Government Liaison Adviser – Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

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Government Liaison Adviser (NIF)

Location: Abuja
Full-time/part-time: Full-time
Percentage of full-time: 100
Employment Type: The Area Manager

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  • INGO Forum in partnership with NRC is looking for a Government Liaison Adviser for Abuja Country Office, in Northern Nigeria. The purpose of the Government Liaison Adviser is to support the implementation of strategic and operational priorities with a focus on ensuring local perspectives inform the Forum’s work as well as strengthen coordination between humanitarian, recovery, peace, and development actors at Federal and sub-national levels and INGO’s and NGO’s to allow the forum to respond to member priorities, issues, and opportunities for engagement.


  • NRC initiated country operations in Nigeria in June 2015, to respond to the critical and increasing needs in the country. NRC currently has a full team based in Maiduguri and a coordination office in Abuja. NRC is currently providing services across various sectors namely; Shelter and Non-Food Items (NFI); Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Promotion (WASH); Food Security; and Information, Counselling, and Legal Assistance (ICLA) to address identified humanitarian needs.


  • The INGO Forum in Nigeria was formed in late 2014 to develop a collaborative platform for effective and principled INGO interaction, engagement, and coordination for humanitarian, recovery, and development interventions in Nigeria. Since its inception, the INGO Forum has become a critical platform for ensuring effective information sharing and analysis; leadership on advocacy and policy engagement; and liaison with government/donor/UN engagement and engagement ensuring the perspectives of INGOs and affected populations are ultimately included in decision-making processes.


  • The INGO Forum is governed by a core membership of 41 members (and 6 observers) with new member applications pending approval regularly, The INGO Forum is governed by an elected Steering Committee of five Country Directors and a Chair that works alongside a full-term Secretariat. Since March 2017, the INGO Forum is administratively hosted by NRC in Nigeria’s capital city of Abuja as well as Maiduguri.


  • The Government Liaison Adviser reports to the Director (NIF)


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Adherence with NRC policies, tools, handbooks, and guidelines


  • Stay informed on political, and economic contexts, while providing analysis and structured updates of the thematic sector development situation in the country and assist in drafting and design of periodic project updates, policy briefs, and other similar materials.


  • Support the implementation of strategic and operational priorities with a focus on ensuring local perspectives inform the Forum’s work.


  • Stay abreast and informed of key developments in the policy and regulatory environment and provide relevant advice on opportunities for engagement.


  • Strengthen coordination between humanitarian, recovery, peace, and development actors at Federal and sub-national levels to allow the Forum to respond to member priorities, issues, and opportunities for engagement.


  • Identify opportunities for effective engagement with national and local stakeholders including NNGOs and LNGOs.


  • Participate in key humanitarian and development planning events and processes ensuring NGO inputs this includes the HRP, UNDAF, World Bank, etc.


  • Maintain updated guidelines on the regulatory environment for both existing and prospective INGOs.


  • Work with the Director to strengthen engagement with Government entities e.g. MBNP, FMHDSD, FIRS, NIS, Nigerian Customs, NEDC, NEMA, SEMA, and other Nigerian government structures as needed.


  • Work with the program officer in following up on action plans related to government engagement challenges from INGO Forum working groups and technical groups.


  • Identify and lead in implementing key training and capacity support opportunities to enhance NGO engagement and performance in Nigeria.


  • Support development and/ or dissemination of tools, guidelines, best practices, and standards in humanitarian and development work to NGO members and other stakeholders to enhance interventions in Nigeria.


  • Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need, and explore and asses new and better ways to assist


Government Liaison Adviser – Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)



  • University degree in Conflict and Development, International Relations, International Humanitarian Law, or a related technical field.


  • Experience working in the military or security agencies


  • Strong influential relationship with the Nigerian government that can yield positive results


  • Experience with developing and implementing Access and AAP-related strategic objectives


  • Knowledge of the humanitarian coordination system and the mandates of the actors involved.


  • Good knowledge of the security environment and economic, and socio-political dynamics in North-East Nigeria, the Lake Chad Basin, and the Sahel region in general


  • Written and spoken fluency in English.


  • Strong data analysis and interpretation skills.


  • Commitment to international humanitarian standards and principles.


  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced and often demanding environment. Exceptional interpersonal skills and experience in a humanitarian setting


Personal Qualities:

  • Planning and delivering results
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Communicating with impact and respect
  • Handling an insecure environment
  • A good sense of humor is an asset
  • All employees of the Norwegian Refugee Council should be able to adhere to our Code of Conduct and the four organizational values: Dedicated, innovative, inclusive, and accountable.
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced and often demanding environment.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and experience in humanitarian settings.


We Can Offer

  • Commencement: September 2020
  • Duration: 12 months
  • Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s general directions for grade level 9 step 1
  • Duty station: Abuja, with frequent travels. Travel outside Abuja is dependent on changing security conditions, especially for certain roads in the area.
  • An approved health certificate will be requested before the contract start.


Government Liaison Adviser – Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)


Application Deadline
2nd August 2023.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online





  • Nigerian nationals only
  • Application procedures and CV registration: Please note that you are required to enter the geographical location for all your previous positions while registering your CV. There is no specific field for this information in our CV form, but you can use the “Company name” field for both company and location.
  • Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.



More Information

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