MENA Advocacy Coordinator

Website Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF)

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Job Purpose
The MENA Advocacy coordinator is responsible for the planning, coordination and implementation of the MENA advocacy work, as well as support the coordination of WILPF’s advocacy and campaigning in the MENA region, under the supervision of the MENA Director and in close collaboration with partners and other WILPF programmes. She will be in charge of monitoring developments in the region and identifying and pursuing advocacy and campaigning opportunities nationally, regionally and internationally in line with WILPF’s vision and strategic priorities. She will coordinate research, capacity building and formal and informal engagement to produce and deliver concrete advocacy messages and thorough feminist analysis on key thematic issues. She will also coordinate and sustain relationships with national and international partners, decision makers, institutions and treaty bodies.
Reporting to: MENA Director

Main responsibilities
1.    Monitoring, Research and Analysis
·      Regularly monitor political developments in MENA countries as well as international developments with impact on WPS in MENA and maintain a thorough record of legal, political, human rights and other relevant developments within the region.
·      Produce regular briefings and analysis of these developments both internally and externally.
·      Work closely with partners and Programmes to provide analysis and policy recommendations on WILPF’s key thematic priorities and produce WILPF’s position on the developing political and humanitarian situation in MENA.
·      Prepare a range of written materials, including policy analyses and advocacy documents targeting policy-makers and broader audience.
·      Maintain regular contact with partners and programmes to ensure consistency of WILPF’s positions and messages.

2.    Engagement with multilateral stakeholdres:
·      Lead on the engagement in review processes including:
o   maintaining an accurate record on the review processes at human rights mechanisms due, for relevant MENA countries and of countries with significant impact on MENA in coordination with other programmes.
o   Coordinating consultations, drafting, reviewing and submission with relevant partners, sections and programmes.
o   Build and implement an advocacy plan for each of the submissions to ensure maximum impact.
o   Monitor, document and share the short and long term impact of the submission and the subsequent advocacy.
·      In line with WILPF and partner priorities, identify key advocacy opportunities for priority MENA countries at the UNSC and other relevant multilateral venues. Coordinate advocacy actions with other programmes, partners and sections, including on strategy development, coordination and collaboration with relevant actors, implementation and follow up.
·      Cultivate relationships with state missions in Geneva and, to the extent possible NY, Brussels and other capitals.

3.    Coordination and capacity building of partners:
·      Lead the communication and coordination with partners on all issues related to policy and advocacy.
·      Build and enhance the capacity of partners on issues related to advocacy in coordination with other programmes.
·      Produce written guides and toolkits in Arabic to raise capacity and awareness of partners on advocacy and engaging with international treaty bodies
·      Oversee the arrangement of all advocacy delegations and capacity building meetings including all logistical arrangements.

4.    Fundraising, Reporting and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
·      Contribute to program development and proposal writing.
·      Provide advocacy workplan and update and assess progress made.
·      Provide thorough monitoring for all advocacy activities in accordance with the MENA tracking tools.
·      Monitor progress made on key performance indicators related to advocacy.
·      Run learning activities and session both internally and externally in coordination with the MEL advisor and in line with WILPF MEL Framework.
·      Monitor and report on budgets related to advocacy activities.
·      Draft donor reports and contribute to the MENA programme reporting process.
·      Draft case studies and lessons learned.

5.    WILPF Community:
·      Engage with WILPF community and sections in the region and coordinate advocacy opportunities between sections, partners and programmes.
·      Support MENA related campaigning by the WILPF community and sections.
·      Support information sharing and coordination on MENA advocacy within the wider WILPF community.
·      Engage in capacity building and movement building activities for WILPF Community.

6.    Management and coordination:
·      Coordinate closely with the MENA team, MEL advisors and other WILPF staff, and attend monthly staff meetings and weekly MENA meetings.
·      Liaising with international, regional, and local organisations and stakeholders on issues related to advocacy, including representing WILPF at national and international meetings and events.
·      Manage MENA advocacy Associate and intern and support their professional development.
·      Working closely with the communication team to ensure timely implementation of the communication strategies, including writing blogs and analyses when needed

7.    Other: Carry out other duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:
·      Demonstrated commitment to WILPF’s values, feminist, peace, gender equality.
·      Thorough understanding and expertise in advocacy and campaigning
·      Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
·      Experience in coordination, facilitation and alliance building.
·      Excellent writing, research and analysis skills.
·      Innovative and able to work independently, willing to learn, open minded, flexible
·      Knowledge of Results Based Management.
·      Ability to travel
Education and Experience:
·      An advanced (graduate) degree in gender, human rights, international relations, journalism, law, social science or a related field is preferred.
·      A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience and substantial knowledge of the area.
·      Proficiency in English and Arabic.

Start date:    February 2022
Salary:           Dependant on location
Location:      This position is remote and can be based anywhere.
WILPF has offices in Geneva, New York and London, candidates based in one of these locations can have a flexible contract combining home and office work.

How to apply: Please email your CV and a cover letter demonstrating relevant skills and experience to with “MENA Advocacy Coordinator” in the subject line. Please note that any applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Deadline for application: By Sunday 16th Jan 2022

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