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Programme Officer – Civil Society Engagement/Lobby and Advocacy (National/Regional Position)

based juba with 20% travel to the field | South Sudan

  • Organization: Cordaid - Catholic Organisation for Relief and Development Aid
  • Location: based juba with 20% travel to the field | South Sudan
  • Grade: Mid level - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Legal - Broad
    • Political Affairs
  • Closing Date: 2018-12-21

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Cordaid is a Dutch, international non-governmental organization which combines 100 years of experience and expertise in emergency aid and structural poverty eradication. Cordaid believes in a world without poverty and exclusion. We strive for a just and sustainable society where every person counts. We stand for knowledge and talent sharing between North and South, between farmers and businesses, between activists and policymakers. Where poverty, conflict and exclusion tear up societies, we connect people and communities. We also stand for professionalism, expertise and solidarity across borders, to make a difference where it is most needed. Together with more than 600 partner organizations in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America we structurally improve the living conditions of the poorest and most excluded populations - the bottom billion.

Cordaid has been active in South Sudan for more than 20 years, with a strong focus on civil society capacity-building. Currently, it has programs in the area of Emergency Response, DRR, Health, Food Security, Security & Justice, Women Leadership and Investments.

Presently, Cordaid is expanding its program in different parts of the country. For that purpose, additional technical capacity is required. Therefore, Cordaid would like to recruit a Programme Officer – Civil Society Engagement/Lobby and Advocacy as detailed below,

Programme Officer – Civil Society Engagement/Lobby and Advocacy

Based Juba with 20% travel to the field

Report to lines

The Programme Officer – Civil Society Engagement/Lobby and Advocacy reports to the Programme Coordinator-Strategy Partnership /Lobby and Advocacy

Purpose of the position

The Programme Officer–Civil Society Engagement/Lobby and Advocacy will assure the implementation of the Cordaid South Sudan Lobby and Advocacy/Dialogue and Dissent Strategy in liaison with the Programme Coordinator- Strategic Partnership/Lobby and Advocacy and take responsibility for the advocacy results and outcome as per the Country Office Strategic Plan.

In addition, the Programme Officer–Civil Society Engagement/Lobby and Advocacy will, in liaison with the Capacity Building Officer-Lobby and Advocacy, take the lead in strengthening the institutional capacity and staff capability of partner CSOs to engage duty bearers and deliver on their lobby and advocacy mandate.

Programme implementation

1. Context analysis and development of Lobby and Advocacy plans

a) Carry out and present to the SMT on-going analysis of the dynamic political, economic, security context to inform lobby and advocacy strategic priorities and plans b) Facilitate the development of Cordaid’s and partner’s lobby and advocacy strategic priorities and plans with SMART objectives and targets that are also consistent with the goals of the Dialogue and Dissent Strategic Partnership

2. Leading Lobby and Advocacy activities

a) In liaison with the Programme Coordinator-Strategy Partnership /Lobby and Advocacy, lead the implementation of lobby and advocacy activities of Cordaid and its South Sudan partners, within the framework of the Strategic Partnership programme b) Develop and maintain a network of influential decision-makers/stakeholders in South Sudan and facilitate effective engagement with them for meaningful advocacy results. c) Lead strategic advocacy activities, by reaching out to government actors, UN agencies, the Dutch Embassy, donors and other relevant stakeholders and by representing Cordaid in advocacy networks, conferences and relevant platforms to influence decisions that will facilitate attainment of Cordaid Lobby and Advocacy objectives d) Lead the implementation of Lobby and Advocacy activities of Cordaid South Sudan and signal opportunities for additional, complementary programmes that will contribute the attainment of the Country Office lobby and advocacy Strategic Plan and objectives.

3. Act as the focal point for linking the lobby and advocacy of the Strategic Partnership in South Sudan to international lobby carried out by Global Office lobbyists working for the Strategic Partnership

a) Align the national dimension of the Strategic Partnerships lobby and advocacy strategy in South Sudan with the international strategies developed by the Cordaid lobbyists at the Global Office b) Participate, where appropriate and as directed by the Coordinator for Strategic Partnership/Lobby and Advocacy, in international lobby and advocacy activities, in close coordination with Cordaid lobbyists at Global Office

4. Lobby and Advocacy capacity development

a) In liaison with the Capacity Development Officer, facilitate the institutional and staff capacity assessment/due diligence of Cordaid South Sudan partners and develop and implement a capacity building plan that will enhance their capacity to deliver on lobby and advocacy objectives b) In liaison with the Capacity Development Officer, participate in activities for capacity development of implementing partners and knowledge sharing in the field of lobby and advocacy

Qualification and experience

  1. A post-graduate degree in human rights, humanitarian law, Peace Studies, Gender and Development or related social sciences
  2. At least 5 years’ experience working in human rights, humanitarian law or related discipline..
  3. Proven experience in lobby and advocacy in relation to (inter)national political institutions and decision-makers
  4. Proven experience in working with civil society, creating networks and coordination and to obtain contribution from others
  5. Proven ability to communicate effectively in English
  6. Proven ability to draft context analyses, policy papers, advocacy positions, articles, blogs, press statements.
  7. Ability to establish a viable network of civil society among different sectors (health, education, business, legal, finance, etc) throughout South Sudan.
  8. A honest broker, able to overcome differences, choosing pragmatic solutions

Further information and how to apply

Interested and qualifying applicants can submit their application letter including a CV in English, copies of birth certificate, National ID and qualification documents, both phone and email contact details of at least 4 professional references, including most recent/current employer/supervisor to the following email

Mention the vacancy reference number in subject line.

e.g. CSS01/12/18 Programme Officer – Civil Society Engagement/Lobby and Advocacy

Deadline for submission is by the 21 December 2018

Cordaid is an equal opportunities employer and women are strongly encouraged to apply

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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