Senior Advocacy Manager

International Rescue Committee

Job title: Senior Advocacy Manager

Company: International Rescue Commission

Job description: Company description The International Rescue Commission (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to live on and rebuild…

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The International Rescue Commission responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to live on and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the asking of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers life-saving tending and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from state of war or catastrophe. At work nowadays in to a greater extent than 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, the IRC restores security, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted by clash or catastrophe. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.


The IRC has been present in Nigeria since 2012 when the organization responded to flooding in Kogi province. In Feb 2014 the IRC moved into Adamawa Province in NE Nigeria to provide humanitarian interventions through a multi-sectoral, integrated approach for clash affected populations. IRC Nigeria at present operates a country business office in Abuja and field offices in Mubi, Michika and Yola of Adamawa Province, Maiduguri, Gwoza and Monguno of Borno province and Damaturu of Yobe Province and through the recent Strategic Activeness Programme, the IRC has expanded to Zamfara province in Northwest and in hereafter hopes to expand to Taraba in northeast Nigeria and Sokoto and Katsina states in Northwestern Nigeria. Currently, IRC Nigeria implements programs primary Health Aid, Nutrition, Environmental Health, Women’s Protection and Empowerment, Protection and Regulation of Law, Nipper Protection, Education, Food Security & Livelihoods and Governance

Job Overview/Summary

The Senior Advocacy Manager will provide technical leadership and oversight to the IRC Nigeria advocacy work in line with Strategic Activeness Programme (SAP) 2022 – 2024 ambitions and will lead the development of Nigeria advocacy plan in close collaboration with the Senior Direction team, programs and the Regional Advocacy and Communication Coordinator. S/he will be responsible for the context analysis, preparation and implementation of the IRC’s advocacy plans at the national and decentralized levels. S/he will work closely with internal and external stakeholders to amplify the voices of people whose lives have been impacted by the clash and crisis, to play a large role and influence decisions in relation to their recovery, resilience building as good as the development and the ability of community leaders, authorities, and service providers to respond to the people’s needs.

The Senior Advocacy Manager will work under the direct supervision of the Deputy Managing director for Programs (DDP) and Direction in Partnership with the Regional Advocacy and Communication Coordinator with close working human relationship and support from the Country Managing director and Regional Advocacy and Communication Coordinator. In country S/he will have close collaboration and coordination with the Deputy Managing director Field Direction, Senior Program Coordinators, Technical Coordinators, MEAL Coordinator, Senior Grants Coordinator, Senior Partnership Manager and Communication Manager.

Major Responsibilities

Strategic Leadership

  • Direct the development of the IRC Nigeria advocacy strategy for in line with Nigeria S100 Strategic Activeness Programme and the regional advocacy and communication strategies contributes to the delivery of SAP ambitions and programs through advocacy
  • Determine the spaces for influencing that the IRC Nigeria can work on through advocacy at the local regime, province regime and federal regime levels
  • Ensure capacity building of country program team on advocacy
  • Build relationships with regime stakeholders and provide regular updates to Country Leadership team and SMT on the key outcomes of the engagement.
  • Strengthen client-led advocacy to amplify the voices of communities to their leaders.
  • Work with communities to advocate for the continuation of services after the IRC get out to increase political incentives for doing so.
  • deepen the IRCs presence and voices in the areas of operations and various working groups and initiatives.
  • Work closely with regional advocacy and communication coordinator to ensure coordinated approaches on advocacy and feed in regional and global advocacy opportunities so to accomplish the most impactful positive change
  • Create innovative advocacy/influencing space to engage with decision makers who can secure positive change for our clients in both small term and long term”
  • Improving Program Lineament and Impact
  • Hold abreast with regime policies and guidelines in key areas of the IRC work in Nigeria
  • Work closely with Senior Program Coordinator, Technical Coordinators, Managing director Field Direction and Field Coordinators for context analysis and establish relevant advocacy needs at the field levels and sectoral levels to inform country advocacy plan and messaging’s
  • Part the needs and information collected from the field with the Regional Advocacy and Communication Coordinator and together develop relevant advocacy messaging that will assist amplify the advocacy voices and this gives value add-on to IRC Nigeria advocacy work
  • Place influential and key stakeholders in civil society, province and regime structures that can influence changes or key decision makers for issues pertaining the wellbeing our clients
  • Ensure that program teams include relevant advocacy at proposal plan
  • Participate in the planning and preparation of advocacy events, campaigns, meetings and workshops, (national/international days such as Women’s Daytime, the Daytime of the African Nipper,etc )
  • Ensure program learnings are included in advocacy and policy products to create IRC voices unique, to a greater extent credible, stronger and IRC fitting the “go to” organization
  • Ensure regular monitoring of advocacy and policy work and that regular reflections are undertaken to continuously improve effectiveness and impact of program
  • Work closely with GEDI and women at work (W@W) team to promote women’s rights and breaking downwards barriers for women and girls and ensure gender equality
  • Collaborate with SMT on change of context and required advocacy dot to ensure the advocacy messaging aligns with context and update information
  • Develop relevant advocacy product in coordination with the communication team that includes talking points, letters, briefing notes, place papers, and advocacy reports
  • Contribute in building capacity of civil society organization and local organization in advocacy work.
  • Coordination and networking
  • Ensure the IRC representations in key external advocacy and policy forums as appropriate and as agreed with the IRC Nigeria Country Managing director and Deputy Managing director of Programs
  • Coordinate the IRC Nigeria advocacy messages for local, national, regional and global agendas and medias with the Regional Advocacy and Communication Coordinator
  • Engage on bi-weekly call with the WA advocacy & communication Coordinator to align the efforts across the part.
  • Build relationships and work with Nigeria INGO Forum, other civil society, or local organizations on key advocacy themes and articulation advocacy agendas and facilitate mutual exchanges of information
  • Build key human relationship and trusts with province governments

