Communications and Advocacy Manager at International Rescue Committee (IRC)

From emergency response through post-conflict development work, in a great variety of roles around the world, the International Rescue Committee’s 8,000-plus staff is a force for humanity and hope. If you’re skilled and passionate, we’d like to add your energy to ours.Careers at the IRC are as wide-ranging and far-reaching as our work. Encouraging staff development through promotion, transfer and rehire, the IRC nurtures long-term career paths and helps employees grow within the organization.At any given moment, on any given day, all around the world, IRC staff members are restlessly and effectively working for the sake of the most vulnerable among us—to restore and renew hope, dignity and freedom.The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.Job Title: Communications and Advocacy ManagerBACKGROUND:The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.IRC has been present in Nigeria since 2012 when the organization responded to flooding in Kogi state.  In early 2014, IRC opened a field office in Mubi town of Adamawa state in NE Nigeria followed by offices in Yola (Adamawa state) in November 2014 and Maiduguri (Borno state) in October 2015In mid-2016, the IRC again expanded its presence the NE through program expansion into newly accessible LGAs of Borno state. .  IRC delivers health, nutrition, GBV, WASH education, protection, and economic recovery and development programs.SCOPE OF WORK:The Communications and Advocacy Manager is directly supervised by the Deputy Director of Programs (DDP) but will work in close collaboration with the Country Director (CD) in regards to external communications and advocacy pieces.  The Communications and Advocacy Manager will also work in close collaboration with various IRC program coordinators and managers to maintain strong understanding of the IRC’s priorities and programs as well as on-going needs in the NE.  The position will be based in Maiduguri with occasional travel to Yola, Mubi, and Abuja. In addition to the communications and advocacy support of this role, the IRC Nigeria has a five year strategy plan which is developed based upon the broader IRC2020 five year strategic plan.  While this position will be predominately focused on communications and advocacy, the Manager will also support the on-going implementation, monitoring, reporting, and contribute to the overall management and oversight of the IRC Nigeria’s adherence to its SAP and it’s five year implementation plan.  RESPONSIBILITIES:CommunicationsDesign and implement a country program communication strategyWork with the program teams, and local partner organizations, to develop visibility and communications plans for various projectsWork with program sector leads to develop and produce IRC information and communication materials such as brochures, newsletters, press releases, contribution to global IRC website and updates, and other publications as well as supporting journalist and other high profile visits. To produce digital content (stories, photos, blogs, videos) to be used on the IRC and other websites and to liaise with relevant staff at regional and HQ level to maximize the use of the contents generated.Assist in training program staff on communication strategies and facilitate development of success stories, lessons learned, personal experiences (blogs), etc from field-based program staffProvide briefing papers and situational reports as well as support NY and UK communications departments in development of external communication tools for stakeholders both in and out of country on the IRC’s work in Nigeria. In collaboration with program coordinators and DDP, draft communications and advocacy material for different thematic sector priorities, including newsletters, reports, and talking points for senior management.Take an active role and where possible lead in organizing media outreach and public events including international celebrations as and whenever organized by field teams.Create and maintain internal system, including contact lists, diaries of upcoming events and opportunities in which the IRC can actively participate and engage locally, national and regional/internationally.To build and maintain excellent relationships with Nigerian media outlets and maintain a database of Nigerian media contacts including international media staff based in NigeriaTo monitor and evaluate media coverage generated and to draw lessons to improve coverage, and provide regular analysis on Lebanese media coverage issues relevant to the IRC’s program work.  AdvocacyDesign and implement a country program advocacy  strategyDesign and lead advocacy trainings for IRC staff and partnersEngage with program staff to identify high priority needs of population requiring advocacy focus and interventionTo regularly visit the IRC programs and partner organizations to ensure a direct link between program work and advocacy work, and to identify and generate high quality advocacy pieces with the support of IRC advocacy team. To build relationships with advocacy colleagues in other organizations (eg NGOs, UN agencies), to coordinate and collaborate on advocacy pieces.  Strategy Action Plan (SAP): Lead the review process of all SAP milestones in the implementation plan and coordinate with relevant staff for executionWill be the focal point person for all initiatives being devised for piloting in Nigeria as part of the SAPLead the process for periodic SAP review and document lessons learnt and best practicesEnsure ongoing SAP socialization processes and initiatives are instituted for all IRC Nigeria staff Other:As needed, provide support to Grants Managers in regards to proposal development, donor reporting, and other grants requirements. 

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