Opportunity: Africa Advocacy Adviser

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Opportunity: Africa Advocacy Adviser

November 29, 2021

Type of contract: Fixed Term
Contracted hours: 35
Contract length: 3 years
Location: Abuja, Nigeria, Burundi – Bujumbura, Ethiopia, Freetown, Sierra Leone, Juba, South Sudan, Nairobi, Kenya
Closing date: 29 November 2021

About us

Christian Aid exists to create a world where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty. We are a global movement of people, churches, and local organisations who passionately champion dignity, equality, and justice worldwide. We are the changemakers, the peacemakers, the mighty of heart.

Christian Aid has a vision: a world free from poverty. To do that we are committed to exposing the scandal of poverty, and to challenging and changing the systems that favour the rich and powerful over the poor and marginalised. As an international development NGO, Christian Aid has been actively campaigning internationally, regionally, and nationally on the root causes of global poverty, including key issues of our time such as climate change and economic justice.

About the role

As part of the Global Advocacy and Policy team in the Policy, Public Affairs and Campaigns (PPC) Department, the post-holder will support the development and implementation of national advocacy strategies across Christian Aid’s country offices in Africa. This role will support African country staff and partners to raise capacity and delivery of national advocacy in relation to our priority campaigns; as well as collaborating with them to deliver impactful global and multi-country advocacy strategies.

This is a key role to strengthen the linkage between programmes and advocacy. Supporting the Senior Pan-Africa Advocacy Advisor and the Global Advocacy Lead, the post holder will help to integrate this work into our national programmes and where relevant participate in regional and international advocacy initiatives.

About you

We are looking for a strategic thinker, with a track record of implementing successful campaigns and advocacy strategies that brought about policy changes. You will need to be a great team player with proven experience of building constructive working relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders, and of working in networks or coalitions. Experience in working with ecumenical and faith-based organisations is an advantage.

The successful candidate will have a good understanding of the African contexts in which we work, and the ways in which our global campaigns and other priority issues apply to these contexts, including at the regional level. We are looking for a good influencer with a strong understanding of how change happens on effective advocacy and campaigning strategies, as well as with the experience of working with African civil society, on advocacy, campaigning, or communications. Good knowledge in online social media campaigning, NGO programme experience, experience in managing multi-country advocacy projects, as well as the ability to speak French is also desired.

Further information

This role requires applicants to have the right to work in the country where this position is based.

Salary & Currency: The Salary and Currency for this role will be aligned to Band D Mid of the Country PayScale where the role will be based and will be offered as appropriate based on the ranges shown below:

Role Africa Advocacy Advisor – Country Support
Salary Band: D – Mid
Country Currency Amount 
Burundi BIF 49,670,835
Ethiopia USD 18,118
Kenya KES 4,161,029
Nigeria NGN 11,144,898
South Sudan USD 37,735
Sierra Leone GBP 20,035

We value diversity and aspire to reflect this in its workforce. We welcome applications from people from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, colour, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or belief.

Christian Aid is committed to providing a safe and trusted environment for every person connected to the work we do; and to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour including sexual harassment and exploitation, abuse, and financial misconduct. Any candidate offered a job with Christian Aid is expected to share and demonstrate our values and adhere to Christian Aid’s Safeguarding policy and sign Christian Aid’s Code of Conduct.

You can expect a wide range of rewards and benefits, including a generous holiday allowance and flexibility that will ensure you enjoy a good work/life balance.

Competency questions

As part of your application, you will be asked to demonstrate your suitability by giving answers to the following questions:

  • Give us an example of a time when you had to influence other people and persuade them to work in a collaborative way when there were different personal or organisational agendas. What was the context? Who had to be influenced or persuaded? What was your task? What action(s) did you take? Why? How? What was the outcome(s)? If you were successful, how did you know?
  • Tell us about a time when you had adapted your style, approach, and delivery method to communicate effectively with a particular audience. What was the situation? What did you have to communicate and to whom? How did you adapt to meet the needs of this audience? What were the things you did differently? What was the impact? Did you communicate effectively with the audience? How did you know?
  • Please tell us about a time when you took a decision or made recommendations when the situation was difficult or ambiguous? What was the context? What made the situation either difficult or ambiguous? What was your task or responsibility? What actions did you take to clarify the difficulty/ambiguity? Why did you decide what you decided? What were the results? Was the outcome successful? How did you know?