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Advocacy and Communications Coordinator

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Addis Ababa
  • as per org scale USD / Month
  • Applications have closed
  • Salary: as per org scale

Danish Refugee Council

Danish Refugee Council is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post Advocacy and Communications Coordinator in AA, Ethiopia

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Job Title: Advocacy and Communications Coordinator

Job by Danish Refugee Council

Location: Addis Ababa

Employment Category: G1

Salary Range: USD 1,001.00 – 1,217.00 per month which specific amount will be determined up on candidates experience and educational relevancy

Reporting To: Head of Programme

Contract Duration: 1 Year

Posting date: August 18, 2023

Required Employee: 1


The Danish Refugee Council (DRC), an international non-governmental organization (NGO), has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. DRC promotes and supports solutions to the problems faced by refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs), and migrants. The organization has offices across the region and has been operational in Ethiopia since 2009. With funding from bilateral and multilateral donors, DRC is currently implementing a range of activities across Ethiopia, including WASH and shelter provision, child and youth protection, gender-based violence response, awareness-raising of migration risks, protection monitoring of migration routes, and livelihoods support for returning migrants or those at-risk of migration.


The Advocacy and Communications Coordinator provides overall leadership, coordination, and strategic direction to DRC’s advocacy and communications work in Ethiopia. Under the direct supervision of the Head of Programmes and the technical supervision of the Regional Advocacy and Communications Manager, the Advocacy and Communications Coordinator for DRC in Ethiopia will be responsible for supporting the engagement of key stakeholders in evidence-based initiatives to influence and lobby for the rights of affected populations on a diverse range of policy issues, as well as the development of key positions and messaging around pertinent issues to advance DRC’s principles and vision. She/he will also coordinate efforts on communications and visibility across all programmes.

Responsibilities: (in bullet points)


  • Lead on the development and implementation of the DRC Ethiopia advocacy strategy in close collaboration with the programme and field teams and in consultation with people of concern
  • Develop and update talking points, top-line messages, and advocacy asks for the DRC Ethiopia program
  • Coordinate policy responses and development within DRC and partner agencies regarding national policy frameworks and practices, UN coordination, funding, and security concerns that have an impact on displaced populations and their access to humanitarian assistance and protection services
  • Suggest key advocacy opportunities and targets at national and regional levels and develop an advocacy engagement plan
  • Support the Head of Programmes and Technical Coordinators to articulate priority advocacy objectives and develop programme-specific advocacy strategies, as well as developing messaging on key issues within clusters, working groups, and area specific forums
  • Draft and support the creation of advocacy products as outlined in the advocacy strategy for use at the country, regional and international levels
  • Support ongoing risk analysis and stakeholder mapping to inform implementation of an effective advocacy strategy
  • Ensure that all advocacy messages, documents and strategies are evidence-based, drawn from field experience and assessments, of high quality and effective
  • In collaboration with MEAL unit, develop indicators and framework for measuring effectiveness and impact of advocacy messaging.
  • Work with the regional office to support and coordinate on regional advocacy efforts.


  • Implement the DRC Ethiopia’s communications and visibility strategy
  • Produce high-quality content to support positive communication of DRC’s programs and advocacy activities in Ethiopia, including communication and advocacy materials, digital content for DRC’s website and social medial channels, and visual materials for use by DRC
  • Coordinate with national, regional, and HQ offices on effective communications strategies and messaging
  • Regularly visit projects in the field to ensure a direct link between program work and communication, and identify and generate media and communication, as well as effective case studies, quotes, photographs, and videos for donor reporting
  • Develop internal guidelines for DRC Ethiopia’s communication, public messaging and visibility, in line with protection risk analysis
  • Provide trainings and capacity building for DRC Ethiopia teams on consistent messaging in line with communications strategy and protocols
  • Provide review and oversight of visibility, ensuring compliance with donor and DRC requirements.

Strategy and Representation

  • Ensure DRC field teams, EAGL Regional Office, HQ, Brussels and Geneva representation offices are aware of DRC Ethiopia advocacy and communications strategies/policy lines and understand and promote its asks
  • Represent DRC in advocacy-related forum
  • Support meaningful and safe participation of affected populations in DRC’s advocacy and communications efforts.

All DRC roles require the post-holder to master

DRC’s 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.

Experience and technical competencies: (include years of experience)

  • At least five years of humanitarian experience, including experience working in advocacy and communication on humanitarian issues, refugee rights, human rights, and/or development issues
  • Strong understanding of the political system and context in Ethiopia, including familiarity with key stakeholders from government, UN, NGOs, Civil Society
  • Demonstrated experience using cutting edge communication tools and technologies to engage and influence stakeholders
  • Experience in social media strategy planning, content creation, and community management
  • photography/design literacy
  • Proven experience crafting messages in various formats (articles, press releases, websites, photos, success stories, blog entries, tweets, etc.) targeting a variety of audiences
  • Exceptional, proven writing and editing skills (English) and the ability to summarise and repackage technical information in clear, compelling language
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with an ability to engage with diverse audiences
  • Strong literacy in Microsoft packages with knowledge of Adobe products is a distinct advantage.

EDUCATION: (include certificates, licenses, etc.)

  • University degree in communications, international relations, journalism, law, or a related field
  • Master’s degree in a relevant field an advantage

LANGUAGE: (indicate fluency level)

  • English (fluent)

How to apply


Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit an updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post.

We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies.

Please forward the application and CV, in English through the stated email address no later than September 1, 2023.

For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult

Gender Equality: DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels. In light of this, women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply to bridge the gender gap.
Equal Opportunities: DRC is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability status, religion, ethnic origin, colour, race, marital status, or other protected characteristics

We encourage only qualified Ethiopian Nationals to apply. DRC considers all applicants based on merit.


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