About the Company
SOS Children’s Villages International is a global organization established in 1949 that works to meet the needs and protect the interests and rights of orphaned and vulnerable children. SOS Children’s Villages International works through member associations in 136 countries and territories worldwide.
SOS Children’s Villages Liberia has been active in the field of children’s rights and committed to children’s needs and concerns in Liberia since 1981. We focus our work on children without parental care and children at risk of losing parental care and their communities. The organization has a wide range of programmes in Monrovia and Buchanan, which include children’s villages, a youth facility, kindergartens and schools, a medical center and family strengthening programmes
We are looking for an Advocacy Coordinator for SOS Children’s Villages Liberia.
About the Role
ADVOCACY COORDINATOR – Job description
Position/Job Title: Advocacy Coordinator
Location: National Office/ Monrovia
Job Family Level: N/A
Title of Immediate Supervisor: Program & Development Manager
Effective Start Date: April 1, 2022
Job brief/Position Summary
This role will work on SOS Liberia’s cross-organizational advocacy priorities and in collaboration with staff, to strategically co-ordinate, and in some cases be the focal point, in relations with national institutions, other inter-governmental groupings and national organizations to achieve change. The UN, SOS Children’s Villages International and other international institutions play a critical role in setting the global agenda, influencing national policy, and in supporting child protection and child safeguarding projects globally and nationally.
Assist and lead on parts of the development of, implementation and evaluation of SOS Liberia’s advocacy strategy, in order to influence national development policy and practices.
Deliver SOS Liberia’s advocacy on priority issues towards national bodies and institutions, by developing, implementing and monitoring work-plans based on these strategies, and adjusting and redesigning campaigns as necessary, and in collaboration with advocacy working groups.
Maintain on-going knowledge and analysis of the policy and practice of selected key targets such as UN agencies, committees and other multilateral and international bodies, to inform the delivery of campaigns and SOS Liberia’s national advocacy work.
Working with other relevant colleagues (e.g. education, youth empowerment, child protection/safeguarding, health), co-ordinate relationships with relevant lobby targets and be responsible for others.
Support and advice colleagues in the delivery of advocacy activities which are to be conducted at a national level.
Responsibility for coordinating effective documentation of campaigning projects, including by gathering stories and communicating these (through video, audio, print) for print and digital publication, internally and externally.
Maintain regular communication and initiate partnerships with national civil society allies and networks working on national campaigning in order to share information and collaborate over opportunities, developing joint strategies, campaigns and action.
Coordinate regular communication (including responsibility for meetings, webinars and presentations) and initiate partnerships with other departments, country programmes and other SOS MAs in order to share information and collaborate over opportunities, developing joint strategies, campaigns and action.
Organize and coordinate SOS Liberia’s presence at national and international conferences and events.
Maintain on-going knowledge, understanding and analysis of digital and social campaigning techniques from the private and not-for-profit sectors in order to inform delivery of SOS Liberia’s digital advocacy work.
Undertake any other responsibilities, tasks or activities as required by supervisor and National Director.
BSc degree in Sociology or related course.
3-5 years’ experience working in the field of advocating.
Extensive campaigns experience, demonstrated by examples of strategic impact on policy change and experience of using policy, research, lobbying, public campaigning, media and digital work to influence a political agenda
Sound political judgment and sensitivity and proven experience of engaging with and influencing decision makers in International development policy arena
Fluent understanding and extensive experience of the techniques and skills required for effective project management.
Understanding and experience of employing imaginative communication techniques and an appreciation of how those tools could work with policy, research and lobbying to influence a political agenda
Experience of working in a large organization or alliance to work together to achieve change • Demonstrable knowledge and experience in how public campaigning, media and digital work can influence a political agenda Imaginative, creative and accurate written and verbal communications skills in English, and experience of producing communications materials and resources, particularly for digital platforms
Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills and proven experience of contributing to strategy development, including monitoring and evaluation
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to successfully manage complex and sensitive organizational relationships to achieve cross-organizational, collectively agreed goals • A university degree or equivalent work experience
Ability to travel extensively and work anti-social working hours
Commitment to SOS Liberia’s values and a working style that reflects these • Extensive knowledge of international development policy, preferably as it relates to child protection/safeguarding, health, education, youth empowerment.
The ADVOCACY COORDINATOR is assessed on a quarterly basis by the Partnership and Influencing Manager to the overall work performance based on:
The effective coordination of orderliness, accuracy, completeness, up-to-datedness of Result Base Management procedures.
The efficiency and level of accuracy of following required administration procedures. • Attitude and efficiency in performance of additional assigned duties.
Leadership and staff /team management
The salary scale of the Logistics Coordinator may be increased according to: • Years of service, experience gained in SOS
Additional duties and responsibilities assumed.
Additional qualifications, experience gained relevant to the job, which significantly improves work performance.
Employee’s PW and performance appraisal talks may influence the job description annually.
Child Protection & Child Safeguarding
Protect children from all forms of abuse, abandonment, exploitation, violence and discrimination.
Report any CS suspicion, concern, allegation or incident immediately: IF IN DOUBT, SPEAK OUT!
Act without delay: Failure to act may place the child in further danger.
Involve the right people at the right time: CS reports should be made to the CS team at programme level and/or to the respective line manager.
To apply, submit online only a Curriculum Vitae and a letter of interest addressed to the HROD Manager, to email@example.com with the subject line: ADVLib2022. Closing date for submission of applications is 14 March 2022. Or apply through the system below.
Only successful candidates will be contacted.