Advocacy in MdM is evidenced-based, meaning that we rely on our field work to build our advocacy messages. Therefore, the Advocacy Coordinator is in close relation with the field team, in particular regarding data collection and reporting.
Considering that different organizacions (both national and international) are involved in advocacy in Ukraine, and that MdM is part of a Consortium with a strong advocacy component, coordination and a participatory approach is an essential component of the position.
The Advocacy Coordinator leads the design of the advocacy strategy for the Ukraine mission as well as designs and implements the annual advocacy action plan. He/She is in charge of recruiting, coaching, and managing the Advocacy Officer. He/ She is also playing a strong role in external communication, especially communication in media.
GEOGRAPHICAL SCOPE OF INTERVENTION:
The Advocacy Coordinator is based in Kiev with regular visits to Severodonetsk and field locations.
MdM has been operating in Ukraine since August 2015 and is currently implementing an emergency response and recovery program in the Eastern part of Ukraine (Luhansk oblast, government and non-government controlled areas – GCAs and NGCAs). The program is implemented around two main components: direct delivery of services through multidisciplinary mobile units (including PHC, SRH, MHPSS and support to GBV survivors); strengthening of local health system (with a specific focus on PHC, SRH, MHPSS and GBV) through capacity building of health and non-health staff, awareness raising and advocacy.
MdM in Ukraine is operating through 2 functional bases, Kiev base which is considered as the coordination / Capital office, and the field base in the administrative head of the government controlled area of the Luhansk oblast (Severodonetsk). There is also one health officer based full time in non governmental controlled areas, Luhansk city. 43 persons work in total in the mission including 38 local staff and 5 expatriates (7 in Kiev, 35 in Severodonetsk and 1 in Luhansk city).
The Advocacy Coordinator reports to the General Coordinator, and has functional links with the Coordination team (which he/she belongs) composed of Field Coordinator, Admin Coordinator, Log Coordinator, Medical Coordinator and Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Coordinator. She/he is also working closely with both Liaison Officers (Kiev and Severodonetsk).
1- Development and implementation of the advocacy strategy and plan
• Develop and consolidate the Advocacy strategy for the mission in coordination with the Coordination team
• In collaboration with the team, propose a comprehensive advocacy action plan for the mission and for the field bases, including activities such as press releases, contacts with parliamentarians, reports, lobby, etc.
• Integrate MDM field partners in the elaboration and implementation of the advocacy strategy on relevant aspects.
• Implement the advocacy strategy and action plan together with Advocacy Officer
• Monitor closely and analyse the political environment, the latest developments in the field and the agenda and statements of the targets, and react to events or adapt the advocacy strategy accordingly.
• Support the teams in collecting adequate and reliable information and feedback to be used in advocacy activities
• Elaborate factsheets highlighting advocacy messages from our field data on the different areas of the strategy
• Propose and review relevant investigations/reports
• Propose and elaborate advocacy material, innovation welcome
• Maintain the advocacy contact database
2- Human resources
• Recruit, train and coach/manage an Advocacy Officer
3- Capacity building of MdM Staff in Advocacy
• Train the field teams to collect testimonies
• Sensitize the teams about advocacy, its role in MdM’s mission, and the strategy itself when designed
• Organize or co-organize advocacy trainings for staff
• Maintain ongoing communication with the team to sensitize them, involve them in the advocacy actions and stay up to date with the development in the field.
4- Coordination, networking
• Develop networking among International, Ukrainian society, such as NGO, Governmental actors, press, university, UN agencies, community, media, etc.
• Represent MdM actively in Coordination groups and relevant advocacy working groups such as the ACCESS Consortium advocacy group, NGO Forum, UN Clusters (especially Health, Mental Health and GBV).
• Maintain regular communication with political authorities and diplomatic representations
• Develop exchange practices and methodology in advocacy among relevant stakeholders, including Consortium partners.
• Strengthen current partnerships and support with MDM local partners especially in advocacy.
• In coordination with the GenCo and the Desk Officer, create and maintain contacts with relevant stakeholders in Europe
5- External communication
• In coordination with the HQ communication department, develop the communication strategy accompanying the advocacy actions (media and social media)
• Propose and contribute to media interventions: press releases, press trips, opinion column, interviews, etc.
• Centralise the communication material
Academic background: University degree or diploma.
A -Master in International Cooperation and/or Humanitarian Aid and/ or Public Health
• Language requirements: Excellent level of English (spoken-written-read); Ukrainian and Russian are a strong asset
• Computer requirements: Office pack user level.
The successful candidate must have:
• Experience in a humanitarian organization / humanitarian context
• Experience in advocacy –advocacy in national health reform processes a very important asset; humanitarian advocacy an asset; advocacy in post-Soviet countries a strong asset
• Experience in health related project – specific focus on Mental Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Gender-Based violence an asset.
• Experience in public speaking and in negotiations and relations with partners and authorities
• Experience of team management/coaching
• Excellent analytical skills, especially for complex political context
• Excellent representation and diplomatic skills / Ability to defend advocacy position in front of external actors
• Excellent writing skills
• Strong organisational skills / Rigor / Ability to classify and to manage priorities
• Capacity to take initiatives and propose innovative solutions / Adaptability to a possible changing context
• Knowledge of data analysis and documentation for advocacy purposes
• Knowledge of how to use policy, research, lobbying, public campaigning, media and digital work to influence a political agenda.
• Professionalism, ability to develop solid evidence-based arguments and recommendations
• Knowledge of International Humanitarian Law is an asset
• Skills in graphic design, video, photo editing, and web development applications (would be a plus)
Incorporation date: March
Availability for 5 months
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