Tearfund Regional Policy Officer Jobs in Kenya

Who we are: We are a Christian organisation partnering with the local church

wherever possible to see change in the lives of those in greatest economic

We believe poverty is caused by broken relationships with God, others,
the environment and ourselves. Restoring those relationships is key to how we
work, and we want to see change that is economic, material, environmental
and spiritual.

We are courageous, truthful, compassionate, servant-hearted and Christ-centred; values that are at the heart of Tearfund.

Our vision: To see people freed from poverty, living transformed lives and
reaching their God-given potential

Our mission: We follow Jesus where the need is greatest, responding to crisis
and partnering with local churches to bring restoration to those living in poverty.

Our values: We aspire to be courageous, truthful, compassionate, servanthearted
and Christ-centred

Main Purpose

To support the scale up and implementation of advocacy responses in Southern and East Africa by working closely with country offices to build the capacity of Tearfund staff, partners and churches across the region to advocate on issues in their respective contexts, as well as leading on research and public policy formulation on regional strategic issues.

Key Responsibilities

SEA level advocacy support

  • Develop and review an SEA advocacy implementation plan, working closely with the Cluster Lead for SEA and Country Representatives in line with the Tearfund Corporate Strategy and SEA country priorities.
  • Support Cluster Lead for SEA to develop and review, all country programme strategies to ensure that advocacy is prioritised, implemented and measured in line with Tearfund Corporate Strategy and good practice.
  • Monitor the public policy, development and humanitarian environment across SEA, providing
    briefing papers, and analysis, and recommending appropriate public policy responses.
  • In collaboration with the Cluster Lead for SEA, research, design and implement any SEA regional level advocacy initiatives.
  • Document, record and disseminate lessons learnt from advocacy initiatives implemented by staff, partners, and other organisations, and share this learning with SEA staff and the International Advocacy Matrix Team.
  • Ensure good linkages between SEA public policy issues and global policy issues, by coordinating with SEA staff and the International Advocacy Matrix Team.
  • Support corporate media and advocacy campaigning ensuring SEA country and regional public policy messages are represented.

    Country level advocacy support

  • In conjunction with SEA Country Representatives, and in line with SEA country strategies, support the development of country level advocacy plans and complimentary capacity building plans to strengthen country programme strategies.
  • Provide public policy advice and support to staff and partners in the research, analysis and documentation of public policy information with particular emphasis on addressing underlying causes and effects of issues in the SEA region.
  • Support, mentor, coach and guide staff and partners to design and implement local and national level advocacy initiatives including facilitating advocacy project design workshops.
  • Provide advocacy training, accompaniment and advocacy advice to staff and partners to build country programme capacity and to improve the effectiveness of advocacy initiatives
  • Support staff and partners in strengthening and developing national and regional advocacy
    networks and alliances that are strategic and tactical and support country and regional priorities.
  • In conjunction with the International Advocacy Matrix Team, produce capacity
    building materials to support staff and partner advocacy initiatives in SEA.
  • Conduct reviews and evaluations of SEA advocacy programmes and share learning with staff and partners across the region and link with the International Advocacy Matrix Team to bring this into the wider organisation.
  • Support staff and partners to write public policy reports, briefings and deliver public policy messages to churches and ecumenical bodies, SEA Governments, UN Bodies and NGO fora.

    Policy Analysis and Information

  • Support staff and partners to conduct research and develop public policy positions relevant to their country context.
  • Remain up-to date on issues relevant to Tearfund’s advocacy work in the SEA region, including international and regional policy contexts and technical developments.
  • Brief SEA staff, partners and senior Tearfund staff accordingly.
  • Coordinate Tearfund contributions to relevant external advocacy bodies and coalitions.
  • Ensure public policy consistency on issues relating to Southern and East Africa.
    Networking & Public Representation of Tearfund
  • Build and maintain relationships with others outside the organisation, including partners, churches and ecumenical bodies, NGOs, Governments, UN Bodies, and Regional Bodies (such as the African Union, SADC and COMESA), relating to SEA regional and relevant public policy issues, particularly in the focus countries.
  • Represent Tearfund, with senior counterparts where required, at external events such as Government public policy forums, interagency meetings and NGO network meetings.
  • Work with other agencies and networks to engage in joint advocacy activities.


  • Degree or equivalent qualification
  • Degree or equivalent qualification in politics, sociology, international development, law or human rights
  • Good understanding of development
    and humanitarian issues in the region and international relations
  • Demonstrable understanding of the
    role of public policy in development
  • Proven experience in research, public
    policy influencing, advocacy or campaigning in humanitarian, development or human rights sector
  • Experience of influencing powerful
    government decision-makers in order to bring about change
  • Substantive experience of capacity
    building in advocacy
  • Experience of working with marginalized groups or communities
  • Experience in producing, coordinating
    and disseminating high-quality policy
    submissions, briefings and research
  • Substantive relevant experience of
    public policy and advocacy issues in Southern and East Africa
  • Familiarity with NGO sector

    Skills/ Abilities

  • Ability to research and analyse
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Ability to think and plan strategically
  • Facilitation skills
  • Ability to negotiate within and outside
    the organisation
  • Networking and collaboration skills
  • Ability to influence others through
    clear, concise and articulate written
    and verbal communication
  • Ability to write reports and public
    policy briefs
  • Ability to be largely self-supporting in
    administrative tasks
  • Computer literate
  • Proficient in written and spoken

    How to apply

    Interested candidates should apply online by 13th May, 2018

    For more information and job application details, see; Tearfund Regional Policy Officer Jobs in Kenya

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