NRC Flüchtlingshilfe - Berlin

In 2017, the Norwegian Refugee Council established a German representation office, NRC Flüchtlingshilfe, in Berlin, near the German Federal Foreign Office.

About NRC Flüchtlingshilfe

The NRC Flüchtlingshilfe office has two primary functions: raising money for NRC's overseas programmes that meet the needs of conflict-affected refugees and internally displaced people, and providing humanitarian policy advice to German donors, parliamentary committees and peer non-governmental organisations.

We channel financial support from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung, BMZ) and its two operational agencies Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) and Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GiZ) to NRC programmes in the field.

We were approved as a humanitarian partner by the Federal Foreign Office (FFO) in May 2018 and our first projects (Cameroon and Yemen) were approved in November 2018. Another important partner is KfW, with whom a first contract (Afghanistan) was signed the same month.

The Institutional Partnership Advisory (IPA) team in our Berlin office works closely with the German government and other government bodies and organisations represented in Germany, in order to strengthen our strategic partnerships, raise money for aid operations, and ensure that funding for disaster response is spent in the most effective way possible. The IPA team provides expert advice on German partners to both Head Office and to all NRC Country Offices.

The office regularly hosts NRC experts from the field and HQ and facilitates briefings and communication with relevant German actors.

NRC Flüchtlingshilfe is also a resource to universities, think tanks and the general public on refugee issues.

NRC Flüchtlingshilfe staff

Per Byman is the Managing Director of NRC Flüchtlingshilfe, and is responsible for providing overall leadership to the organisation.

Prior to joining us in February 2018, Mr Byman was the Executive Director of the fundraising foundation of Swedish public service television, Radiohjälpen (Radio Aid). He was responsible for the foundation's work with fundraising from the general public as well as establishing Radiohjälpen as a respected humanitarian actor in Sweden. Between March 2013 and December 2017, Mr Byman was a member of the Board of Directors for NRC in Oslo.

Mr Byman has previously worked as Humanitarian Director for Sida, the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency and held various positions for the international Caritas network in Sweden and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He holds an MA in German linguistics from the University of Stockholm.

Gabriele Nolte is Head of Finance and Administration at NRC Flüchtlingshilfe and joined us in March 2018. Following an extensive career in both the NGO and commercial sectors, she has a keen interest in working with organisations to develop sustainable operational models to deliver social impact.

Ms Nolte has a wealth of experience in finance, project, administration and human resource management, having worked among others at MSF, Red Cross and Transparency International, both at headquarters and local offices in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Sri Lanka and Maldives. Additionally, her private sector experience includes senior management roles in finance at several small and medium size businesses in Berlin, where she has contributed to the delivery of sustainable operations.

Particular interest areas include financial management and reporting, systems and processes, and performance measurement.

Timm Büchner is the Institutional Partnership Advisor for NRC Flüchtlingshilfe. He joined in early 2018 after working with both international humanitarian NGOs and the Red Cross in Berlin over the last decade. Mr Büchner's field experience is shown through his work in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Russia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in humanitarian and development settings. He holds a Master's degree in International Development Management from the Open University and is an election observer with the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

At NRC Flüchtlingshilfe, Mr Büchner is responsible for strategic relations with German donors, in particular the Federal Foreign Office (FFO), the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ and KfW.

For more information, please contact:
+49 30 2021 9670

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Visit NRC Flüchtlingshilfe:
Schützenstraße 8, 10117. Berlin, Germany