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Humanitarian Policy and Protection Adviser Switzerland

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Legal - Broad
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Legal - International Law
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-19

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Context

NRC Geneva leads Norwegian Refugee Council’s representation and activities in Geneva, especially with the IASC mechanisms and UN agencies, as well as leading on humanitarian policy globally. NRC strives to assist and protect vulnerable and displaced people during crises, especially in situations of conflict. Established in 1946, NRC is an independent, humanitarian, non-profit, non-governmental organisation working in over 25 countries with approximately 4,500 staff. NRC employs a rights-based approach, challenging those with the responsibility to uphold the rights of displaced people set out within national and International Laws. NRC endeavours to secure the acceptance of local stakeholders for activities and is committed to the principles of humanity, neutrality, independence and impartiality.

We are looking for an efficient, resourceful, organised, reliable Humanitarian Policy and Protection Adviser with excellent attention to detail and strong written and verbal communication skills to support NRC’s global policy work.

Come work with us!

What you will do

You will be responsible for developing, advising on, and guiding NRC’s protection policy work. This will include developing a framework for NRC’s protection policy work, formulating NRC’s positions on key protection issues, and creating policy, advocacy, and research strategies in collaboration with and in support of colleagues across NRC to address key protection issues. You will guide, support, and coordinate NRC’s engagement in capitals on protection policy and advocacy work. You will also engage with the humanitarian community, including coordination mechanisms, on protection policy and advocacy issues, and coordinate NRC’s engagement with the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and its Member States on issues related to protection of civilians.  This role requires. You will also;

  • Provide leadership, advice, and guidance to the development and implementation of NRC’s work on protection policy and advocacy, particularly as related to protection of civilians (PoC), for example in relation to peacekeeping, conflict and hunger, deconfliction, and other relevant topics.
  • Support strategic planning for NRC’s protection policy work, including developing a framework for this area of work for NRC’s new strategic period, and develop policy, advocacy, and research strategies including theories of change to address key protection policy issues in collaboration with and in support of colleagues across NRC. 
  • Lead on internal communications, coordination, and awareness-raising in relation to protection policy work, ensuring timely and effective flows of information and fostering a collaborative approach to this work across the organisation.
  • Support the implementation of NRC’s policy and country office strategies in relation to protection, with a focus on protection of civilians, and strengthen NRC Country Offices’ linkages to capital and global-level protection debates and issues, and vice versa.
  • Engage externally on protection related issues and processes, including through building and maintaining links with protection mandated organisations and groups including UNSC, UNHCR, OCHA, ICRC, OHCHR, UNICEF, DPA, and others,  in coordination with NRC staff, and where relevant in coordination with other humanitarian organisations and networks/alliances
  • Develop policy and advocacy products by carrying out research and analysis, provide inputs to/draft to products and messages, and identify, pursue, and develop opportunities to develop and disseminate NRC products and messaging on protection.
  • Liaise with NRC Global Protection Lead to contribute from a policy perspective to the implementation of the protection roadmap,
  • Ensure that project targets are met and in line with project proposals and donor requirements Supervise and oversee, when relevant, the work of Interns/Junior Fellows/Assistants as required by the Head of Humanitarian Policy

What you will bring

  • University degree in a relevant topic such a law or area studies or equivalent qualification, preferably a master’s degree level;
  • A minimum of 4 years of documented relevant experience within the humanitarian sector in roles related to protection of civilians, advocacy, and/or policy;
  • Experience of working in the field, preferably on policy and advocacy related to protection of civilians, such as peacekeeping, civil-military relations, engagement with non-state armed groups, for example in roles encompassing protection, advocacy, or policy;
  • Experience with humanitarian coordination mechanisms and ability to work constructively, collaboratively, and professionally with stakeholders from a variety of different organisations and perspectives;
  • Knowledge of UN dynamics, systems, structures, and processes, including the UNSC, the IASC, and the GPC;
  • Experience in humanitarian project planning, coordination, and management;
  • Demonstrated research and analysis skills, and experience in producing high-quality briefing notes, key messages, and other policy products;
  • Demonstrated experience of clearly and effectively communicating complex topics to non-technical audiences;
  • Prior experience with NRC is an asset;
  • Proven project management experience, including with donor reporting and budget processes preferred by not required;
  • Knowledge of or fluency in other languages relevant for the position is an asset, especially Spanish and French.

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What makes this position attractive?

  • A challenging and exciting opportunity with an international team dedicated to advocating for the rights of people forced to flee;
  • A chance to support NRC’s global policy work;
  • A permanent full-time contract with Geneva as the preferred duty station. A base in another NRC representation office in Europe could also be considered.
  • Candidates need to be EU/EFTA citizens or have a valid work permit for Switzerland in order to be eligible for this role;
  • Salary and benefits according to NRC’s salary scale and terms and conditions.

We are also looking for people who share our values:

  • To be dedicated in what we do;
  • To be innovative with our solutions;
  • To act as one unified and inclusive team;
  • To be accountable to the donors that make our work possible; the beneficiaries that we exist to serve; and to each other… the members of our NRC family.

We are happy about early applicants.

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