Advocacy Officer Job in Nigeria

 The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, emergency food security, and water, sanitation and hygiene sectors.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Advocacy Officer

Job Identification: 14452

Location: Yola, Adamawa
Duration of contract: 12 months (Renewable).
Grade Level:  Grade 5 in NRC's grading structure.
Reporting line: Advocacy Manager 
Travel:  25%


  • 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. 

Application Closing Date
12th June, 2024.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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