Job Title: Senior Manager Advocacy
Reports to: Programmes Director
Direct Report (s):Manager Community Empowerment, Officer Communication, Manager-IGAAP Project
Closely Work with : Sector/departments leads and field teams
Job Location: Nairobi
Contract Details: Fixed term – 12 months with the possibility of extension subject to funding availability
The primary purpose of this role is to lead the management and implementation of the Concern Kenya Programme Advocacy Strategy in line with the Country Strategic Plan 2022 – 2026. This will entail technical leadership in advocacy and research to inform the development of high quality products for lobbying, influencing, media and communications engagement and resource mobilization. The incumbent will take a leading role in framing country programme advocacy agenda together with the Country Management Team through conceptualising and synthesising communication materials, research publications and country programme reports for advocating for change towards ending extreme poverty in our areas of operation. The incumbent will closely liaise with sector leads in the health, nutrition, livelihoods, and education sectors.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
Advocacy and Research
- Oversee the implementation of the Concern Worldwide Kenya Country Programme advocacy strategy 2022 – 2026
- Define sector specific advocacy needs, developing advocacy plans and framing key sector specific advocacy
- Define key sector specific advocacy and research needs, developing advocacy research plans and overseeing together with the MEAL team on undertaking of advocacy research
- Map out key advocacy opportunities for the country programme on a quarterly basis and spearhead engagement within these spaces
- Build technical capacity and support to the country programme staff and local partners where appropriate in the implementation of advocacy strategy
Program Development and Implementation
- Provide leadership and technical guidance in the design, implementation, and monitoring of the governance and advocacy program in line with both the Concern Kenya advocacy strategy and relevant Concern Worldwide advocacy policies
- Collaborate with the Monitoring Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) team to monitor and evaluate ongoing governance and advocacy projects for program effectiveness, high quality and timely program delivery as well as integration with other programs in health, education and livelihoods and make data-driven adjustments as needed.
- In collaboration with the Senior Officer, Grants, Partnerships and Fundraising, Programmes Director and any other relevant staff, take a leading role in developing expressions of interest (EOIs), concept notes and proposals for new projects
- Coordinate the development of project costed work plans and detailed implementation plans
- Monitor over and under spending and initiate mitigation measures for funded projects under the incumbent’s management.
- Documentation of the programme process and successes including generating lessons learnt and case studies in collaboration with the Communications Officer.
- Coordinate timely development, review and submission of internal and external technical and financial project reports
- In consultation with the line manager, represent the programme in relevant meetings
- In close collaboration with the senior officer partnership, support in identification, engagement, assessment and management of strategic advocacy partners as appropriate in line with the country programme’s commitment to localization and strategic partnerships
- Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders, relevant line ministries, government officials and other Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).
- Engage with direct reports for performance management and development through regular performance development reviews; monthly individual work plan development, implementation and review
- Participate in recruitment, induction and on boarding of new staff and provide ongoing mentorship, coaching and support for professional development.
- Manage leave planning and utilization for direct reports
- Adhere to and promote the standards outlined in the Concern Code of Conduct and associated policies to their team, beneficiaries, and be committed to providing a safe working environment
- Participating and contributing towards Concern’s emergency response, as and when necessary
- Take all possible measure to meet Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS)
- Any other duties as assigned by the line manager
Minimum Education, Qualifications & Experience Required:
- A Bachelors’ degree in Social Sciences, Law, Development Studies, Economics, Public Policy. A Master’s degree will be an added advantage
- At least 8 years’ proven experience managing advocacy, research and influencing for country programme portfolios, including development of high-quality advocacy strategies, campaigns and related products
- Strong analytical skills and proven experience in conducting social science research, publishing, , knowledge management
- Experience in communications and media engagement
- Proven experience in fundraising and development of fundraising instruments such as EOIs, concept notes, proposals for advocacy related projects
- Excellent communications, planning and problem solving skills
- Strong project management skills, with the ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines.
- Leadership experience with the ability to inspire and motivate a team
- Knowledge of budgeting and financial management
- Experience and commitment to gender equality and inclusivity
Preference will be given to candidates who have:
- Strong facilitation and time management skills with an ability to plan ahead, anticipate requirements, problems and obstacles and manage competing priorities
- High integrity and demonstrated ability to follow standards and policies
- Ability to work in a systematic and organized manner and attend to details
- Positive attitude and willingness to learn
Awareness of your own abilities and uses abilities to work well with others to achieve your work and Concern’s.
Inspire others by clearly articulating and demonstrating the Concern’s values and principles supports others to achieve excellent results.
Communicating and working with others
Proactively and effectively share information with others. Works effectively with others to achieve best results from.
Delivers on commitments; uses appropriate techniques to help achieve agreed objectives.
Planning and decision-making
Systematically work towards achieving objectives; informed and timely decisions (appropriate to role), to achieve work objectives.
Creativity and innovation
Continual improvement by developing and implementing new ideas for effective and efficient progress towards the agreed objectives
Influence, advocacy and networking
Engages effectively with others inside and outside the organisation as relevant to achieve agreed objectives
Safeguarding at Concern: Code of Conduct and its Associated Policies
Concern has an organisational Code of Conduct (CCoC) with three Associated Policies; the Programme Participant Protection Policy (P4), the Child Safeguarding Policy and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Policy. These have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants from exploitation, and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff, consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organisation, and the standards of behaviour expected of them. In this context, staff have a responsibility to the organisation to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concern’s core values and mission. Any candidate offered a consultancy opportunity with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Concern Code of Conduct and Associated Policies as an appendix to their consultancy contract. By signing the Concern Code of Conduct, candidates acknowledge that they have understood the content of both the Concern Code of Conduct and the Associated Policies and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these policies. Additionally, Concern is committed to the safeguarding and protection of vulnerable adults and children in our work. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those who are suitable to do consultancy work or volunteer with vulnerable adults and children are recruited by us for such roles. Subsequently, being hired as a consultant with Concern is subject to a range of vetting checks, including criminal background checking.
Concern’ is the trading name of ‘Concern Worldwide’, a company limited by guarantee, registered number 39647; registered charity number CHY 5745, registered in Ireland, registered address is 52-55 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Ireland. Follow Concern online: www.concern.net
How to apply
Interested candidates, who meet the above requirements, should send a detailed CV with three professional referees (one of whom must be an immediate line manager) and Cover Letter Only to [email protected] with the subject of the email as ‘Senior Manager Advocacy’ on or before Friday 16th February 2024. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.
Concern Worldwide is an equal opportunity employer and does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (for application, written test, interview, training, medical examination etc.) nor act through recruitment agents. This is applicable for all opportunities including staff and interns.
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