Advocacy and Communications Specialist WAYREP Project Jobs – CARE International

Job Title:  Advocacy and
Communications Specialist

Organisation: CARE

Duty Station: 

About US:

CARE (Cooperative
for Assistance and Relief Everywhere, formerly Cooperative for American
Remittances to Europe) is a major international humanitarian agency delivering
emergency relief and long-term international development projects. Founded in
1945, CARE is nonsectarian, impartial, and non-governmental. It is one of the
largest and oldest humanitarian aid organizations focused on fighting global

About Project:

The Women and Youth
Resilience Project (WAYREP) supports women and girls as well as young men in
refugee, host and urban communities to realize their rights through
socio-economic strengthening, resilience building and reduction of Gender Based
Violence (GBV). It contributes to SDG 5 “Achieve gender equality and empower
all women and girls” with a focus on ending all forms of discrimination and
violence against all women and girls. It is implemented in Arua and Gulu
districts of Uganda, targeting urban community as well as refugee communities
in Rhino- Omugo settlements as well as host communities for these refugee

Job Summary:  The Advocacy and Communications Specialist is
responsible to provide technical support and leadership to the project on
advocacy and communications. S/he will support and lead CARE and partners in
influencing the implementation of relevant international, regional and national
level frameworks for the protection of women and girls’ socio-economic rights,
promotion of a life free from violence and for women to have Peace and Security
(WPS). Key technical areas under the leadership of this role include joint
evidence-based advocacy on the above mentioned topics, strengthening the
capacities of CARE’s partners and women, youth and refugee led organizations
and supporting their advocacy initiatives and actions, networking and
collaboration with relevant stakeholders and networks/alliances/working groups
at local, national, regional and international level, introducing social
accountability mechanisms, ensuring external communication and visibility of
advocacy/ project issues and outcomes. S/he also supports the MEAL function and
ensures lessons learnt and impact of above interventions during project
implementation are captured and disseminated.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 


  • Identify advocacy issues and lead/guide on evidence based advocacy
    actions of WAYREP
  • Work collaborating with other Country Office (CO) advocacy staff and
    / or CO projects working on similar advocacy issues. Work in alliance with
    Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), particularly with the women movement
    but also with women, youth and refugee led CSOs and Community Based
    Organizations (CBOs) to advocate on identified issues
  • Write and disseminate advocacy briefs, position papers, etc.
  • Contribute to the implementation of CARE Uganda’s Gender Justice
    Strategy and the advocacy pillar of the Great Lakes GBV Impact Growth
  • Conduct and disseminate research, e.g. on barriers to women and
    girls’ self-reliance and GBV during displacement and in urban context
  • Support the monitoring of the enforcement of the 3rd National Action
    Plan (NAP) on UNSCR 1325, UNSCR 1820 and the Goma Declaration and its
    localization in Gulu and Arua
  • Introduce and support social accountability mechanisms like
    Community Score Cards for citizens and refugees to hold their leaders
    accountable on the enforcement of the various policies and frameworks
  • Undertake relevant policy dialogue targeting different actors

Strengthening of
capacities of different stakeholders

  • Capacity Building for CARE, partners and women, youth and refugee
    led organizations and activist groups
  • Provide advice to partners in the development and implementation of
    their advocacy strategies, and in specific advocacy campaigns
  • Identify priority Women, Peace & Security initiatives and
    support their implementation (as much as possible with colleagues from
    CARE in Great Lakes Region)
  • Identify critical issues in urban poverty and GBV in urban areas and
    develop and implement advocacy activities to address them
  • Communicate effectively with local partners and beneficiaries to
    monitor implementation, identify project or capacity gaps and advocacy
    issues, identify / anticipate emerging and / or unanticipated risks and
    addressing these accordingly in liaison with team members, CARE Uganda and
    CARE Austria


