Job Title: MENA Advocacy Coordinator
Organisation: Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Closing Date: 22 September 2020
Salary: CHF 60,000 - 72,500
Contract Type: Long Term Contract, Fixed Term
Working Pattern: Full Time
Sponsors international candidates? Not Stated
The MENA Advocacy Coordinator is responsible for the planning and implementation of the MENA Advocacy work under the supervision of the MENA Director and close collaboration with partners and other WILPF programmes. The MENA Advocacy Coordinator will be in charge of monitoring developments in the region and identifying and pursuing advocacy opportunities nationally, regionally and internationally in line with WILPF’s vision and strategic priorities.
The MENA Advocacy Coordinator will coordinate research, capacity building and formal and informal engagement to produce and deliver concrete advocacy messages and thorough feminist analysis in key thematic issues. The MENA Advocacy Coordinator will also coordinate and sustain relationships with national and international partners, decision makers, institutions and treaty bodies.
Role and Responsibilities
1. Monitoring, Research and Analysis
Regularly monitor political developments in MENA countries as well as international developments with impact on WPS in MENA and maintain a thorough record of legal, political, human rights and other relevant developments within the region.
Produce regular briefings and analysis of these developments both internally and externally.
Work closely with partners and Programmes to provide analysis and policy recommendations on WILPF’s key thematic priorities and produce WILPF’s position on the developing political and humanitarian situation in MENA.
Prepare a range of written materials, including policy analyses and advocacy documents targeting policymakers and broader audience.
Maintain regular contact with partners and programmes to ensure consistency of WILPF’s positions and messages.
2. Engagement in Human Rights Mechanisms
Maintain an accurate record on the review processes due for each of the MENA countries and of countries with significant impact on MENA in coordination with other programmes.
Monitor, document and share the short and long term impact of the submission and the subsequent advocacy.
Cultivate relationships with state missions in Geneva and, to the extent possible NY, Brussels and other capitals.
3. Coordination and Capacity Building of Partners
Lead the communication and coordination with partners on all issues related to policy and advocacy.
Build and enhance the capacity of partners on issues related to advocacy in coordination with other programmes.
Produce written guides and toolkits in Arabic to raise capacity and awareness of partners on advocacy and engaging with international treaty bodies.
Oversee the arrangement of all advocacy delegations and capacity building meetings including all logistical arrangements.s
4. Fundraising, Reporting and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
Contribute to fundraising and proposal writing.
Provide advocacy workplan and update and assess progress made.
Provide thorough monitoring for all advocacy activities in accordance with the MENA tracking tools.
Monitor progress made on key performance indicators related to advocacy.
Run learning activities and session both internally and externally in coordination with the MEL advisor and in line with WILPF MEL Framework.
Monitor and report on budgets related to advocacy activities.
Draft donor reports and contribute to the MENA programme reporting process.
Draft case studies and lessons learned.
5. WILPF Community
Engage with WILPF community and Sections in the region and coordinate advocacy opportunities between Sections, partners and programmes.
Engage with the wider WILPF community and ensure adequate information is circulated and made available.
Engage in capacity-building and movement-building activities for WILPF Community.
6. Management and Coordination
Coordinate closely with the MENA team, MEL advisors and other WILPF staff, and attend monthly staff meetings and weekly MENA meetings.
Liaising with international, regional, and local organisations and stakeholders on issues related to advocacy, including representing WILPF at national and international meetings and events.
Manage MENA advocacy Associate and intern and support their professional development.
Working closely with the communication team to ensure timely implementation of the communication strategies, including writing blogs and analyses when needed.
Carry out other duties as required.
Experience, Skills and Qualifications
Demonstrated commitment to WILPF’s values, feminist, peace, gender equality
Deep understanding of the social, political and cultural context in the MENA region
Thorough understanding and expertise in advocacy and disarmament
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Excellent writing, research and analysis skills
Excellent planning and organizational skills
Good budgetary and financial skills
Innovative and able to work independently, willing to learn, open-minded, flexible, diplomatic and tactful
Able to take initiatives coupled with the ability to prioritise
Capable of rapid and quality turn around on a high workload
Knowledge of Results-Based Management
Ability to travel internationally
Proficient in Microsoft office applications and OSX.
An advanced (graduate) degree in gender, human rights, international relations, journalism, law, social science or a related field is required.
A minimum of 5 years of experience in international advocacy and substantial knowledge of the area.
Experience in grant management and donor reporting is a plus
Experience in drafting project proposals is a plus
Experience in working in and on the MENA region
Proficiency in English and Arabic in written and spoken.
Please email your resume and cover letter to jobs (a) wilpf.org with “MENA Advocacy Coordinator” in the subject line.
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