Regional Advocacy Adviser Neglected crises, West & Central Africa, Cameroon, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Regional Advocacy Adviser Neglected crises, West & Central Africa, Cameroon, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Role Responsibilities/ Responsabilités du rôle

Job Description


The world is rightly seized with the enormous humanitarian challenges faced by people in Ukraine and the hundreds of thousands fleeing to neighbouring countries and across Europe. At the same time, the situation has not improved for millions of people in other parts of the world that no longer make the headlines. People in a range of protracted crises that have traditionally been neglected by Governments, donors, and the media, continue to suffer. Countries across West and Central Africa – many of which experience protracted political instability, conflict, significant displacement, and the worsening effects of climate change – are in a chronic state of neglect, and now risk falling further down the priority list of global decision makers. Every year, NRC’s list of the world’s ten most neglected crises is heavily dominated by African countries. Meanwhile, as a consequence of the Ukraine crisis, global attention for ongoing humanitarian crises elsewhere will diminish, crises in countries such as Cameroon, CAR and DRC, risk falling off the international agenda, at a time when increased political will is needed to find solutions to alleviate humanitarian needs, prevent further conflict and instability, and find durable solutions for displaced people.

To continue to make progress for displaced and crisis-affected people, and to counteract the negative global effects of the Ukraine crisis in the coming year, NRC is looking for a regional advocacy adviser that will focus more especially on the neglected crises of Cameroon, CAR and DRC.

Role and responsibilities

The purpose of the Advocacy Adviser: Neglected Crises is the overall responsibility for the implementation of the Amplifying Advocacy for Neglected Crises project in the Central and West Africa region with a specific focus on Cameroon, the Central and African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo.  The following is a brief description of the role.

Contribute specific deliverables to the overall strategy for the Amplifying Advocacy for Neglected Crises project.

Develop, steer, and implement a region-and or country specific advocacy strategy and ensure that objectives from Amplifying Advocacy for Neglected Crises project are reflected,

Develop, manage, and lead on specific research activities with the aim of providing analysis and evidence to support the Amplifying Advocacy for Neglected Crises project.

Accountable for drafting policy and advocacy products such as briefing notes, position papers, talking points, key messages, and ad-hoc reports as relevant.

Establish and strengthen strategic advocacy networks and alliances.

Ensure internal communication and alignment with relevant NRC units and departments with the view of developing consistent policy positions.

Draft press releases and social media output.

Seek to develop alliances with local NGOs for advocacy on neglected crises.

Represent the Amplifying Advocacy for Neglected Crises project, as relevant, in meetings with policymakers and carry out briefings, including in key European capitals

Carry out capacity building for CO teams.


Minimum five years relevant professional experience within the humanitarian, development, human rights, foreign policy, or similar field;

Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts, preferably in the West Africa region

Documented experience with humanitarian advocacy and the production of high-standard written materials (i.e., reports, briefing notes, position papers, talking points and key messages)

Documented experience with relevant thematic areas (displacement, durable solutions, protection, food security, humanitarian space), including through conducting research.

Ability to work with a wide range of actors, including government and regional entities

Experience in carrying out assessments and focus group discussions

Documented/proven results related to other key elements of the position’s responsibilities

Strong understanding of the international humanitarian system, policy and practice;

Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile

Representation and public speaking experience are an advantage

Fluency in English and French, both written and verbal


Communicating with impact and respect

Planning and delivering results

Working with people

Analysing and research

What We Offer

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to join our work culture that empowers every employee to share ideas and take responsibility: At NRC we think outside the box. We encourage ideas and give responsibility to all employees at all levels, to help solve the complex issues that we face. You will have many opportunities to be heard and take the initiative.

11 months contract-possibility of renewal based on funding

Grade 9 on NRC slary scale

Location: to be based in one of these NRC country offices-Yaounde (Cameroon), Bangui (CAR), Goma (RDC); however, there will be up to 60% travelling. *If the selected person is a national from the country where he/she will be based in, a national contract will be offered.*

An opportunity to match your career to a compelling cause

A chance to meet and work with people who are the best in their fields

You find the job description here: OSF Regional Advocacy Adviser.docx

Deadline to apply: 23/08/2022

To apply as an internal candidate, click on the suitcase icon “I am an employee” on the top right of the page to be redirected to NRC’s internal career site.

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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