Advocacy & External Relations Manager

Job Title Advocacy & External Relations Manager
Hours Full-time
Location Salford, Greater Manchester
Reports To Chief Executive
Salary £33k - £39.5k per annum
Closing Date Monday, January 31, 2022

Here at Syria Relief we have an exciting opportunity for an Advocacy & External Relations Manager to join our team based in Salford, Greater Manchester. You will join us on a full-time basis as part of an initial 1-year fixed term contract with a view to progressing into a permanent role. In return, you will receive a competitive salary of £33k - £39.5k per annum.

Syria Relief is a Brand of Action For Humanity, which is a charity that aims to provide aid and assistance to people affected by natural and man-made disasters. Our vision is a world of crises-resilient communities. Our mission is to mobilise and respond to emergencies and critical needs through humanitarian, development and peace-building action, helping affected communities survive, recover and build a better future.

As our Advocacy & External Relations Manager, the successful candidate will report directly to the CEO, manage and strengthen our advocacy campaigns, and develop and build new networks to support advocacy efforts. The post-holder will advocate the humanitarian needs stemming from the crisis in Syria, Yemen and other contexts in which the organisation works. He/she will convey the voice from the ground, to various external audiences, and will build a presence there to promote the organisation’s work, which is rapidly evolving and is entering newer phases.

The ideal candidate for this role should have strong experience in an advocacy or external relations role, and be passionate about humanitarian causes.

Key responsibilities of the Advocacy & External Relations Manager include but are not limited to:

  • -Developing and implementing an effective advocacy strategy.
  • -Produce high quality public and private policy and advocacy materials including letters, briefing notes, position papers, and advocacy reports.
  • -Promote a principled approach to advocacy, policy and external relations among relevant internal stakeholders, and ensure that external messaging is evidence-based and driven by field realities.
  • -Promote the advocacy positions of the Syria Relief brand as well as the Action For Humanity brand
  • -Lead and develop a relationship building plan to ensure the organisation is well connected and respected amongst politicians, policy makers and other key stakeholders.
  • -Build and maintain AFH’s relationships with politicians and Governing bodies, supporting regular engagement with relevant authorities.
  • -Represent AFH in humanitarian coordination forums, conferences, advocacy meetings, and other events as requested.
  • -Collaborate with the marketing team to create interesting and engaging multimedia content to ensure the organisation’s marketing and brand strategies incorporates our advocacy position.
  • -Ensure that AFH’s work is positively reflected amongst wider public both in the UK and abroad by documenting and disseminating information on AFH’s programmes, achievements and other notable events.
  • -Build our reputation and influence on Yemen and other contexts in which we will work.
  • -Lead in responding to media approaches and queries by providing background information, arranging interviews, participating in interviews, and other support as required.
  • -Regular visits to regional offices and the field to keep up to date with the organisation’s work and its context (Turkey, Jordan, Iraq, Yemen)

Benefits of joining us as our Advocacy & External Relations Manager include:

  • -Company Holidays
  • -Sick Pay, and Matched Pension Contributions
  • -Flexible working hours, Prayer and Parking facilities
  • -Support with continuous professional development
  • -A chance to work alongside visionaries and leaders from the charity sector

What we’re looking for in our Advocacy & External Relations Manager:

  • -Degree (or equivalent) in relevant field i.e., International Development, International Relations, Public Relations, Economics, Politics, Media Studies, Journalism 
  • -Strong experience and track record in an advocacy or external relations role
  • -Experience in building strong relations and networking with key staff within various UN agencies, especially I/NGO, Forums, UN, OCHA meetings and with local ones.
  • -Collaborating in multi-national organisational problem solving, operations in complex organisations.
  • -Active participation with I/NGO Forums desirable
  • -Liaising and maintaining relations with the Grand Bargain desirable
  • -Understanding of UK legislation desirable
  • -Excellent communication and presentation skills 
  • -Excellent analytical and interpretive ability
  • -Ability to identify powerful human-interest stories which highlight the charity’s work
  • -Awareness of different media agendas
  • -Team player with a positive, can-do attitude; comfortable with continuously changing priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • -Strong IT skills (programmes such as MS Office, Outlook and PowerPoint)
  • -Public relations across multi cultures and sectors
  • -Ability to balance multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • -A willingness to work variable hours, with occasional weekend and evening work and to travel, both national and international
  • -Strong written and spoken English
  • -Written and spoken Arabic or French desirable

This would be an ideal role for an experienced Advocacy Manager looking to make a difference in a rewarding role within the Charity Sector! We are looking to appoint this role ASAP and will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis so for the best chance of success please apply today – we would love to hear from you.

To apply, please email your CV to

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Our Values

  • -Believe in the cause- We believe in changing a situation from negative to lasting positive; helping those in need; saving and transforming lives for the better is what drives us.
  • -Work together- Teamwork is the backbone of our work’s success.
  • -Give with grit- Being a “gritty” person means perseverance and passion for long-term goals; hence, freely giving with courage, conscientiousness, and resilience; acting with optimism, confidence, and creativity as you strive for excellence.
  • -Make life better- Ultimately, our work is to make life, in its holistic sense, better for everyone, and everything, including the environment.

Our Culture

Our culture is fast paced, yet welcoming, collaborative, and compassionate. As a charity concentrating on international development, we’re focused on ensuring our employees have a great experience with us, and are always learning, developing, and gaining a deeper understanding of the programmes we do, and why we do them.

Our work environment is friendly, open, and transparent – we’re not hierarchical, and junior and senior staff work closely together, aiding in the professional development of all staff.

Our Commitment to Safeguarding

Action For Humanity is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people, adults and beneficiaries with whom Action For Humanity engages.

Action For Humanity expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.

The post holder will undertake the appropriate level of training and is responsible for ensuring that they understand and work within the safeguarding policies of the organisation.

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks. Action For Humanity also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme:

In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment.

By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.