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Advocacy Coordinator Job in Kisumu Kenya

Title: Advocacy Coordinator

Reports To:
 Program Manager

 Head Office (Kisumu)

Closing Date:
 26th December, 2011

Omega Foundation is seeking to recruit an Advocacy Coordinator to perform the functions outlined below.

A. Main Purpose and Scope

The Advocacy Coordinator will perform the overall advocacy and outreach duties and tasks at Omega Foundation in close collaboration with all program departments. She/he will identify, prioritize and analyze the issues that affect the day to day life of a Person Living with HIV and AIDS, Widows, OVC and youths (Omega Foundation beneficiaries).

She/he will ensure the environment for Omega Foundation beneficiaries is more conducive for prevention of further infection, abuse of their rights and enhance care and support for improved social and economic productivity.

She/he will be innovative towards tracking of the implementation of policies at various levels and ensure the influencing of community attitudes, capacity of community structures to intervene on behalf of vulnerable individuals against rights abuse.

B. Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Manage advocacy portfolio for Omega Foundation,
  • Work with programs manager in re-designing and implementing advocacy program approach,
  • Provide advocacy trainings to CBOs and support groups
  • Undertake policy and budget analysis related to health, HIV and poverty reduction from which advocacy agenda will be developed,
  • Support programs to undertake research on policy matters, build case studies, and assist conduct operations research to inform advocacy agenda
  • Conduct periodic review of cases with clients and community leaders to ascertain that clients’ rights have been upheld.
  • Develop tools for determining the quality of impact of the prevention and advocacy messages and how this contributes to the overall outcome
  • Carefully examine the advocacy strategy, tools and approaches for achieving it to ensure that the original objectives are not sacrificed to embedding dispute resolution mechanisms within community structures.
  • Represent as liaison for Omega Foundation in all advocacy related meetings regionally and nationally,
  • Collaborate with other advocacy organizations and coalitions
  • Lead CBOs/partners in developing workable innovative advocacy strategies that are responsive to rights issues in the target communities
  • Collaborate with Training and Organizational Development Officer and participate in the planning and facilitation of technical training for capacity building in advocacy programs
  • Implement and report advocacy activities in line with Omega Foundation M and E framework.
  • Implement media and public relations strategy
  • Draft talking points, speeches and statements on the organization’s position on various issues.
  • Produce quality, accurate and timely advocacy program documents.
  • Provide relevant support to line ministries, key partners and stakeholders where Omega Foundation and partners’ work come into confluence
  • Undertake other duties as reasonably assigned by management
C. Qualifications:
  • At least three years of experience in the area of Advocacy and lobbying work for vulnerable and marginalized populations or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Bachelors’ degree in social sciences and/ Diploma in communications or mass media,
  • Knowledge and experience with NGO operations and community-based programming.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, especially with community-based groups.
  • Experience with conducting survey and research.
D. Critical Competencies

The incumbent must have strong analytical skills; have excellent interpersonal; communication, strong results orientation, organizational, creative and multitasking ability; Proficient in Project cycle management, excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office Programs).

A knack for stakeholder management, influencing; and ability to work individually and in teams are essential; be proactive & creative; as well as strong leadership acumen and coaching skills.

Should posses excellent oral/written communication; aptitude for report writing; Willing to work under pressure and within tight deadlines; Demonstrated ability to transfer knowledge through formal and informal training approaches.

E. Desirable Characteristics
  • Mature and professional composure
  • Highest level of honesty and integrity
  • Eagerness to develop personally/professionally, willingness to learn, develop new skills, and take on more responsibilities
  • Openness to working in a flexible work environment with fast evolving systems and Procedures
  • High level of initiative in improving the organization’s working environment
  • Results oriented to the point that person is willing to engage hands-on with duties of all variety
F. Terms & Conditions

1. Applicants MUST quote current and expected salary.

2. Availability for interviews in the week of 27th - 30th December 2011.

3. One year contract – renewable depending on performance and availability of funds.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should submit application with CV and testimonials to the

Human Resources Office,
Omega Foundation,
P.O. Box 3246-40100,
Kisumu, Kenya.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted by email for an interview.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position may be filled prior to the application deadline.

Application deadline is 26th December 2011.

E-mail applications should be addressed to and please copy

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