The Danish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe: we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights, and strengthen their opportunity for a brighter future. We work in conflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in the countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strive for responsible and sustainable solutions. We work toward successful integration and – whenever possible – for the fulfilment of the wish to return home.
The Danish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956, and has since grown to become an international humanitarian organization with more than 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers. Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced.
All of our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation, and honesty and transparency.
About the job:
This role has a country focus and is envisaged to develop expert policy guidance for public and private messaging and advocacy with key stakeholders as well as drive and shape DRC’s profile in area of operation (both public and private) on priority issues. The Advocacy Coordinator will also be responsible for developing the country advocacy and communications strategy and delivering evidence based analysis in coordination with the programme team and the CD.
- Develop and regularly update advocacy strategy, talking points, topline messaging, in conjunction with the HoP, Protection Coordinator and the Country Director
- Create contextual updates and crisis info documents detailing the current context
- Support programme leadership to articulate their top priority advocacy objectives and complete advocacy based on programmatic needs.
- Remain up-to-date on key issues on Libya (national and state level), through engagement with relevant stakeholders, in order to inform senior management and program staff.
- Suggest key advocacy opportunities and targets at national and regional levels and global level
- Draft and support the production of advocacy products as outlined in the advocacy strategy for use at the country, regional and international levels.
- Support country management and other programme staff in their work, including development of a plan for achieving their priority advocacy objectives in line with the 3 platforms - root causes, emergency and durable solutions. This should include guidelines on the meaningful and safe participation of beneficiaries in advocacy and communications.
Representation & Communication:
- Liaise with key UN, NGO and other interlocutors in country to ensure DRC has up to date information on the humanitarian situation and response in the region.
- Engage with the region and the consortium unit on shared advocacy messaging and campaigns
- Establish strategic relationships with media outlets to ensure push of key advocacy messages and communication materials.
- Support in developing messaging for and actions around key national policy responses and frameworks, as well as other factors such as UN coordination, protection concerns, funding for the response, security and current and future challenges that have an impact on displaced populations and their access to humanitarian assistance and protection services as well as medium -long term durable solutions strategies;
- Build networks of key informants and stakeholders in country
- Represent DRC in advocacy-related and (as relevant) regional fora for related to advocacy or as otherwise delegated by the CD, including the INGO Advocacy Working Group and the Consortium Unit Advocacy group
Management and support to others:
- Dotted line manage staff, ensuring that there is adequate performance management against agreed DRCs performance management guidelines and that appropriate and timely feedback to program staff regarding their performance is provided.
- In coordination with HOP, increase staff capacity around advocacy, stakeholder mapping, humanitarian principles etc
- Responsible to train staff and partners on humanitarian principles
- Together with the HOP, develop a plan to ensure that the humanitarian response remains principled
- Lead on specific pieces of projects/works as requested by CD
About you :
- An excellent professional track record with a minimum of 7 years practical experience working in advocacy on humanitarian issues, refugee/asylum seekers rights and more broadly human rights
- Advanced degree in Public Policy, International Law &/or knowledge of refugee and international law
- Experience of influencing and advocacy work including lobbying, policy development and information provision in humanitarian issues with a wide range of stakeholders
- Extensive knowledge of human rights and international humanitarian law. Experience working on refugees, IDPs and mixed migration is essential.
- Understanding of UN and donor operations at country and regional level.
- Proven analytical skills and ability to work with others to develop strategy into action and communicating and influencing this to a wider audience;
- Demonstrated ability to work creatively, innovatively and effectively with limited direct supervision;
- Excellent organizational, problem-solving and negotiation skills. The ability to remain calm whilst deal with conflicting priorities/work under pressure is essential.
- High-level interpersonal and communications skills; with the ability to write clear, concise reports.
- S/he must be able to plan and manage her/his own time effectively. The holder must exercise a strong work ethic and take responsibility for his/her own actions. High degree of flexibility with respect to working hours.