26 April 2017

Regional Advocacy Manager Sustainable Diets For All Job Placement - Hivos

Organization: Hivos
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

About US:
Hivos is an international development organization that seeks new solutions to persistent and emerging global issues. With smart projects in the right places, we oppose discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. Counterbalance alone, however, is not enough. Our primary focus is achieving structural change and impacting lives. We do this through cooperating with innovative businesses, citizens, governments, and development organizations across four continents.

About SD4ALL Programme:
The sustainable diets for all (SD4ALL) programme is a partnership between Hivos and International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) to promote sustainable, healthy, nutritious, and climate smart diets for poor and marginalized people.

Job Summary: The Regional Advocacy Manger will develop, manage, and implement advocacy activities in the region through constant engagement and communication with relevant actors or partners to generate moral, economic, social, and political support required to successfully represent Hivos as a leader and champion of change and impact in sustainable diets for all. The Regional Advocacy Manager will work in a dynamic and professional project team comprising advocacy officers, communication officers and the IIED experts. She/He will report to the Regional Director, Hivos East Africa and work with the Program Manager, Green Foods and Productive landscapes; with functional reporting to the Sustainable Diets Programme Manager in the Hivos Head Office.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • The Regional Advocacy Manager develops, manages, and implements the advocacy activities of the SD4ALL programme at local, national, regional and global levels including positioning and profiling of the Strategic Partnership between Hivos and IIED.
  • The incumbent also engages in relevant debates and maintains regular communication with partners to generate social, moral, and political support required to successfully implement the programme.
  • The jobholder also works in close liaison with partner organisations by building collaborative networks, building and supporting the strengthening of  advocacy capacities and stimulating action in the area of advocacy.
  • Work in liaison with relevant local and national government institutions, Civil Society Organisations, private sector actors and other stakeholders, develops or reviews policies, practices and programmes on sustainable diets.
  • Provides guidance to local and regional actors to adopt multi-stakeholder collaboration and engagement as a key strategy to implement programmes and activities that contribute to SD4ALL.
  • Develops evidence based and innovative solutions to pressing issues around sustainable diets through liaison with national and international research institutions.
  • Develops simple and effective messages for different target groups including the media, policy makers, practitioners, citizens, and academia.
  • Establishes and sustains useful networks and relationships with influential people at local, national, regional and international levels with a view to gathering information and ideas, learning, collaborating, and advocating for sustainable diets.
  • Fundraises and develops new programmes in advocacy and lobbying for sustainable diets in the region.
  • Monitors and forecasts the developments and actions of key actors in Hivos’ environment and/or in specific focal areas and provide internal actors access to relevant and actionable intelligence in relation to challenges, opportunities, threats, and risks.
  • The incumbent also initiates, facilitates and manages or co-manages relevant advocacy campaigns (in consultation with actors); and uphold high standards of quality and integrity in line with Hivos’ project management conditions and relationships with internal and external actors.
  • Reports and disseminates information relevant to the programme through external and Hivos’ knowledge management platforms, and works closely with colleagues in the regional offices to achieve the organisation’s vision.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate should preferably hold a Master’s or an advanced degree in public policy, social sciences, food related sciences or related field.
  • At least five years’ experience in advocacy and lobbying in food and agriculture related issues in a reputable organisation.
  • The Regional Advocacy Manager Sustainable Diets For All should be an experienced advocacy manager who’s passionate about the food sector to lead our Sustainable Diets for All (SD4All) Programme. 
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of policy formulation processes, budget analysis, tracking and accountability mechanisms and tools, and regulatory procedures at county, national and regional levels.
  • Excellent understanding of key policy levers and strategies to adapt to influence a variety of decision makers and high level public and private sector audiences at local, national and regional levels.
  • Excellent strategic and analytical skills, with strong leadership and management skills.
  • Demonstrated creativity and proactive approach to advocacy.
  • Experience with civil society organizations, including capacity development.
  • Excellent networking skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and writing skills.
  • Administratively self-sufficient: excellent ICT skills with MS Office and Excel, attention to detail.
  • High level of personal integrity and accountability.

How to Apply:
All candidates are encouraged to send an updated CV and cover letter to eastafricajobs@hivos.org explaining why you are the suitable candidate for this position. Your letter should state your current and expected salary.

Deadline:  5th May, 2017

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