Advocacy Coordinator -RYSE Policy & Advocacy
RYSE Policy & Advocacy Coordinator /Amman-National Contract
The Danish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe: we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights, and strengthen their opportunity for a brighter future. We work in conflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in the countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strive for responsible and sustainable solutions. We work toward successful integration and – whenever possible – for the fulfilment of the wish to return home.
The Danish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956, and has since grown to become an international humanitarian organization with more than 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers. Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced.
All of our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation
RYSE Policy & Advocacy Coordinator will be an integral part of the management structure of the Resilient Youth Socially and Economically Empowered (RYSE) program, headed by the Danish Refugee Council (DRC). The consortium aims to develop and mobilize a dynamic, powerful, multi-stakeholder initiative focusing on empowering displaced and conflict-affected youth to become positive change agents. The vision is to develop a flagship model, in which youth, governments, private sector companies as well as investors and civil organizations together educate, embolden and enable youth to fulfil their critical role in a future Syria and Jordan and to pursue their life ambitions. The key target group are Syrian youth who are displaced and living as refugees in Jordan and vulnerable young Jordanians negatively affected by the conflicts in the region.
RYSE encompasses three separate, but interlocking objectives. Objective 1 focuses on providing life skills, trainings, and pathways for youth to engage in leadership in civil society. Objective 2 provides a graduation model approach to help youth and their families become more resilient and obtain improved economic outcomes. Objective 3 will seek to create an enabling and refugee and youth-inclusive supporting environment by addressing the formal and larger context of institutional and policy structures in Jordan that prevent youth from actively participating in civil society and the labour market. This will be achieved through policy analyses and assessments, advocacy, mobilization, and capacity building of a broader set of stakeholders and duty bearers to promote refugee and youth-inclusive policies. Evidence-based advocacy will help support the Government of Jordan and its development and humanitarian partners to introduce policy changes that promote a more enabling environment for youth empowerment and to reach the well-conceived ambitions under the Jordan Compact.
In line with the project’s theory of change, Objective 3 seeks to identify regulatory barriers specific to the business sectors that affect youth employment, whether by unintentionally discouraging firms from hiring or investing in young people, or indirectly make accessing high quality jobs more difficult for young people. Similarly, under Specific Objective 1, the youth-led advocacy initiatives will develop advocacy messaging around gender barriers impeding young women’s access to decent work and participation. The Consortium will then work with municipalities, ministries, and other development stakeholders to advocate for improvement and reform of key regulations, including engagement of key actors involved in progressing the Jordan Compact.
The individual will report directly to Chief of Party-RYSE Consortium. Your main duties and responsibilities will be:
- Prepare and regularly update RYSE policy agenda and advocacy strategy in coordination with related CMU and RYSE Policy/Advocacy Technical Working Group (TWG)
- Conduct necessary policy analysis, develop policy papers and other position papers on the main recommendations to be discussed on national and local level.
- Develop and implement a plan to examine the feasibility for the Jordanian Government to replicate aspects of the graduation model that explores the options available, working closely with the government to determine the most appropriate approach to sustain the graduation model and to promote this among other actors
- Support and ensure complementarity with DSP advocacy efforts related to the use of the graduation model in Jordan
- In coordination with RYSE COP, other objectives’ coordinators and partners, lead the formulation of working committees comprised of private sector representatives, trainees and graduates of the RYSE programs and government representatives to proactively address key barriers.
- In coordination with RYSE COP, coordinate and facilitate policy dialogue platforms, consultation meetings and workshops with related stakeholders, write workshop reports and meeting results.
- Define, develop and use tools needed to prioritize policy advocacy and reform topics
- To keep abreast of government affairs and the passage of relevant legislation, AND benchmarking studies on best practice, identifying opportunities and points of leverage - alerting others where appropriate - so RYSE consortium can influence, intervene or contribute.