Key Working Relationships

  • Place Reports to: Deputy Managing director of Programs and will be managed through management in partnership with the Regional Advocacy and Communication Coordinator
  • Indirect/Technical Reporting: Country Managing director, who will take hold the sign off authorization for advocacy and policy messages developed
  • Place direct Supervises: N/A

Key Internal Contacts:

  • Country Program: Country Managing director, SMT, Senior Program Coordinators, Technical Coordinators, MEAL Coordinator, Senior Grants Coordinator, Communication Manager, Senior Partnership Manager, Field Coordinators and Managers
  • Part/Global: Advocacy team where relevant
  • Key External Contacts: United Nations agencies, Nigeria INGO Forum, Civil Society Organization, and local partners

Required profile for job advertisement : Senior Advocacy Manager


  • Original’s in development, humanitarian studies, Advocacy, Policy, communication, Law or Social Scientific discipline or equivalent

Work Experience:

  • Minimum of 3 – 5 years of experience in advocacy and policy work in protracted humanitarian or development settings, preferably with an INGO.
  • Experience in leading and developing advocacy and policy strategy
  • Experience in building inter agency coalition and human relationship for the purpose of policy influencing
  • Proven analytical skills and ability to work with others to develop advocacy strategy into activeness and communicate the activeness to wider audiences
  • Commitments to humanitarian principles and actions
  • Experience in advocacy for marginalized and minority groups, women, IDPs, Refugees etc
  • This role is open only for national candidates who run across the required qualifications
  • Demonstrated Managerial/Leadership Competencies:
  • High level of self-awareness, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Must have good time management, multitasking skills
  • Good teamwork and leadership skills are fundamental to motivate different groups of people to fulfil their responsibilities within a given time frame.
  • Demonstrates well-developed interpersonal skills, fantabulous communication skills, both verbal and written, as good as negotiation skills.
  • Power to work with multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams
  • Values diversity, inclusion, people with disabilities and minorities groups
  • Power to work under pressure level and stressful situations with minimal supervision and without compromising on deadlines or character


  • First-class written and spoken skills in English
  • Fluency in Hausa and Kanuri is an advantage
  • Computer/Other Tech Requirements:
  • Total professional person competency in Microsoft Business office Suite, particularly Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
  • Power to Move: 40% of locomote time to program locations
  • Standards of Professional person Conduct the IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Nipper Safeguarding, Harassment-Release Workplace, Financial Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.
  • Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave of absence, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.

Working Surround

  • IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, colour, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or whatever other characteristic protected by relevant law.

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Expected salary: Remuneration is Appealing

Location: Nigeria

Job date: Sat, 25 Jun 2022 22:23:40 GMT

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