Protection and Advocacy Advisor

Deadline for application: 
17 May 2016
Country(s) that the job is based in: 
Norwegian Refugee Council
Job type: 
Non-governmental Organisation (NGO)

NRC is seeking a Protection and Advocacy Advisor (PAA) for its Country Office in Ukraine. The Protection and Advocacy Adviser (PAA) will play a key role in identifying priority protection concerns (together with the Programmes), strengthening incorporation of protection and advocacy into all aspects of NRC’s activities and developing an advocacy strategy to direct this work. The PAA will be responsible for developing NRC’s advocacy messaging to help promote an improved protection and humanitarian response environment for conflict-affected persons/IDPs in Ukraine. This post is for 12 months, with a possibility of extension, and reports to the NRC Country Director in Ukraine. 
All NRC employees are expected to work in accordance with the organisation’s core values: dedication, innovation, inclusivity and accountability. These attitudes and believes shall guide our actions and relationships.

Job description

Strengthen NRC's response to prioritized country advocacy and protection issues both within the country and internationally.
Support and train programme staff to mainstream protection and do-no-harm into their projects and activities and respond to prioritised advocacy and protection concerns.
Provide timely and context specific information to internal and external stakeholders. Ensure that relevant NRC offices (Oslo, Geneva, and Brussels) are informed on the response situation and priority protection/advocacy issues in Ukraine.
Position NRC as courageous spokesperson on protection and humanitarian principles in Ukraine and initiate, coordinate and implement advocacy activities in cooperation with programme staff.
Play an active and strategic role in the humanitarian community to strengthen the advocacy and protection response in accordance with the NRC country strategy – with a particular emphasis on humanitarian access and the rights of conflicted-affected communities/IDPs.
Actively network with other organisations involved in the response, and be the NRC focal point for development of joint field based advocacy and positions towards the international community and targeting the policy-making processes.


Minimum 5 years of experience from working in a humanitarian/recovery context.
Background in Political Sciences/International Law
Knowledge of the Refugee Law, International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and protection standards.
Solid understanding of the Ukrainian policy-making processes.
Documented/proven results related to the position’s responsibilities, particularly in drafting advocacy messages, coordination and networking.
Professional knowledge of humanitarian and protection principles.
Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts will be an advantage.
Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities.
Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile.
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
Fluency in English, both written and verbal.
Ability to work under pressure, independently and with limited supervision.
Ability to inspire and motivate.
Valid driver’s license.

Personal qualities

Managing resources and achieving results
Handling insecure environments
Working with people
Planning and delivering results

NRC offers

Commencement: June 2016.
Salary/benefits: According to NRC country policy.
Duty station: Kyiv (with regular travel to eastern Ukraine).
Please send your CV in English.

Miscellaneous info

Travel: More than 100 days travel

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