Regional Advocacy and Policy Adviser – Middle East Office – Open to candidates from MENA region

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  • Salary:
    negotiable / YEAR
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  • Posted:
    2 months ago
  • Category:
    Communication and Advocacy
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What we are looking for

Experience with humanitarian advocacy, policy work and the production of high-standard written materials . Additionally, experience and background in research, development, human rights, foreign policy or similar field. Knowledge and experience from any countries in the region is desired.

Candidates should be able to work with a a wide range of actors and stakeholders including government and regional entities.

What you will do

The purpose of the Regional Policy and Advocacy Adviser is to provide policy and advocacy support to the Middle East And North Africa Regional Office (MENA) and Country Offices in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

In this position you will:

  • Contribute to and lead on policy and advocacy deliverables for the Middle East and North Africa region.
  • Develop and implement region-and or country specific advocacy and policy activities and outputs including research, analysis, and evidence to support advocacy strategies in the region. 
  • Ensure linkages between advocacy and programmes to develop products with an NRC-evidence base. 
  • Ensure internal communication and alignment with relevant NRC units and departments with the view of developing consistent policy positions.
  • Support Country Office teams with policy and advocacy guidance and the development of products as well as capacity building the Country Office teams.
  • Responsible for monitoring and analysis of humanitarian situations, emerging trends, and displacement patterns as relevant. 
  • Be accountable for drafting policy and advocacy products such as briefing notes, research, and position papers, talking points, key messages, press releases, social media outputs and ad-hoc reports as relevant. 
  • Represent NRC as relevant in meetings with key stakeholders and identify opportunities to advocate NRC’s position in meetings with policymakers and carry out briefings, including in different capitals.

What you will bring

  • Minimum 5 years relevant professional experience within the humanitarian, development, human rights, foreign policy, or similar field.
  • Experience with humanitarian advocacy and the production of high-standard written materials (i.e. reports, briefing notes, position papers, talking points and key messages.
  • Experience in carrying out research relevant for humanitarian advocacy and policy work.
  • Experience with relevant thematic areas (displacement, durable solutions, protection, humanitarian issues), including through conducting policy work. 
  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts in the Middle East and North Africa region.
  • Ability to work with a wide range of actors, including government and regional entities.
  • Excellent remote work management skills.
  • Representation and public speaking experience are an advantage.
  • Fluency in English and Arabic, both written and verbal 

Understanding of and commitment to:

  • organisational learning, quality management and development.
  • working collaboratively with technical and operational colleagues within a matrix structure, including capacity strengthening.
  • willingness to travel, including in insecure environments.

What we offer

  • Duty station: Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Tunisia, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen, where candidates have legal right to work under national contract. 
  • Contract: 12 months.
  • Travel: Approximately 40-50% within the region. 
  • Salary/benefits: grade 9 on NRC’s national salary scales, with accompanying terms and conditions/
  • NRC is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to diversity without distinction to age, gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality, and physical ability.
  • We think outside the box, encourage ideas, and give responsibility to all employees at all levels. You will have many opportunities to be heard and take the initiative.

Find out more about the benefits of working for NRC

Important information about the application process

  • We invite applications from all qualified and interested candidates from the region. Please ensure you attach copies of your academic and professional certificates.
  • For internal candidates only: please click on the suitcase icon labelled “I am an employee” to be redirected to NRC’s internal careers site.
  • When creating your profile, include your full name as given on your passport. Complete all the system-required fields for experience, employment history and education.
  • Submit your application and CV in English, taking care to attach your latest CV.
  • Applications that do not meet the minimum standards in terms of experience or qualifications will generally not be considered. Unsolicited applications not related to this specific job advertisement will not be considered.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We receive many applicants for each vacant position.
  • If you have any questions about this role, please email with the job title as the subject line.

Why NRC?

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. Our 15,000 staff work in crises across 40 countries, providing life-saving and long-term assistance to millions of people every year.

Watch this short video to see NRC in action.

We are looking for people who are passionate about helping refugees and people forced to flee. Are you one of those people? If you are, NRC offers you the opportunity to:

  • do demanding and professional work, often in challenging contexts
  • join a work culture that empowers every employee to share ideas and take responsibility
  • be part of a welcoming and supportive community committed to human dignity

Learn more about NRC

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises across more than 31 countries, providing emergencies and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. We stand up for people forced to flee, advocating their rights. NORCAP, our global provider of expertise, helps improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises. NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.
Employment with NRC may lead to employment in or deployment to Regions, Countries, Areas or Offices that may be host to considerable health, safety and security risks. NRC takes this very seriously and we have procedures in place to reduce known risks, but will never be able to take away all risks.
NRC is an equal opportunities employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality and physical ability.
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