Before applying, please make sure you can answer YES to all three following questions:
- Are you an experienced and passionate advocate in the Brussels’ arena?
- Do you have significant knowledge and previous experience in at least two of the following areas that correspond to the Alliance2015 impact goals:
- Climate resilience: we aim at building climate resilient pathways to drive more equitable and effective humanitarian and development outcomes.
- Food systems: we aim at transforming systems to tackle hunger and malnutrition, prioritising sustainability, equity and the needs and rights of those who are marginalised.
- Equitable civil society partnerships: we aim at contributing to more effective and inclusive local-to-global civil society collaboration.
- Can you build trustful relationships and connect dots while working in complex contexts, as the humanitarian and development sector is?
Title: Advocacy Lead
Position: Full-time employee (under Belgian law/jurisdiction)
Reporting to: Alliance2015 Director
Based in: Brussels, Belgium (candidates must have the required work visa in place)
Experience: 8-10 years
Salary: as per average senior level officer in Brussels’ NGO sector
Start date: As soon as possible, ideally mid-August 2022.
Deadline for applications: 12th June 2022, EOD CEST.
This is a key role within the Alliance2015 Hub in Brussels, looking at the implementation of the new strategy for the period 2021-2025. In this role, you will have the opportunity to give your unique contribution to implementing the advocacy strategy of an innovative European NGO network, with ready access to worldwide country data and information.
As Advocacy Lead you will be a fundamental member of the Joint Initiative Support team who plays a diffused leadership, thinks and operates strategically, reflects and learns together, in a continuous exchange with the Alliance2015 members in their HQs and countries worldwide.
Main task and responsibilities
The main task is to work as an eager focal point for advocacy within the Alliance2015 organisational system, boosting Alliance2015’s influencing capacity at country and global level through impactful research and evidence-based advocacy, and enhanced internal and external networking.
The role actively bridges data, experience, information and learning from the operation countries (in particular, priority ones) with the EU and global pictures, and vice versa, and represents the Alliance2015 at chosen stakeholder groups.
- Joint Initiative Support team (JIST) – Advocacy lead (80%)
- General support to Alliance2015 hub joint initiatives – Co-lead (20%).
Please, refer to the full ToR for the position, before applying.
You deeply share and embrace the vision of a world in which every woman, man and child can exercise their rights fully and influence decisions affecting their lives. You are satisfied when contributing to make this happen. You are a passionate practitioner in drawing strong evidence from experience and crafting authentic and influential advocacy actions and messages with decision-makers at various levels. To cover this role fully and be an effective member and co-leader in the Joint Initiative Support team, we believe these are the things that will matter most:
- Advocacy expertise in at least two of the three Alliance2015 impact goals’ areas.
- Knowledge and evidence harvest and value.
- Excellent at listening and building positive relationships.
- Ready to take and play leadership and responsibility in a team.
- Appreciative approach, attentive to others’ perspectives and knowledge.
- Outstanding trust builder.
Educated to the master’s degree-level in one or more relevant discipline(s).
Skills and experience:
- Relevant experience in positioning processes within an EU network, in the Brussels’ arena.
- Substantial experience at the senior level in advocacy, in humanitarian and/or development contexts; field experience and experience in programme management are highly desirable.
- Knowledge and understanding of the EU and its role in humanitarian and development issues; complementary knowledge of donors and policy makers in the global context is a plus.
- Outstanding communication skills, across the organisation and with donors and stakeholders at different levels, including the highest; at ease in tailoring messages to different audiences.
- Strong conceptual and analytical skills, capable to handle, elaborate and convey complex concepts in clear and impactful words and ways.
- Advanced skills in consensus building, facilitation and working effectively in multi-cultural settings, including networks and membership ones; experience of operating effectively in an international environment, with people and groups from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
- Excellent (mother-tongue level) English written and verbal communication and presentation skills; fluency in French and/or other Alliance member languages is a strong asset.
- Willingness to travel, if possible (approx. 10% of the time).
Alliance2015 is a strategic and operational network of European-based international NGOs, working towards the broader vision of Agenda 2030 and a world free from poverty, hunger, injustice, and inequality. Our members are progressive organisations, with deep roots in our countries of foundation. We are considered ‘medium sized’ in the INGO context, operating in 90 countries, with annual budgets from €30m-350m, and a large overall footprint of around €1bn.
How to apply
Provide a CV and motivation letter to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cover letter should be no more than two page long and include a short story on the greatest impact you have achieved as an advocate, and a short (60 words max) statement on the value of mid-sized European NGO, from your perspective. Thanks in advance.
Closing date for applications is 12 June 2022 EOD CEST.
Only long-listed candidates for the 1st round of interviews will be contacted.
First round of interviews will be run online in the week of 13th June.
Final interviews will take place, in Brussels, in the week of 20th June.