CARE is seeking an Advocacy Advisor, Education who will play a key role in positioning CARE as a leader in education and girls’ empowerment programming and in supporting country office programs to multiply the impact of their interventions. The Advocacy Advisor manages the development and implementation of advocacy strategies and activities to advance CARE’s work, including projects funded through the Patsy Collins Trust Fund Initiative (PCTFI) and DFID’s Girls’ Education Challenge. This position will provide technical guidance and support to a set of country offices to strengthen policy analysis, advocacy and partnership efforts at the local, regional and global levels, within the context of CARE’s long term programs. S/he will help to ensure that the PCTFI advocacy strategy complements the Education team and the organizational ongoing agenda. This position will also support research on emerging advocacy issues at the CO and global level.
The successful candidate will contribute to intellectual discussion on influencing structural changes in and through education and gender integration, advance CARE’s rights-based approaches to education and girls’ empowerment programming, and promote understanding about the underlying causes of poverty that contribute to low levels of educational attainment and youth leadership, and gender based discrimination/marginalization.
- Work with Country Offices (COs) to identify advocacy achievements, good practice and lessons learned, support their documentation and promote learning and sharing amongst COs and support the broader Education Team learning agenda.
- Work with the Knowledge Management and Learning Advisor, the Impact Measurement Advisor and the Senior Research and Learning Advisor to provide strategic guidance to promote the use of knowledge sharing and information management for advocacy through PCTFI and other funding.
- Working with CO teams and in close coordination with other members of the Education team, design and develop regional and sub-regional advocacy agendas focusing on education and adolescent girls’ empowerment. This will include providing support for the identification of key partners and strategies to achieve CARE’s education sector priorities, 2020 program strategy objectives and contribute to progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
- Working closely with the Impact Measurement Advisor, the Knowledge Management Advisor and the Senior Advisor for Research, support the design of analysis frameworks and tools to identify and track evidence of impact multiplication through advocacy efforts, such as policy changes that may exponentially increase outcomes; adoption of components/ models at a large scale; breakthroughs in strategic planning; etc.
- Represent the Education Unit and CARE in relevant events and meetings with external audiences, to strengthen the organization’s influence, profile and partnerships in relation to girls, adolescents and youth.
- Participate in annual unit and cluster-level planning; participation in consultative meetings organized by PPL and other CARE departments; contribution to the design of a theory of change for adolescent empowerment; support to team-wide learning; participation in regular update meetings; contribution to ongoing team dialogues on technical themes, wellness and organizational evolution.
- Graduate degree in a relevant field, including international relations, international development, public policy, social sciences or law;
- At least 5 years’ experience in international development, preferably with field experience in advocacy in developing countries;
- 5-7 years’ experience in the design and implementation of advocacy strategies to influence policy at US, national or multi-lateral level;
- At least 5 years’ experience with policy analysis, research and writing related to issues of global development, particularly related to girls’ / adolescent education and empowerment;
- Experience implementing education, adolescent, or youth programming;
- Extensive knowledge of girls’ education and empowerment frameworks;
- Critical understanding of the value and use of research findings in development programming and advocacy;
- Strong training and facilitation skills for capacity building;
- Strong skills in policy analysis and formulation of advocacy strategies;
- Experience and understanding around analyzing underlying causes of poverty;
- Significant experience developing partnerships and building coalitions to advance organizational learning and program impact;
- Demonstrated ability to collaborate well with others and develop and maintain positive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders;
- Excellent data organizational skills including analysis and synthesis; impact analysis and research skills;
- Strong written and verbal communication skills, particularly to convey information effectively and to write persuasively for a variety of audiences, including policymakers and donors.
- Fluency in English required; fluency in a second language Spanish, Kiswahili, Somali, Arabic, Indian subcontinent languages desired.