Advocacy specialists

We need experienced advocacy specialists to generate strategies and train colleagues in lobbying and advocacy. Most of our roles require specific experience in particular poverty issues, such as HIV and AIDS, increasing the inclusivity of and access to education, or enhancing the rights of disabled people.

Roles are generally longer term, ranging from one to two years, but we also have occasional short term assignments for up to six months.

You’ll need a degree and at least five years' experience in advocacy and campaigning strategy development, policy analysis or social research. Strong project management and networking skills, as well as experience of training and developing others, are desirable.

You could be working in countries such as The Gambia, Ghana, Uganda, Pakistan, Guyana or Sierra Leone.

What you'll be doing

You'll work to build the expertise of local colleagues so they can better call for change. That might mean training staff in lobbying, policy analysis and research or helping them to develop promotional and educational material.

You could be helping your colleagues change attitudes to people living with HIV or disabilities, widen access to education, reduce gender inequality or protect the rights of vulnerable people.

  • Example role

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Advocacy adviser

Malawi continues to suffer from acute maize shortages and chronic under-nutrition, with small-scale farmers, female-headed households and people living with HIV and AIDS facing the greatest risks. CISANET is a Malawian Network of civil society organisations, including international as well as local NGOs, farmers associations and other interested individuals.

As agricultural production in Malawi continues to be dominated by smallholder farmers, CISANET’s aim is to give a greater voice and ensure active participation of these smallholders and in policy dialogue. As an advocacy adviser with CISANET you’ll help the organisation to develop an effective advocacy strategy and train staff in advocacy and campaigning techniques.

What you'll be doing

  • Building the capacity of CISANET staff and network members in advocacy work and strategies, by organising workshops and giving other training as necessary
  • Guiding the development of an effective advocacy and media strategy for CISANET
  • Leading on marketing and communications activities
  • Monitoring and evaluation of advocacy activities and work

What you'll need

Ideally, you’ll have a degree level qualification with strong knowledge and experience of advocacy strategy development. As you’ll be working with limited resources, you’ll need to be highly creative in planning advocacy campaigns and developing necessary materials. Strong monitoring and evaluation skills are also essential, as are good communication skills. Flexibility, patience and a sense of humour are important qualities that will help you adapt to living and working in a different culture.

And the rest...

Landlocked Malawi is situated in south-eastern Africa, bordering Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia. You’ll be based in Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital. There are two well-stocked supermarkets in town and several market areas with a wide range of fresh foods, clothes, second-hand shoes and household equipment. Lake Malawi is around 1-2 hours’ drive from Lilongwe, so it’s a popular option for weekends away.

We’ll ask you to commit to 12-24 months to make a sustainable contribution to our development goals. In return, we’ll give you comprehensive financial, personal and professional support. We'll provide you with extensive training before your placement, and our support package includes a local living allowance, return flights, accommodation, insurance and more. When you return to your home country, we'll help you to resettle and many of our returned volunteers stay involved with us long after their placement ends.

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Can I volunteer for longer than my original placement length?

This will depend on the needs of the organisation and whether they need you to stay longer than planned.