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Advocacy Officer and Youth Organization/ IEC BCC Officer: German Foundation for World Population (DSW) Jobs in Kenya

The German Foundation for World Population (DSW) is an international development organization that was founded in 1991 in Hannover, Germany. DSW has the Head Office in Hannover and Country Offices in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda as well as an EU Liaison Office in Brussels.

DSW Kenya is committed to addressing young people’s sexual and reproductive health needs in rural Kenya and among the most impoverished populations in urban areas.

General Description

DSW seeks to recruit an
Advocacy Officer to work under the Advocacy Manager in DSW Kenya Country Office. He/she will support local and regional advocacy initiatives and contribute effectively in the realization of the DSW Advocacy programme objectives and desired results. He/she will also work closely with the Youth organization/IEC BCC Officer.


  • Provide strategic and technical support to DSW Kenya’ s advocacy work at national and local levels
  • Research, analyze, monitor and report on local and international policies and funding opportunities affecting SRHR in developing countries, with a focus on Kenya
  • Build positive relationships with, engage with and represent DSW to advocacy coalitions and other relevant stakeholders and constituencies in support of DSW Kenya advocacy programme objectives.
  • Under supervision of the DSW Kenya Advocacy Manager maintain a positive and supportive relationship with DSW colleagues and help coordinate advocacy activities with other DSW advocacy staff and partners around the world
  • Develop recommendations for advocacy at local and national levels

Required qualifications

  • A Masters Degree in Social Sciences preferably in Political Science or International Affairs
  • Proven track record in policy and advocacy work is essential
  • Proven presentation, organizational and capacity building skills in a multi-national environment
  • Ability to work effectively in teams, build positive working relationships and foster open communications
  • Evidence of versatility in writing ability and capacity to use normal office and data management software
  • Initiative, self-motivation and a commitment to continuously work toward improved results
  • Excellent English language skills, both written and oral is required. Good knowledge of French, German and/or other European languages is an advantage
  • Good knowledge of the functioning of the EU, including EC decision making procedures and EU development cooperation policies/funding is desirable

Youth Organization/ IEC BCC Officer

General Description

DSW seeks to recruit a Youth Organization/IEC BCC Officer to support advocacy work and coordinate youth organizations adolescent activities at the national and local levels. He/she will work in close collaboration with the Advocacy Officer.


  • Support the Advocacy Officer to organize tripartite consultative forums
  • Develop IEC /BCC strategy and create materials to support advocacy work at all levels
  • Facilitate interface between decision makers, youth and communities; document interviews and post online
  • Develop modules to build communication and advocacy skills for youth and partner organizations
  • Lobby adolescent and youth serving NGOs to capitalize on the youth’s potential in advocacy
  • Organize and conduct edutainment sessions to empower communities on civic responsibilities and rights
  • Coordinate and Lobby youth serving NGOs to engage and capitalize their potential in advocacy for SRHR

Required qualifications

  • A Bachelors degree in Social Sciences, Communication or Information Sciences
  • Interest in and good knowledge of Population Development and SRHR issues
  • Proven track record in rights advocacy, IEC BCC initiatives and ability to liase and work with the media
  • Strong IT skills and excellence in desktop publishing and design editing software (like Adobe Suite)
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and capacity to contribute to advocacy briefing papers
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a group
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously

DSW is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified personnel.

Applications (Detailed C.V. + motivation letter) should be sent to info @

Ref: Vacancy 1 Advocacy Officer/ Vacancy 2 Youth Organization IEC BCC Officer

12 noon 25th February 2010

Candidate is expected to start in March 2010

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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