Do you have the ability to design and drive advocacy/communication strategies?
Are you passionate about bringing the voices of the crisis-affected people to the forefront?
NRC Afghanistan is looking for an experienced humanitarian professional to lead our advocacy work. We are looking for someone with the ability to provide strategic direction and (preferably) has expertise in media and communications work. We are looking for someone who can engage and shape -programme driven- policy debates at the national and international levels. A people manager and someone who creates linkages and build relations with colleagues easily.
This is an exciting opportunity to join a team of committed and dedicated staff in NRC Afghanistan- one of our biggest humanitarian operations.
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NRC in Afghanistan
Afghanistan is a protracted and complex emergency in which conflict and recurrent natural disasters combine, set against a backdrop of continued forced displacement – both internally within Afghanistan’s borders and from neighbouring Pakistan and Iran, where Afghan Refugees continue to return from Pakistan and Iran. Afghanistan’s humanitarian context is characterized by multiple localised emergencies adversely impacting communities and populations with low levels of resilience and/or high vulnerability. NRC Afghanistan established operations in 2003, and currently maintains four area offices in Balkh, Nangarhar, Herat, and Kandahar Provinces, as well as field offices in hard-to-reach provinces: Kunduz, Khost, Faryab, Sar-i-Pul and Badghis. We have a dedicated team of over 1200 staff, NRC interventions are based on the humanitarian principles, which are promoted to increase the acceptance of humanitarian assistance amongst target populations, as well as, to facilitate and enable access. NRC has been a champion for principled humanitarian action and reaching affected people in hard-to-reach areas. The government, UN agencies, donors and other stakeholders now recognize NRC as one of the most significant and important humanitarian players in Afghanistan.
About the position
- The Advocacy Manager provides overall leadership, management and strategic direction to NRC’s policy and advocacy work in Afghanistan. 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 improved protection and humanitarian response environment in Afghanistan.
- The Advocacy Manager reports to the Country Director.
Duties and responsibilities
- Identify and coordinate NRC’s advocacy response to prioritised protection issues both within the country and internationally
- Develop and implement country-specific advocacy strategy, aligned to overall country strategy
- Develop and implement a media and communications strategy aligned to the overall country strategy
- Line management, including the development of staff
- 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.
- Ensure systematic training on advocacy and communication and build the capacity of technical staff
- Provide high-quality protection 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 relevant
- Liaise with other NRC Country, Regional and Global Representation Offices to coordinate the strategic delivery of advocacy messaging and to maximise the impact
- Advise on media lines and media strategy, ensuring potential risks associated with NRC’s positions are assessed and sign-off procedures are adhered to
- Represent NRC to key stakeholders, strengthen strategic advocacy networks and identify opportunities to advocate NRC’s position
- Ensure the provision of up to date analysis on the humanitarian situation pertaining to displacement-affected populations, contributing to improved NRC programmatic response and informing internal and external advocacy products.
- Oversee and direct the delivery of high-quality communications outputs to support identified programme-led advocacy goals and objectives.
- Support programme staff in incorporating and integrating advocacy into all aspects of NRC’s programme activities, strategy and budgeting.
- Actively network with other organisations involved in the response, and lead on the development of joint field-based advocacy and positions towards target audiences.
- Prepare high-quality briefings, letters and other written materials for internal and external use, ensuring strong evidence-base in messaging and following agreed sign-off procedures