VACANCY: Local Level Advocacy Specialist, World Vision07/06/2013
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
The Local Level Advocacy (LLA) Specialist supports efforts in World Vision National Offices (NO) to engage communities in advocacy efforts at the local level (using Citizen Voice and Action as the major approach). The LLA Specialist also provides guidance on linking data from the local level to national and international advocacy efforts on children’s health, education and life skills related policy including implementation, systems and structures.
Specifically, the Specialist will systematise the links between World Vision’s Citizen Voice and Action approach (or other local advocacy approaches) and higher level policy influence. Establishing these links will require the Specialist to:
- Equip NOs and Regional Offices (ROs) to scale up their Citizen Voice Action (CVA) or (LLA) practice in the field, including capacity building when necessary;
- Ensure that local advocacy evidence is systematically collected and processed;
- Equip staff to quickly and easily access and strategically deploy this information for advocacy and campaign purposes.
- Strengthen the capacity of World Vision Regional Office (RO) staff to embed advocacy in their sector advice to National Office (NO) and Programme – level staff.
- Equip NOs to implement CVA, including through capacity building when necessary.
- Increase advocacy activity in field programmes. RO Sector Specialists and Capacity Building Coordinators should be able to implement training for NOs in Citizen Voice and Action (CVA) and ensure that advocacy plans are evident in Health, Education and Life Skills sector strategies and plans at the Regional and National Office levels.
- Work with Global Centre, NOs and ROs in the development of advocacy strategies and campaigns that draw upon the evidence of our programmes and advocacy at the local level.
- Work with NOs and ROs to ensure community representatives meaningfully contribute to policy influence. Policies (and their implementation) reflect community priorities for child well-being.
- Work with NO and RO Advocacy, Sponsorship and DM&E staff to maximise use of advocacy, sponsorship and Design, Monitoring and Evaluation (DME) systems in advocacy efforts.
- Formulate evidence – based policy asks. Develop demand for these evidence – based products.
- Ensure that programme data is systematically collected, prepared and used for advocacy and communications.
- Guide the creation of information/ communication products by children/youth/community and disseminate through new communication channels, such as social media.
- Ensure that advocacy and communications products are increasingly driven by field-level data.
- Work with RO Education Advisors to embed CVA in Literacy Boost programming. Develop a plan (including monitoring and evaluation) for analysing impact of CVA on Literacy Boost outcomes.
- Ensure evidence base is developed showing impact (or not) of inclusion of local level advocacy (linked to national level efforts) in Literacy Boost programmes.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES: REQUIRED:
- Master’s degree or higher in international relations and/or international development.
- At least 5 years in advocacy, human rights, or development.
- Education or health background.
- At least five years working in a developing country context.
- Experience working in a not-for-profit non-governmental organizations
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