Regional Communications and Advocacy Coordinator – Danish Refugee Council

DRC East Africa & Yemen (EAY) is a very dynamic regional programme within the Danish Refugee Council. Initial humanitarian aid activities in the region were launched in Somaliland in 1997, and later, in 2005, a regional office was established in Nairobi as a coordination hub for the region, which today includes the country of Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Djibouti and Yemen. DRC EAY regional office guides and oversees regional programming within key sectors such as protection, food security, WASH, shelter, CCCM, livelihood and resilience besides hosting several secretariats including the Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat (RMMS) and the Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat (ReDSS). Danish Demining Group (DDG) is an integrated part of DRC EAY, working with conflict analysis and resolutions, small arms reduction and demining programming, among other key activities. Today, more than 1200 employees work with DRC EAY, of which the vast majority is national staff.

The needs for strengthened internal and external communication and information sharing as well as dedicated advocacy capacity have become increasingly imminent with the rapid growth of DRCs organizational activities throughout the region. The production of official publications, press releases, and other information material are among ongoing tasks and more initiatives are expected to be launched. The Regional communications and advocacy Coordinator will be involved in work related to policy influence, research, capacity building, developing campaigns and working with other agencies in joint advocacy and campaign initiatives related to forced displacement, as well as dissemination of publications and other practical tasks.

Key Responsibilities:
Document the work of DRC. The Regional communications and advocacy (RCA) Coordinator will document the work of DRC and DDG by updating website descriptions for the Regional and Country offices, researching and drafting of articles and fact sheets for various DRC and DDG publications and platforms, and developing human interest stories for use on DRC and DDG communications platforms.

Produce various publications and advocacy briefs/material. The Communications and advocacy Coordinator will produce publications such as brochures, fact sheets banners, merchandise, media ads and other visibility products.

Function as the regional communications and advocacy focal point. The Communications and advocacy Coordinator will be the focal point in the region, ensuring productive and efficient two-way communication with the global Press and Communications Department in Copenhagen, Denmark and relevant staff in each Country Office throughout the region. This entails keeping up-to-date on all DRC and DDG programs in the East Africa and Yemen region in order to identify milestones, and gather success stories and photographs. Furthermore, the RCA Coordinator will work closely with the SMT and CDs to ensure that senior staff and management are adequately prepared for high level meetings, campaign etc.

Quality assure products. The RCA Coordinator will quality assure products according to DRC’s brand manual in terms of layout, design and writing of various publications and visibility materials from the country offices, such as reports, educational material, banners, etc.

Field Visits. The RCA will conduct field visits to collect both written and visual documentation of DRC’s and DDG’s work in the form of photography, videos, and slideshows as well as facilitate visits from journalists with the relevant field offices when necessary.

Assist in the planning and implementation of the regional advocacy strategies. The RCA will assist in the planning and implementation of country and regional advocacy and communication strategies.

Representation in meetings. The RCA will represent DRC and DDG in various communication and advocacy related meetings, working groups and consortiums to ensure DRC and DDG key messaging and position is incorporated into joint advocacy initiatives or messaging.

Other ad-hoc tasks as assigned by the supervisor.

About you
In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’s five core competencies:

Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.
Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values.

Reporting Arrangements:
The Regional Communications and Advocacy Coordinator will report to the DRC Deputy Regional Director.

Qualifications & Experience
Masters’ degree in Communications, Journalism/Graphic design, Political Science
At least three years’ experience in a similar role with INGO
Experience in writing of journalistic products – articles, case stories, press releases
Experience with layout and graphic design
Proven experience with humanitarian advocacy work
Proactive self-starter and able to work with minimum supervision.
Flexible, enthusiastic and willingness to learn from others.
Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
An understanding of humanitarian issues in the East Africa and Yemen region
Willingness to travel to programme locations in insecure environments throughout East Africa and Yemen region
Availability: Immediately

Duty Station: Nairobi

Contract: 4 months with possibility of extension. National terms and conditions apply in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for National staff.

DRC adheres to the Core Humanitarian Standards. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of these standards.

DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework.\

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