Center For Reproductive Rights Head of Advocacy and Communications Jobs in Kenya
Center For Reproductive Rights Head of Advocacy and Communications Jobs in Kenya
Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the global leader in using the power of law to advance reproductive rights as fundamental human rights. Headquartered in New York City, the non-profit, non-partisan organization has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Nairobi, and Washington, DC, and a staff of approximately 200 diverse professionals.
The overarching goal of the Center’s new Strategic Plan sets a high mark for impact: By 2030, half of the world’s population will be living under stronger protections for reproductive rights than they do today. The Center has a track record of success to back up this ambitious goal. Since its founding in 1992, the Center’s game-changing litigation and advocacy, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide on issues including maternal health, contraception, abortion, and assisted reproduction.
It has won groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women’s rights advocates in more than 60 countries and counting.
The Center’s Africa Program seeks to hire a highly qualified, motivated, and competent Head of Advocacy and Communications to lead the integration of advocacy and communication efforts throughout the program in accordance with the Centre’s strategic plan. Reporting to the Senior Regional Director for Africa, the Head of Advocacy and Communications will lead the Africa program’s efforts to expand its advocacy, partnerships, and communication reach across Africa and position the organization as a leading voice on Sexual Reproduction Health Rights (SRHR).
Advocacy and Campaigns:
Develop and lead a comprehensive policy advocacy and communications strategy for the Africa program providing strategic direction, oversight, coordination, and priority setting.
Support the Program to ensure a feminist, human rights and broader SRHR movement intersectional approach across internal and external communications;
Ensure quality of program on influencing agenda across focal countries and with human rights mechanisms and political bodies;
Plan and manage an advocacy calendar with key moments and events;
Lead and oversee a data-driven and inspiring communications content and an external engagement strategy; and
Manage strategic pieces of work in partnership with global leads which will help leverage the Centre’s value add as a global Organisation in country and in the region.
Lead external representation for the Centre’s advocacy and policy goals; and
Play a leading role in raising Centre’s profile in country and at the region through developing significant relationships with partners, allies, Government development partners, INGOs, UN and the media.
Development of media relationships on behalf of the Centre;
Bringing, maintaining networks, and working relationships with partners and stakeholders in sexual reproductive human rights;
Ensure close collaboration with partners and high strategic relevance of Center’s common advocacy positions.
Technical leadership, Capacity Building and Learning:
Provide thought leadership on program development and influencing the agenda on policy/research and campaigning initiatives;
Provide specific technical expertise on the broad range of reproductive rights;
Lead capacity development initiatives to deepen the influencing approaches across the regional programs; and
Support and share key learning through different methods and help to create an environment for innovation.
Oversight of political mobilization
Gather and share strategic intelligence relevant for the program;
Develop and maintain strong working relationships with relevant bodies; and
Oversight in development and implementation of media strategies and components.
People leadership and Management:
Promote an organizational culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and commitment to quality;
Provide strategic direction, oversight, coordination, and priority setting for the advocacy function in collaboration with stakeholders within the Global Legal Program;
Maximize staff performance through
performance management, ensuring that each direct report has a performance agreement and development plan;
Recruit, train/mentor, supervise and evaluate staff on own area and participate in institutional recruiting processes as needed;
Manage the performance of Advocacy and Communications advisors in line with the Center’s Human Resources policy and organizational values;
Engage and manage external consultants as needed;
Ensure proper reporting and accountability to internal and external audience such as multilateral and bilateral donors;
Support new fundraising efforts in collaboration with the Africa team and the development team to develop advocacy related capacity statements and proposals.
A Masters’ degree in law, development studies, international relations, social sciences, politics, or any other relevant field;
15 years’ experience in a role that involves advocacy for an NGO with excellent knowledge of advocacy cycle and application of advocacy tools;
Experience in developing strategic and tactical communication interventions;
Experience working on human/women’s rights, reproductive rights and/or in the social justice sector with demonstrable expertise in advocacy and/or representation and influence at high policy levels;
Experience in research and policy analysis, data collection, analysis, and interpretation, writing and production of reports, policy briefs and publications;
Experience adapting context specific analysis, strategy, policies, and procedures to suit different audiences;
Experience in providing non-profits technical assistance and in expanding and strengthening the communications knowledge, capabilities, and resources of non-profit organizations to enhance work and improve effectiveness.
Behavioral Skill Sets:
Demonstrable skill sets in Strategic Advocacy and communication management practices in the following core competencies skill areas: -
Commitment to the Center’s mission, purpose, and values.
Diplomatic and tenacious: Possess strong relationships building skills with resolve. Must possess a “can-do” and “will-do” attitude and build effective relationships while sustaining focus and drive in the Sexual Reproductive Rights protection agenda.
Management Skills: Strong organizational skills with proven ability to concurrently manage a large number and wide variety of projects with strict deadlines while working within a team setting across varied time zones;
Creativity Innovativeness: “Out of the box” thinking perspective.
Communication and Proven interpersonal Skills: Possess Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Information Monitoring, Strong networking and negotiation skills: Be astute at information gathering monitoring and networking;
Initiative, energy, drive and follow up skills: Effectively respond to pressure or crisis situations and acts proactively and follow through on ideas, assignments, and open issues;
Strategic thinking: Applies big-picture thinking while also focusing on the details of implementation.
Decisiveness: Consistently makes sound decisions in a timely manner supportive of the Center's mission, core values, and strategic objectives. Blends vision and judgment.
Collaboration: Brings a track record of working effectively with various and diverse individuals and groups, and a willingness to actively listen and invite different views and opinions across all levels of the institution to build alignment in support of a common goal.
Transparency: Consistently applies openness and honesty in communicating decisions and plans to team members.
Commitment to learn: Applies a growth mentality to their own and their team’s (if applicable) development. Promotes a culture of learning by modeling inquisitiveness and an openness to viewing mistakes as an opportunity to learn and improve.
Empathy: Serves as an empathetic, approachable leader who engenders trust and confidence. (if applicable)
Adaptability/Flexibility: Demonstrates comfort with ambiguity and calculated risk.
How to Apply
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