Danish Refugee Council Job Vacancy in Ethiopia August 2023

Job Prerequisites

  • Experience and technical skills: (including years of experience)
  • At least five years of humanitarian experience, including advocacy and communication on humanitarian, refugee, human rights, and/or development problems.
  • Strong awareness of Ethiopia’s political structure and background, as well as familiarity with major players from the government, UN, NGOs, and civil society
  • Experience engaging and influencing stakeholders with cutting-edge communication techniques and technology
  • Extensive knowledge in social media strategy, content generation, and community management.
  • Literacy in photography and design
  • Proven expertise generating messages in a number of media (articles, press releases, websites, photographs, success stories, blog entries, tweets, and so on) for a wide range of people
  • Exceptional, demonstrated writing and editing abilities in English, as well as the ability to condense and repackage technical material in simple, appealing language
  • Excellent verbal and written communication abilities, as well as the ability to communicate with a wide range of audiences
  • A strong grasp of Microsoft packages, as well as Adobe applications, is a unique benefit.

EDUCATION (including credentials, licences, and so on)

  • A bachelor’s degree in communications, international relations, journalism, law, or a related discipline is required.
  •  A master’s degree in a related discipline is preferred.
  • LANGUAGE: (Indicate degree of fluency)
  •  Fluency in English


A non-governmental organisation (NGO) called the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has been assisting with development and humanitarian aid in the Horn of Africa since 1997. The Democratic Republic of the Congo fosters and supports finding answers to the problems that migrants, refugees, and internally displaced people (IDPs) face. The company has offices nearby and has been operating in Ethiopia since 2009.  With funding from bilateral and multilateral donors, DRC is currently implementing a range of initiatives across Ethiopia, including WASH and shelter provision, child and youth protection, responding to gender-based violence, raising awareness of the risks associated with migration, protecting migration routes, and providing livelihood support for those who have already migrated or are at risk of doing so in the future.


The advocacy and communications coordinator manages the DRC’s advocacy and communications initiatives in Ethiopia, in addition to providing general leadership, coordination, and strategic counsel. The Advocacy and Communications Coordinator for DRC in Ethiopia will be in charge of assisting key stakeholders in engaging in evidence-based initiatives to influence and lobby for the rights of affected populations on a variety of policy issues, under the technical guidance of the Regional Advocacy and Communications Coordinator and the direct supervision of the Head of Programmes. She or he will also be in charge of all communications and visibility operations for all programmes.


Responsibilities: (listed in bullet points)

• Oversee the formulation and execution of the DRC Ethiopia advocacy strategy, working closely with the programme and field teams and in conjunction with people of concern.

• Create and maintain talking points, key statements, and advocacy requests for the DRC Ethiopia programme.

• Coordination of policy responses and development within the DRC and partner agencies with relation to national policy frameworks and practises, UN coordination, financing, and security issues affecting displaced people and their access to humanitarian aid and protection services.

• Develop an advocacy engagement strategy and suggest major advocacy opportunities and goals at the national and regional levels.

• Assist the Head of Programmes and Technical Coordinators in building program-specific advocacy strategies and articulating priority advocacy goals, as well as producing messaging on critical problems within clusters, working groups, and area specific forums.

• Create advocacy products in accordance with the advocacy strategy for use at the national, regional, and worldwide levels.

• Assist with continuing risk analysis and stakeholder mapping in order to guide the development of an effective advocacy strategy.

• Ensure that all advocacy messages, documentation, and tactics are evidence-based, based on field experience and evaluations, and successful.

• Develop metrics and a methodology for monitoring the efficacy and impact of advocacy messages in partnership with the MEAL unit.

• Support and coordinate regional advocacy initiatives with the regional office.


• Put the DRC Ethiopia’s communications and visibility plan into action.

• Create high-quality content to enhance positive communication of DRC programmes and advocacy efforts in Ethiopia, such as communication and advocacy materials, digital content for DRC’s website and social media platforms, and graphic assets for DRC usage.

• Work with national, regional, and headquarters offices to develop successful communication strategies and messages.

• Visit field projects on a regular basis to establish a direct relationship between programme activity and communication, as well as find and develop excellent case studies, quotations, images, and videos for donor reporting.

• Create internal standards for DRC Ethiopia’s communication, public message, and visibility in accordance with the protection risk assessment.

• Provide DRC Ethiopia teams with training and capacity development on consistent messaging in accordance with the communications strategy and standards.

• Provide visibility assessment and monitoring, ensuring compliance with donor and DRC regulations.


Representation and Strategy

• Ensure that DRC field teams, EAGL Regional Office, Headquarters, Brussels, and Geneva representative offices are aware of DRC Ethiopia’s advocacy and communications strategies/policy lines, as well as comprehend and advocate its requests.

• Represent DRC at advocacy forums

• Encourage impacted people to participate in DRC’s advocacy and communication initiatives in a meaningful and safe manner.

DRC’s primary skills include:

• Striving for excellence: You prioritise achieving outcomes while maintaining a smooth process.

• Collaboration entails including relevant parties and encouraging input.

• Taking the initiative: You take ownership and initiative while pursuing innovation.

• Communication: You listen well and communicate clearly.

• Integrity: You behave in accordance with our vision and principles.


Candidates who satisfy the requisite credentials and experience are encouraged to send an updated CV and cover letter outlining their motivation and why they are qualified for the position.

We only accept applications submitted using our online application form, which may be found under Vacancies at https://candidate.hr-manager.net/ApplicationForm/SinglePageApplicationForm.aspx?cid=1036&departmentId=19012&ProjectId=168945.

Please send your application and CV in English to the above-mentioned email address before September 1, 2023.

Please visit www.drc.ngo for general information on the Danish Refugee Council.

Gender Equality: DRC is dedicated to attaining gender equity in all levels of personnel. In light of this, women applicants are especially urged to apply in order to close the gender gap.


Equal Employment Opportunity: DRC is an equal opportunity employer. We appreciate diversity and are dedicated to establishing an inclusive workplace for all workers based on mutual respect. We do not discriminate based on age, gender, handicap status, religion, ethnic origin, race, marital status, or other protected characteristics.

Only competent Ethiopian nationals are encouraged to apply. DRC evaluates all candidates on merit.








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