Career Opportunity with IRC, Bangladesh

Senior Humanitarian Policy & Advocacy Advisor

Work Location
IRC-Bangladesh, Cox’s  Bazar Office with travel to Dhaka and field locations; Occasional international travel   
Job Title
Senior Humanitarian Policy & Advocacy Advisor
Reporting To
Country Director
Advocacy & Government Affairs
Expected Start Date
At Earliest
Contract length

One Year


Program Brief

Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the world’s leading agencies working in post-conflict and development contexts, supporting communities in over 40 fragile, failed and developing states. In this capacity, we work to restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted, struggling to endure and wishing to advance on a path of development.

The IRC has been present in Bangladesh since 2017 and obtained registration with the NGOAB in March 2018. Since the IRC obtained registration in March 2018, it has moved quickly to expand its integrated emergency health and protection response through both direct and partner-based programming focused on primary healthcare, women’s protection and empowerment, sexual and reproductive health, gender-based violence and child protection. Through 2018, the IRC’s response strategy will primarily target Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, while meeting the significant needs in both refugee and host populations, as already existing vulnerabilities are compounded with cyclical monsoon and cyclone seasons that impose additional threats to the lives and protection of those refugees as well as vulnerable host populations. IRC will grow over time its geographic coverage within Cox bazar and to other parts of the country, thus expand its’ networks and partnerships around emergency preparedness and response work, reach beyond the Rohingya refugees, also targeting the vulnerable host groups in Cox Bazar and other parts of Bangladesh.



Working with the IRC Country Leadership Team, this position will develop IRC’s advocacy strategy for the Rohingya crisis on key issues including, but not limited to: humanitarian protection and the needs of women and girls; responses to protracted displacement for refugee and host communities; strategies to bridge humanitarian and development interventions; and the promotion of refugee and international humanitarian law.

Using IRC data, evidence from operations in Bangladesh and Myanmar, external sources, and working with advocates at the capital level (DC, London, and Brussels), and this position will generate evidence, messaging and positions to contribute to policy change. It will also continuously monitor the evolving humanitarian and political context in Bangladesh to understand the implications for IRC’s programming, policy messaging and for affected communities.

The additional responsibilities of this position will be also included: Representing IRC in external discussions and working groups to contribute to the development of inter-agency positions; working with IRC’s communications teams locally and in HQ to ensure public messaging is in line with country program advocacy priorities and objectives. This position will report to the Country Director.


Major Responsibilities

  • Write a targeted advocacy strategy that promotes the protection of refugees and steps to mitigate the impact of the crisis on host communities.
  • Working in collaboration with IRC advocacy colleagues in US, Europe and IRC’s think tank partners, develop and drive policy messages targeting in-country, regional, and international policy-makers, ensuring field priorities and perspectives are integrated and prioritized.
  • Write analysis papers, briefing notes, key messages, articles, presentations and other documents for internal and external locally and globally.
  • Monitoring the evolving humanitarian and political context in Bangladesh (and where necessary Myanmar) to provide written and verbal updates to senior staff in the country program, HQ, and to external IRC partners.
  • Represent IRC in external meetings in Bangladesh.
  • Build and manage relationships with diverse, like-minded organizations, groups and individuals to develop networks and increase collective impact.
  • Lead efforts to build a shared organizational understanding of IRC’s advocacy goals and define the roles different staff members can play in achieving them.
  • Work with communications colleagues, to develop communications products to advance IRC’s key messages in line with the advocacy strategy
  • Contribute to development of IRC’s global advocacy strategy for the Rohingya crisis to ensure global level IRC staff can better able influence national policy. 


  • 5-7 years of relevant work experience preferably in humanitarian and refugee settings.
  • Previous experience of developing, implementing and monitoring advocacy strategies and an ability to critically evaluate and apply different influencing approaches.
  • Knowledge of international standards for the protection of refugees.
  • Demonstrated capacity for critical thinking and ability to communicate effectively and build consensus among a range of internal and external partners.
  • A deep understanding of the international humanitarian coordination and response architecture.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Knowledge or prior work experience in Bangladesh or Myanmar is desirable.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in team situations.
  • Capacity to work well under pressure, strong organizational skills, and the ability to communicate appropriately and effectively cross‐culturally is essential.
  • Bangla is an advantage
  • A deep understanding of refugee protection and programming approaches for refugees.
  • A good understanding of refugee and international humanitarian law.
  • Excellent writing, communication, critical thinking and analysis skills, combined with proven prior experience of developing advocacy strategies.
  • Field experience in a humanitarian context, including high level coordination and representation with donors, Embassies, UN agencies, and NGOs, is desirable.



Concentration / Major

                            Graduate (post graduate preferred)

Major in International relations, law, social science, human rights or relevant areas


How to apply:

Interested candidates meeting the above requirements are requested to submit their applications through IRC e-recruitment site:

Application Deadline: 25th February, 2019

Only short listed candidates will be invited for interview
Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply
''IRC is an equal opportunity employer''