Senior Advocacy Officer at International Alert

International Alert is one of the world’s leading peacebuilding  organisations, with over 30 years of experience supporting communities,  advising governments, organisations and companies on how to build  peace. Alert works with people in conflict-affected and threatened areas  to make a positive difference for peace; to improve the substance and  implementation of international policies relevant to peacebuilding; and to  strengthen the peacebuilding sector.

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We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Senior Advocacy Officer

Location: Flexible – can be based in one of Alerts offices.
Reports to: Director of Advocacy & Communications
Management Responsibility: NIL
Grade and level: 3
Contract Duration 3 years

Job Purpose

  • Reporting to the Director of Advocacy & Communications, the Senior Advocacy Officer will play a leading role in delivering International Alert’s ambitions to grow its influence capability under its Organisational Strategy and new internal Resilience Plan.
  • This position will focus on providing support to Alert’s country teams spanning, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. It will also play a leading role in supporting and driving the delivery of Alert’s multi-year Organisational Influencing Priorities, which include both country and thematic issues.
  • Increasing influencing impact at the national level and linking local project related work to more structural drivers of conflict has been identified as a key priority by country teams and this role will play a part in meeting that demand.
  • To that end, this position will provide high quality advice to teams related to advocacy strategy, design, budgeting and monitoring and evaluation. It will identify and engineer opportunities to advance country program influencing priorities and buildout the organisations advocacy skills set through training and accompaniment.
  • Fluency in both English and French is a requirement of the position.

Duties and Responsibilities
Provide strategic and programmatic advisory advocacy support

  • Lead the Advocacy & Communications team’s support to country teams on country strategy processes and annual plans, national influencing strategies as well as on strategy related to specific projects
  • Support teams to formulate policy positions and messaging for influencing purposes
  • In conjunction with the Advocacy Officer, provide support to teams delivering Alert’s Organisational Influencing Priorities
  • Support direct programme delivery where written into proposals
  • As requested, review and provide advice on policy products produced by teams, advise on associated dissemination and contribute to communications products requiring policy insights
  • Support teams to frame and appropriately target research, reports and other policy products to maximise influence and impact

Build organisational, knowledge, skills and capacity:

  • Encourage systematic integration of advocacy and communications into proposals, designs, budgets and M&E frameworks through accompaniment, training and tools
  • Identify, record and disseminate best practice/impact within the organisation related to influencing
  • In collaboration with the Senior Communications Officer, skill up teams and partners in influencing planning and practice and maintain updated tools and guidance
  • In collaboration with the Senior Communications Officer, cultivate the cross-organisation network on Advocacy and Communications to share lessons, best practice and rally action around organisational influencing priorities

Build and leverage networks & relationships:

  • Generate more systematic, rolling opportunities for country programme influence with key audiences at the regional and international level through building relationships and networks with regional and international institutions and engineering opportunities for engagement
  • Keep abreast of key policy and advocacy developments and initiatives within country teams
  • Undertake direct representation on behalf of the organisation on selected issues

Contribute to the team and Alert generally:

  • Contribute to team-wide communications and knowledge management, and participate in organisation-wide events and discussions on related topics/projects
  • Any other tasks as may be reasonably required

Travel Requirements:

  • While pandemic conditions persist, travel is unlikely and remote working will be the norm. When these conditions subside, there would be an expectation of substantial travel to provide in-country support to teams throughout the regions where International Alert works and as the need arises, to donor capitals.
  • This is an outpost position of the Advocacy and Communications team. Travel to HQ would be expected for team strategic planning processes.

Person Specification
Essential Requirements:

  • At least 4 years’ experience working in mid-level policy and advocacy related positions
  • Oral and written fluency in French and English
  • Demonstrated high quality written and oral communications skills
  • Experience working in a developing or conflict-affected country including collaboration with programme teams
  • Degree level education in international relations, development, defence studies or allied fields
  • Significant experience in leading the development of advocacy strategies, policy documents and publications
  • Experience in supporting and guiding others in the development of advocacy strategies, policy positions and policy products
  • Strong analytical capabilities and an ability to identify and manage risk
  • Experience building networks and relationships and representing policy positions on behalf of an organisation to external actors
  • Demonstrated networks and relationships with, and experience engaging, bilateral and multilateral donor institutions and national governments
  • Ability to translate complex concepts into policy insights and recommendations tailored to different advocacy targets
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work across diverse teams
  • Solution orientated, self-starter who is capable of working independently, with more limited supervision


  • At Alert, we have introduced Talent Management to our business model as we believe talented people are crucial to the success of our work. We believe all individuals are talented and success comes in matching the right talents to the right roles. At Alert, we have introduced Talent Management to our business model as we believe talented people are crucial to the success of our work. We believe all individuals are talented and success comes in matching the right talents to the right roles.
  • For this role, the skills, qualifications and experience listed below are important, but we believe that to be great in this job you are likely, to have a talent for looking at the bigger picture, understanding and finding solutions to complex problems as well as communicating in a convincing manner adapting to different audiences.

Desirable Requirements:

  • Specialist knowledge of peacebuilding through either professional experience or academic study or both
  • Experience delivering training to others
  • Experience in programme / project design, monitoring and evaluation
  • Experience in developing or contributing to fundraising proposals

Application Closing Date
19th March, 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Note: Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, and Alert reserves the right to bring the closing date forward so early applications are encouraged.

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