Director of Advocacy and Media

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 30 June 2020
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 30 July 2020

Do you want to make a difference? Are you a committed advocate, excited by the opportunity to lead global advocacy and media work for an outspoken and influential humanitarian organisation?

Together with field-based programmes and expert deployments, advocacy is one of the Norwegian Refugee Council's (NRC) three pillars of work. We promote and defend the rights and dignity of people affected by displacement, amplify their voices and ensure that responses are appropriate to needs and rights. We use all the tools in the toolbox, including both private and public advocacy.

As Director of Advocacy and Media you will lead the Advocacy and Media Section in Oslo, a team of experienced advocacy and media professionals, and guide and support NRCโ€™s advocacy and media work across the more than 30 countries where we operate.

The Advocacy and Media Section is part of the Partnerships and Policy Department (PnP), which is responsible for NRCโ€™s:

  • strategic relations with institutional donors
  • advocacy and media work
  • humanitarian policy

Duties and responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and strategic direction to NRCโ€™s advocacy and media work in close cooperation with Director PnP.
  • Advise on, coordinate and develop global advocacy initiatives, including the effective use of media for influence.
  • Ensure high media profile for NRCโ€™s work and advocacy messages.
  • Guide processes that embed evidence- and rights-based advocacy within NRCโ€™s country programmes and build the related capacity of field teams.
  • Develop, revise and disseminate relevant advocacy and media tools, including policies, strategies, procedures, guidelines and best practices. (In collaboration with the External Relations Department on tools related to media and communications).
  • Establish and/or oversee quality assurance procedures for NRC advocacy and media products, including policy coherence and editorial process.
  • Build strong, relevant networks, partnerships and strategic alliances through/with which NRC can contribute expertise and influence key stakeholders.
  • Prepare for and manage NRCโ€™s external crisis communication.
  • Act as a spokesperson for the organisation when necessary.
  • As a member of PnPโ€™s management team, actively contribute to NRCโ€™s PnP departmental strategy, management and leadership.


  • Minimum of eight years of progressively responsible professional experience, including demonstrated management and leadership.
  • Advanced professional knowledge and experience in global advocacy and media work.
  • Relevant experience with media work, including strategy development and media engagement.
  • Relevant experience with strategic planning and professional networking.
  • Demonstrated skills in organisational representation and public speaking.
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Excellent writing, editing and language skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

Personal qualities

You possess a positive attitude, sound judgement and natural authority. You have the ability to mobilise resources around you through your communication, representation and interpersonal skills. You are a politically and diplomatically savvy professional with an inclination to analyse and perceive decision making processes, and you take pride in your ability to find the entry points. Furthermore you take a genuine interest of developing your employees. And a sense of humour always helps!

We can offer

For more details, see JD

Challenging and meaningful work in a highly recognised humanitarian organisation!

A permanent full-time contract with competitive salary and benefits according to local terms and conditions, including contributions to pension fund.
Flexible working environment in a dynamic office at Head Office, Oslo.

Only CV and application submitted in Webcruiter will be considered. The NRC reserves the right to conduct a full background check on all candidates.
Deadline July 30th.

All NRC employees are expected to work in accordance with the organisation's values;To be dedicated, innovative, inclusive and accountable are attitudes and beliefs that shall guide our actions and relationships.

This vacancy is archived.

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