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NRC is currently looking for a qualified and engaged Regional Roving Communications Adviser for its Central and West Africa Regional Office located in Dakar, Senegal.

All NRC employees are expected to work in accordance with the organization’s core values: dedication, innovation, inclusivity and accountability. These attitudes and believes shall guide our actions and relationships.


NRC’s Central and West Africa Regional Office (CWARO) was relocated from Oslo, Norway to Dakar, Senegal in March 2018 and started being operational in the summer of 2018.

CWARO is overseeing the country programmes in the CWA region, and provides strategic guidance across core programme, advocacy and support functions. The CWA region is composed of Country Offices in Mali, the Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), North-east Nigeria, Cameroon and a new country office in Niger and Burkina Faso. All countries are experiencing a deterioration of the security situation, increasing humanitarian needs and displacements numbers due to conflict.

Displacement across the region is fluid and complex. Across the region new displacements occur alongside secondary displacements of people who are trying to return home, but often find themselves unable to reach their place of origin. An increasing number of people across the region live in protracted displacement, and are dependent on humanitarian assistance for survival.

Role and responsibilities

The Regional Roving Communications Adviser will provide communications and media support to the humanitarian programmes in the region. The main purpose of the position includes:

  • Initiate, produce and support the production of strong communications and media products, including press releases, photos, video and social media material.
  • Support NRC’s advocacy work in the region through strategic use of media
  • Mentor, train and support NRC staff in the region on media and communications.

Generic Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement the regional communications action plan based on Regional strategy and plan of action, and in line with the Global Communication Strategy.
  • Monitor the impact of the plan and adjust accordingly.
  • Develop and maintain a strong media network for the region, including building relations with journalists in all countries in the portfolio.
  • Proactively pitch interviews, press releases and field visits to international and local media outlets, to draw attention to humanitarian needs and neglected crises, NRC’s work and public advocacy issues.
  • Act as spokesperson for NRC, and regularly take TV and radio interviews. Manage interviews for other NRC staff.
  • Initiate, produce and support the production of strong communications and media products, including web stories, photos and video in accordance with set objectives for the region.
  • Produce regular talking points on relevant issues, and support NRC’s contingency communications plans.
  • Produce, collect and edit material for NRC’s social media platforms from the countries in the region, and utilize innovative and emerging tools to produce relevant content to these platforms.
  • Establish good working relations with communication counterparts in other organizations and the UN across the region, with a view of doing joint communication work to amplify humanitarian issues.
  • Ensure that communication and media documents are archived in an easily retrievable electronic based filing system, including filing photos in line with existing guidelines. Prepare periodic reports and summaries for the management on regional media activities.
  • Mentor, train and support NRC staff in the region on media and communications.

Context specific responsibilities

  • The Roving Regional Communications Adviser will support country offices in building relationships with local media for the purpose of extending acceptance and access for operations.
  • The Roving Regional Communications Adviser is also expected to provide support in case of new emergencies in any of the existing programmes.

Critical interfaces

  • Critical interface with Global Media (technical line to Global Media in Oslo). The RRCA will participate in the Global Communications Network.

Required Professional competencies and education

  • Bachelor degree in related field, such as journalism or communication OR
  • Bachelor degree in other relevant fields such as international relations, development, human rights, combined with substantial media experience.
  • Five years’ work experience as a media/communications adviser or journalist – preferably related to development/humanitarian crises/foreign affairs.
  • Experience doing live TV and radio interviews. Spokesperson experience is desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to find new creative media angles.
  • Experience in producing photos and videos, and in editing is an advantage.
  • Experience in managing a variety of producing social media content.
  • Experience in training, coaching and management is an advantage.
  • Field experience from complex emergencies is desirable.
  • Fluency in written and verbal French and English is essential.

Required Behavioural competencies

  • Good communicator and strong networking skills.
  • Good understanding of public advocacy work.
  • Ability to handle a large workload, to cope with stress and work under pressure, independently and with limited supervision.
  • Well-structured and with an ability to deliver on short deadlines.
  • Patient, flexible and creative, and it helps to have a sense of humour.
  • Diplomatic and ability to communicate openly and with respect.
  • To work effectively with others across a broad range of topics and contexts.

We offer

  • Contract: 1 year fixed term regional roving contract (renewable provided good performance and funding)
  • Start date: October 1st 2019
  • Duty Station: Home Based Roving attached to NRC’s Regional Office for Central and West Africa in Dakar, Senegal
  • Travels: Roving with 75% of field travels
  • Salary: Grade 9 according to NRC’s salary grid and compensation and benefits policy

Application process: Please apply directly through NRC’s website under the « vacancies » section:

Or directly at the following link:…

Application deadline: August 18th 2019

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