Advocacy and Communications Coordinator Cameroon, Coordinatrice Plaidoyer et Communication Cameroun, Yaoundé, The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Advocacy and Communications Coordinator Cameroon, Coordinatrice Plaidoyer et Communication Cameroun, Yaoundé, The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Role Responsibilities/ Responsabilités du rôle

Job Description


Cameroon is compounded by three conflict-related humanitarian crises: in addition, the secondary impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have further exacerbated the needs in-country. Incursions by Armed Organized Groups (AOGs) in the Lack Chad Basin have resulted into 114,000 Nigerians seeking refuge in Cameroon and a further 322,000 Cameroonians as IDPs in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. Cameroon’s Eastern regions are still home to over 290,000 refugees from the Central African Republic and the third crisis is the on-going violence in the two English-speaking regions of North-west and South-west where nearly one million Cameroonians have been displaced due to this crisis.

NRC has been operational in Cameroon since April 2017, and currently has five field offices; Maroua and Kousseri in the Far North; Buea in the South-west; Bamenda in the North-west and Batouri in the East.


The Advocacy and Communications Coordinator will play a lead role in coordinating the Country Office advocacy and communications initiatives, plans and activities.

Generic responsibilities

Identify and Coordinate NRC’s advocacy response to prioritized areas including protection-related issues.

Develop/update and implement country-specific advocacy strategy, aligned to overall country strategy

Develop/update and implement communication and media strategies and action plans

Ensure advocacy coherence and reinforce effective synergies between programmes and advocacy to develop products and initiatives with a NRC-evidence base.

Ensure systematic advocacy training on advocacy and communication and build capacity of core competence staff

Specific responsibilities

Support the provision of high quality analysis on the humanitarian situation in Cameroon, pertaining to displacement-affected, contributing to improved NRC programmatic response and informing internal and external advocacy products

Support programme staff in incorporating and integrating advocacy into all aspects of NRC’s programme activities, strategy and budgeting

Ensure that relevant Country Office staffs are informed and briefed on prioritized advocacy issues

Actively network with peers from other likeminded organizations involved in the response, and lead on development of joint field-based advocacy towards target audiences

Coordinate the preparation of high-quality briefings, letters and other written materials for internal and external use, ensuring strong evidence-base in messaging and following agreed sign-off procedures

Draft and deliver necessary reporting documents related to the advocacy, communication & media strategy/strategies, including Advocacy and media Key Messages

Participate in relevant fundraising opportunities for advocacy and contribute to the development of quality proposals, ensuring inclusion of advocacy activities on specific humanitarian and protection issues affecting displacement-affected where appropriate

Produce strong communications and media products, including press releases, media updates, photos, videos and social media posts

Develop and maintain a media network with international and local journalists and advise on media engagement

Liaise and coordinate with Regional Advocacy, media and communication department and if necessary with global representation offices on talking points, tweets, press releases etc. geared for international audiences

Build a database of high-quality activity photos for NRC archives


Generic professional competencies for this position:

Post-graduate in a related field such as Human Rights, Mass Communication, Protection, Social Works among others

Minimum 2 years of relevant experience within the humanitarian field

Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts

Skilled in photography and video production

Experienced in writing Press Releases and media Talking points

Fluency in English and French, both written and verbal

Context/specific skills, knowledge and experience:

Solid understanding of international legal and policy processes relating to displacement

Documented/proven results related to the position’s responsibilities, particularly in analysis, drafting of messages, communication, coordination and networking

Analytic thinking and Pay attention to details

We offer a fix term Contract of Twelve months based in Yaounde with frequent field travel.

This is  a national position with competitive salary and benefit package

About Us

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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