Humanitarian Policy Advisor



The Syrian crisis is the greatest humanitarian crisis of the last 20 years. According to the latest UN figures, about 13.5 million people are currently affected by the crisis in Syria, including about 6.5 million IDPs, while over 4 million Syrians have sought refuge in neighboring countries or in Europe. The current humanitarian response only provides a patchy and partial coverage of the growing humanitarian needs. Five years after the beginning of the crisis, the number of injured persons in Syria keeps rising, with a severe lack of health and psychosocial support care and psychosocial support. In hard-to-reach areas and/or areas of new displacement, local populations and IDPs are in need of emergency assistance in terms of food, household essential items, and other basic needs. The inclusion of the most vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, in the humanitarian response remains a major concern.

HI is managing a large humanitarian program from four different hubs (South, Centre, North and North-East), along four main pillars:

  1.  Support to health partners (hospitals, care houses, psychosocial support centers, local NGOs) for the provision of comprehensive psychosocial support services ( psychosocial support, psychosocial support and/or prosthetics and orthotics) through training, technical supervisions and donations of assistive devices and/or equipment;
  2. Emergency response to the basic needs of vulnerable people affected by sudden crisis, through one-shot distributions of food baskets, household essential items and hygiene kits, and through the management of an adapted humanitarian coordination mechanism for emergency responses.
  3. Education to the risks and effects caused by conventional weapons (including mines, explosive remnants of war and small arms light weapons) and urgent marking of hazardous areas;
  4. Training and technical support to other humanitarian actors on the inclusion of persons with disabilities and other vulnerable persons in the humanitarian response (with a special focus on inclusive health and inclusive livelihoods).

The actual intervention is based on a mix of remote management of national teams, remote partnerships with local structures and organizations, and direct implementation of programmes. In addition, HI implements a series of advocacy initiatives (both public and private) in close coordination with its program teams.




– Support the Humanitarian Policy Coordinator in the implementation of HI’s Syrian Crisis advocacy strategy
– Contribute to the monitoring of the humanitarian context in Syria, and the collection and analysis of secondary data, field data, and testimonies, for advocacy and communication purposes
– Draft advocacy and communication products with the collaboration of the Advocacy and Communication manager (policy papers, articles, press releases, testimonies, reports, etc.)
– In collaboration with the Humanitarian Policy Coordinator, represent HI’s advocacy team in internal and external events

In this framework, your duties are the following:

Situation analysis (20%)
• In collaboration with the Advocacy and Communication Manager, monitor the humanitarian context of the Syrian crisis, and in particular the specific issues of interest for HI’s advocacy strategy and HI’s humanitarian policy, in synergy with the Area Coordinators and the Humanitarian Policy Coordinator.
• Contribute to the analysis and exploitation of quantitative and qualitative data on breaches of humanitarian principles, use and impact of forbidden weapons and EWIPA, and on barriers on access to humanitarian assistance for vulnerable groups.
• Support the identification and treatment of key issues which might need / justify an advocacy response and/or the elaboration of an internal policy/position.

External Representation (30%)
• Represent HI on Syrian-Crisis related issues, in particular at hub level and/or at Whole of Syria level, in coordination with the Humanitarian Policy Coordinator
• When relevant, participate in international advocacy events, in coordination with the Humanitarian Policy Coordinator (conferences, public events, donor country briefings, etc.)
• In coordination with the Humanitarian Policy Coordinator and the Area Coordinators, represent HI in advocacy discussions with national authorities, NGOs, UN agencies, national authorities, donor agencies and governments, human rights organizations, and other relevant stakeholders.

Advocacy and Communication Products (35%)
• Produce written materials for publication, such as policy papers, articles, press releases, testimonies and reports, in collaboration with the Advocacy and Communication manager, HI’s Advocacy Unit and HI’s Communication Unit.
• Draft talking points, key messages, PPT presentations and/or speeches for oral presentations / discussions.
• Extract and analyse qualitative and quantitative data from secondary sources and/or internal reports, for advocacy and communication purposes
• Ensure that all advocacy and communication messages, documents and strategies respect HI’s guidelines on public communication, are evidence-based, drawn from field experience, direct witnessing, and reliable quantitative and qualitative data.

Reporting and capitalization (15%)



Expériences / Formation du candidat



– Bachelor Degree

Experience (type and amount of experience) :
– At least 4 years of professional experience
– At least 2 years of professional experience in advocacy, communication, protection and/or human rights issues, in NGOs and/or institutions.
– Previous experience in humanitarian contexts

Skills (knowledge, abilities required for the position, refer to skills repository document) :
– English native speaker or excellent English speaker (both oral and written).
– Excellent writing and reporting skills
– Proven representation experience and ability to speak in public

Personal qualities:

– Strong level of autonomy and initiative
– Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills
– Ability to work under pressure
– Diplomat, able to work collaboratively in a team
– High level of motivation and proactivity


– Master’s degree in social / political sciences, human rights,, law, humanitarian aid, and/or communication

Experience (type and amount of experience) :
– Previous experience on the Syrian crisis or in another Middle Eastern context
– Previous experience with HI

Skills (knowledge, abilities required for the position, refer to skills repository document) :

Personal qualities:
– Ability to deal with rapidly changing context and plans.

Langues parlées

– Arabic would be a strong asset
– French would be an asset

FonctionsAutre, Communication
ActivitésAutre, Droit
PaysMoyen Orient, Jordanie
Durée du contrat

12 months contract

Salaire / Indemnité

• Length of the contract: 12 months
• Salary from 2 214€ (gross) / month regarding the experience of the candidate
• Per-diem: 733€/month net
• Insurances: medical health coverage, retirement planning, repatriation
• Paid holiday: 25 days per year
• R&R: 1 day per month
• Accommodation: collective or individual housing fully covered by Humanity & Inclusion

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Date de fin de validité 20/11/2018