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Senior Advocacy Campaign Advisor
Senior Advocacy Campaign Advisor
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position reports to
Chief of Party
DAI is implementing the USAID funded Musharikat project across Afghanistan, working in all 34 provinces with the goal of increasing the equality and empowerment of women throughout the country. Musharikat will provide opportunities for women’s rights activists and groups to jointly identify and carry-out discreet advocacy and public awareness campaigns designed to influence local, provincial and national public policies banning harmful social practices, advance women’s welfare and opportunities by specifically building a constituency supportive of women’s rights.
As part of the Women and the Peace Process Coalition, Musharikat is undertaking a lead role in engaging women across the country to ensure that their perspectives and priorities are considered during national peace process negotiations. Given the high-profile nature of the peace negotiations and the intensity Musharikat’s involvement, the expertise of an expatriate/TCN senior advisor for advocacy campaigns is required in order to provide dedicated leadership over this set of activities. The Senior Advocacy Campaign Advisor will lead the process of engaging local stakeholders who are committed to ensuring that recent advancements for Afghan women are not under cut during peace process negotiations. This group of stakeholders includes, but is not limited, to local advocates for women’s rights and empowerment, members of all of Musharikat issue-based coalitions and a cadre of progressive Mullahs.
The Senior Advocacy Campaign Advisor’s responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
- Refining or making recommendation to the strategy for engaging stakeholders and motivating activists regarding issues related to women’s rights and empowerment in relation to the on-going peace process;
- Assuming a leadership role in the implementation of the peace process strategy;
- Developing and maintaining working communications with leaders from various stakeholder groups;
- Organize regular stakeholder group meetings involving representatives from all geographic regions of Afghanistan as needed to inform high-level peace negotiators;
- Develop and oversee the implementation of messaging and campaigns to build support and awareness of women’s rights and empowerment issues in relation to the on-going peace process;
- Mentoring of activists to build their capacity to be able to maximize participation at high level peace process negotiation events;
- Other duties as assigned.
Location of Assignment: Kabul, Afghanistan
- Master’s degree in relevant field and at least 6 years of experience; or a Bachelor’s degree and at least 8 years of experience
- Demonstrated experience developing and leading efforts to influence government policy or legislation through issue-based advocacy and/or grass-roots campaigns.
- Excellent communication, interpersonal, presentation and representational skills.
- Experience in gender sensitive programming, operating in Muslim contexts, and implementing civil society programs, preferred.
- Demonstrable professional oral presentation and concise writing skills in English are required (FSI S4/R4 proficiency in English required).
- Prior experience implementing USAID or other donor funded activities in Afghanistan or similar conflict zone preferred.
- Knowledge of USAID rules, regulations and procedures for contractor compliance preferred.
CONDITIONS OF WORK REQUIREMENTS:
Work and living facilities are in high security zones with frequent security drills and protocols and limited access to medical facilities. General work environment and living quarters requires ability to walk numerous flights of stairs on a daily basis. Security protocols require the individual in this position to be able to quickly climb multiple flights of stairs while wearing 30 lbs. of personal protective equipment, walk swiftly or run across uneven terrain without assistance, and enter and exit project vehicles without assistance.