Advocacy & Media Manager – NRC
The Norwegian Refugee Council has an interesting and rewarding opportunity to be part of our newest country of operation – Sudan.
The NRC has recently re-registered to operate in Sudan, and is currently in country start-up phase, conducting assessments and designing the first steps of the programme. Focus will be given to people displaced by conflict, refugees, and vulnerable migrants, and potential geographical areas of work will be Khartoum state, South Kordofan and Blue Nile on a first phase, with the idea to expand to other States.
As a priority, NRC is therefore hiring a Logistics Officer to be part of establishing NRC’s programme in Sudan.
|The Norwegian Refugee Council
The Advocacy & Media Manager supports leadership and offers strategic direction to NRC’s Advocacy and Communications work in Sudan.
The Advocacy & Media Manager will play a central role in defining the Advocacy strategy and media plans, although the Country Management Group (CMG), and ultimately the Country Director, approves these.
Currently, the key advocacy focus areas for NRC Sudan include: Durable Solutions, Refugee Procedures and Protection, Principled Humanitarian Action, Protection of Civilians, and Impact of Economic Crises and SST legacy on humanitarian response. The Advocacy & Media Manager will review these priorities in discussion with the CMG upon starting. The role holder will be expected to:
- Strategically and ethically raise issues and voices of displaced people in Sudan to the attention of decision-makers, duty-bearers, and the general public, through both traditional and innovative means
- Increase accountability of NRC Sudan through providing regular and consistent information publicly, about the situations we are responding to and the state of our response (or contributions to coordinated responses)
- Contribute to Country Office and Area Office problem, protection, and programme analyses and ‘systems thinking’ with a policy lens and a public interest lens, and subsequently promote that relevant policy, advocacy, and communications elements are integrated when designing responses and strategies
- Coordinate and monitor implementation and impact of NRC Sudan advocacy and media plans and strategies
- Manage media engagement through forging and maintaining strategic relationships with key journalists in Khartoum, as well as external ones interested in the Sudan situation.
- Prepare high quality briefings, reports, press statements, letters, and other communications materials (including visual, digital, and social media) for internal coordination and external use
- Coordinate content gathering (visual stock, personal stories, testimonies, interviews etc), and analysis of primary data/evidence from displacement- and conflict-affected people, either directly or indirectly through NRC staff or outsourced means (e.g. to a research firm, photographer), in a manner aligned with NRC’s standards of informed consent and data protection
- Focus capacity development and transfer of responsibilities to Sudanese advocates, spokespeople, and social media champions
- Lead or contribute to relevant in-country advocacy coordination fora such as Advocacy Working Groups with the goal of building common objectives and collaborative approaches to advocacy within the humanitarian community in Sudan
- Post-graduate with minimum five years of relevant experience within the humanitarian field or international media/organisations
- Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
- Professional knowledge of advocacy and policy principles, and the use of media for public advocacy
- Highly-developed research and analysis skills
- Strong verbal and written communications skills
- Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
- High levels of flexibility and creativity
- Demonstrable understanding of strategic media engagement in humanitarian contexts. Experience working with journalists and other communications professionals an added advantage.
- Strong managerial and interpersonal skills
- Knowledge about own leadership skills and teamwork profile
- Fluency in English, both written and verbal
Context/specific skills, knowledge and experience:
- Knowledge of international legal and policy processes and instruments relating to displacement, protection, peace/conflict, and humanitarian action
- Cogent communication skills, both written and verbal
- Aptitude to think creatively and boldly, to engage (potentially hostile) protection and access advocacy targets
- Experience in engaging domestic policymakers and lawmakers in Sudan, ideal
- Duration: 24 Months subject to funding and performance
- Duty Station: Khartoum
Qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.
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