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Senior EU Advocacy and Policy Adviser

  • NRC Europe - Norwegian Refugee Council
Brussels, Belgium
Contract staff
  • NRC Europe - Norwegian Refugee Council
Brussels, Belgium
Contract staff

All NRC employees are expected to work in accordance with the organization’s values. To be dedicated, innovative, inclusive, and accountable are attitudes and believes that shall guide our actions and relationships.


The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation providing assistance, protection, and long-term solutions to displaced persons worldwide. NRC is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, and has operations in over 40 countries, as well as Representation offices in Berlin, Brussels, Geneva, London, and Washington DC.

NRC’s representation in Brussels was established in 2005 to strengthen the relationship between NRC, the European Union (EU) and its Member States (MS). NRC Europe’s seeks to support NRC’s country programmes in their collaboration with the EU/MS by developing strong partnerships with EU donors, and providing targeted policy advise on issues affecting refugees and displaced persons and humanitarian space.


  • The Senior EU Advocacy and Policy Adviser is responsible for leading the development of NRC advocacy efforts towards EU and its Member States on its main areas and thematic of interest;

  • The position action is immediately serving NRC Global strategic ambitions and contributes to reinforce country and regional capacities on effective policy and advocacy strategies and activities.

Generic responsibilities

Policy and Advocacy

  • Lead on global advocacy priorities efforts targeting the EU and its Member States initiated by Head Office, Regional, Country Offices and/or other NRC representation offices;

  • Monitor relevant EU/MS foreign policy developments affecting NRC’s work, provide analysis to support NRC’s understanding of EU/MS policies and processes, identify opportunities for influencing and inform NRC advocacy strategy and policy development;

  • Propose, initiate, and implement advocacy initiatives geared to influence the policies and practices of the European Union and the Member States as part NRC advocacy strategies;

  • Advise, inform, and support the development of global policies and/or country-specific advocacy strategies and recommendations in collaboration with other NRC Representation offices, Advocacy Advisers and Managers;

  • Draft and disseminate high quality advocacy products: briefings, talking points, speeches, letters, reports, position papers, and other written materials for internal and external use as agreed;

  • Organise or coordinate visits from field colleagues to Brussels to support NRC’s advocacy objectives;

  • Effectively liaise internally with file-holders to ensure coordination, consistency, and alignment of NRC messages with NRC’s global policy positions and objectives.

Liaison and representation

  • Develop and maintain constructive relationships with representatives of EU and Member State’s institutions on specific workstream;

  • Work closely with other humanitarian NGOs and networks in the context of joint advocacy initiatives at EU and Member States level;

  • Represent NRC in various meetings and international fora;

  • Act as a main focal point on EU policies for relevant areas of responsibilities.


  • Provide expert advice and training to staff on EU advocacy;

  • Act as the in-house specialist in relation to delegated areas of Advocacy provision (country context or theme specific, and/or interlocutor specific) and provide advice, guidance to senior NRC colleagues (e.g., NRC Representation Office Directors, NRC Country Directors, and Heads of Programme);

  • Provide technical support, advice, guidance, and capacity building to NRC in-country advocacy leads and to colleagues in other NRC offices in relation to own specialist and lead areas of advocacy;

  • Contribute to further increase NRC’s profile on the EU scene including, when relevant, through strategic use of media and social media.

Leadership and management

  • Oversee the recruitment and the work of the EU Advocacy Coordinator (G7) in support of NRC Global advocacy priorities;

  • Identify the objectives of the EU Advocacy Coordinator and ensure their strategic alignment to achieve organizational goals;

  • Support his/her professional development through regular interactions, and formal evaluation processes.

Specific responsibilities

  • Establish and lead in the implementation of targeted advocacy toward the EU and a selection of relevant Member States to advance NRC advocacy objectives on a determined number of humanitarian crises, and thematic areas, aligned with NRC Global advocacy and policy priorities;

  • Consolidate NRC’s position as a leading agency for sound humanitarian policy advice through delivery of timely, specific, and evidence-based insights to EU policymakers and donors;

  • Through regular meetings and travel, map-out key EU policymakers in Brussels and in relevant capitals who can effect change regarding priority advocacy issues for NRC;

  • Meet with relevant EU representatives, Member States officials to convey NRC messages and to remain informed of important developments and decisions;

  • Develop and maintain a network of civil society colleagues and specific files, and lead coalition work when relevant / necessary;

  • Provide analysis to key NRC staff in advance of main decision-making forums or relevant processes, policy developments, key dates, and activities.

Critical interfaces (internal)

  • Frequent strategic engagement with the management and advocacy units of priority countries;

  • Critical interface with all units in NRC, particularly the Field Operations and programmes and specialists across Country/Regional/Representation Offices;

  • Strategic engagement with all other PnP advocacy colleagues across Head Office (HO) – including Policy and Advocacy/Media sections - and Representative Offices;

  • Collaborative working with Institutional partnership advisors where relevant to country advocacy priorities;

  • Collaborative working with the office of the Secretary General on high level visits/discussions/meetings/correspondence.


Professional competencies

  • University degree or equivalent qualification in international relations, law, or social studies;

  • At least 7-10 years of professional experience in humanitarian settings and complex crises;

  • Demonstrated experience in leading humanitarian advocacy strategies that impact on major institutional decision makers;

  • Previous experience in representing NGO’s, donors, or UN agencies in formal settings;

  • Understanding and interest in EU foreign policy, European institutions, and processes;

  • Demonstrated experience in developing sound and actionable policy recommendations tailored to their interlocutor. Ability to present arguments in a structured, compelling, and articulated manner;

  • Previous experience in drafting speeches, talking points, and position papers. Good research and analytical skills;

  • Working knowledge of international law, IHL, humanitarian principles and of the humanitarian system;

  • Creative thinking and problem-solving skills. Political and cultural awareness;

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including negotiation skills;

  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal;

  • Impeccable writing and editing skills;

  • Strong planning and administrative skills, including full computer litteracy (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint);

  • Organizational skills including the ability to multitask, prioritize and work efficiently with limited supervision;

  • Comfortable in a multicultural professional and/or NGO environment;

  • Availability to travel regularly within the EU and externally is an asset;

  • Knowledge of another European language is an asset.

Behavioural competencies

  • Planning and delivering results;

  • Working with people;

  • Analysing;

  • Communicating with impact and respect;

  • Coping with change.


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 individual Work- and Professional Development Plan;

  • The NRC Competency Framework.


  • Duty station: Brussels, Belgium;

  • Contract: National 6 months contract;

  • Salary/benefits: Grade 9 on NRC’s regional salary scale, with accompanying terms and conditions;

  • NRC is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to diversity without distinction to age, gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality, and physical ability;

  • We think outside the box, encourage ideas, and give responsibility to all employees at all levels. You will have many opportunities to be heard and take the initiative.


  • Internal candidates only: please click on the suitcase icon labelled “I am an employee” to be redirected to NRC’s internal careers site;

  • When creating your profile, include your full name as given on your passport. Complete all the system-required fields for experience, employment history and education;

  • Submit your application and CV in English, taking care to attach your latest CV;

  • Applications that do not meet the minimum standards in terms of experience or qualifications will generally not be considered. Unsolicited applications not related to this specific job advertisement will not be considered;

  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We receive many applicants for each vacant position.

If you have any questions about this role, with the job title as the subject line. 


The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. Our 15,000 staff work in crises across 40 countries, providing life-saving and long-term assistance to millions of people every year.
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