FIGO’s Projects Department is currently expanding. We are looking to recruit an Advocacy and Communications Specialist to join our Safe Abortion Advocacy Team.
The most recent addition to the department is the Advocating for Safe Abortion (ASA) Project with a newly hired team of 8 HQ staff who will be responsible for the implementation of a three year, multi-country capacity building project. The goal of the project is for FIGO to strengthen the capacity of ten of its Member Societies to become key actors in safe abortion advocacy and national leaders in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for women.
(N.B. This is a fixed term appointment (to March 2022) subject to performance review and continued project funding. Please see `additional documents’ section at the bottom of the advert for full Job Description and Person Specification. Please also note that appointment is subject to final confirmation of funding from our donor).
The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO’s) vision is that women of the world achieve the highest possible standards of physical, mental, reproductive and sexual health and wellbeing throughout their lives. The organisation leads on global programme activities, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and South East Asia.
FIGO advocates on a global stage, especially in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) pertaining to reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and non-communicable diseases (SDG3). We also work to raise the status of women and enable their active participation to achieve their reproductive and sexual rights, including addressing FGM and gender based violence (SDG5).
The ASA team sits within the projects department and is responsible for the implementation of a three year, multi-country capacity building project. The goal of the project is for FIGO to strengthen the capacity of ten of its Member Associations (MAs) to become key actors in safe abortion advocacy and national leaders in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for women.
The successful candidate will have the following skills and experience:
General and professional education
Relevant postgraduate degree (development studies, social sciences, public health) or relevant work experience
Knowledge and experience
- Good, relevant communication and advocacy experience preferably on large multi-country projects in low-resource countries in Africa and/or Latin America and preferably on a women’s sexual and reproductive health agenda
- Good understanding of women’s rights issues in developing countries
- Demonstrable experience of implementing a successful, culturally appropriate, messaging campaign, including leveraging authentic voices and collating data and evidence to successfully advocate
- Proven experience in collaborative capacity building across sub-Saharan Africa / Latin America, including experience of designing and implementing in-person workshops and webinar-based trainings to promote organisational learning and knowledge sharing
- Understanding of how to use case studies, data, campaigning, communications and alliance-building to influence
- Experience of developing messaging, position statements and understanding of media, policy and NGO coordination mechanisms
- Experience in implementation of detailed work plan
- Demonstrable experience of successful advocacy work with stakeholders at national and global levels
- Experience of developing advocacy partnerships and working in networks or coalitions
- Experience of working both independently and as part of a team, exercising autonomy and personal authority as needed
- Hands on experience in drafting an integrated advocacy and communications strategy
- Experience working on abortion or SRHR related campaigns
- Knowledge and experience of delivering programmes aligned to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including set targets
Skills, abilities and attributes
- Fluency in written and spoken English, excellent writing and communication skills
- Proactive attitude and ability to identify new, more effective and innovative ways of doing things
- Strong social media and IT skills including confident use of Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint and Excel)
- Proactive planning and forward thinking
- Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills and attention to detail
- Proven ability to work with a diverse and cross-cultural range of stakeholders
- Flexible and creative problem solver
- Fluency in French and/or Spanish would be a distinct advantage
- Experience in Adobe Creative Cloud (including video) and / or other design programs
Any other requirements applicable
- Willing to travel internationally up to four to eight times a year for periods of five to ten days at a time
Benefits (following successful completion of probation period)
•Generous life assurance & optional income protection available
•Pension - Up to 10% employer contribution available
•Season ticket loan available / Dental and health optional benefits
•25 days annual leave (plus Bank and Statutory holidays and any working days between Christmas Day and the first working day in January) & other days e.g. Moving Day.
•Flexible working hours
•Employee assistance programme
HOW TO APPLY
To apply for this position, please send your CV and one page cover letter outlining your experience via the Apply Now button. Please note that applications without a cover letter may not be considered. Please note that only those candidates who have been shortlisted will be contacted.
•Closing Date for applications : 11pm on Friday 7th February
•N.B. Interviews will take place on 14th February in Waterloo, London.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS POSITION IS OPEN TO THOSE WHO HAVE THE RIGHT TO RESIDE AND WORK IN THE UK, SO WE WILL EXPECT RELEVANT PROOF OF SUCH IF ASKED FOR AN INTERVIEW (PLEASE DO NOT SEND THIS INFORMATION WITH YOUR APPLICATION).
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