Job Opening: Senior Advisor

The Oslo Center was established in 2006 by former Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik and former Cabinet Minister Einar Steensnæs, as an independent, non-partisan, non-governmental organization. The main areas of work have been peace, democracy and human rights, and through the years the mission of the center has increasingly focused on democracy assistance. The Oslo Center takes a holistic approach to democracy assistance, working with political institutions and processes including political parties, governance actors, civil society and independent commissions and offices. The Oslo Center is assisting our partners in their institutional and organizational strengthening, rather than offering prescriptive programs and activities.

The Oslo Center is seeking a Senior Advisor for our head office in Oslo, to oversee and lead on advocacy dialogue in Norway and international, as well as lead on programme development in Ethiopia, Uganda and Georgia. The Senior Advisor will work with the head office in Oslo, and closely coordinate and work with senior advisor and team leader for local staff in the Oslo Center Kenya.

The position reports to the Executive Director and is based in Oslo, Norway, with some travel to project countries.


  • Lead and develop dialogue with relevant government entities in Norway
  • Lead and develop dialogue with international relevant networks and advocate for our work in international fora
  • Oversee management and implementation of democracy assistance projects connected to the Oslo Center in Uganda, Ethiopia and Georgia
  • Coordinate and closely work with Senior Advisor for Kenya, Somalia, Somaliland and Tanzania, building up and advancing program
  • Provide training, consultations and technical assistance to project partners, in countries of responsibilities, on topics including; parliamentary procedures, legislative drafting, political party structures, procedures and processes, and other topics requested by political institutions in project countries.
  • Oversee, in countries of responsibilities the cycle of program implementation and budgeting, including ensuring that project goals are achieved, as well as complete donor coordination and compliance.
  • Manage program staff in countries of responsibilities, to follow up and develop their capacities.
  • Support and take part in fundraising strategies and manage donor relations in developing and acquiring new projects and programs.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key partners in political institutions, civil society and donor community in project countries.


  • Master’s degree in International Relations, political science or other related fields.
  • Minimum 10 years relevant work experience in a comparative field, preferably in democracy assistance, parliamentary experience or positions in political parties.
  • Experience in budgeting, program design and strategic planning.
  • A minimum of 5 years of exposure to partnerships development experience, high level diplomatic representation, resource development and fundraising experience.
  • Demonstrable track record of contacts in the diplomatic and donor community and working across multiple income streams including the governments, multilateral agencies, EU, corporate and foundations.
  • International and/or field experience from East Africa/East Europe is valued.
  • Experience managing and developing staff.

Knowledge, skills and languages

  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English and Norwegian
  • Experience in leading and facilitating policy dialogue
  • Capability of working with sensitivity in a multi-cultural environment and virtual or/and dispersed teams
  • Able to undertake strategic thinking and translate this into practice
  • Able to network effectively and influence and inspire others including governments, other agencies, and own peers, staff, and partners
  • Ability to respond dynamically to a diverse range of context-sensitive requests, often in highly tense and fast paced situations

The Oslo Center seeks the staff to represent the general population, when it comes to both gender and cultural diversity, we therefore encourage women and people with minority backgrounds to apply for the position.

If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Executive Director Finn Jarle Rode at or +47 47 78 43 16.

To apply for the position please submit your CV and application to the Executive Director Finn Jarle Rode at by 30th of November 2020. Desired start date is 1st  of February 2020.

We accept CVs and applications in both English and Norwegian.

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