Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Advocacy Specialist (Expat)

Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Job Description

  The 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 fulfillment of the wish to return home. The 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. All of our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation, and honesty and transparency.


  • Play a key role in our efforts to support the protection of refugees, IDPs and other conflict-affected persons through projects focusing on empowering beneficiaries and their host communities
  • Capacitating local NGO partners and relevant other non-state actors
  • Liaising with central and municipal duty bearers to improve DRC overall response to promote durable solutions for beneficiaries"
Geographic scope: Afghanistan

This role has a national focus on Afghanistan. The role contributes to the development of a national advocacy strategy, which are translated into action plans and day-to-day tasks. The role provides support and/or technical guidance to country operations while overseeing activities at the national level in Kabul Responsibilities:

  • Design and implement a country program advocacy strategy in Coordination with HQ, Regional Office, Brussels and Geneva DRC offices;
  • Ensure linkages between DRC programme implementation and advocacy messaging based on beneficiary priority needs including engagement with ADSP and MMC
  • Support the Director" id="link" class="link">Country Director, the Area Managers and other senior management team (SMT) members to conduct their external representation and advocacy tasks through feeding of relevant information and advising on coherent and solid messaging
  • Support the Country Director in advocacy messaging during high profile visits
  •  Design and lead advocacy trainings for DRC staff as required.
  • Represent DRC in relevant advocacy and communications fora and build relationships with other likeminded organizations (eg NGOs, UN agencies), to coordinate and collaborate on joint advocacy & communication efforts.
  • Draft relevant advocacy and communication sections of funding proposals
  • Develop talking points, topline messaging, and advocacy asks for the local DRC team
  • Create contextual updates and crisis info documents, detailing the current context, protection concerns, and regulatory situations
  • Remain up-to-date on key issues at the national and regional levels, through engagement with relevant stakeholders, in order to inform senior management and program staff.
  • Suggest key advocacy opportunities and targets at national level.
  • Draft and support the production of advocacy products as outlined in the advocacy strategy for use at the country, regional and international levels. This should include guidelines on the meaningful and safe participation of beneficiaries in advocacy and communications.
Representation & Communication

  • Liaise with key UN, NGO and other interlocutors in country to ensure DRC has up to date information on the humanitarian situation and response in the region.
  • Establish strategic relationships with Civil Society Organizations and media outlets to ensure push of key advocacy messages and communication materials.
  • Support in developing messaging for and actions around key national policy responses and frameworks, as well as other factors such as UN coordination, protection concerns, funding for the response, security and current and future challenges that have an impact on displaced populations and their access to Humanitarian Assistance and protection services;
  • Build networks of key informants and stakeholders in country
  • Represent DRC in advocacy-related and (as relevant) regional fora for related to advocacy or as otherwise delegated by the CD, including the ACBAR and Nordic + Advocacy Working Groups.
  • As Specialist the post-holder is responsible for the following:
  • Responsible for providing specialized knowledge and operational know-how within a specific discipline
  • May also have technical line responsibilities, but generally on technical or operational matters

To be successful in this role you must have: Experience and technical competencies: 

  • At least 5 years' experience working in advocacy on humanitarian issues, refugee rights, Human Rights, and/or development issues.
  • Ability to write clear and concise reports, statements, policy briefs, position papers etc.
  • Experience training and Capacity Building other staff in principles of advocacy and media.
  • Demonstrated ability to influence policy change
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience working with   partners, in particular UN, INGOs, as well as local partners.
  • Full professional proficiency in English, Dari and/or Pashto an advantage All DRC roles require the post-holder to master DRC’s core competencies:
  • Striving for excellence: Focusing on reaching results while ensuring efficient processes.
  • Collaborating: Involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.
  • Taking the lead: Taking ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  •  Communicating: Listening and speaking effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrating integrity: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

  • Master's degree in International Law, Human Rights or similar.
Application process:

Interested? Then apply for this position, all applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in the same language as this vacancy note. CV only applications will not be considered.

Applications close 10 February 2021.

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