Communications and Advocacy Advisor

Danish Refugee Council, Hatay-Antakya, Turkey

Skill Required:, HR and AdminProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
31st December, 2016

Job Description

We are looking for a highly motivated and qualified individual to have overall responsibility to manage communication and media for DRC Turkey.

Who are we?

Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is an International non-governmental organisation, which promotes and supports durable solutions to the problems faced by refugees and internally displaced people worldwide. DRC has been operating in Turkey since early 2013, working with by and large with non-camp Syrian refugees and affected host communities. DRC Turkey program, headquartered in Ankara, have more than 250 employees – based at the DRC offices located in Sanliurfa, Hatay, Kilis and Kahraman-marash. DRC also works with partners in Sanliurfa, Izmir and Istanbul.

The country funding for 2017 is expected between USD 10 and 12 million, funded by DANIDA, ECHO, UNHCR, UNICEF, and PRM.

About the job

The role of the Communications and Advocacy Advisor is to lead the team in delivering vital information and communication that enable excellent media and fundraising activities for the Turkey Country Office. The post-holder will be responsible for implementing a comprehensive media, advocacy and communications strategy, ensuring smooth flow of information, good relations with high profile visitors and the media, and high-quality reporting to showcase DRC Turkey’s activities and achievements. Additionally, the Advocacy, Communications and Media Manager will work closely with the MENA Regional Office to ensure that external messaging and image are consistent.

Duties and Responsibilities

Media and Communications

  • Implement communication activities including facilitating media visits and working within incoming media and communications surge support during emergencies
  • Ensure that the branding and communication guidelines of DRC are uniformly and consistently followed across the Turkey Country Office
  • Proactively develop a high profile for DRC Turkey (within Turkey and beyond) through the production of high quality, well researched and well written products (in a variety of mediums) reflective of the dual mandate portfolio, responding quickly and appropriately to external requests for information, especially in emergencies
  • Develop and deliver a clear and effective system for internal communications including the dissemination of newsletters and other documents and publications for internal stakeholders including being able to scale up the delivery of robust communications material during emergencies per the


  • Lead the development of an advocacy strategy for the Turkey Country Office.
  • Support programme leadership to articulate their top priority advocacy objectives in line with the CO Results Contract
  • Identify key opportunities and events for DRC Turkey to position itself as the leading organisation for refugee and IDP issues in Turkey
  • Ensure that DRC receives national recognition for achieving proven and innovative national impact from well-managed protection programmes and emergency response
  • Support country management and other programme staff in their work, including development of a plan for achieving their priority advocacy objectives in both an emergency and development context. This should include guidelines on the meaningful and safe participation of beneficiaries in advocacy and communications
  • Be an active member of the Advocacy Working Group within the available and appropriate forums
  • Initiating and supporting materials to achieve common advocacy goals
  • Work closely with the MENA Regional Advocacy and Communications team in delivering materials, formulating policies, providing regular taking points, briefings and updates and helping to plan and support DRC representation at major national and international events


  • Ensure appropriate staffing within the Media, Communications and Advocacy Department
  • Ensure that all staff understand and are able to perform their role
  • Manage Media, Communications and Advocacy team; define expectations, provide leadership and technical support as needed, and evaluate direct reports regularly
  • Ensure the recruitment, training, and promotion of staff as appropriate and ensure availability of appropriate professional development opportunities for staff
  • Incorporate staff development strategies and Performance and Development Appraisal (PADA) into team building process.
  • Effective use of the PADA including the establishment of clear, measureable objectives, ongoing feedback, periodic reviews and fair and unbiased evaluations;
  • Documentation of performance that is less than satisfactory, with appropriate performance improvements / work plans

About you

To be successful in this role you must have:

  • Minimum of 5 years in management experience in a media or an NGO environment, with experience in successfully leading the development and implementation of communication and campaign strategies for an international humanitarian organisation, preferably in the region
  • Previous experience working with national and international media, ideally in a similar strategic role
  • Experience of leading communication activities (including information management) in a challenging environment
  • Experiencing building a media network and excellent digital and social media skills and understanding of how it can be used to further our work
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner.
  • Experience of building personal networks, resulting in securing significant new opportunities for the organisation
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, with knowledge of Arabic and/or Turkish preferred

We offer

DRC will offer the successful applicants, a twelve months contract, and renewable dependent on both funding and performance. You must be available to start work as soon as possible.

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to under Vacancies. This position will be placed at A15.


Application process

Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking here.
All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in the same language as this vacancy note. CV only applications will not be considered.

If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact

Applications close December 31, 2016. The interviews are expected to start first week of January 2017.

Need further information?

For more details on this position please contact Martine Villeneuve at

Please note that applications sent directly to Martine Villeneuve will not be considered.

For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website

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