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Advocacy Manager, Yemen Sana'a

Sanaa (Yemen)

  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Sanaa (Yemen)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
    • Legal - Broad
    • Political Affairs
    • Communication and Public Information
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-20

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Yemen is now heading in to its seventh year of conflict.  Described as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, it is also home to the world’s largest aid operation.  The conflict has resulted in the deaths and injuries of tens and thousands of people, widespread destruction of schools, medical facilities and other civilian infrastructure, as well as massive violations of the laws of war.  Millions of people are one step away from famine, the economy and currency continue to collapse, and ongoing restrictions on commercial imports such as fuel and Covid-19 is further exacerbating the humanitarian situation.  Yemen’s conflict is the key driver of the humanitarian crisis, leading to mass displacements, destruction of public services, the economy and livelihoods.

The Advocacy Manager will be responsible for leading and shaping NRC’s advocacy and media strategies to mobilise attention and resources for the humanitarian situation, to highlight the issues affecting civilians in Yemen, to tell their stories, raise their voices and stand up for their rights.

This is an influential and senior role in the Yemen country programme, and will be key to positioning NRC as leading authority on Yemen with the media, policy makers and governments, as well as working in NGO networks and Coalitions to maximise the impact of NRC’s advocacy to bring about positive changes for the people of Yemen.


Role of the Advocacy Manager:

The Advocacy Manager provides overall leadership, management and strategic direction to NRC’s media, policy and advocacy work in Yemen. S(he) is responsible for developing and overseeing implementation of NRC’s influencing, media, communication and visibility strategies, in line with achieving the country programmes strategic aims.  S(he) will be responsible for driving a domestic and internationally focused humanitarian advocacy agenda, complementing  NRC’s programmatic priorities and ensuring conflict-affected Yemeni civilians have access to humanitarian assistance, durable solutions, protection and their rights are upheld.

As Head of the country office’s advocacy function, the Advocacy Manager will line manage and support a team of high performing advocacy, media and communications staff. As a member of the Yemen Country Management Team, the Advocacy Manager will work in close collaboration with the senior leadership, and across functions including the Country Director, Head of Programmes, technical thematic specialists and support the implementation of the country strategy and strategic decision making.  S(he) will ensure alignment and synergies between Yemen’s advocacy strategy, and regional and global priorities and ensure Yemen remains an organisational priority to maximise impact of advocacy.

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Professional competencies for this position:

  • Post-graduate with minimum 5 years of relevant Manager/ Adviser experience within the humanitarian field
  • Experience from working in complex contexts
  • Professional knowledge about protection principles and advocacy, and the use of media for public advocacy
  • Strong managerial and interpersonal skills


Context 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, coordination and networking
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal is required; fluency in Arabic is desirable


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

  • 24 month contract renewable subject to funding
  • Senior Grade 9 in NRC's grade structure
  • 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

Internal candidates are encouraged to apply but we are also open to external applicants who can show a commitment to NRC and being part of a challenging, but important mission to make a difference.  

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