Communications & Advocacy Delegate Grade 3

Purpose of position:
Develop a Horn of Africa Advocacy Strategy, pulling from thematic analysis from the Technical Support Unit, identifying key messages, tactics and approach to change agenda(s).

The Communcation and Advocacy delegate will be responsible for ensuring that a regular flow of content (including AV content) is provided on our programmes in the region. This will entail identifying and partnering with other agencies using campaign platform(s) to get the IFRC's voice/role/approach better heard.

The Communcation and Advocacy delegate will be in charge of providing issue briefs and context analysis that would help substantiate IFRC's messages but also strengthen IFRC's policy dialogue at all levels, not only in the region. This would give greater profile to Horn of Africa issues both internally and with public audiences.

Description of Duties:
To provide guidance on advocacy for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in the Horn of Africa drought response.
Draft a regional approach to advocacy that uses the WDR, Horn of Africa and Inter-agency analysis of the crisis as the first theme to be implemented
Participate in creating/using campaign platform(s) to get IFRC's voice/role/approach better heard
Provide issue briefs and context analyses that would help substantiate IFRC's messages and but also strengthen IFRC's policy dialogue at all levels. Promote these to relevant audiences through various channels.
Produce talking points to give a distinctive voice to the RCRC response and approach to the drought, including calls to action to governments, donors etc
To offer advice and information and where appropriate representation in order to empower IFRC and national societies to make informed decisions regarding avenues for advocacy, messages and position on drought and food security.
To maintain up-to-date information and be aware of food security and drought information
Identify avenues and possible partners on areas of collaboration and partnership to champion advocacy
To work and develop relations with partners/other organisations and come up with topics of advocacy agendas, based on RCRC niche.
Look at specific topics such as vulnerable groups (e.g. mother & child, people living with HIV) or volunteers, to create a unique position for the RCRC
Produce visual field content that is compelling and flexible to support written communications
Sell compelling stories to key journalists to gain profile of the RCRC work
Provide materials for national society communication counterparts to enable advocacy efforts at national and regional levels
To keep clear and precise records for all partner relations
To prepare regular reports as required for the regional representative and programme coordinator including various communication materials
To undertake further development as discussed and agreed with the line manager

Duties applicable to all staff:
  • Actively work towards the achievement of the Secretariat's goals.
  • Abide by and work in accordance with the Red Cross Red Crescent principles.
  • Perform any other work related duties and responsibilities that may be assigned by the line manager.
Required Qualifications
Degree in communications, journalism, development studies or any other relevant field

Red Cross Red Crescent experience is preferred
Three years experience in external and advocacy
Experience in emergency and field development

Self-supporting in computers (Windows, spreadsheets, word-processing).
Excellent communication skills including the ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally to a wide range of people

Fluency in spoken and written English

National Society Relations
Professional standards
Results focus and accountability

The Communication and Advocacy delegate will be required to travel frequently (20 to 40 % of the time) in the region. The post holder will be required to have good understanding of food security, drought and climate change adaptation issues.

Delegates working and living in Nairobi are subject to SECURITY RULES AND REGULATIONS.
In order to increase the diversity of the Federation's workforce, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from region(s):
Asia & Pacific
Eastern Europe
Middle East/N. Africa
The Federation is an equal opportunity employer.
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