Danish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced
persons across the globe: we provide emergency aid, fight for their
rights, and strengthen their opportunity for a brighter future. We work
in conflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in the
countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities,
we strive for responsible and sustainable solutions. We work toward
successful integration and – whenever possible – for the fulfilment of
the wish to return home.
Danish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956, and has since
grown to become an international humanitarian organization with more
than 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers. Our vision is a dignified life
for all displaced.
of our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect,
independence and neutrality, participation, and honesty and
has been actively operating in Syria since 2008 mainly supporting
refugees. In June 2012, DRC was authorized by the Syrian Ministry of
Foreign Affairs (MoFA) to expand its humanitarian efforts. DRC is
currently offering a robust humanitarian response to the Syria crisis.
With an annual country portfolio of $23 million supported by
approximately 400 staff and service providers, DRC is undertaking
programs in Syria in 8 Governates out of 14 in Emergency Response,
Protection, Livelihoods, Shelter and Education sectors.
About the job
the supervision of the Country Director, the Advocacy Advisor will be
responsible for setting up and pushing forward the implementation of the
DRC Syria advocacy strategy and to further develop DRC-Syria’s advocacy
Advisor will be responsible for engaging key stakeholders to work on a
diverse range of policy issues that impact the effectiveness of
humanitarian programmes in support of the most vulnerable populations in
Syria. Accordingly, the Advocacy Advisor will guide DRC’s strategic
positioning, technical policy development and implementation of advocacy
work in Syria.
Advocacy Advisor will liaise with DRC’s regional and global advocacy
teams as well as being the focal point for DRC Syria on external
Your main duties and responsibilities will be:
- Lead on the establishment and implementation of the DRC Syria advocacy strategy.
- Develop policy and advocacy materials including talking points, briefing notes, position papers and advocacy reports.
with key DRC partners, SARC, line ministries, UN, NGO and other
interlocutors in Syria to ensure DRC has up to date information on the
humanitarian situation and response in the region.
in and support the relevant working groups of the Damascus-based INGO
network, including supporting the planning and drafting of relevant
products such as key messaging and briefings.
the Country Director to relevant policy developments and provide
analysis and input for Humanitarian Country Team meetings, as well as
key cluster/working group meetings.
materials related to Syria produced by DRC regional or headquarter
teams to ensure consistency with DRC Syria policy positions.
the Head of Programmes and Sector Managers to articulate priority
advocacy objectives and develop programme-specific advocacy strategies.
advocacy products and policy briefs including analysis of information
produced through DRC's programs and information management systems. Use
evidence to inform advocacy priorities and positions.
actions to national policy responses and policy frameworks, as well as
other factors such as UN coordination, funding for the response,
security and access, and current and future challenges that have an
impact on humanitarian assistance and related services.
to the DRC’s global and regional advocacy strategies and initiatives,
ensuring that the DRC Syria specificities are reflected and captured.
DRC’s regional office, headquarters, Brussels and Geneva representation
offices are in line with DRC Syria advocacy strategy and understand and
promote its asks.
in, and conduct research to prepare for global advocacy joint calls on
Syria and provide information and advocacy messages relating to the
Syria humanitarian crisis.
- Represent DRC in advocacy, policy and coordination meetings or as otherwise delegated by the Country Director.
To be successful in this role we expect the following:
- Bachelor degree in human rights, social sciences, media, or related discipline.
- Minimum three
years of professional experience crafting and delivering policy and
advocacy work responding to complex humanitarian crises and/or
- Strong understanding of the political and humanitarian context in Syria and the region
- Ability to analyse quantitative and qualitative data.
- Understanding of the UN and international donor landscape, including challenges and constraints in Syria.
- Experience in negotiation with UN, INGO, donors and coordination forums.
- Knowledge of refugee rights and international humanitarian law.
- Full proficiency in spoken and written English language.
- Advanced degree such as Masters or a combination of disciplines, is advantageous
- Arabic fluency considered an added value.
- A passion for advocacy and humanitarian outcomes.
- Good attention to detail.
- High level analytical and strategic thinking skills.
- Cultural awareness and ability to build relationships quickly with a wide variety of people.
- Patient, adaptable, flexible, able to improvise and remain responsive and communicate clearly and effectively under pressure.
planning, management and coordination skills, with the ability to
organise a substantial workload comprised of complex, diverse tasks and
- Strong communication (written and spoken), and interpersonal skills, with experience in coordinating multicultural teams.
- Commitment to Danish Refugee Council values.
In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies:
Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.
Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with DRC’s vision and values.
Contract length: up to 12 months contract, renewable dependent on both funding and performance.
Level: G (non - manager)
Designation of Duty Station: Unaccompanied duty station
Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriate Staff.
All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis
Closing date for applications: the 28th of April 2019.
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