Advocacy Manager

Norwegian Refugee Council, Uganda

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
20th December, 2019

Job Description

The Advocacy Manager provides overall leadership, management and strategic direction to NRC’s policy and advocacy work in Uganda. 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 protection and humanitarian response environment in Uganda.

Specific responsibilities

  • Advocacy activities related to urban refugees and protection programming
  • Develop messages and products related to outcomes of community based protection analysis
  • Ensure the provision of high quality analysis on the humanitarian situation pertaining to displacement-affected, contributing to improved NRC programmatic response and informing internal and external advocacy products
  • Support programme staff in incorporating and integrating advocacy into all aspects of NRC’s programme activities, strategy and budgeting
  • Actively network with other organizations involved in the response, and lead on 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

General responsibilities

  • Identify and coordinate NRC’s advocacy response to prioritized protection issues both within the country and internationally
  • Develop and implement country-specific advocacy strategy, aligned to overall country strategy
  • Line management, including development of staff if applicable
  • 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 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 maximize 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


  • University degree with minimum 5 years of relevant Manager/ Adviser experience within the humanitarian field
  • Professional knowledge about protection principles and advocacy, and the use of media for public advocacy
  • Solid understanding of international legal and policy processes relating to displacement
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal

Personal qualities

  • Handling insecure environments
  • Strategic thinking
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Working with people
  • Initiate action and change
  • Analyzing


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