Advocacy Officer

Madagascar
Apply by 31 May 2018
Mid-level , Long-term consulting assignment
Posted on 13 April 2018

Job Description

Pact Overview
At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant.

Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.


Project Overview
Pact strives for a world where all people are heard, capable, and vibrant. The five-year USAID-funded project, Hay Tao – part of USAID Madagascar’s Conservation and Communities Program (CCP) – aims to enhance the enabling environment for effective community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) and conservation of biodiversity in Madagascar through a number of targeted interventions.
Pact’s activities under this USAID Hay Tao contract will contribute to CCP’s three objectives:

  • Objective 1: Targeted ecosystems sustainably managed through improved CBNRM and better protected area management
  • Objective 2: Human wellbeing improved near selected areas of High Biodiversity Value through economic development and social support programs that help protect biodiversity
  • Objective 3: Decentralized natural resource governance enhanced through more effective environmental policy, tenure security and civil society engagement

Pact has an immediate need for a highly competent development professional to fill the following position.

Position Purpose
The Advocacy Officer will be responsible for coordination of USAID Hay Tao’s strategic communications and policy advocacy activities at the national and regional level and assessing and strengthening the advocacy capacity of local actors. S/he will work with CSOs to develop, design and distribute advocacy messages, lead the development of advocacy tools and methods, and train and mentor CSOs in advocacy methods and best practices. The Advocacy Officer will work closely with the Institutional Development Specialist, Capacity Development Officer, and Gender and Youth Specialist to ensure integrated and gender-responsive advocacy approaches.


Key Responsibilities

  • Working closely with the Policy and Analysis Specialist, support the development of USAID Hay Tao’s strategies and approaches for effective advocacy on decentralized natural resource governance and protection of natural resource tenure rights
  • Support the integration of key environmental data and findings from ongoing applied political economy analysis (APEA) into advocacy efforts
  • Tailor and adapt Pact’s advocacy capacity development processes and tools to the local context
  • Provide advocacy training and mentoring to local consortium partners, project grantees, and other local actors
  • Support network analyses of civil society platforms, environmental foundations, and coalitions of CBNRM managers and provide subsequent network strengthening support
  • Provide guidance to local partners and other local actors to develop advocacy strategies and plans that are driven by data and evidence and build on current and past advocacy efforts in Madagascar
  • Engage with the USAID Mikajy project to link community voices and issues up to regional and national advocacy efforts
  • Engage with civil society, media, government, and private sector stakeholders
  • Support the Policy and Analysis Specialist and Institutional Development Specialist to build networks with like-minded allies and maintain relationships with decision makers to ensure linkages between USAID Hay Tao advocacy efforts and policymaking at the national level
  • Identify opportunities for joint advocacy with other USAID and donor-funded programs in Madagascar
  • Ensure accurate and timely reporting and documentation of all USAID Hay Tao advocacy efforts
Basic Requirements
  • Bachelor’s or a related advanced degree in natural resource management, environmental studies, public policy, communications, public relations, journalism, or a related area
  • A minimum of 3 years related experience in Madagascar, with experience on donor-funded projects preferred
  • Demonstrated experience leading advocacy initiatives/programs and/or supporting multi-stakeholder dialogue and platforms in the environmental sector
  • Training and facilitation experience
  • Knowledge of key national policies, commitments, and stakeholders related to natural resource management, land tenure, biodiversity conservation, climate change, and sustainable livelihoods
  • Demonstrated understanding of gender, youth and women’s issues in NRM sector
  • Work experience in Madagascar
  • Malagasy language working proficiency
  • Strong written and verbal French and English communication skills
  • Ability to travel within Madagascar
Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of USAID rules and regulations
  • Experience working on US Government-funded projects on NRM sector and/or advocacy efforts
Review and shortlisting will be done on a rolling basis until such time as a successful candidate has been identified. Suitable candidates are invited to submit their electronic application letter and CVs in English to haytaomadagascar@pactworld.org.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

About the Organization

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

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