Advocacy Specialist

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: International Planned Parenthood Federation
Closing date: 30 Oct 2020


Under the overall supervision of the Head of the Office, the post holder will support the advocacy team in advocacy for the Maputo Plan of Action and other SRHR programmes; monitoring changes in social and political dynamics, and upcoming national, regional and major global events to reposition IPPFAR. S/he will be to lead sub regional advocacy initiative, overseeing and monitoring the MPoA implementation in programme designated countries Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco and Senegal. Emphasis will be placed on contributing towards a favourable legislation on the provision of safe abortion services to enable access to services for women and girls.

The incumbent shall support AU related campaigns and other strategic intergovernmental forums.



• Routinely advocates and monitors the implementation, coordination and performance of MPoA at country and sub-regional levels.
• Develops programme reach-out strategies on the MPoA project
• Provides quality technical information on sexual and reproductive health in general and in particular on abortion and access to family planning services.
• Facilitates stakeholder consultation and meetings at the national and sub-regional levels
• Represents the programme at platforms such as the African Union, ECA, regional forums, as well as in countries of collaboration – independent of technical supervision
• Contributes to advocacy for policy change in countries where abortion legislation is restrictive – by instituting advocacy-based advocacy.
• Conducts high level advocacy, education and sensitisation programmes on the MPoA
• Develops and publish advocacy policy briefs and reviews on SRHR, particularly safe abortion.
• To support the development and updating of a medical abortion database in collaboration with other stakeholders.
• To conducts occasional training sessions on existing policies that support SRHR, particularly focusing on women and girls.
• Supports programme leadership on the possible revisions of the MPoA programmes or proposals in conjunction with other team members.
• Prepares drafts and edits a range of documents including reports on activities, reports for the donor, and reports on the budget.
• Participates in mid-term and end of programme evaluations.
• Organises meetings with external and internal stakeholders on abortion related issues.
• Builds and maintains positive relationships with all members of staff and contacts within and outside the Federation, at country and sub-regional levels.

Financial Responsibilities
• Exercises high degree of accountability – ensuring timely submission of finance reports as required.

• S/he shall embrace safeguarding as well as all organisational policies;
• Undertake any duties as may be assigned by the supervisor or his/her representative from time to time To undertake any other duties as may be requested by the Head of Office.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of the work of IPPFARO in the field of Advocacy, communications, resource mobilisation, partnership building, SRHR and Human rights. Understanding intergovernmental bodies of the African Union and the United Nations. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of IPPF mandate, particularly in the areas of advocacy, communications, public relations and partnership building. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

LEADERSHIP: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

PLANNING & ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

JUDGEMENT/DECISION-MAKING: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.

COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


MA Degree in social sciences, public policy, international relations, communications and/or other related fields.


  2. A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience, preferably in political and policy advocacy and/or communications.

  3. Knowledge of the African Union and UN systems, Africa Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Member State/Intergovernmental Processes is required.


English and French are the working languages of the ARO. For this post fluency in English and French (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of Portuguese is an advantage.


  2. Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a desk review and/or an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.


  4. Experience working in a multicultural environment.

  5. Willing to work outside standard office hours as required.

  6. Willing to travel internationally – about 30 days a year.

How to apply:

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IPPF offers a wide range of benefits and is an equal opportunity employer.

Applications are particularly encouraged from women, people living with disabilities, people living with HIV and minorities.

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