Advocacy Officer at Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent, humanitarian, non-profit, non-governmental organisation. We provide assistance, protection and durable solutions to refugees and internally displaced persons worldwide. What is NRC? NRC promotes and protects the rights of refugees and people who have been displaced within their own country. We take action during situtations of armed conflict, and engage in other contextes where our competences will add value. The majority of our 5000 staff members are national employees in NRC’s projects in around 25 countries worldwide. All our projects are supervised by the NRC Head Office in Oslo. NRC was established in 1946 under the name Aid to Europe, to assist refugees in Europe after World War II. Today NRC is organised as an independent, private foundation. We cooperate closely with the UN and other humanitarian organisations, around the world as well as in Norway. What does NRC do? Programme Activities: NRC’s main activity is the deliverance of humanitarian aid through programme activities in the field. NRC specialises in five programme areas, or core competences – Shelter, Food Security, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Education, and Information Counselling and Legal Aid (ICLA). The core competences are adaptive to different contexts and mutually reinforcing.

  • Job Type: Contract
  • Qualification: BA/BSc/HND
  • Experience: 2 years
  • Location: Adamawa
  • City: Yola
  • Job Field: NGO/Non-Profit 


  • Deliver and support the implementation of advocacy strategy, products and packages.
  • Draft NRC Advocacy products such as briefing notes, position papers, talking points and reports.
  • Facilitate planning and implementation of NRC Advocacy and Media activities and the production of relevant materials.
  • Facilitate meetings with the authorities, international and local partners (including setting up the meetings, participation in the meetings, ensuring proper translation, taking minutes, etc.).
  • Jointly with Advocacy team develop legal and policy recommendations to the authorities on prioritized issues, including drafting legislative provisions.
  • Liaise with the national, regional and local authorities, local and international partners.
  • Perform any other tasks as requested by Advocacy Manager/Media & Communications Coordinator towards implementation of NRC Nigeria’s Advocacy and Communications Strategies.
  • To support the Advocacy Manager in ensuring seamless integration of advocacy components into project proposals that align with NRC’s strategic objectives and meet donor requirements.
  • Support Advocacy Manager to keep Advocacy Tracker for NRC Nigeria updated.
  • Continuously identify and follow-up opportunities for influencing based on NRC Nigeria’s advocacy priorities


Generic professional competencies for this position: 

  • Higher relevant university degree in law, political science, mass communication, public relations is highly regarded but experience, motivation and/or demonstrated ability is more important.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Experience working with government stakeholders and INGOs/NGOs. 
  • Professional knowledge about humanitarian principles and the use of media for public advocacy
  • Strong managerial and interpersonal skills
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities.
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal. Knowledge of local languages is highly desired.
  • Context/Specific skills, knowledge, and experience: (examples)
  • Solid understanding of international legal and policy processes relating to displacement
  • Understanding fundamental principles and key sources of international humanitarian law, human rights law, and humanitarian principles.
  • Documented/proven results related to the position’s responsibilities, particularly in analysis, drafting of messages, advocacy strategy, coordination, and networking.
  • Solid understanding of stakeholder mapping, power analysis and lobbying strategies.
  • Basic photography, filming, and social media skills. 
  • Computer literacy, including use of Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel.

Context related skills, knowledge and experience (shall be adapted to the specific position): 

  • Knowledge of media use for advocacy. 
  • Knowledge of communicating humanitarian needs and ethical reporting of beneficiaries.
  • Commitment to humanitarian principles and dedication to humanitarian work. 
  • Flexibility including ability to work overtime on weekends and evenings according to need and requests. 

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