NRC: Policy and Advocacy Coordinator

Job Description 

A job description is a written statement that describes the employee’s role and responsibilities. The role and responsibilities shall be executed within the NRC framework. The job description facilitates the recruitment process by stating the necessary competencies. It is mandatory for all positions.

Position:             Policy and Advocacy Coordinator (PAC) - Junior international officer
Reports to:             Policy and Protection Advisor, Palestine (PPA)
Supervision of:             None
Duty station:             Jerusalem, Palestine    
Travel:                 5%
Project number:         See Contract
Duration and type of contract:     I year, limited use

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. 
1.    Role and responsibilities
The following is a brief description of the role. A junior international officer is  a young international employee that work temporarily as an officer in a Country Office when there is a need for specific skills not found amongst national candidates

Generic responsibilities (max 10)
These responsibilities shall be the same for all positions with the same title. The responsibilities shall be short and essential. Details belong in the Work and Development plan.

Under the supervision of the Policy and Protection Advisor (PPA), the Policy and Advocacy Coordinator will: 

•    Support the work of the Policy and Protection Team
•    Be the team focal point for advocacy on Gaza and work in close coordination with the PPA and the field office to develop policy analysis, outputs and recommendations. 
•    Support the team’s overall advocacy and protection activities covering the rest of Palestine. 
•    Responsible for editing and policy review of all NRC materials and information. 
•    Represent NRC at advocacy coordination forums and support the work of NRC’s program partners to identify and utilize advocacy opportunities. 
•    Prepare and regularly update analysis, updates, key messages, talking points and briefing materials by gaining a wide familiarity with policy debates in Palestine relevant to NRC.  
•    Liaise and collaborate with relevant local and national authorities and stakeholders and represent NRC in relevant forums/cluster/working groups. 
•    Promote the rights of beneficiaries in line with the advocacy strategy
•    Other tasks as required by management

Specific responsibilities
These responsibilities shall be adapted to the particularities of the job location and context, phase of operation, strategic focus and type of programme intervention. This section shall be revised whenever a new employee is hired or the context changes significantly. 

•    Under the supervision of the PPA, act as the team’s focal point for advocacy on Gaza and develop policy analysis, outputs and recommendations regarding relevant issues;
•    Support the team’s overall protection and advocacy activities, including organizing diplomatic briefings and preparation of materials thereof;
•    Ensure that the team’s advocacy materials, including talking points and key messages, are consistently updated and are of a high quality;
•    Edit and review all NRC materials to check consistency with policy and protection frameworks;
•    Prepare high-quality reports, briefings, letters, and other materials for internal and external use, and take part in NRC’s representational and advocacy role;
•    Support and organize training and coordination of advocacy and protection initiatives by all NRC partners, including building the capacity, where needed, of NRC staff and partners to plan, deliver and monitor policy and advocacy;
•    Represent NRC at humanitarian advocacy and policy forums and deputize for the NRC Policy and Protection Advisor when necessary;
•    Research and keep updated on policy and political developments in Palestine as they relate to NRC programs and priorities; 
•    In coordination with the PPA, work with Project staff to develop policy analysis for policy and practice changes within the programmes; 
•    Update and analyze program information and statistics to support advocacy and media outreach;
•    Focal point for policy/advocacy components of project proposals, budgets and reporting to donors;
•    Provide administrative support where necessary and carry out other tasks as required;
•    Support ad-hoc information requests.

Critical interfaces
By interfaces, NRC means processes and projects that are interlinked with other departments/units or persons. Relevant interfaces for this position are: 

•    Project planning: CC Specialists
•    Area operations: Support Coordinators (field office coordinators)
•    Staff capacity building:  CC Specialists, HR Development Officer
•    Implementation: CC Specialists 

2.    Competencies
Competencies are important in order for the employee and the organisation to deliver desired results. They are relevant for all staff and are divided into the following two categories:

1. Professional competencies
These are skills, knowledge and experience that are important for effective performance. 

Generic professional competencies for this position: 
•    Experience from working in an advocacy project implementation position in a humanitarian/recovery context
•    Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
•    Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
•    Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
•    Fluency in English, both written and verbal 

Context related skills, knowledge and experience (shall be adapted to the specific position): 
•    Master’s degree in Political Science, International Law or related field. 
•    Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience in advocacy, policy analysis roles. 
•    Ability to produce high-quality documents, materials and other communications in English;
•    Ability to facilitate meetings and trainings;
•    Legal background, including knowledge of legal developments and trends in Palestine and Israel on Housing, Land and Property Issues desirable;
•    Knowledge of the humanitarian community in Palestine and the political situation;
•    Ability to travel to the Gaza Strip, and all areas of Palestine and Israel.

2. Behavioral competencies (max 6)
These are personal qualities that influence how successful people are in their job. NRC’s Competency Framework states 12 behavioural competencies, and the following are essential for this position:
•    Strategic thinking
•    Communicating with impact and respect
•    Handling insecure environments
•    Managing resources to optimize results
•    Empowering and building trust
•    Planning and delivering results

3.    Performance Management
The employee will be accountable for the responsibilities and the competencies, in accordance with the NRC Performance Management Manual. The following documents will be used for performance reviews: 
•    The Job Description
•    The Work and Development Plan
•    The Mid-term/End-of-trial Period Performance Review Template
•    The End-term Performance Review Template
•    The NRC Competency Framework