Position: Advocacy and Communications Manager Whole of Syria (WoS)
Location: Amman with frequent travel to the field
Reports to: Country Director
Direct Reports: Technical line to focal points at field level
Duration: 12 months (renewable)
About Relief International.
Relief International (RI) is a leading nonprofit organization working in 16 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.
Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.
Relief International includes the four members of the RI Alliance in the USA, UK, France, and Belgium. Under our alliance agreement, we operate under a single, shared management structure with one CEO and one Board of Directors.
About our Programs
RI is active in 16 countries around the world, including some of the most fragile: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, and Yemen. Often, RI is the only organization providing assistance to highly vulnerable communities.
- RI employs 7,000+ staff and auxiliary workers
- 97% of staff are in-country nationals
- We only have some 90 ex-pat staff out of 7,000+
- RI spent $125 million in 2019 on our programs.
RI invests in four broad program sectors: Economic Opportunity, Education, Health, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). We design our programs to incorporate The RI Way: local participation, integrated programming, the development of civic skills, and partnerships including with local NGOs, governments, and the private sector.
RI supports solutions that reinforce and improve upon existing in-country systems. Where such systems do not exist or are chronically underperforming, RI’s crisis response lays the foundation for long-term, sustainable change.
RI has a solid WoS program with over 380 direct staff and approximately 1500 indirect staff working across three main thematic sectors of intervention in Health, Protection and WASH.
The Advocacy and Communications Manager WoS supports the Country Director and the Senior Management Team to design and implement RI’s Advocacy and Comms Strategy for WoS, which aligns with the needs of Syrian population and RI’s Country Program Strategy and Core Competencies.
The Advocacy and Communications Manager represents RI at the INGO Advocacy Working Group and at any other forms and working groups as deemed necessary. She/he will work closely with WoS Program Advisers, Hub Team Leaders and the MEAL unit to gather, analyze and develop entry points and evidence-based advocacy products, reflecting on needs of conflict affected population and in accordance with IHL and IHRL.
The Advocacy and Communications Manager will also coordinate with the Communications team at Headquarter level for any global Comms initiative and media requests to build momentum and interest on the needs of Syrian affected population. She/he will oversee developing communications and visibility materials of programme activities.
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
Strategy, representation and networking
- Coordinate RI’s Advocacy initiatives and develop and implement Country Advocacy and Communication strategy under supervision of the Country Director.
- Provide the SMT with strategic analysis on humanitarian and protection trends, understanding conflict dynamics and geopolitical factors that impact the delivering of humanitarian assistance.
- In coordination with Country Director, identify Advocacy and Communications opportunities (in country and capital level) and develop evidence-based position papers, briefing notes and program fact sheets, reflecting needs of the population and aligning with IHL and IHRL frameworks.
- Represent RI on specific fora and advocacy networks (Eg. WoS PAWG) within the broader humanitarian community (INGOs, UN, Donors and Diplomats) in close coordination with the Country Director.
- Work closely with Country Director to scope new partnerships and alliances to influence on key humanitarian issues at stake.
- Support the advocacy efforts of different consortia that RI is part of.
- Ensure that Advocacy and Communication initiatives are aligned and developed in close coordination with the Program Department, which includes the Program Technical Advisers (Health, Protection and WASH) and the MEAL department; but also linking with the Hub Team Leaders at field level.
- Boost the integration of advocacy as part of program development process and ensure that advocacy and communication focal points understand the implementation challenges and work closely with field program managers too.
- Work closely with Logistic department and S&S Manager to identify and understand different factors that hinder access of humanitarian assistance.
Capacity building and quality
- Technical line management of the Advocacy and Communications focal points at field level, setting up the team strategic direction, providing capacity building to the staff and following up on work plans and quality of advocacy and communication products.
- Ensure the team can develop high quality Advocacy and Communication products, including the drafting, editing and production of visuals.
Communications and media
- Update external communication guidelines for WoS and work with A&C focal points and program staff to develop visibility materials, case studies and stories for: external campaigns, RI’s website, fundraising events and networking.
- Supervise the dissemination of communication products and media outreach when appropriate and identify niche opportunities for specific target audiences.
- Regularly update and identify potential risks associated with RI’s Communication Strategy and advocacy positioning on different areas of work.
QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS
This position demands a dynamic individual with a demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding and fast paced environment.
Key desirable qualifications :
- Degree in Development Studies, Political Sciences, Journalism, Law and/or any other related field.
- Experience working in conflict affected areas and/or in complex and fragile settings.
- Knowledge of Syria humanitarian context and Middle East geopolitical dynamics.
- Sound understanding and knowledge of IHL and IHRL, humanitarian principle and protection principles.
- 5 years of experience working on Advocacy and Communications position, or similar role, in a humanitarian/development context.
- Demonstrated experience undertaking research, developing reports, advocacy and communications products.
- Knowledge on humanitarian programs and capacity to develop entry points for advocacy.
- Fluency in English, both written and verbal.
Key competencies :
- Adaptable and flexible
- Strategic thinking
- Strong writing and analytical skills
- Solution oriented and positive thinking
- Solid organizational and planning skills
- Self-critic, curious and eager to develop further professionally
- Communicate with impact and respect
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.
We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Relief International is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.
We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.
Safeguarding & Ethics
Relief International (RI) is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to RI’s Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct e-learning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.
- Transparency and accountability
- Agility and innovation
How to apply.
- To apply for this post, click on the “Apply” button in the job advert page
- You will be asked to upload a CV and Cover Letter. The cover letter should be no more than 2 pages long and explain why you are interested in this post with Relief International and how your skills and experience make you a good fit
Closing date. Please apply immediately we will be reviewing applicants on a rolling basis, therefore may withdraw the position for the job board closing date.
Due to limited resources, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Note to external agencies, we will not be accepting CVs from third parties.
Relief International is committed to protecting our staff and the communities we work with from abuse and harm including sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and sexual harassment.
All staff are expected to abide by our Code of Conduct.
Recruitment to all roles in Relief International include a criminal records self-declaration, references and other pre-employment checks, which may include police and qualifications checks.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Relief International is committed to diversity and gender equality, we strongly encourage applicants from the global south and female candidates to apply.