Advocacy and Communication Coordinator
The IRC launched an emergency health response in Libya in September 2016 as the humanitarian situation in the country was deteriorating following the 2014 civil war. Since then, the IRC has broadened its portfolio with health, protection, and governance programs aiming to employ a holistic approach to meeting the needs of crisis affected and vulnerable communities to survive, recover, and gain control of their futures.
Under the supervision of the Country Director, the Advocacy and Communication Coordinator will be responsible for leading IRC Libya’s policy and advocacy work, including the design and implementation of the IRC Libya advocacy strategy and for developing briefings, key messages, talking points and other advocacy materials. This role will also supervise and support IRC Libya’s communications work, ensuring that communications is integrated with advocacy and policy objectives.
• Under the guidance of the Regional Director of Policy, Advocacy & Communications, define the advocacy strategy and policy priorities for Libya; lead strategy implementation in the field and advise and support colleagues in global capitals in implementing the strategy with targets in London, Brussels, DC/NY, and the region.
• Produce high quality public and private policy and advocacy materials including talking points, letters, briefing notes, position papers, and advocacy reports.
• Regularly liaise with relevant in-country stakeholders on issues of concern, including UN, donor representatives, diplomatic missions, and peer agencies, and grow the IRC’s bilateral relationships with key counterparts.
• Conduct a robust stakeholder holder mapping and maintain an updated contact list of key targets in-country.
• Promote a principled approach to advocacy and communications among relevant internal stakeholders and ensure that external messaging is evidence-based and driven by field realities.
• In conjunction with country program staff and the regional advocacy and communications teams, closely monitor humanitarian policy debates and media pertaining to Libya, ensuring that relevant information is analyzed and disseminated in a timely and effective manner.
• Supervise and support IRC Libya’s communications work to ensure regular, timely, and high-quality communications content that highlights the needs of our clients and IRC’s successes.
• Provide analysis for Senior Management Team and coordinate inputs from the country program for meetings, as well as key cluster meetings.
• Represent the IRC in humanitarian coordination fora, conferences, lobby meetings, and other events as requested; or provide talking points for other senior representatives, including the Country Director and Regional Vice President.
• Respond to external inquiries on policy issues, including briefing policymakers and media.
• Provide trainings on advocacy to field staff and develop the capacity of national staff to implement impactful advocacy interventions.
• At least 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience crafting and delivering policy and advocacy work responding to complex humanitarian crises and/or post-conflict situations;
• Experience in advocating on behalf of marginalized groups in conflict settings;
• Demonstrated creativity, ability to apply innovative thinking and problem-solving skills;
• Excellent analytical, presentation, communication and representation skills;
• Fluency in English (written and spoken) is essential, with demonstrated exceptionally strong writing skills;
• Ability to navigate interpersonal and inter-departmental organizational dynamics to keep focus on goals and products;
• Ability to work well in unstable security environments, and under significant administrative and programmatic pressures;
• Flexible to adapt to changing requirements;
• Culturally sensitive, able and interested in working with a multi-ethnic team;
• Strong commitment to the IRC’s mission, purpose and values;
• Must be able to work independently while being a team player;
• Advanced degree in relevant field desired;
• Experience with training and staff capacity building;
• Middle East regional experience and Arabic language skills preferred.
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:
• A commitment to IRC’s mission, vision, values and IRC Way – Professional Code of Conduct.
• Credible written, presentation and verbal communication skills; ability to convey information effectively and solid experience providing training and staff development
• Validated sense of professional discretion, integrity, and ability to handle complex situations diplomatically and to effective resolution.
• Excellent management and interpersonal skills and a solid ability to promote harmonious/cohesive teamwork, in a cross-cultural context.
• Validated ability to plan long-term, organize priorities and work under administrative and programmatic pressures with detail orientation and professional patience.
• Highly collaborative and resourceful; ability to establish positive working relationships with senior level management and all other partners to maximize cooperation and productivity.
• Curiosity, a desire to continually learn and develop and a sense of humor is a must.
• Analytical ability in creating effective solutions to complex matters while adhering to labor laws and internal policies.
• English is required, while Arabic is desired.
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: Country Director
Position directly supervises: Communications Manager
Indirect Reporting: Regional Director of Advocacy, Policy and Communications
Close collaboration with: Program Coordinators, Field Coordinators, Access and Security Coordinators, field staff, Global Advocacy and Communications Colleagues.
Key External Contacts: Public and private donor agencies, international and national NGOs, UN agencies, partner organizations, foreign governments. Advocacy Coordinators or similar in other organizations, Policy and Advocacy Working Groups.
Professional Standards: IRC staff must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Global Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Accountability and Equality. In accordance with these values, IRC operates and carries out policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti-Workplace Harassment, Respect at Work Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.
Accountability to Clients: IRC staff must adhere to the commitment of contributing to the sustainability and development of its (CR) Client Responsiveness Mechanisms, preserving the culture of prioritizing the needs of our clients and affected communities by systematically listening to their perspectives and using their feedback to make programmatic decisions and give them greater influence over program design and delivery.
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, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.
Diversity and Inclusion: at IRC MENA, we are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. Organizations that are diverse in age, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, ethnicity, nationality, and perspective are validated to be better organizations. More importantly, creating a safe workspace environment where everyone, from any background, can do their best is the right thing to do. So, bring your whole self to work.