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Protection and Advocacy Advisor - Greece - HR - Greece

Oslo (Norway)

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 in Greece

NRC started operations on Chios in October 2015 and has since then directly assisted over 90,000 refugees and migrants. We are working together with the Greek authorities, humanitarian actors and volunteers to set up and maintain a dignified and efficient reception facilities for refugees and asylum seekers and in the management and upgrading of refugee camps. We also help facilitate the transfer of vulnerable refugees and migrants from camp settings to urban accommodation
After the implementation of the EU-Turkey deal in March 2016, almost 50,000 refugees have been stranded on mainland Greece, mostly living in formal and informal sites. The majority of these refugees are concentrated around Athens and Thessaloniki. In response to this we expanded our operation and established an office in Thessaloniki in April 2016. Across Greece, current activities are centred on the island of Chios where NRC is providing Site Management Support (SMS), Education, Food Distribution and Shelter and WASH and in Thessaloniki where NRC does SMS, Education and Urban programming. NRC is also an active and courageous advocate of refugees and asylum seekers rights. 

Now we need a Protection and Advocacy Advisor on board to further develop our activities in Greece – could it be you?


Job description

The Protection and Advocacy position will play a key role in supporting NRC in the delivery of its response programme for refugees and asylum seekers in Greece. This person will support NRC in identifying priority protection concerns, strengthening incorporation of protection and advocacy into all aspects of NRC’s activities and guiding NRC’s advocacy messaging to promote an improved protection and humanitarian response environment for refugees arriving in Europe. This post is for 12 months, pending funding availability, and reports to the Country Director.


The responsibilities include:

  • 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 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 NRC country strategy
  •  Liaise with other NRC Country and Representation Offices for coordinating advocacy messaging and to work on advocacy activities and/or initiatives

You will be a part of an engaged team in Greece, and you will need to collaborate with every field of operation, as well as connect with colleagues from NRC offices in the Middle East, Brussels, Geneva and Oslo. This makes the position interesting, interactive and ever-evolving. More specifically your responsibilities will include:

  1. Supporting programme staff to incorporate protection and advocacy into all aspects of NRC’s programme activities, through formal trainings and training on the job.

  2. Ensuring the provision of high quality analysis on the humanitarian situation pertaining to refugee flow into Europe through Greece, contributing to improved NRC programmatic response and informing internal and external advocacy products

  3. Positioning NRC as courageous spokesperson on protection and humanitarian principles in the country/region and initiate, coordinate and implement advocacy activities in cooperation with programme staff

  4. Ensuring that relevant NRC offices (including Oslo, Geneva, Brussels, Amman, Ankara) and departments (Field Operations, External Relations, Partnership & Policy) are informed and briefed on response situation and priority protection/advocacy issues

  5. Supporting the Area Managers to ensure that programme staff identify and respond to prioritised advocacy and protection concerns

  6. Actively networking with other organisations involved in the response, and acting as the focal point for development of joint field-based advocacy and positions towards the international community and targeting EU policy-making processes

  7. Supervision of the Communications Coordinator in order to guarantee a effective implementation of NRC’s communication strategy in Greece

  8. Revision and updating of NRC Greece's Advocacy Strategy as necessary and drafting and delivery of necessary reporting documents, including advocacy Key Messages


Our ideal candidate has:

  • Minimum 5 years of experience from working as a Protection and Advocacy Adviser/Manager in a humanitarian/recovery context

  • Professional knowledge of humanitarian and protection principles

  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts

  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities

  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile

  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal

  • Valid driver’s license

  • Experience in Greece or in Europe an advantage

  • Greek nationals are encouraged to apply


Context specific skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Knowledge of refugee law and asylum and protection systems

  • Solid understanding of international and EU policy-making processes relating to migration and asylum procedures

  • Experience with emergency programme start-up, exit or similar

  • Documented/proven results related to the position’s responsibilities, particularly in drafting advocacy messages, coordination and networking

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal

  • Flexible, creative and with a good sense of humour

  • Ability to work under pressure, independently and with limited supervision

  • Ability to inspire and motivate

  • Ability to network

All NRC employees are expected to work in accordance with the organisation’s core values: dedication, innovation, inclusivity and accountability. These attitudes and believes shall guide our actions and relationships.


We offer:

Commencement: As soon as possible
Contract period: 12 months
Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s regulations and Greek labour law
Travel: 40% of the time
Duty station: Athens, Greece

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: Oslo (Norway)
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Emergency Aid
    • Communication
  • Closing Date: 2017-04-05

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