Advocacy, Accountability & Partnerships Manager (FP2030 East & Southern Africa Regional Hub)

  • Anywhere
Organization: Amref Health Africa
Closing date: 13 May 2022

FP2030 Overview

Family Planning 2030 (FP2030) is a global partnership of governments, civil society, multilateral organizations, donors, private sector, and researchers committed to supporting the rights of women and girls who wish to use contraception. Our vision is a future where women and girls everywhere have the freedom and ability to lead healthy lives, make their own informed decisions about using contraception and having children, and participate as equals in society and its development.

Since our founding in 2012, much has been achieved, but more remains to be done. The global family planning community agreed that the gains of the last nine years should be sustained by extending this pivotal partnership. Through a global consultation, stakeholders from around the world provided their input on the future of family planning. Together, the community created a shared vision for 2030 that builds on progress achieved to date, adapts the partnership in response to the lessons of the first nine years and positions us to achieve the future women and girls around the world are asking for.

The FP2030 Support Network will include five regional hubs: North, West and Central Africa; East and Southern Africa; Asia and the Pacific; and Latin America and the Caribbean, and North America and Europe, led by an Executive Director who reports to the Governing Board. Each hub will be headed by a Managing Director supported by a small team. The hubs will be hosted by NGOs in five cities where the hubs will be located. The creation of these regional hubs is the key element of FP2030’s new structure, which will be put in place in 2022.

Amref Health Africa has been selected as the host of the FP2030 East and Southern Africa Regional Hub.

Job Overview

The Manager, Advocacy, Accountability & Partnerships reports to the Managing Director. This position oversees and implements the Hub’s work around advocacy, accountability, and partner relations, including civil society engagement and engagement with non-FP partners, faith partners, private sector partnerships, and regional bodies.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Regional Advocacy and Accountability

  • Support the design and implementation of a regional advocacy and accountability strategy based on the FP2030 global advocacy framework and, in close coordination with country civil society partners and focal points, and with the FP2030 Advocacy and Partnerships team, including developing and executing appropriate regional strategies when needed.
  • Elevate the regional family planning agenda and ensure high-level political engagement and momentum around FP2030 commitments.
  • Develop and lead the implementation of the region’s civil society engagement strategy.
  • Coordinate closely with the Hub’s Officer, Communications and with the North America & Europe Communications team to implement a regional advocacy communications strategy and to support implementation of FP2030’s global advocacy communications strategy within the region.
  • Work closely with the data team in rolling out evidence-based advocacy and accountability strategies.
  • Support and nourish regional advocacy, including building and nurturing alliances with advocacy coalitions and other family planning partners and stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the development of relevant regional resources around advocacy.
  • Support the development and implementation in the region of an FP2030 learning agenda that documents and assesses accountability approaches and activities employed by FP2030 countries over the first two years of the FP2030 partnership.
  • Support the development of an FP2030 accountability dashboard that captures regional trends.
  • Support country accountability efforts, including providing and brokering technical assistance to countries in the region as they implement their accountability efforts an ensuring cross-country, cross-regional learning exchanges, and best practices.

Engagement with Partners and Stakeholders, and External Relations

  • Develop and implement regional strategies for long-term relationship building with partners and other non-governmental stakeholders, aligned with the FP2030 Vision Framework and with a focus on integrating family planning and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) with other health and development sectors such as gender, humanitarian, climate change and related sectors.
  • Develop and implement a regional strategy for country commitment mobilization including connecting with non-state actors in the family planning and other health and development sectors within the region, including the private sector, to build relationships, share information, and mobilize commitments to FP2030.
  • Effectively manage non-state actor commitment maker relationships, including outreach to new and existing commitment makers, including supporting the self-reporting process for these commitment makers.
  • Seek opportunities to advance and operationalize rights-based family planning (RBFP), including for youth and other underrepresented groups in global development, humanitarian, health, and gender agendas, particularly with a diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice lens.

Programmatic Oversight

  • Collaborate with civil society and youth focal points, consultants, and other staff as needed to advance advocacy and partnerships work across the region.
  • Provide regular updates on the progress of advocacy, accountability, and partnerships work in the region, including to FP2030 Senior Leadership; draft content for reports to funders, Senior Leadership, and key external stakeholders as needed.

Staff Management

  • Serve as line manager and supervisor to the Hub’s Officer, Communications.

Other Relevant Duties

  • Perform any other tasks assigned by the Line Manager

Education & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, public health, international development, communications, or other directly related field, or equivalent standard of education.
  • Master’s degree in public policy, public health, international development, communications, or other directly related field, or equivalent standard of education preferred.

Experience

  • At least 7-8 years of professional experience at the national or international level, with project management, advocacy and coalition building, and strategic communications expertise.
  • Experience in working with multi-stakeholder partnerships.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrable advocacy skills.
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with international or regional reproductive health/FP partnerships
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Strong oral, written, editorial and presentation skills.
  • Team player with adaptable and pragmatic approach to work, able to work independently as well as with a team.
  • Strong time management and prioritization skills and the ability to meet deadlines and deliver objectives on time despite time constraints and pressure situations.
  • Excellent organization skills, capable of delivering objectives independently.
  • Ability to think strategically and help drive projects from inception to implementation.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and cultural competencies.
  • Excellent writing, editing, communications, and research capabilities.
  • Strong analytical and writing skills with advanced knowledge of and proficiency in the MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).
  • Written and spoken fluency in English (professional fluency in another language is an asset).

Personal Competence

  • Politically astute with a good understanding of the bigger picture, culturally sensitive and diplomatic.
  • Enthusiastic and motivated about FP2030’s vision, mission and values.
  • Commitment to community and civil society engagement including the meaningful participation of marginalized communities.

Working Environment/Travel

  • Willingness to travel (up to 20%).

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for performance of the position responsibilities. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of essential functions, responsibilities or requirements nor meant to exclude other duties as assigned.

How to apply:

Please visit our website https://amref.org/job/advocacy-accountability-partnerships-manager/ to make your application. You will be directed to our online portal where you will need to create an account in order for you to be able to submit your application. Your application should include a cover letter detailing why you are the best fit for this position and your CV with relevant skills and experience. Closing date will be May 13, 2022. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

To note:

  1. Amref & FP2030 value equity-centered leadership and commits to furthering its racial and social justice values and commitments by integrating them into the organizational culture and weaving them into its global partnership work.
  2. Groupings for the North, West & Central Africa and East & Southern Africa hubs reflect the Africa Union’s sub-regions, which have been grouped together.
  3. Women, people with disabilities, and candidates openly living with HIV, are highly encouraged to apply.
  4. Amref is an equal opportunity and does not require applicants to pay any money at whatever stage of the recruitment and selection process and has not retained any agent in connection with recruitment.Amref is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.

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