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Protection & Advocacy Advisor - Yemen

Sanaa (Yemen)

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, education, emergency food security, legal assistance, and water,sanitation and hygiene sectors.

The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 5000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters -NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours notice when a crisis occurs

NRC’s Horn of Africa & Yemen operation comprises of large-scale multi-country humanitarian and early recovery interventions spread across nine countries (Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, South Sudan and Yemen), and most recently Eritrea, Uganda and Tanzania. NRC’s overall strategy in the region is to ensure a greater number of vulnerable people in hard to reach areas get access to humanitarian assistance, become resilient to future disasters and find durable solution. The regional office is based in Nairobi and works with country programmes to ensure standardization of programmatic and operational approaches, promote multi country programming and ensuring quality and coordination.

Since June 2012 when NRC commenced operations in Yemen, its focus has been the timely response to the needs of communities affected by displacement and conflict. As a result of the current conflict an estimated 21.1 million people are in need of assistance of which 2.3 million are displaced. NRC’s strategy in Yemen is to ensure that vulnerable populations in hard to reach areas are included in NRC’s humanitarian and durable solutions programming. Based on its programming NRC is focusing its advocacy efforts in Yemen on improved humanitarian access, the protection of IDPs, refugees and conflict-affected populations and the right to education.

NRC’s is currently operating in 7 Governorates in Yemen from bases in Sana’a, Aden and Hodeida delivering life-saving interventions in WASH, Shelter and Food Security. In 2016 NRC will also respond in the sector of Education.

Reporting to the Country Director, the Protection & Advocacy Advisor (PAA) is responsible for strengthening NRC’s country advocacy strategy , advocacy policies and protection programming in Yemen. The PAA will be expected to travel frequently to Amman and Nairobi.

Job description

  • Generic responsibilities
  • Ensure that NRC’s global advocacy and protection strategies and policies are implemented
  • Ensure that protection, advocacy and gender is mainstreamed into the overall country strategy
  • Strengthen NRC's response to prioritized country advocacy and protection issues both within the country and internationally
  • Provide timely and context specific information to internal and external stakeholders
  • Support and train programme staff to mainstream protection and do-no-harm into their projects and activities
  • Ensure that core competency staff identify and respond to prioritised advocacy and protection concerns
  • Play an active and strategic role in the humanitarian community to strengthen the advocacy and protection response in accordance with the country strategy
  • Oversee media contacts and relationships, facilitating field visits (if appropriate) and providing briefings and stories in line with agreed advocacy priorities.

  • Specific responsibilities

  • Advocacy
  • Lead the development and implementation of the Yemen country advocacy strategy, in close cooperation with the Country Director and the senior management team
  • Lead and coordinate the planning and implementation of quality advocacy activities across NRC programme activities
  • Contribute to inter-agency advocacy initiatives and in coordination with the Country Director actively participate and effectively represent NRC at the Yemen NGO forum, the Yemen Advocacy Working Group and at other relevant meetings with donors and other organisations as may arise.
  • Draft advocacy products such as briefing notes, fact sheets, talking points, research papers and articles, and where appropriate support programme managers to identify advocacy opportunities and develop appropriate advocacy products relating to programme activities
  • Establish and strengthen strategic advocacy networks and alliances
  • Represent the CD in relevant forums and acts as spokesperson as agreed with the CD
  • Conduct advocacy training for country programme staff as relevant
  • Ensure the consistent collection and analysis of information gathered through programme activities for advocacy purposes
  • Ensure that NRC’s M&E systems include reporting on advocacy initiatives and achievements.
  • As agreed with the Country Director, take the lead in external relations, communications and representation in the international media

  • Protection
  • Assist with the identification, analysis and prioritisation of protection issues through the development of multi-sectoral assessment tools. Participate in the analysis of assessment data, with a view to mapping out protection issues arising at a field level.
  • Assist all programme managers to ensure that all staff understand the relevant humanitarian and protection principles through trainings and workshops
  • Support all programme managers to ensure that protection and gender is mainstreamed throughout all NRC programming activities


  • Generic Professional Competencies
  • Minimum 3 years of experience from working as a Protection and Advocacy Adviser/Manager in a humanitarian/recovery context
  • Professional knowledge of humanitarian and protection principles, including IHL and International Human Rights Law
  • Experience working with international media
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal. Arabic an advantage
  • Valid driver’s license

  • Context/ specific skills, knowledge and experience:
  • Knowledge of the context in Yemen and the wider region
  • Significant understanding and experience of national and international-level advocacy in complex emergencies
  • Experience of working in remote management operations
  • Political and cultural awareness and ability to rapidly understand a complex humanitarian and protection context and analyse and prioritise the information available

Personal qualities

  • Openness in processes. Involvement across levels and organizational units based on mutual respect.
  • Consistency and integrity in information and decision making process.
  • Proven communication, coordination, interpersonal, representation, negotiation and diplomacy skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure with limited supervision
  • Ability to cope with living in an insecure environment and restricted living and working conditions

We offer

  • Commencement: ASAP
  • Contract period: 12 months
  • Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s general directions
  • Duty station: Yemen , Sana'a.
  • Approved health certificate will be requested before contract start

  • NRC may be required to verify the identity of its partners/employees and to check that its partners/employees have not been involved in illegal activities. NRC reserves the right to use electronic screening tools for this purpose.

  • Application procedures and CV registration: Please note that you are required to enter the geographical location for all your previous positions while registering your CV. There is no specific field for this information in our CV form, but you can use the "Company name" field for both company and location
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Sanaa (Yemen)
  • Grade: Mid level - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Animal Health and Veterinary
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Legal - International Law
    • Legal - Broad
    • Human Rights
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2017-01-12

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