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AIM Advocacy, Partnership, and Knowledge Coordinator

  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable
  • Job type:
    Full Time
  • Posted:
    1 month ago
  • Category:
    International Development
  • Deadline:
    January 31, 2024

JOB OPPORTUNITY

BRAC is a global leader in developing and implementing cost-effective, evidence-based programs to empower the most marginalized in extremely poor, conflict-affected, and post-conflict states. Founded in Bangladesh in 1972, BRAC now works in more than 20 countries in Asia and Africa and takes a holistic approach to alleviating poverty, running programs in education, healthcare, microfinance, women and girls’ empowerment, agriculture and food security, and human and legal rights. Together, the initiative will result in systemic change that creates a positive and measurable impact for 1.2 million adolescent girls and young women, 1.9 million households, and 9.5 million people in 7 countries in Africa by 2027.

In 2022, the Mastercard Foundation in partnership with BRAC International (BI) will be announcing an initiative that will create a positive and measurable impact for 1.2 million adolescent girls and young women and 9.5 million people across seven countries in East and West Africa, including Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Uganda.

There is mounting urgency to support adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) living in poverty, which has been further amplified by the global pandemic. Through this partnership, scalable economic development approaches will be delivered in communities to foster the agency and voice of AGYW. They will have the opportunity to fulfill their aspirations, achieve sustainable livelihoods, and engage in advocacy issues.

BRAC International will implement an integrated and holistic model to address the various life cycles of a young woman living in poverty, ensuring she can transition safely from adolescence to adulthood. She will be equipped with the appropriate skills, tools, and access to finance to effectively exercise her agency and build a fulfilling and productive livelihood. In preparation for the launch of the programme, BRAC International is seeking applications from competent, dynamic, and self-motivated individuals to fill the following position.

No. of Vacancies: 1

Job Title : AIM Advocacy, Partnership, and Knowledge Coordinator

Staff Category : National

Tenure : 1 year

Salary : Negotiable

Reports to : Program Manager – AIM

Duty Station : Country Office

Safeguarding Job Responsibilities

  1. Ensure the safety of team members from any harm, abuse, neglect, harassment, and exploitation to achieve BRAC’s goals of safeguarding.
  2. Act as a resource of support and expertise on safeguarding for establishing a safe working environment.
  3. Practice, promote, and endorse the issues of safeguarding policy among team members and ensure the implementation of safeguarding standards in every course of action. d. Follow the safeguarding reporting procedure in case any reportable incident takes place, and encourage others to do so.

Job Summary

BRAC International is looking for a dynamic, creative and results-oriented advocacy and mobilization professional to lead the AIM programmer’s advocacy and alumni engagement work at the country level. Working directly with AIM programme participants and country-level staff, this position will be supporting the programme’s advocacy agenda in the country; build capacity of adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) to advocate for their rights and influence policies; support programme participants to identify advocacy spaces and facilitate their leveraging of those. The Officer will work closely with the programme team to establish a detailed work plan, processes and procedures that will be geared towards ensuring a seamless transition for programme participants while also developing effective strategies for alumni engagement and management. By doing so, we aim to ensure the sustainability of the programme’s impact and foster continued self-advocacy among our alumni in their respective communities.

In addition, the role will also serve as the in-country knowledge management focal point, ensuring proper documentation, knowledge sharing, and dissemination of best practices to enhance the overall impact and effectiveness of the program.

Key Duties:

The Grassroots Advocacy and Stakeholder Engagement Officer will be responsible for the development and delivery of the advocacy and alumni engagement strategy of the Mastercard Foundation Accelerating Impact for Young Women in Partnership with BRAC (AIM) programme. Working closely with the Programme Manager – AIM, the position will do the following:

