Application deadline: 19th October 2020
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
3 - 4 years experience
MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES – SWITZERLAND Kenya Mission
MSF Switzerland (MSFCH) is a humanitarian medical organization providing emergency medical aid to populations in need based in Dagahaley and Likoni, Mombasa Sub County.
Job Title : Advocacy Manager
Work Location : Nairobi
Start date : January 2021
Length of contract : 12 months fixed term contract (based on a 03 month probationary period)
The selected candidate will be reporting to the Head of Mission
The Advocacy Manager is responsible for all advocacy activities in the Mission in line with MSF policies and values, following the Operational line and linked with the HQ Operational Positioning Unit. The Advocacy Manager is a member of the mission CMT and acts as a sparring-partner for all operational and medical teams.
• Define, implement and coordinate all MSF advocacy activities, including responsibility for drafting advocacy strategies addressing medical-humanitarian priorities in relation to mission needs - ensure that advocacy components are included in project and mission operational strategies as member of the Country Management Team (CMT)
• Supervise the quality of field-level data collection (under MSF ethical guidelines) for operational and advocacy purposes.
• Monitor and compile regular updates on humanitarian aid system dynamics (NGO/Donor planning, Red Cross movement/UN activities and positioning) to increase the leverage capacity and the national impact of MSF lobbying in line with operational plans, regular activities and medical-humanitarian advocacy objectives.
• Draft ad hoc talking points and internal/external reports in relation to main medical-humanitarian concerns while strengthening the integration of humanitarian affairs (analysis, critical reflection, contextual understanding) and operational communications.
• Advise CMT and Head of Mission/Medical Coordinator on perception related to positioning and operational strategy with a particular view on increasing local/national visibility and ensuring good acceptance for MSF projects/presence.
• Draft regular situation reports for mission/HQ as well as reports for external use in line with mission advocacy strategy.
• Plan and supervise, in close coordination with the Coordinator/HR department, the associated processes (recruitment, training, performance management, development and internal communication), of the staff to ensure both the sizing and amount of necessary knowledge
• If relevant manage, supervise and develop staff under his/ her direct responsibility
Data Collection - Analysis
• Design and support the implementation of data collection systems with regards to the mission context (focus on national level with potential regional/global repercussions, and local developments in project locations), and medical-humanitarian issues, in order to provide reliable information for operational and strategic decision making.
• Provide data and discourse analysis in support of the Head of Mission to inform MSF positioning in-country (project-level and at national level), particularly in terms of political / operational environment (regulation frameworks, donor/aid agreements, trade and economic developments).
• Propose improvements in the methodologies and tools used, and provide trainings to field teams as required
• Undertake actor mappings and stakeholders’ analyses on behalf of projects and mission, while providing guidance / support to PCs for the management of relations with local authorities, and strategic advice to Head of Mission / Medical Co for national-level institutional positioning
Representation - Communication
• Support networking needs by leading or participating representation duties in non-project locations (on delegation from the Head of Mission), including with domestic civil society, professional groups (doctors’/nurses’ associations), and local academics/universities.
• Define, draft and review advocacy messages and targeting (including communications and dissemination strategies) to raise awareness of medical-humanitarian issues across MSF projects and at national level (transversal thematic).
• Link with other MSF sections in-country to develop inter-OC advocacy and/or communications initiatives
• On request/project basis, interact with the international MSF advocacy network (reflection centres, HART, ACCESS CAMPAIGN) to provide updated contextualized medical-humanitarian content (country-level information)
• Lead discussions, trainings, briefings, etc. on the country’s medical-humanitarian context, MSF principles, international humanitarian law, medical ethics, and advocacy activities/strategies to raise awareness of MSF national and expatriate staff on these topics.
• Provide recommendations and be a propositional voice for opportunistic communications (unplanned) from operations/medical activities’ analysis.
• Maintain a solid analysis of the refugee environment and policies, notably through a close engagement with all the actors involved, both governmental and international, in order to keep abreast of the developments and their potential impact.
• Contribute to a broader reflection within OCG on MSF’s role in protracted refugee situations in collaboration with the Operational Positioning Unit.
• Feed the mission’s understanding and analysis of the medical and socio-economic impact of COVID-19.
• Support exploratory missions in the North-Eastern and Coastal Regions and contribute to improving OCG’s context analysis in these areas, notably through the creation of an extensive network of key interlocutors
• Undertake field assessments (in relation to data gathering/context analysis or exploratory missions) and other work-related traveling as required.
• Draft Terms of Reference, supervise, and evaluate other expatriate humanitarian affairs staff deployed to the mission (Advocacy / Humanitarian Affairs Officers).
• Academic background to Masters’ level (anthropology/social/political sciences, law, gender studies, protection) with first-rate writing skills and excellent research / analytical skills
• Campaigning organizational experience an asset
• Field humanitarian experience in similar contexts (conflict, disasters, resource-poor environments) – MSF or other humanitarian NGOs advocacy experience required
• Good understanding of current humanitarian debates and of the dilemmas/compromises of modern humanitarian interventions
• English mandatory, Kiswahili essential.
• Essential computer literacy (database design/analysis,MS package, and internet-based research)
If you meet the above requirements, please send your CV, motivation letter on or before the 19th October 2020
We apologize that due to the volume of application we receive, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
(MSF is an equal employer and does not charge any application/recruitment or training fee)