Requisition ID: req2203
Job Title: Advocacy Coordinator
Sector: Program Administration
Employment Category: Fixed Term
Employment Type: Full-Time
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) (www.Rescue.org) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.
The IRC is expanding its programmes focused on addressing humanitarian needs relating to mixed migration in West and North Africa. The Advocacy Coordinator will lead the IRC’s field level advocacy efforts within this remit and will report to the IRC’s Head of Migration Programs. In addition to leading the IRC’s standalone efforts, the Advocacy Coordinator will also lead the advocacy efforts for and be a support to the Tunis-based Regional Consortium Coordination Unit (CCU), led by the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), for a DFID-funded regional migration project.
DRC, IRC and START have recently established a consortium to respond to DfID’s Safety Support and Solutions Phase II (SSSPII) programme, with the aim for migration to be safer and more orderly, resulting in fewer deaths and less suffering along migration routes and focuses on three key outcomes:
* Migrants and refugees in transit, particularly the most vulnerable, are protected from harm, are able to meet their basic needs and are informed about the risks of irregular migration.
* Governments, humanitarian agencies and national organisations have improved understanding of migration trends and improve their response.
* Migrants have access to and opt for alternatives to irregular migration.
This position will support the Consortium with translating learning from the ground to inform and influence ongoing policy debates around mixed migration, and will establish the Consortium as the go-to for up-to-date information on the context and issues faced by migrants, including refugees and asylum seekers, along the “Central Mediterranean Route.” The position will be based in Tunis but will cover the Consortium’s response throughout West and North Africa.
Scope of work
Reporting to the IRC’s Head of Migration Programs and the Head of IRC’s Brussels Office, the Advocacy Coordinator will lead the IRC’s field-level policy and advocacy efforts, working in close coordination with the IRC’s regional and country offices, the Policy and Advocacy teams in Brussels, Geneva and London, as well as the CCU and consortium members’ teams. Focusing on the evolving field-level context, the Advocacy Coordinator will play a key role in developing and implementing IRC’s, and the Consortium’s, advocacy strategies working jointly with the above outlined internal and external colleagues. Additional responsibilities will include representing the IRC in relevant regional and country-level advocacy and coordination fora, coordinating advocacy initiatives for the Consortium with partner agencies, providing field-level content for global advocacy efforts, and developing advocacy and policy materials to address pressing issues in the field.
* Develop/maintain and drive implementation of the IRC’s and Consortium’s advocacy strategies.
* Conducting policy analysis and development on relevant issues, taking into account related field and political contexts.
* Lead the writing of policy and advocacy materials including talking points, briefing notes, position papers and advocacy reports for the IRC and the Consortium, working closely with Policy and Advocacy, Communications and Consortium teams.
* Engage and closely support the IRC’s policy and advocacy teams, technical advisers, and external consultants, on the development of more extended policy papers on humanitarian issues related to the CMR and mixed migration - as needed but likely once per year.
* With the IRC’s Head of Migration Programs, Head of the Brussels Office and AMU develop and implement IRC’s migration program strategy, by identifying strategic opportunities for growing IRC work in the migration sector.
* Provide timely and high-quality policy and context analysis and produce content for executive and regional leadership.
* In coordination with the Migration Lead, work with the CCU in defining advocacy strategy and initiatives under the DFID migration project.
* Identify opportunities to lead informal advocacy working groups and/or joint advocacy initiatives linked to existing advocacy groups in Tunis and Dakar, in addition to support to relevant country programs in North and West Africa focused on mixed migration issues.
* Identify and facilitate opportunities for the IRC and Consortium leadership to highlight the learning and policy recommendations generated from the work in West and North Africa around improved mixed migration response.
* Lead or support organization and facilitation of roundtables and other events around mixed migration issues with key policy makers, in collaboration and coordination with IRC Policy and Advocacy teams and the Consortium.
* Establish and maintain strong working rapport with policy and advocacy colleagues from relevant peer NGOs, UN agencies and research institutes.
* Represent the IRC and coordinate with other agencies, local government, donors and other stakeholders to promote IRC’s advocacy messages and promote delivery of best practice humanitarian assistance and coordination of efforts.
* In conjunction with country program staff and the global advocacy, policy and communications teams, closely monitor humanitarian policy debates and media pertaining to mixed migration, ensuring that relevant information is analyzed and disseminated in a timely and effective manner
* University degree in public policy, law, humanitarian assistance, or other related field.
* At least six years of professional experience in policy and context analysis, and policy development, as well as crafting and delivering successful advocacy work responding to, and influencing, complex humanitarian crises and/or mixed migration situations.
* At least two years of humanitarian field-based experience
* Strong coordination skills and demonstrated experience coordinating joint advocacy initiatives, with a demonstrable track record of real impact.
* Strong grasp of relevant political debates and an understanding of relevant political systems, including the politics of the European Union.
* Demonstrated ability to foster strong collaborative relationships and working rapport with IRC and Consortium colleagues, peer agencies and other key stakeholders and effectively prioritize.
* Creativity, ability to apply innovative thinking and problem-solving skills Strong communication skills, both interpersonal and written.
* Demonstrated initiative, ability to work independently on fast-paced issues and juggle competing demands.
* Fluency in English and strong French is required; strong MS Office skills, including Word and Excel.
* Willingness to travel within the region on a regular basis