Africa Engagement Officer
Organization: Girls Not Brides
Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage is recruiting an Africa Engagement Officer to join our Africa team. Girls Not Brides brings together over 800 civil society organisations (our members), based in 95 countries throughout Africa, South Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas.
The Africa Engagement Officer will play a critical role Girls Not Brides’ work in selected high prevalence countries in Africa that aims at influencing governments to implement their commitments to address child marriage – a strategic priority for Girls Not Brides. S/he will also support efforts by Girls Not Brides members and National Partnerships in Africa to work with governments in – and hold governments accountable for – implementing these commitments.
In addition, s/he will contribute to the Africa Team’s other areas of work (including member engagement, and regional-level advocacy), as well as contribute to secretariat-wide work streams (e.g. advocacy, member engagement, learning, communications, etc.), as required.
A member of Girls Not Brides’ remote-working Africa Team, and reporting directly to the Head of Africa Engagement, the successful candidate will be based in Girls Not Brides’ main office in London (UK).
Main duties and responsibilities
- Play a central role in Girls Not Brides’ work to ensure governments in high-prevalence countries in Africa take action to address child marriage
- Develop and/or review progress on the secretariat’s strategies to engage in selected Girls Not Brides high-priority focus countries across Africa
- Monitor and analyse policy developments and advocacy opportunities relating to child marriage in selected African countries, including through regular updates with members and other key actors in-country as well as desk research
- Working closely with Girls Not Brides members, engage directly with governments and/or country-level institutions to provide technical and strategic support (when relevant and useful);
- Project-manage and implement fact-finding trips by the Africa Team to selected focus countries; play a critical role in the organisation and delivery of high-level champions’ trips to African high-prevalence countries
- When necessary, supervise consultants supporting the secretariat’s country-level work
- When requested, work closely with the Policy Officer to strengthen the secretariat’s country-related knowledge management work.
- Provide critical support to Girls Not Brides members in selected focus countries to engage in national-level advocacy efforts
- Working closely with the Partnership and Policy & Advocacy Teams, provide technical support to members and National Partnerships as they develop and implement strategies to influence their governments to take concrete action to end child marriage
- Support the Senior Officer for Africa Engagement and the Policy and Advocacy Team to keep members and National Partnerships informed of country-specific opportunities to leverage relevant regional or global framework and initiatives
- Working closely with the Partnership and Policy & Advocacy Teams, ensure members across Africa are informed of key developments and tools that can strengthen their advocacy work, including by developing and sending Girls Not Brides’ bi-monthly Africa newsletter.
- Contribute to the broader work of Girls Not Brides with knowledge of the regional context and the perspective of members from the region, as needed
- Ensure internal country tracking tools include the most up-to-date information about high-priority African focus countries
- Contribute to larger Girls Not Brides projects and activities (e.g. member meetings, advocacy campaigns, etc.), as required
- Building on his/her understanding of dynamics in Africa high-prevalence countries, input in work led by other teams in the secretariat with a focus on advocacy, member engagement, learning and communications, as needed and appropriate
- Take part in relevant strategic and/or planning discussions within the Girls Not Brides secretariat, as required
- Represent Girls Not Brides at external meetings and events, as required.
We are looking for candidates with the following qualifications and skills:
- Graduate qualification in a relevant area (such as public policy, development studies, African studies, international relations, human rights or gender issues) or proven experience in a related field
- Sound understanding of the policy and advocacy dynamics around gender and/or development issues in Africa; an understanding of child marriage and of the key players in the women’s and children’s rights fields in Africa is desirable
- Demonstrated experience in policy analysis and advocacy at the national level in Africa; experience working with coalitions highly desirable
- Demonstrated ability to develop and implement advocacy strategies for networks or coalitions
- Excellent project planning and project management skills; demonstrated ability to plan and execute projects on time and on budget, to meet tight deadlines and juggle multiple priorities, and to resolve problems and adapt plans if required
- Ability to work pro-actively with minimal supervision, but also to maintain effective working relationships in a multicultural environment and in a remote-working team
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to empower others and bring them together are essential; capacity-building and facilitation skills are desirable
- Ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality
- Willingness to travel internationally frequently, and sometimes at short notice
- Proficiency in recent versions of Microsoft Office suite; knowledge of Salesforce and Basecamp a plus
- Excellent written and spoken English and French is required.
At Girls Not Brides we are committed to the well-being, empowerment and rights of children and to safeguarding children from harm in all of our activities. Girls Not Brides aims to promote an environment of trust and understanding where the welfare of children is paramount. You will be expected to adhere to the Girls Not Brides Child Safeguarding Policy and its Code of Conduct and report any concerns relating to the safeguarding of children in accordance with agreed procedures.
Eligibility criteria and terms
We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. Salary range of £33,000-£37,000, depending upon relevant experience, plus a generous benefits package will be offered to the successful candidate.
How to apply:
To apply, please send your CV and a brief cover letter demonstrating how you meet the criteria for this position to recruitment@GirlsNotBrides.org by 23:00 GMT on Friday, 22 December 2017 clearly stating “Africa Engagement Officer” and your name in the subject line. We regret that due to the large number of applications anticipated, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.