Senior Advocacy Specialist

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


The postholder will support the advocacy team in intergovernmental spaces to popularise the Maputo Plan of Action and other SRHR policy instruments.

S/he will lead sub regional advocacy initiative, overseeing and monitoring the MPoA implementation in programme designated countries (Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Senegal and Sierra Leone).

S/he will contribute to favourable legislation on abortion services to enable access to services for women and girls.

The incumbent serves as programme coordinator providing coordination and leadership while ensuring efficient implementation and accomplishment of the set objectives of the programme.

S/he will provide content knowledge, technical assistance, consultation, and support for the development and execution of the MPoA advocacy, policy communication and overall implementation of activities, among others.



• S/he engages in high level advocacy for SRHR, particularly the Maputo Plan of Action (MPoA) at regional, sub-regional and national levels.
• Represents and advocates for the Maputo Plan of Action Implementation Programme at the African Union, key regional forums and in countries of collaboration.
• Provides leadership and expert advice in policy review when required.
• Conceptualizes and provides leadership support for technical activities in policy review.
• Supports individual and institutional capacity building efforts for a diverse cadres of safe abortion champions in advocacy, policy education, sensitisation, communications and negotiations.
• Prepares abortion policy analysis, recommendations, policy briefs, and assessments for programme use.
• Supervises the design, printing and dissemination of policy briefs and policy communication materials in English and other AU languages to audiences at national and regional levels.
• Stays abreast of key developments in SRHR and abortion policies at the African Union and member states in order to inform technical support activities. This shall include frequent interaction with the stakeholders relevant to this area as well as other partners.
• Influences favourable SRHR policy outcomes from all African Union processes (STCs, summits, etc).
• Supervises short-term programme consultancy in all safe abortion policy and policy communication activities.
• Provides assistance on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and documentation of project results.
• Conducts all work to accepted standards of programme ethics.
• Actively participates and drives the development of annual work planning, design, implementation, and reporting related to project technical activities.
• Responds to ad hoc technical requests from member states, the donor and other agencies as directed by the Resident Representative.
• Mobilises resource for the replication of the initiative to other potential countries.
• Undertakes any duties as may be assigned by the supervisor or his/her representative from time to time.

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;
• 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/health, public administration, international relations, communications and/or other related technical fields


• A minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience, preferably in political and policy advocacy and/or communications.
• Knowledge of the African Union and UN systems, Africa Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Member State/Intergovernmental Processes is required.
• Demonstrated strength and experience providing technical assistance, writing technical reports, and policy briefs targeted towards decision makers.


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.


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


• Experience working in a multicultural environment.
• Willing to work outside standard office hours as required.
• 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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