part of an international environment – in truly meaningful work!

Role and responsibilities

The Senior Legal Adviser is a senior global role, providing legal expertise to enable NRC’s global programs, both on a strategic and operational level.

Generic responsibilities for both positions

  • Develop and implement risk-based strategies for legal compliance in NRC programs and activities
  • Develop a ‘Centre of Excellence’ way of working, take global lead on designated legal areas and optimally utilise NRC’s global legal resources and to contribute to capacity building and sharing of best practices across the organisation
  • Provide expert legal advice, legal analysis and guidance when required both proactively and when upon request by Head Office departments, regions and country programmes.Support NRC’s:
    • Internal investigations and internal audit when required
    • Our global consortium help desk with development of tools/template and advice on contractual modalities and risk management of donor conditions
    • Efforts to drive compliance and manage risks
    • GDPR compliance efforts, development of data protection procedures and support NRC’s Data Protection Adviser
    • Perform other duties in the department as appropriate and in agreement with line manage

    Position A: Additional specific responsibilities

    Be responsible for legal advice, quality assurance and support to the organisation within, but not limited to, the following areas:

    • Donor grants and contracts, with special emphasis on contractual law
    • Anti-terror legislation and sanction

    Position B: Additional specific responsibilities

    Be responsible for legal advice, quality assurance and support to the organisation within, but not limited to, the following areas:

    • HR and employment law, taxation
    • Data protection
    • Support NRC offices and Global HR with development of regulatory legal risk management SOPs particularly concerning tax and labour law


MA in Law, and minimum 5 years of relevant Manager and/or Adviser experience.

Professional knowledge of relevant laws and regulations, for Position B Norwegian Law is required

Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities

Fluency in English, both written and verbal; working knowledge of French desirable

For Position B, also Norwegian is required

Knowledge of standard ICT office support tools

Personal attributes

You have an eye for the whole picture – yet you are detail-oriented with strong analytical skills. You possess a clear ability to provide strategic advice. You are described as a solid and positive communicator with strong interpersonal skills, and you truly value being part of a dedicated team. You have a genuine interest in humanitarian law and see yourself working in a value-based organisation.

We offer

A highly engaged, international job environment in a meaningful context!

The position is a permanent position based at Head Office, central Oslo, terms as per national contract.

Salary between NOK 620 000 and NOK 660 000, for very experienced candidates to be discussed.

Please note that you are required to enter 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.

Only CVs and applications written in English and entered into Webcruiter will be assessed. NRC reserves the right to conduct a full background check on shortlisted candidates.

All NRC employees are expected to work in accordance with the organisation’s values. To be dedicated, innovative, inclusive and accountable are attitudes and beliefs that shall guide our actions and relationships.

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Key info:

  • Employer: Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Full time
  • Number of positions: 2
  • Contact info: Geir Olav Lisle, Deputy Secretary-General, (+47) 909 39 113
  • Location: Oslo / Head Office / Prinsens gate 2, 0152 Oslo

Deadline for application: 20/06/2019