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Botswana: Communications and Advocacy Consultant

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Organization: World Food Programme
Country: Botswana
Closing date: 23 Jul 2017

Position Title : Communications and Advocacy Consultant

Contract type : Regular Consultant

Duration : 11 Months

Duty Station : Gabarone, Botswana

Salary : As per UN Consultancy scales

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The Department for International Development (DFID) and Swiss Development Corporation (SDC) have requested WFP to provide services to SADC in order to implement the regional vulnerability assessment and analysis (RVAA) Strategic Plan 2017-2021. The five-year project was approved by DFID/SDC and SADC in April 2017. WFP will provide technical assistance to VAA in SADC and Member States (MS) to achieve the following outcomes: 1) Regional VAC structures strengthened and incorporated into SADC administrative and financial structures; 2) VAA approaches and methods strengthened, harmonised and integrated; 3) RVAA information products visible, accessible and influential to regional and national policies, strategies and programmes; 4) Enhanced regional learning, innovation and resilience building.

The overall objective of the technical service provision over the next 2-3 years is to: 1) Strengthen the technical capacity of VACs to broaden/integrate complex and emerging issues into the VAA (chronic vulnerability, poverty and resilience) and 2) add value to VAA by increasing technical rigor, coordination, quality and comparability of the analysis. In the longer term and by 2021, the programme seeks to contribute to the institutionalisation of the RVAC and NVAC system resources, and capacity to integrate various VAA tools and approaches for national planning processes and programme responses

Job Context & Supervision:

The Communications and Advocacy Consultant will be responsible for the overall technical support and coordination of the communication and advocacy needs of the SADC Regional Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis (RVAA) programme in all 15 Member States. The Communications and Advocacy Consultant will work under the overall supervision of the SADC Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Senior Programme Officer (SPO) and the direct supervision of the RVAA Technical Services Manager (TSM).

Key activities:

  1. Support the RVAA communications and advocacy activities that are aligned to the SADC RVAA Strategic Plan and Member States priorities.
  2. Facilitate the development and implementation of an advocacy and communication strategy and workplan for the RVAA programme.
  3. Review NVAC annual report format and support to set up systems to facilitate NVAC timely annual reporting.
  4. Develop an RVAA briefing pack and advocacy toolkit
  5. Support the programme and VACs in the development and implementation of communication, dissemination and advocacy strategies that achieve public awareness and policy uptake with regard to climate change, food insecurity, livelihood vulnerability and resilience building.
  6. Support the management of the RVAA programme communications and advocacy outputs for SADC and Members States.
  7. Work with the SADC and NVACs in increasing the availability and ease of the RVAA content ensuring easy location and retrieval.
  8. Support RVAA programme research and policy analysis activities which will inform advocacy and policy uptake in SADC and Member States.
  9. Provides advice and expertise to the RVAA programme on a range of advocacy and outreach issues, methods and approaches.
  10. Work closely with the NVACs in defining key issues, messaging, and identifying appropriate communications channels for public advocacy initiatives.
  11. Support RVAA programme planning and reporting and including monitoring and evaluation against programme outputs and log frame indicators and milestones.
  12. Assist the TSM to prepare ad-hoc, quarterly and annual reports and high quality infographics on the RVAA programme

Standard Minimum Academic Qualifications:

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communication, journalism, international relations, public administration or related field;


6-10 years’ relevant experience working on advocacy and/or communications.

Knowledge and Skills: Excellent writing skills and the ability to write various types of documents including articles, press statements, position papers and information materials. Experience working with diverse institutions to strengthen their capacity and opportunities to engage in dialogue/advocacy with policymakers.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English is essential. Working knowledge of French and/or Portuguese, an asset.

How to apply:

CLOSING DATE: 23 July 2017

Interested individuals meeting the above requirements are requested to apply on the WFP Career Website using the following link: Please search for the position title: Communications and Advocacy Consultant, requisition no: 59282