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Job Description

Job title: Regional Head of Advocacy, Communications and Rights

Location : Nairobi or Addis Ababa
Responsible to: Regional Director

Grade: NS1 (on National terms and conditions in either Kenya or Ethiopia)

Manager of: African Union liaison post, Consultants on Advocacy related work, Interns and Regional Communications and Information Coordinator

Key relationships:

Advocacy and Communications Team in London, Head of Strategic Alliances in Africa, Regional Advocacy staff in other regions, Affiliates and partners, Heads of programmes in the Regions, Regional Directors, Key Government Ministries,
Regional Programme Staff and Head of Communications and Brand.


HelpAge International is a global network of not-for-profit organisations with a mission to work with and for disadvantaged older people worldwide to achieve a lasting improvement in the quality of their lives. HelpAge works with over a 100 affiliates organisations in 70 countries.

HelpAge has Regional Offices in East West Central and Southern Africa to manage HelpAge programmes in Africa. Its past and current programmes have focused on developing older persons’ organisations and networks at sub-national, national and regional level, realizing older persons´ rights and contributing to policy development on ageing in the region.

Job Purpose

The post-holder will be part of the senior management team for the region providing strategic direction on advocacy and building a strong regional profile for HelpAge. As a member of the International Advocacy and Communications Team, the Regional Head of Advocacy, Communications and Rights will lead on advocacy, campaigning, rights and communications work in the region working to and contributing to the development of HelpAge Internationals global campaign agenda.

Main priorities and tasks

Strategic advocacy and campaigning
  • Build profile and influence of HelpAge International across Africa and contribute to global campaign agenda, for example promoting and developing the use of the Global AgeWatch Index and Age Demands Action campaign.
  • Support RD/CDs/NCOs – to develop regional and national advocacy and communication strategies in line with country/regional targets and the International Advocacy and Communication strategy
  • Develop a regional advocacy and communications team to ensure peer-learning and coordinated action on key advocacy issues.
  • Ensure regional programmes include evidence collection, documentation needed to communicate findings and recommendations clearly to media, government and other stakeholders.
  • Proactively develop and contribute to proposal writing to raise resources for advocacy and communications work in the region.
  • Manage liaison with key external stakeholders like the African Building Blocks e.g. (SADC), African Union in liaison with Regional Directors and Program Heads, Donors etc.

Building Capacity
  • Build capacity around advocacy and communications within the region to create positive change in the lives of older people and support NCOs in their work.
  • Provide support to partners and staff in terms of ensuring the inclusion of advocacy, campaigns and older people’s rights in the designing, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of regional and country programmes.
  • Provide technical support and input on older people’s rights and mainstreaming ageing in partner organisation’s programmes.
  • Support the RDs, CDs on development of local network plan and hold responsibility for delivering Age Demands Action and other HelpAge campaigns in Africa in collaboration with Regional offices.

  • Ensure spokespeople on key strategic areas and campaigns are trained and accessible and build national and regional media (traditional and social media) profile of HelpAge
  • Manage a number of proactive advocacy/media agendas at anyone time in line with country/regional strategy.
  • Liaise with media proactively around key campaigns/events (2/3 a year) and reactively in response to enquiries and coverage of ageing issues (through letters to editor etc.)

  • Manage the Regional Communications Coordinator and oversee implementation of the communications strategy in the region.

  • To contribute to team and departmental meetings.
  • The jobholder may be required to undertake additional tasks, commensurate with status, after consultation and the provision of necessary support and training.
  • The jobholder is expected to operate within all HelpAge policies and procedures.

Person specification

  • A university degree, preferably on International Relations, Social Policies or equivalent

Knowledge and experience

  • At least seven years’ of relevant strategic experience in advocacy and campaigning with development agencies or equivalent
  • Experience of managing advocacy and policy campaigns
  • Knowledge of/interest in international development and/or ageing issues
  • Proven success in developing and implementing creative campaigns and building networks for change
  • Ability to identify opportunities to engage the public in advocacy strategies and convert these into clear campaign messaging and activities
  • Understanding of how popular mobilisation helps to realise changes in policy and practice
  • Proven track record in speaking at media and high level UN, AU and government meetings
  • Have strong media contacts
  • Proven representational, leadership and motivational qualities
  • Excellent project management skills, with a track record of taking large scale projects from concept stage to execution
  • Fluency in English (speaking and writing)

  • Experience of monitoring and evaluating the impact of publications
  • Working knowledge of French
  • Specific skills and aptitudes (Essential)
  • Ability to work as a team and on own initiative
  • Ability to prioritise and manage a varied workload and to work under pressure to deadlines
  • Proven ability to write accessibly for different audiences and to interpret information for them
  • Quality check on publications
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to advise staff on high level advocacy and campaigns
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

To apply for this position, please send an updated CV and covering letter by 4th April, 2014 explaining how you meet the criteria for the role to:

Regional Human Resource Coordinator
HelpAge International
East, West and Central Africa Regional Development Centre,
P.O. Box 14888 - 00800
Westlands, Nairobi

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