Career Opportunity with International Rescue Committee

Senior Advocacy Manager

Work Location

IRC-Bangladesh, Cox’s Bazar Office

Job Title
Senior Advocacy Manager
Reporting To

Senior Advocacy and Policy Advisor

Advocacy and Communications
Expected Start Date
At Earliest
Contract length

Up to April 30, 2020 (with possibility of extension subject to funding, program needs and performance of incumbent)

Remuneration Package
Competitive Base Pay With Fringe Benefits (Health and Group Life Insurance + Bonus+ Leaves Entitlements + Housing Allowance + Gratuity) As per IRC National Pay Scale in Bangladesh

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. Recently IRC has also introduced two new programs: Protection Rule of Law (PRoL) and Education. 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’s 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’s Bazar and other parts of Bangladesh.


The Senior Advocacy manager will oversee the implementation of a DFID/UNOPS funded project in close collaboration with consortium members and with support and guidance of the direct supervisor. She or he will also work closely with sector colleagues within IRC to ensure that the implementation of the project complements and is supported by other IRC functional areas. She or he will work closely with other consortium partners.

This position will play a key role in rolling out the project, managing the budget, ensuring that results are achieved, ensure all reporting is done in line with donors’ requirements and maintain day to day communication and coordination with partners.

Major Responsibilities

1. Project Management & Implementation:

  • Develop a detailed advocacy plan for implementation of the project
  • Ensure that all advocacy related project activities are implemented in a timely manner and with due quality 
  • In collaboration with the Advocacy advisor, organize lobbying events at Dhaka and Cox’s Bazar level related to the project
  • Ensure that all relevant partners are involved in implementation
  • Ensure the fulfillment of all donor-requirements in line with the project
  • Develop advocacy products in the form of policy briefs; communication materials etc.

2. Coordination:

  • Ensure the involvement and participation of all consortium members in advocacy initiatives
  • Work with other consortium partners to develop a detailed advocacy plan
  • Organize periodic meetings with all consortium members including learning events
  • Ensure that community members are fully participating in all activities and as appropriate in decisions applicable to the project
  • Make sure to provide all internal and external partners updates about the project progress
  • Establish and build relationship with various actors
  • Communicate and coordinate with relevant stakeholders which are critical for the successful delivery of the advocacy strategy

3. Finance Management for the Project:

  • Overseeing project budgets related to advocacy by ensuring that spending is according to budget

4. Documentation, Learning & Evidence:

  • Contribute to writing, publishing and disseminating advocacy briefs especially related to the project
  • Ensure that all advocacy results are well documented and shared appropriately
  • Promote a culture of learning e.g. through information sharing

5. Participate in Preparing Proposals for Fundraising Projects

6. Reporting & Accountability:

  • Ensure that all reports (monthly and quarterly) are prepared on time and as per donor requirements

7. Monitoring & Evaluation:

  • Work with the Monitoring and Evaluation team to ensure that all the indicators are measured and evidence available
  • Ensure that all implementation is according to the project logical framework

8. Adhere to all Organizational Policies, Principles and Values during Project Implementation


  • Minimum 4 years of experience working in the development/humanitarian/relevant fields and working in partnerships
  • Knowledge of UN, DFID, UNOPS etc. proposal and reporting requirements
  • Excellent research and public-speaking skills
  • Budgetary management skills
  • Willing to work in a dynamic environment  
  • Ability to work as part of a wide and diverse team with people from different cultural backgrounds
  • Experience in lobbying and influencing government and other stakeholders
  • Knowledge of community engagement, social accountability, governance
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated successful experience working with partners
  • Required to be able to function comfortably in a complex work environment, under pressure whilst prioritizing multiple tasks
  • Demonstrable understanding of project planning and project cycle management
  • Ability to build good working relationships and work effectively with program, field staff and HQ virtually
  • Advanced knowledge in computer applications especially word processing and Excel
  • Strong communication skills in both written and verbal English.



Concentration / Major

Minimum bachelor’s degree. Master’s degree preferable

Development Studies. Mass Communication/ Governance/ Social Sciences or any other relevant field.

How to apply:

Application Deadline: September 25, 2019

About Us:
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. In more than 40 countries and in 26 U.S. cities, our dedicated teams provide clean water, shelter, health care, education, protection and empowerment support to refugees and displaced people. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) Founded in 1933. David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, is a former Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom.

Standard of Professional Conduct:
IRC and IRC employees are required to abide by the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of Conduct which are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.

Gender Equality & Equal Opportunity General Statement:
We are committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer generous benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances. We welcome and strongly encourage qualified female professionals to apply.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. Are you ready to join the most dynamic team?