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Job Summary

Reporting to the Director, of National and Regional Advocacy, the Regional Advocacy Manager, Africa is responsible for a portfolio of advocacy work in the African region. As a key member of the Country Programmes and Advocacy Department, they set the strategy for regional engagement and provide strategic and technical support to advocacy partners, grantees (Education Champions and Girl Activists), and activities across Malala Fund’s program countries within Africa. As part of the Malala Fund’s local-to-global approach, they will identify opportunities for national partners to strategically maximize opportunities to influence transnational decision-making affecting girls’ education in our program countries and to ensure Malala Fund’s global advocacy objectives are benefitting from locally-rooted, country expertise.

  • Minimum Qualification:Degree
  • Experience Level:Senior level
  • Experience Length:5 years

Job Description/Requirements

Responsibilities:


Strategic leadership

  • Working with the Director, National and Regional Advocacy, to shape Malala Fund’s overall approach to national and regional advocacy.
  • Maintain a deep knowledge of regional institutions and contexts related to girls’ education.
  • Lead the development and implementation of a regional influencing strategy for Africa, informed by global and national advocacy priorities and leveraging regional research products.
  • Identify, develop and nurture strategic advocacy relationships at the regional level, including the African Union (AU) and various multinational African entities (ECOWAS and EAC).
  • Identify regional processes and institutions that grantees and partners can strategically engage in to deliver their change agendas and support partners in their engagement.
  • Working with Malala Fund’s In-Country Representatives, identify opportunities for co-founders to strategically engage and amplify regional and national advocacy messages.
  • Identify opportunities to drive change at national and regional levels by identifying and developing new strategic partnerships.


Technical Leadership and Strategic Support

  • Lead and coordinate technical advocacy support to Malala Fund’s grantees and partners in the African region. This could include: supporting the development and implementation of collaborative influencing and/or campaign strategies; identifying and executing applied learning offerings to build grantees' knowledge and skills in advocacy; and providing technical support to national advocacy products, including key messages, factsheets, and policy briefs.
  • Working with colleagues in other teams and In-Country Representatives, support grantees and partners to source the right funding modalities for delivering their advocacy agendas; identify and support the development of evidence generation, research, and knowledge products for national influencing; and undertake national creative, digital, and media mobilization initiatives.
  • Working collaboratively with the Programmes team, support monitoring, evaluation, and learning from regional and national influencing initiatives in the African region, ensuring evidence of impact and learnings are regularly analyzed and shared with the wider organization and sector.


External Relationships and Representation

  • Develop and maintain a repository of national, regional, and global advocacy, thematic and technical experts and facilitate connections with our grantees and partners in support of national and regional advocacy objectives.
  • Represent the National Advocacy unit, and wider Advocacy department, in the development of organizational policies and strategies, including the development of Country Strategies.
  • Working with ICRs/national staff, develop and maintain good relationships with national and regional influencers and decision-makers, undertaking direct advocacy as needed.
  • Represents the organization at external meetings with sector colleagues and technical specialists in key government and regional institutions as needed.


People Management

  • Line manages Regional Advocacy Officers as the unit expands.
  • Recruit and manage external consultants as necessary in line with Malala Fund’s plans and budget.
  • Actively contributes to making Malala Fund a diverse and equitable workplace through inclusive practices and openness to different perspectives, cultures, and ideas. Actively builds and maintains systems that allow for the growth and development of all direct reports.
  • Welcomes and inducts new team members into Malala Fund, and facilitates collaboration across and within your team.
  • Co-creates clear objectives and development plans for direct reports, and engages in regular and constructive performance conversations.
  • Shares key messages and relevant information with direct reports, and seeks out, addresses, and/or escalates feedback as appropriate.
  • Ensures all team members understand and comply with Malala Fund policies, procedures, and resources.


Organisational Culture

  • Upholds the values of the Malala Fund.
  • Actively contributes to making Malala Fund a diverse and equitable workplace through inclusive practice and openness to different perspectives, cultures, and ideas.
  • Maintains behavior and conduct that uphold the highest standards for safeguarding, professionally and personally.
  • Acts as a role model for a ‘learning organization’ culture by seeking insight and using problems as opportunities to learn.



Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in education, development studies, public policy or relevant area, or demonstrable equivalent professional experience.
  • Experience contributing to a policy change by planning, managing, and implementing advocacy programs.
  • Experience developing a wide range of advocacy tools or delivering advocacy training.
  • Excellent research and public speaking skills.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Flexibility to operate in a wide range of cultural and institutional contexts.
  • Problem-solving, organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills.
  • Must have initiative and be able to work effectively under pressure independently and with a team.
  • Strong commitment to Malala Fund’s mission, purpose, and values.
  • Strong commitment to gender equality, racial justice, and other social justice issues.
  • Strong commitment to professional development and continued learning.
  • Excellent team player with the ability to work independently and in collaboration with colleagues at all levels across departments and external stakeholders.

Desirable

  • Up-to-date knowledge of policy debates surrounding girls’ education in the region.
  • Experience in working with regional mechanisms.
  • Experience supporting advocacy networks or coalitions.


Remuneration: NGN 24,439,401 - 26,944,500 per annum

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