Advocacy Specialist

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: International Planned Parenthood Federation
Closing date: 15 Feb 2021


The Advocacy Specialist is responsible for the promotion, protection and capacity-building of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) within the 42 countries covered by the IPPF Africa Region Office. This work entails collaboration with a range of internal and external colleagues and partners. He/She is also responsible for supporting resource mobilization efforts both at the national and regional level.

The post holder will: • Monitor and map the political landscape and developments at national and regional level and help implement relevant coordinated cross-African support and mobilization activities together with IPPF member associations. • Undertake research and document SRHR violations and abuses with a view to lead evidence-based lobbying and advocacy and campaigns in different areas of SRHR protection and promotion. • Establish and regularly update IPPF ARO’s mapping of member associations’ advocacy capacities and needs. • Provide advocacy related capacity building for MAs and other relevant partners, including through the organization of (peer-to-peer) trainings, mentoring, coaching and hands on support to MAs and other entities that required this kind of support. • Establish networks and partnerships to make synergies among SRHR organizations (including regional human rights institutions, Civil society organizations and SRHR champions), for concerted SRHR lobbying and advocacy at regional level. This will be executed through regional online/physical lobbying and advocacy engagements, media advocacy, collaborative campaigns, experience learning, linking, and learning for young advocates between levels. ▪ Provide support in the area of intergovernmental engagement as it pertains to the coordination of advocacy and liaison activities with strategic intergovernmental forums, both at the regional level - with the African Union, UNECA, Regional Economic Commission, African and non-African missions and other relevant internal/external links – and international level – with the Human Rights Council, UPR, CSW, etc. ▪ Establish and support political advocacy efforts with the Group of Friends (GoF) of IPPF, including how the group advocates for and draws attention to the effects of SRHR on women and girls on the continent; ▪ Support policy advocacy efforts in relation to IPPF-led or IPPF-supported Campaigns; ▪ Take up specific responsibilities on following up gender issues and SRHR financing in national and regional policies ▪ Support resource mobilisation efforts at the national and regional level. ▪ Develop protection systems in line with regional and national legislation frameworks As part of the broader IPPF advocacy team, the post holder will also contribute to various organisational tasks and processes needed to advance the advocacy, capacity building and protection objectives of the organisation in the area of human rights, particularly SRHR.


Advocacy • Monitor national and regional institutional changes, especially those related to human and social development and gender issues. • Identify advocacy opportunities and activities to be carried out by IPPF ARO and AULO at the national level and in the AU arena in these areas both in terms of policy and funding • Act upon them by providing inputs, drafting messages and position statements, coordinate action alerts, suggest and help design media campaigns, organize events, establish credible advocacy networks, access key decision makers in intergovernmental spaces (to influence policy), contributing to drafting new policies on SRHR, engaging in appropriate debate and consensus building in the promotion of IPPF mandate, providing interpretations of external policy issues, preparing speeches, agendas, briefing materials and departmental recommendations and updates, etc. • Coordinate institutional dialogue with relevant stakeholders - African Union institutions, Embassies, UN agencies, CSOs - by setting up regular meetings and nurture contacts with them. • Maintain knowledge of legislative processes and research impact of new SRHR policies as well as current affairs • Lobby by identifying key decision makers, presenting, justifying and defending contentious SRHR positions. • Manage knowledge and content by identifying vital information for advocacy at regional level, in accordance with the IPPF Strategic Framework. • Work collaboratively with external relevant stakeholders on advocacy, in particular with Africa-based SRHR partners, other SRHR and gender equality networks, and development networks to ensure coherence and efficiency • Assist IPPF ARO member associations in their advocacy work and build their capacity Partnerships/Visibility • Coordinate and mobilise strategic allies in lobbying for favourable legislations on SRHR. • Participate in coalitions to provide a unified lobbying voice for SRHR. • Defend and structure formal and informal settings conducive to discussion and consensus building and making IPPF programs visible. • Create relationships through networking by identifying opportunities to initiate introductions and maintaining relationships with internal and external individuals and organizations. • Identify, initiate, join and seek opportunities in national and regional policy spaces, coalitions and groups. • Initiate and maintain formal and informal networks within national and regional spaces and seek opportunities to make IPPF visible. • Perform liaison with policy bodies, agencies and representing IPPF on special commissions, taskforces and special assignments at the AU, UNECA and RECs. • Educate, inform and disseminate SRHR policy instruments externally and within the Federation and the MAs. Resource mobilisation • Strengthen existing networks with other partners, seek out advocacy and resource mobilisation opportunities • Tracking of Member State statements in key intergovernmental forums that may be beneficial for IPPF’s resource mobilization and/or advocacy efforts; Financial responsibilities • Manages the advocacy budget and monitor expenditure • Exercises high degree of accountability – ensuring timely submission of finance reports as required. Other • Perform other tasks (capacity building, resource mobilisation contributions, communication events) as agreed with the unit lead • Contribute, when relevant, to the IPPF Advocacy Common Agenda • Contribute to the content and organisation of IPPF ARO advocacy workshops and events for IPPF ARO member associations • Contribute to the implementation of the IPPF ARO youth- and gender-centred approach within advocacy activities • Embrace safeguarding as well as all organisational policies • Undertake any other duties as may be requested from time to time.


LEADERSHIP: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

PLANNING & ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently. Managerial competencies:

JUDGEMENT/DECISION-MAKING: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.

COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


• MA Degree in international relations, social sciences, public policy, communication, gender and/or other related fields


• A minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience, preferably in political advocacy, policy advocacy and/or communication. • Specific knowledge of sexual and reproductive health and rights/ women’s rights • Proven track record in networking and working in coalitions and alliances • Previous experience in Africa and knowledge of the African Union and UN systems, Africa Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Member State/Intergovernmental Processes are an advantage.


English and French are the working languages of the ARO. For this post fluency in English and French (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of Portuguese is an advantage. INTERNATIONAL PLANNED PARENTHOOD FEDERATION (AFRICA REGIONAL OFFICE)


• Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a competency-based interview which may be followed by an assessment exercise.


• Excellent interpersonal skills – articulate and diplomatic. Ability to interact with diverse groups and to communicate effectively with officials. • Advanced interpersonal and verbal communication skills in particular to work within a network of multi-cultural staff and stakeholders. • Excellent time management and organizational skills to meet deadlines • Eagerness and ability to learn quickly and adapt to new challenges • Demonstrate initiative and ability to work in a team • Open minded, emphatic and flexible • Commitment to gender equality, sexual and reproductive rights, non discrimination and diversity and young people and youth participation are a must • Experience working in a multicultural environment. • Willing to work outside standard office hours as required. • Willing to travel internationally – about 30 days a year.

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IPPF offers a wide range of benefits and is an equal opportunity employer.

Applications are particularly encouraged from women, people living with disabilities, people living with HIV and minorities.

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