  1. Advocacy and alumni engagement strategy
  • Support the Programme Manager in the development and rollout of the AIM programme advocacy and alumni (network of graduated programme participants) engagement strategy.
  • Work closely with the Programme Manager to prepare the annual work plan, complete with detailed activities, targeted towards the operationalization of the advocacy and alumni engagement strategy.
  • Prepare a mapping of key stakeholders instrumental to the operationalization of the advocacy and alumni engagement strategy and lead these engagements.
  • Coordinate tailored support to programme participants, including capacity strengthening on evidence-based advocacy, negotiation and effective communications and media engagement skills.
  • Coordinate and provide support to the national and subnational level Advocacy initiatives
  • Represent AIM in National and Regional foras as required
  • Support in research within the country to facilitate evidence-based Advocacy actions.
  • Work closely with field teams to research and identify transition options in the areas and create transition procedures ahead of the cohort completion. This will also involve working with MF teams to ensure the transition process to MF in the SOP is adhered to in practice.
  • Lead the transition and alumni management part of the AIM programme by ensuring most programme participants who transition to either MF groups or other networks are fully supported and outcomes are tracked.
  • Work closely with the program team to institutionalize the YDCs to use the YDC platform for grassroots advocacy and undertake other relevant activities to deepen the impact of the YDCs at the community level.
  • Support field teams to organize local level workshops/meetings/sessions with external stakeholders to get the buy-in and approval of government authorities.
  • Provide support to the Monitoring & Evaluation Manager to evaluate the impact of advocacy initiatives; produce reports on the progress and outcomes of the advocacy work.
  1. Knowledge Management
  • Work closely with the Manager – Knowledge Management & Learning (AIM) to support the knowledge management component at the country level
  • Work as a knowledge champion and help support process documentation, good practices and success stories compilation.
  • Stay up to date on the latest research and remain informed on issues such as women’s social and economic development, youth-led advocacy, alumni engagement, group self governance, and gender equality.
  1. Outreach, external engagement and communications
  • Organize alumni events and keep alumni up to date with BRAC work including inviting them to BRAC events, learning sessions, field visits and other events.
  • Support delegation of young women’s participation in events such as the International Women’s Day and International Day of the Girl.
  • Lead Supporting the leadership in opportunity identification and advocacy networking including forging working relationships with strategic partners and key stakeholders.
  • Research and identify opportunities at the national and regional levels where BMT can bring the narrative, evidence, lessons, and priorities from the AIM programme to major national events to be shared with key decision-makers and practitioners.
  • Perform other responsibilities, as requested by the Programme Manager.

MAJOR CHALLENGES:

Alumni engagement and management may be a challenge due to the high number of participants and due to the high mobility of program participants.

Ensuring successful advocacy initiatives will include overcoming social stereotypes,bias and discrimination based on gender, age and other factors.

Establishing the necessity and effectiveness of advocacy work within a short timeframe. KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS (KPIs)

Completed the development, planning and rollout of the AIM programme advocacy and alumni engagement strategy in the country.

Established alumni groups meeting at least once per month for 12 months following the programme

At least 10% of participants and YDCs members newly engaged in local, regional, or national level advocacy meetings/decision-making spaces following their training on advocacy Completed mapping of key stakeholders instrumental to the operationalization of the advocacy and alumni engagement strategy and completed outreach with at least 50% of those identified. Produced or supported the production through colleagues of at least 2 knowledge products (reports, stories, case studies etc.) per quarter by championing knowledge management and learning.

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree or Masters

Social Sciences, International Development, Public Relations, Communications, Journalism

Education and experience:

4 – 6 years’ experience in leading advocacy portfolios, community mobilization, campaign management, stakeholder management, and/or supporting self-governance transition of youth groups, preferably in social and economic development.

A robust understanding of the policy landscape around AGYW’s social and economic development, preferably in the African context.

Prior experience in programme-related knowledge management processes. Prior experience working with women groups in advocacy and campaign work. Experience in strategic relationship and partnership management.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & COMPETENCIES: (required)

  • Prior experience in local level advocacy, including experience with community mobilization
  • Ability to set up groups, with community support, for self-governance
  • Knowledge of training content and methodologies for youth on advocacy and/or rights
  • Knowledge of the systemic barriers to girls and women social and economic development particularly in the African context.
  • Good understanding of knowledge management systems
  • Excellent written and communication skills, including the ability to foster productive working relationships with strategic partners and diverse stakeholders
  • Proficient in MS Office

Ability to coach and motivate colleagues with key advocacy messaging and skills.

Competencies: Self-motivated and pro-active, ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines, team building attitude, ability to work in a dynamic environment, demonstrate gender and cultural awareness.

BRAC is committed to safeguarding children, young people, and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. Therefore, our hiring process includes extensive background checks and criminal records disclosure. BRAC is an equal opportunities employer.

All qualified and interested applicants can submit a cover letter with their CVs with three referees, one of which should be your current or most recent employer/line manager, along with a copy of your educational qualification. Applications should be submitted by email to: bracrecruitement@gmail.com with the position title on the subject line.

DEADLINE: January 31 2024

PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY SHORTLISTED APPLICANTS WILL BE CONTACTED

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