Independent Medico Legal Unit - Program Officers – Advocacy and Communication - Jobs in Kenya

Independent Medico Legal Unit - Program Officers – Advocacy and Communication - Jobs in Kenya

The Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU) is a governance, health and human rights non-profit
making organization, whose vision is A Just World Free from Torture, Violence and Discrimination.

work is underpinned by a holistic approach involving litigation, medical and psychosocial rehabilitation of
survivors of torture, monitoring government adherence to its human rights obligations and advocacy for
policy, legal and institutional reforms. Over the last two decades we have assisted over 5,000 victims of
torture, cruel, degrading and inhuman treatment through the support of our national networks of
professionals: doctors, trauma counselors, lawyers, paralegals, human rights monitors and journalists.

To support IMLU’s Vision 2021 that entails strengthening the social movement against torture, violence and
discrimination, we are looking for a highly motivated individual for the role below.

Job Title

  • Program Officers – Advocacy and Communication

    The Overall Purpose of the Function
    Lead in designing, implementation, monitoring and reporting of advocacy and communication strategies
    in line with the institutional strategic plan. Stakeholder identification and nurturing of strategic alliances
    and movement building towards creating needed support for advocacy initiatives at grassroots, national and
    international level.

    Description of Main Duties or Tasks Performed by the Job Holder

    Program Design, implementation, monitoring and reporting

  • Develop and lead the implementation of IMLU’s advocacy and communication strategies and policies
  • Manage IMLU’s advocacy and communication program
  • Enhance IMLU visibility on matters related to its mandate
  • Provide leadership and coordinate related community outreach activities
  • Developing, collating and disseminating advocacy resources, and providing advocacy guidance to the
    Programmes’ team;
  • Draft and support the production of advocacy material to be used at national, regional and international

    Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Timely, quality and consistency of institutional annual report
  • Overall responsible for IMLU’s annual reports and newsletter
  • Convene and coordinate media and publicity events
  • Prepare project and donor reports related to the role

    Communication and institutional visibility and profile

  • Ensure timely, consistent and effective media monitoring with a view of assessing the level of
    coverage and respond to arising issues/criticism (negative or positive);
  • Communications and media opportunities are identified and responded to in order to ensure that
    IMLU is a credible source for the media, partners, donors, governments, communities and IMLU staff.
  • Ensure the institutional communications policy and strategy are up to date and are adhered to
  • Prepare communication tools and materials: publications, reports, media releases, website, e.t.c.
  • Ensure the Resource Centre is up to date, secure and accessible to users
  • Ensure network of journalists is efficiently and effectively managed towards fulfilling institutional
    Vision and Mission;
  • Work with other programme team to ensure the collection and documentation of interesting case
    studies, success stories, lessons learnt from field-based programmes in all locations and sectors, for
    use in advocacy and media work and for quality reporting purposes;
  • Collecting relevant information for the purposes of public policy advocacy

    Security Sector Reforms

  • Responsible for implementation of an effective police reforms strategy in line
    with IMLU’s strategic
  • Convening and coordination of the Police Reforms Working Group-Kenya (PRWG-K)

    Line management

  • Lead in preparing performance targets and ensuring staff meet these targets
  • Mentor, coach, support and motivate staff towards high performance levels
  • Lead in developing effective and productive linkages with other programs in line with IMLU’s
    holistic approach

    Resource Mobilization and Management

  • Lead the team in ensuring adherence to institutional policies and procedures
  • Identification of advocacy and communications financial needs and writing funding proposals
  • Preparing grant reports for the program

    Networks and partnerships

  • Developing networks and partnerships with other human rights organizations involved in the antitorture campaign
  • Actively participate and represent the organization in various networks/platforms and movements
    to share and promote IMLU objectives on various issues
  • Any other duties as assigned by your supervisor and, or the Executive Director.

    Qualifications, Experience and Attributes:


  • First degree in relevant social sciences:
    preferably development studies, law,
    human rights, program management,
  • Post graduate training in
    relevant social sciences,
    preferably development
    studies, law human rights,
    program management, and
  • Others may
    include journalism,
    international relations


  • At least three years’ NGO experience in
    managing human rights and governance
    related public policy, legislative and
    institutional reforms,
  • Experience in community mobilization,
    organization and advocacy programmes.
  • Experience in working with the media to
    give visibility and voice to victims and
    reform issues
  • Competence in IT including relevant to
    web content management.
  • Experience in security sector reforms
    advocacy an added advantage.
  • At least five years’
    experience in managing
    communication and
    advocacy programmes

    Other attributes
  • High personal integrity
  • Highly analytical; able to absorb and analyze high volumes of information;
    research skills; ability to organize work and prioritize tasks, collaborative
    and team player; able to nurture strategic partnerships;
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills: writing and presentation
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision, in a team and under pressure
  • Passionate about mobilizing for measurable change outcomes affecting most
    vulnerable and marginalized

    How to Apply
  • If you believe you are passionate and committed to human rights and have the experience and qualifications
    we are looking for, please send your application letter and CV, including your current salary, expected
    remuneration, three professional referees and day time telephone contacts to: with the
    subject matter PROGRAM OFFICER – ADVOCACY AND COMMUNICATION by 30th May, 2019.
  • We will only receive email applications, only successful candidates will be contacted.
  • Canvassing
    will lead to disqualification.
  • For more information and job application details, see; Independent Medico Legal Unit - Program Officers – Advocacy and Communication - Jobs in Kenya

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