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Advocacy Specialist Career Vacancy - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Job Title:    Advocacy Specialist
Organisation: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Project Name: HarvestPlus
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda

About US:
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks sustainable solutions for ending hunger and poverty. Founded in 1975, IFPRI is a member of the CGIAR Consortium, a global research partnership for a food secure future. The mandate of IFPRI is to identify and analyze alternative national and international strategies and policies for meeting world food needs in ways that conserve the natural resource base, with emphasis on low income and on the poorer groups in the countries.

About HarvestPlus:
HarvestPlus is part of the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) which helps realize the potential of agricultural development to deliver gender-equitable health and nutritional benefits to the poor. CGIAR is a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future. HarvestPlus seeks to develop and disseminate nutrient dense staple food crops as a means to reduce micronutrient malnutrition (hidden hunger) in developing countries. The initial target micronutrients are iron, zinc, and vitamin A. HarvestPlus Uganda is promoting the production and consumption of pro-vitamin A (Orange) sweet potato (OSP) and high iron beans and supporting the marketing of these crops by linking farmers to markets and training in business support services.

Job Summary: The Advocacy Specialist will carry out a wide range of research, writing, analytical, and organizational activities, with a primary focus on developing donor proposals, reports, concept notes, and other fundraising and partnership documents targeting multiple audiences and sectors.  The Advocacy Specialist will also play a key role in the organization and execution of events, hosted by HarvestPlus, national or regional bodies, or partners. The Advocacy Specialist will be responsible for the organization and staffing of the office when the Head of Africa Strategic Alliances is absent, including tracking of advocacy activities and projects, the maintenance of diaries, the maintenance of contact database, and preparations for forthcoming events and conferences. The incumbent will be responsible for the dissemination of operational information.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Carry out research and draft points relevant to implementation, advocacy/policy and research partnerships (multilateral organizations, industry, governments, NGOs, research institutions and global initiatives/coalitions) and to donors (bilaterals, multilaterals, foundations and individuals).
  • The incumbent will develop well-organized, well-written documents.Including: 1) partner and donor research profiles; 2) organizational background in preparation for partner/donor meetings and advocacy events; and 3) donor proposals and reports.
  • The incumbent will research, prioritize, and assist with approaching donor and partner prospects for Country Office managers and teams in sub-Saharan Africa, including written materials needed to advance fundraising and partnership development efforts and training for in-country staff to strengthen internal capacities.
  • Prepare PowerPoint and other presentations as needed to support development, partnership and advocacy efforts, in target countries/regions and globally.
  • Work closely with full HarvestPlus team, especially Country Managers and their staffs, as well as global and regional communications, marketing and research teams.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to exercise initiative, creativity, diplomacy, leadership, honesty, financial stringency, and loyalty:
  • Act in close support of the Head of Africa Strategic Alliances, in ongoing advocacy, research, and operational activities
  • Work directly with HarvestPlus/IFPRI staff, HarvestPlus headquarters and staff.
  • Accompany the Head of Africa Strategic Alliances on international meetings/conventions; initially; thereafter to represent the Head of Africa Strategic Alliances and HarvestPlus as required
  • Liaise/coordinate work plans, international telephone calls/web meetings, webinars, travel, and diary with HarvestPlus staff and other organizations.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The prospective employee should hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a relevant field, plus a minimum of six to eight years of professional experience in developing and implementing a wide variety of advocacy and policy initiatives within Africa.
  • Previous exposure and experience with concept note and proposal development for bilateral or foundation donors.
  • The ideal candidate must be experienced and able to manage a range of responsibilities related to the development of resources and partnerships, working with the full global team at HarvestPlus as well as current and potential partners and donors. 
  • Possess the ability to analyse data and to translate multi-faceted ideas and programs into materials directed at multiple audiences/sectors.
  • The ideal candidate should demonstrate leadership, the development and application of suitable regulations and procedures, and effective communication with the Head of Africa Strategic Alliances, other colleagues, and external stakeholders.
  • Highly effective and versatile communication skills--both written and oral. Ability to listen effectively and synthesize scientific/programmatic content for multiple audiences is critical.
  • High level of professionalism, including being conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines, and communicating in a timely and responsive fashion. A positive attitude and ability to work in a team environment are imperative.
  • Self-motivated and comfortable in a global team, including working well with team members located in multiple time zones and countries.
  • The candidate must be able to work independently to accomplish key goals and complete projects.
  • Excellent analytical skills with the ability to structure analyses that drive strategic decisions within the advocacy, partnerships and fundraising team.
  • The ideal candidates must be detailed-oriented and comfortable working with numbers and technical systems, including relational databases.
  • Willingness and ability to travel with global team members and partners (4-6 international trips per year).
  • Full fluency in English (verbal, written).
  • Expert computer skills in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • International experience, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa is desired
  • Broad knowledge, background, or interest in, agriculture and nutrition.
  • Fluency in French and/or Portuguese.

How to Apply:
All candidates should send their applications online at the web link below

Deadline: Open until filled

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