Roving Regional Communications Adviser

Norwegian Refugee Council, Roving, Senegal

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
5th November, 2017

Job Description


In Central and West Africa, NRC runs humanitarian programmes in Cameroon, Central African Republic, DR Congo, Mali and Nigeria. During the next 6 to 8 months NRC aims to expand its presence in the Lake Chad Basin region by establishing additional programmes in Niger and/or Chad. In June 2017 it was decided that the Central and West Africa Office should move closer to its operations with the establishment of a regional office in Dakar, Senegal by July 2018. There is a wish that the new Roving Regional Communication Adviser can start working in Oslo and then move to Dakar within a short amount of time.

Role and responsibilities

The Roving Regional Communications Adviser will provide communications and media support to the humanitarian programmes in the region. The main purpose of the position include:

  • Initiate, produce and support the production of strong communications and media products, including press releases, photos, video and social media material.
  • Promote, advocate and raise awareness around NRC’s activities, results and initiatives through a variety of communication vehicles.
  • Mentor, train and support NRC staff in the region on media and communications.

Generic responsibilities

  • Develop and implement the regional communications plan based on Regional strategy and plan of action, and in line with the Global Communication Strategy. Monitor the impact of the plan and adjust accordingly.
  • Develop and maintain a strong media network for the region, including building relations with journalists in all countries in the portfolio.
  • Proactively pitch interviews, press releases and field visits to international and local media outlets, to draw attention to humanitarian needs and neglected crises, NRC’s work and public advocacy issues.
  • Act as spokesperson for NRC, and regularly take TV and radio interviews. Manage interviews for other NRC staff.
  • Initiate, produce and support the production of strong communications and media products, including web stories, photos and video in accordance with set objectives for the region.
  • Produce regular talking points on relevant issues, and support NRC’s contingency communications plans.
  • Produce, collect and edit material for NRC’s social media platforms from the countries in the region, and Manage NRC’s regional social media platforms, and utilize innovative and emerging tools to produce relevant content to these platforms.
  • Establish good working relations with communication counterparts in other organizations and the UN across the region, with a view of doing joint communication work to amplify humanitarian issues.
  • Ensure that communication and media documents are archived in an easily retrievable electronic based filing system, including filing photos in line with existing guidelines. Prepare periodic reports and summaries for the management on regional media activities.
  • Mentor, train and support NRC staff in the region on media and communications.

Specific responsibilities

  • The Roving Regional Communications Adviser will have a special focus on the Lake Chad Basin region (i.e. Nigeria, Cameroon, and possible new programmes in Chad and/or Niger).
  • The Roving Regional Communications Adviser is also expected to provide support in case of new emergencies in any of the existing programmes
  • Professional competencies
  • Five years’ work experience as a media/communications adviser or journalist – preferably related to development/humanitarian crises/foreign affairs.
  • Experience doing live TV and radio interviews. Spokesperson experience is desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to find new creative media angles.
  • Experience in producing photos and videos, and in editing is an advantage.
  • Experience in managing a variety of producing social media content.
  • Experience in training, coaching and management is an advantage.
  • Field experience from complex emergencies is desirable.
  • Behavioural competencies
  • Good communicator and strong networking skills.
  • Good understanding of public advocacy work.
  • Ability to handle a large workload, to cope with stress and work under pressure, independently and with limited supervision.
  • Well-structured and with an ability to deliver on short deadlines.
  • Patient, flexible and creative, and it helps to have a sense of humour.
  • Diplomatic and ability to communicate openly and with respect.
  • To work effectively with others across a broad range of topics and contexts.

Education: Bachelor degree in related field, such as journalism or communication, or Bachelor degree in other relevant fields such as international relations, development, human rights, combined with substantial media experience.

Languages: Fluency in written and verbal French and English is essential.


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