- Work with RYSE COP on coordinating public sector engagement (e.g. with MOY, MOE, MOL …)
- Follow up and monitor the adaptation of the recommendations and proposed reforms
- Leverage capacity/ political capital/ engagement of RYSE consortium partner organizations and other stakeholders to advocate for and influence change, using different communication tools for effective advocacy, sharing knowledge & learning
- Ensure the ready availability of information and robust evidence to support RYSE communications and media strategy.
Internal and external Coordination
- Coordinate closely with other objectives’ coordinators to ensure advocacy policy objectives are well aligned with private sector and youth engagement
- In coordination with other objectives’ coordinators and the Technical Working Groups advise on the best approaches for building the capacity of duty bearers in the public sector on the implementation of civic engagement and graduation model components
- Identify opportunities for RYSE to be represented at relevant forums, events and conferences – to increase its capacity for effective policy advocacy and influencing on creating enabling and youth inclusive environment.
- Actively participate and co-facilitate RYSE Learning and Knowledge sharing events to be able to capture examples of good practice, lessons learned and case studies
- Lead facilitation and coordination of RYSE Policy/Advocacy Technical Working Group (TWG)
- Support consortium partners (The different TWGs) in the identification and prioritization of main enabling environment issues on which the consortium will engage for policy reform and advocacy.
- In coordination with consortium partners, develop appropriate and effective communication pathways to ensure collaboration and understanding between the consortium partners as well as the consortium partners and CMU;
- Manage and ensure cost-effective financial management of the Policy/Advocacy budget
- Ensure all interventions adhere to DRCs’ Gender Policy, Do No Harm principles, and beneficiary accountability standards;
Influence & Representation
- Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with consortium partners, local governments and other stakeholders;
- Represent RYSE Consortium at relevant events and meetings with donor, potential partners, and stakeholders, including corporations, organizations, foundations and government entities;
- Demonstrate flexibility, resilience and ability to maintain positive relationships and composure;
- Maintain high ethical standards and treat people with respect and dignity;
- Exhibit an awareness of his/her own strengths and development needs;
- In coordination with RYSE Consortium Program Management team, promote program achievements, challenges, and lessons learned domestically and internationally to foster greater connections and information sharing.
Monitoring, Evaluation, and Reporting
- Collaborate with the MEAL Technical Working Group to develop monitoring mechanisms to ensure high-quality levels of implementation for Policy/Advocacy activities
- Take responsibility for achieving targets set for Policy indicators as per RYSE log frame and glossary
- Prepare timely, accurate and high-quality program and donor reports on policy &advocacy activities in compliance with donor requirements reflecting achievements made, challenges and solutions.
- Identify opportunities for growth, improvement and innovation, including scaling and deepening the impact of the program
As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit DRCs as well as themselves.
Required / Desirable
- MBA, MSc and/or MA plus 6 years or Bachelor plus 8 years of experience in public policy, public finance, international relations, research methods, political science, international studies/development, or other relevant field;
- Experience in international development program management, experience in policy reform, advocacy, public sector systems, or other related technical areas;
- Experience of leading the development and implementation of policy and advocacy strategies and plans
- Knowledge of Jordan regulatory systems and reform procedures
- Understanding and experience of working with government and parliamentary mechanisms, processes and policy making, and of the political environment
- Experience of drafting and presenting complex information to a variety of audiences in a clear and accessible way
- Experience of lobbying on policy reform and advocacy
- Strong networking, influencing and stakeholder management skills
- Proven track record of building and nurturing relationships and influencing external stakeholder agendas
- Experience working in multi-lateral or multi stakeholder organization
- Experience of setting up and running events
- Communication skills – high level writing and presentation skills – able to write a concise, impactful brief or communication
- Excellent analytical and political judgement skills
- High level project management skills, multi-tasking, organizational and prioritization skills;
- Demonstrated flexibility and creativity in planning and problem solving;
- Experience with the development, implementation & compliance of (donors) & (corporate/private) funded programs
- Excellent oral and written English skills required; proficiency in Arabic is required
In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies:
Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.
Demonstrating integrity: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.
Designation of Duty Station: Amman
Start date: ASAP
All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered.
Closing date for applications: 14 June 2021
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