Advocacy Manager at the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, emergency food security, and water, sanitation and hygiene sectors.The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 5000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters, NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours’ notice when a crisis occurs.We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: Advocacy Manager Ref. nr.: 4095261649Location: Maiduguri, Brono Job Type: Full timeJob DescriptionNRC is looking for an Advocacy Manager for our area office in Maiduguri, Northern Nigeria. The purpose of the Advocay Manager is to ensure the implementation of advocay activities in Nigeria.Since 2009, violent attacks on civilians by the armed group Boko Haram have left widespread devastation in northeast Nigeria. At least 17,000 people have been killed and approximately two million people are displaced within Nigeria. More than 14 million people in northeast Nigeria today are affected by the crisis caused by Boko Haram. Out of these, seven million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Around 92 per cent of displaced people reside in either informal settlements or with low-income host communities, creating a strain on already limited resources. The remaining 8 per cent live in more formalised camps. NRC has been in Nigeria since 2015.The Advocay Manager reports to the Country Director and is advised by the Regional Communication and Advocacy Specialist.Role and ResponsibilitiesThe Advocacy Manager provides overall leadership, management and strategic direction to NRC’s policy and advocacy work in Nigeria.S/he is responsible for identifying priority protection concerns for advocacy, strengthening the incorporation of advocacy into all aspects of NRC’s activities and guiding NRC’s advocacy messaging to promote an improved in collaboration with the Protection coordinator protection and humanitarian response environment in Nigeria.Generic Responsibilities:Identify and coordinate NRC’s advocacy response to prioritised issues both within the country and internationallyDevelop and implement country-specific advocacy strategy, aligned to overall country strategy and support the development of the advocacy part of program strategies.Ensure advocacy coherence and reinforce effective synergies between programmes and advocacy by working closely with programme staff to integrate advocacy into programme planning and implementation.Line management, including development of staff if applicableEnsure systematic training on advocacy and communication and build capacity of technical staffProvide high quality analysis on key humanitarian and displacement trends and prepare evidenced-based policy briefing papers, policy position statements and other public-facing advocacy products when strategic and relevantLiaise with other NRC Country, Regional and Global Representation Offices to coordinate the strategic delivery of advocacy messaging and to maximise impactAdvise on media lines and media strategy, ensuring potential risks associated with NRC’s positions are assessed and sign-off procedures are adhered toRepresent NRC to key stakeholders, strengthen strategic advocacy networks and identify opportunities to advocate NRC’s positionSpecific Responsibilities:Keep Advocacy strategy for NRC Nigeria updated.Active participation in INGO advocacy working groupSupport the CCs advocacy work with stakeholdersContinuously identify and follow-up opportunities for influencing based on NRC Nigeria’s advocacy priorities, both in country and internationally through NRC’s Representation Offices;Ensure the provision of high quality analysis on the humanitarian situation pertaining to displacement-affected population, contributing to improved NRC programmatic response and informing internal and external advocacy productsSupport programme staff in incorporating and integrating advocacy into all aspects of NRC’s programme activities, strategy and budgetingEnsure that relevant NRC Country Offices and departments (Field Operations, External Relations, Partnership & Policy) are informed and briefed on responses 

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