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Advocacy Officer

Location:Washington, DC
Salary Range:Competitive NonProfit Market Compensation Package
Benefits:Competitive NonProfit Market Benefits Package
Employment Type:Full Time
Department:Resource Development
Description:The Advocacy Officer is primarily responsible for translating policy platforms into effective advocacy actions for IMA World Health and partners. The incumbent is also responsible for managing the “We Will Speak Out – US” coalition, which provides coordination for key gender-based violence (GBV) prevention advocacy initiatives; the focus will be to organize coalition members, coordinate/facilitate coalition activities, maintain the website, and spearhead advocacy actions for members and others enlisted. The Advocacy Officer is to inspire donors and policymakers to increase their commitment to women and girls through funding and/or advocacy to support the most effective methods of providing protection and empowerment to GBV survivors and preventing further violence.
Duties:General Advocacy.
1. Write issue-related reports, items for the organization website, and articles for publication in media outlets, including newspapers and scholarly journals.
2. In consultation with Congressional and UN advocates, prepare testimony or statements for Congressional and United Nations hearings, briefings or debates, and advocacy letters to relevant officials.
3. Develop media contacts and serve as public spokesperson as needed to advance the advocacy agenda of the organization.
4. Represent the organization at coordination meetings organized by NGOs, the U.S. government, the UN, think tanks, and other relevant institutions.
5. Collaborate with fellow stakeholders to advance the organization’s thinking on key issues and to support the achievement of IMA’s mission.
6. Contribute to IMA’s organizational fund raising efforts by meeting donors, contributing to donor proposals and reports, helping to organize Board and donor tours, and giving public presentations on issues of strategic importance to IMA.
7. Provide technical expertise to the members to help guide and support better policy and practice among donors and practitioners. This may include writing or contributing to technical documents, and providing trainings, convening or participating in workshops or conferences.
8. Other duties as assigned.

Coalition Advocacy (GBV).
9. Serve as the key cooridantor and manager of the We Will Speak Out, US, coalition
a. Facilitate development of the coalition
b. Provide leadership to the coalition
10. Devise and carry out advocacy strategy for GBV domestically and internationally within the faith community, taking into account stakeholder policies/positions.
11. Work closely with global advocates and faith communities on the development of GBV global advocacy priorities and strategies, including appropriate joint strategies and activities; participate in monthly advocacy calls, calls on specific priorities, and regional/international meetings.
12. Build awareness within the faith community about the plight of women and girls in conflict-affected states and in emergencies. Support the coalition’s fundraising, communications and media units to develop compelling and coherent campaigns highlighting key priorities like comprehensive approaches to tackling violence against women and girls, domestic violence, etc.

13. Develop creative and innovative lobbying tactics in coordination with appropriate members of the coalition.
14. Hold frequent meetings with U.S. government officials, UN agency personnel, and other relevant actors to carry out a plan of action related to GBV in a particular region, as well as to advance the overall advocacy agenda of the organization.
15. Draft and produce legislative updates, call-in-day scripts, and materials for advocacy, communications and media on the coalition’s GBV approach, including briefing papers, opeds, and other advocacy-oriented materials.
16. Anticipate possible advocacy developments and outcomes and prepare contingency plans and strategy adjustments (e.g.. a bill gets passed right before the big call-in day).
17. Be responsible for maintenance of coalition website and contact database.
18. Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications:1. A Master’s Degree in international affairs, political science, journalism, or related field, which included the study of international humanitarian issues, particularly gender issues.
2. A minimum of five to seven years of professional experience involving some combination of overseas work as well as advocacy and policy work, Familiarity with United States foreign policy and government structure, with proven record of successful implementation of advocacy strategy and campaign.
3. Strong communication skills.
4. Organizational skills, including an ability to work independently and take initiative.
5. Research skills necessary to track and stay up-to-date on legislative developments.
6. Excellent computer skills (MS Publisher, MS Word and Excel)
7. Strong networking skills.
8. Good analytical skills and attention to detail.
9. Flexible, highly motivated self-starter.
10. Fluency in written and spoken English required.

Qualifications (Preferred)
1. Professional experience related to Gender-Based Violence and/or Women’s Protection and Empowerment in an international development context desirable.
2. Experience working with the faith community desirable.
3. Experience working with donors and policy-makers advocating for policy change with US and European governments desirable.
4. Experience in public speaking and working with the media (including writing and broadcast interviews) desirable.
5. Fluency in written/spoken French, Spanish, or other major language desirable.

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