Job Description

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Program / Department Summary

The Nigeria INGO Forum (NIF) was formed in late 2014 owing to a need for a collaborative platform for effective and principled INGO interaction, engagement and coordination of humanitarian, recovery and development interventions in Nigeria. In 2019 the INGO Forum is a critical platform for ensuring effective information sharing and analysis; leadership on advocacy and policy engagement; and liaison with government/donor/UN engagement and ensuring the perspectives of INGOs and affected populations are ultimately included in decision-making processes. The INGO Forum is governed by core membership of 51 INGOs (and 6 observers), an elected Steering Committee of five Country Directors and a Chair that works alongside a full term Secretariat of eight staff to fulfil the function of the Forum. Until March 2020, the INGO Forum will be administratively hosted by Mercy Corps in Nigeria’s capital city of Abuja and main humanitarian hub in Maiduguri.

General Position Summary

The Policy Adviser is a critical position within the INGO Forum. This position will take leadership of the policy and advocacy engagement of the INGO Forum. The Policy Advisor coordinates advocacy for the 51 INGO membership, identifies national, regional and international opportunities and develops key positioning for the humanitarian and development agendas. The Policy Advisor will serve as the critical focal point for external advocacy, networking, coalition building and initiating timely research and analysis.

A leading role for the position is setting the policy agenda and delivering on advocacy initiatives aimed at improving humanitarian and longer term outcomes for people affected by conflict, environmental crisis, poverty and other vulnerabilities in north-east Nigeria.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain a common Advocacy Strategy and Implementation Plan
  • Ensure key tools are developed including analytic tools (stakeholder/power mapping), sign off procedures, events/opportunity calendars, monitoring and tracking of outcomes).
  • Provide timely policy analysis and information on key priority topics to support the representation and coordination of the INGO Forum Executive Committee, Country Director Plenary and Humanitarian Managers Working Group.
  • Ensure evidence based advocacy and information through frequent visits to the field
  • Identify strategic entry points in Nigeria, regionally (Lake Chad Basin) and internationally to elevate Nigeria priorities. Travel regionally and globally as agreed with Director.
  • Work closely with the INGO Forum Director and Deputy Director to ensure key representatives in the Forum are well coordinated, informed and able to speak to common issues.
  • Develop talking lines on key issues ahead of speaking engagements such as panel discussions and high level meetings.
  • Act as focal/liaison point for international and regional advocacy groups, journalists, and other external stakeholders seeking NGO positions on relevant issues.
  • Identify and ensure NIF is well prepared to engage in Nigeria focused platforms and events nationally, regionally and globally.
  • Lead on developing internal and external communications strategies where required
  • Engage in data collection efforts to canvass NGO opinion, perspectives and experiences on key issues related to the enabling environment.
  • Work with other members of the Secretariat to support relevant and appropriate information flows to members, NGO representatives, and key stakeholders in Nigeria and externally.
  • Representation and lobbying in line with policy strategy and other agreed priorities, when required with local, state and Government of Nigeria; the UN; visiting officials; and donors in line with agreed division of labour with Director and Deputy Director

Accountability to Beneficiaries

Team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work.


Supervisory Accountability: The position reports to the INGO Forum Director. 

Supervisory Responsibility: None

Works Directly With: INGO Forum staff, INGO Directors and managers, Mercy Corps finance, operations an

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