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FONGIM Advocacy and Communication Manager Bamako Mali

bamako mali

  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: bamako mali
  • Grade: Mid level - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Political Affairs
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

Are you an advocacy & communication expert willing to contribute to the mission of FONGIM in Mali? 

We are looking for a passionate professional that has creativity, energy and diplomacy! More info below.

First of all, what is FONGIM?

The Mali INGO forum (FONGIM) is an association recognized by the authorities and currently has 99 international NGO members. The FONGIM aims to ensure/strengthen, in an independent manner, coordination between member INGOs, local and national authorities, the United Nations, donors, diplomatic representations and external partners. It facilitates better sharing of information and expertise, the establishment of common guidelines among member INGOs, and the respect of fundamental principles for a more coordinated, efficient, and effective use of humanitarian, recovery, and development resources in response to the needs of the Mali population.

The FONGIM’s activities consists in:

  • Information / exchange platform
  • Coordination / representation / relationship with partners
  • Advocacy
  • Communication
  • Access
  • Capacity building


What are the responsibilities of the role?

The role can be described as a fusion of two specific tasks: advocacy and communication. The position is line-managed by the FONGIM Director and works in close cooperation with the FONGIM Working Groups as well as with the FONGIM Bureau. The position covers activities in all Mali and is connected with regular travelling within and outside the country. The Advocacy and Communication Manager is a line manager of the Information Manager Coordinator.

  • Advocacy

Identify and coordinate advocacy response to prioritised FONGIM. Advocacy has a strategic importance in Mali in an environment characterized by repeated insecurity and humanitarian shocks that are extremely violent for civilian population. The past year has seen a decline in humanitarian space and access as well as repeated questioning of humanitarian principles by stakeholders in the conflict.

  • Lead and coordinate the FONGIM’s strategic advocacy in subsidiarity and support to advocacy already conducted by the members.
  • Develop and implement the FONGIM's advocacy strategy based on population’s needs and in consultation and close cooperation with the members of relevant Working Groups as well as with the FONGIM Bureau;
  • Bring together expertise and knowledge and build evidence-based analyses, researches to support advocacy jointly with members, sectorial groups, external or internal experts
  • Based on evidence and consultation of members, develop relevant advocacy products (talking points, advocacy notes, message compendiums, etc), coordinate dissemination, and lobby at various level to support joint advocacy efforts for positive changes by FONGIM members.
  • Coordinate and support all influencing & advocacy efforts led in the name of FONGIM at different level (heads of mission of members, executive bureau and director of the FONGIM, members advocacy teams at international level, technical level, etc.) 
  • Build links and support toward coordination and advocacy platforms in country and at international level between NGOs in key capitals (New York, Washington DC, Brussels, Berlin, Paris, London, etc.) to strengthen direct advocacy toward international decision-makers engaged in Mali.
  • Conduct directly advocacy and lobbying actions as relevant in coordination with FONGIM members and groups based on signed-off products.;
  • Communication

The Advocacy and Communication Manager will develop and implement a communication strategy in line and support of the larger influencing and FONGIM strategies and priorities, based on consultations of FONGIM members and groups.

S/He will manage both internal and external communication (from organizing meetings and develop internal strategy to relaunch the FONGIM website and disseminate coomunications material).

More info on this role here!


What we are looking for

  • Minimum 5 years’ experiences from a senior management position in a humanitarian/ recovery context
  • Master's degree in International Relations, International humanitarian law, Political sciences, Development or Communication
  • Very good knowledge of humanitarian law.
  • Strong experience in advocacy in conflict countries
  • Strong knowledge of the United Nations system, integrated missions and clusters
  • Experience from working in a complex emergency crisis and volatile contexts
  • Fluency in French, English, both written and verbal
  • Political sensitivity
  • Knowledge of the context/Sahel

Behavioural competencies

  • Strategic thinking
  • Managing performance and development
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Demonstrated competence in communication, interpersonal exchanges and negotiation
  • Ability to build consensus


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.

  • 12 months contract
  • Grade 9 on NRC salary scale
  • Location: Bamako
  • 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

Deadline to apply: 1/02/2023

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.

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