  • In coordination with the Program Director Represent CARE Uganda and
    the programme in key advocacy forums
  • Liaise and collaborate with key Civil Society actors at local,
    national and international level and networking with others on the United
    Nations Resolution Security Council
  • (UNRSC) 1325
  • Establish and maintain networks and alliances with local, national        and regional   (in collaboration with Great Lakes IGS team)
    advocacy/coalition organizations and participate in relevant local,
    national and regional working groups and networks
  • Membership and participation in relevant CARE platforms, networks
    and associations relevant and close cooperation with CARE Austria and
    other parts of CARE (GL team, international advocacy team, etc) in regard
    to advocacy and communications
  • Collaborate closely with the Advocacy Sub group of the INGO Refugee
    Network that aims at influencing a number of key issues affecting refugees
    though the CRRF and in collaboration with International Non-Governmental
    Organization (INGO) seconded expert to the CRRF Secretariat and follow up
    on relevant elements of the CCRF Road Map


  • Develop and disseminate external communication materials on the proj
    ect and on advocacy actions, including publications, social media,
    audiovisual materials, in line with CI Communication Policy and protocols;
  • Provide capacity building to implementing partners to enhance their
    communications capacities
  • Produce and disseminate advocacy materials based on evidence
    generated by the project
  • Contribute to the production of regional and international advocacy
    materials and messages, in close cooperation with the regional and
    Austrian advocacy colleagues
  • Responsibility: Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning
  • Work closely with MEAL of CO and project to ensure advocacy activities
    of WAYREP are measured using CARE’s Advocacy Impact Measurement tools and
    are reported into PIRRS, CARE International’s system to report on CO’s
    reach and impact;
  • With support from MEAL team, train implementing partners in
    monitoring and evaluation of advocacy activities;
  • Review the M&E systems/ key advocacy indicators and support team
    to monitor the quality and impact of the implementation of all advocacy
    activities, ensuring data is tracked by age, gender, origin, livelihood
    group, rural versus urban etc);
  • Contribute to generating and documenting lessons learnt and
    knowledge on all advocacy activities, writing briefs and papers to capture
  • Active contribution and participation in knowledge management
    processes and products, under the leadership / co-coordinated by the
    Project Manager, MEAL Specialist and CARE Austria.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The applicant for this job placement must hold a Bachelor’s degree
    required in relevant subject area (human rights, gender studies, international
    humanitarian law, advocacy communications development) or equivalent work
    experience; Masters preferred;
  • Advanced technical knowledge and at least 5 years of hands on proven
    practical professional experience in a senior Advocacy and Communications
    role tackling relevant topics such as GBV, displacement, urbanization,
    refugee rights, etc;
  • Experience in capacity building on advocacy processes and tools
  • Unshakable commitment to gender equality and clear understanding of
  • Experience working with large, cross cultural teams with multiple
  • Excellent team work, networking, communication and collaboration
    skills with a wide range of actors, both within the CARE International
    network, including CARE Austria, the Great Lakes IGS team on GBV, the CARE
    International Advocacy team and other actors on a number of deliverables
  • Experience/ knowledge of international development and relevant
    humanitarian frameworks, refugee rights, preferably in Uganda
  • Ability to network, build relationships and establish collaboration
    with different partners, agencies local and international networks.
  • Ability to link with community activists and social movements and
    experience/ understanding of the SASA methodology
  • Strong inter-personal communication and facilitation skills;
  • Knowledge of Monitoring and Evaluation plus strong skills report
    writing, documentation and presentation.
  • Experience with social media, digital media highly desired
  • Knowledge of some of the local languages used in the participating
    districts are considered an added value

How to Apply:

Candidates who are
interested in the above jobs should submit an updated CV and Application letter
giving a day time telephone contact and names, telephone contacts and email
addresses of 3 (three) work related referees only through our recruitment
email: clearly indicating the job title in the email

NB: Please note that
when you are successful for the above position, CARE will need verified copies
of your academic documents.

Deadline: 23rd August 2019

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