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Turkey: Advocacy officer

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: BINAA
Country: Turkey
Closing date: 20 Nov 2017

Job description below is affiliated to the Syrian NGO alliance " SNA"


In April 2014, Syrian NGOs working in providing humanitarian assistance realized the need for a solid and harmonized voice standing for the humanitarian violations and lack of sufficient support to the Syrian people. As a result, a constantly expanding alliance of Syrian humanitarian NGOs have been formed, currently consisting twenty NGOs. The primary mandate of Syrian NGO Alliance (SNA) is Advocacy, and its core objectives and purpose revolves around it. SNA Advocates for the issues that affect, but not limited to, dignity, safety, security and livelihood of the Syrian people.

The Syrian NGO Alliance is a voluntary body, governed by membership criteria that complies with international humanitarian standards. SNA aims to effectively participate in decision making for a better effective, qualitative, equitable and efficient humanitarian response. The purpose is to provide a joint platform for SNGOs to collaborate and build consensus about the strategic issues confronting Syria Humanitarian Response. The SNA aspires to be an inclusive, representative and independent alliance that is out in front on key humanitarian issues and recognized as a leading actor in the humanitarian community for Syria, helping to enable a functional, integrated structured response that better identifies and serves the most vulnerable.

The core function of the SNA is to facilitate coordination among members by: (a) Identifying strategic issues, (b) Advocating for common positions with a unified and consistent voice to influence policy and decision making, (c) Sharing information, and (d) Engaging and Representing the alliance with external stakeholders at all levels.

Job Overview :

he Policy and Advocacy Officer will work closely with the SNA Coordinator to design, plan, implement, monitor, evaluate and analyze the advocacy strategy and workplan approved by SNA plenary assembly and steering committee.

The advocacy officer will work closely with Advocacy workgroup members, co-chair meetings and encourage active engagement of SNA members in advocacy initiatives.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with SNA staff, members and partners in the design and implementation of advocacy strategies for Syria humanitarian response, including agreed on humanitarian and human rights issues.

  • Support the development and implementation of a focused, evidence-driven policy agenda to raise awareness and influence decision makers to adopt effective solutions for identified operational challenges.

  • Support in developing and maintaining active working relationships with policy and advocacy colleagues in SNA partner organizations and other Syrian and International NGOs, and help in exploring formal or semi-formal partnership opportunities with policy and research institutions.

  • Represent the SNA in meetings, committees and fora as requested.

  • Follow up on signature of advocacy letters and initiatives from SNA members and partners.

  • Help in ensuring that SNA initiated or cleared advocacy letters, campaigns and messages are broadly distributed, and reach targeted audience.

  • Attend all relevant internal meetings and take minutes when necessary.

  • Create online and offline advocacy archive for SNA efforts.

    Key Working Relationships:

    Position reports to: SNA coordinator.

    Position directly supervises: N/A

    Other Internal and/or external contacts: Coordinates as appropriate with Policy and Advocacy colleagues in Syrian and International NGOs and fora at Turkey level, including SNA advocacy workgroup members. Coordinates with SNA colleagues (information management, media and communication officer) to achieve the assigned targets and objectives.

    Job Requirements:


  • Graduate degree in relevant field such as Public Policy, Law or International Relations preferred

    Work experience:

  • 3-4 years of experience working in Syria/region humanitarian response and/or foreign policy issues preferably in the sector of protection and/or media and communication/public relations.

    Demonstrated skills and competencies:

  • Demonstrated experience in the Syria humanitarian context.

  • Understanding of financing and key structures relevant to the Syria response.

  • Understanding of the Humanitarian principles.

  • Strong communication and writing skills.

  • Fluency in English and Arabic.

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and projects simultaneously.

  • Capacity to innovate and solve problem.

How to apply:

Working Environment: Standard office work environment. Up to 10% travel required.

Please Apply by sending your CV to SNA Coordinator at: