ADVOCACY PROGRAM SUPPORT OFFICER VACANCY AT SKILLS OUTSIDE SCHOOL FOUNDATION

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The Skills Outside School Foundation is a not-for-profit organization registered in June 2014 at the Corporate Affairs Commission, Nigeria, and a Company Limited by Guarantee (09365183) at the Companies House, UK.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Advocacy Program Support Officer
Location: Abuja
Employment Type: Full-time

Job Description
The Advocacy Program Support Officer will develop, organize, and execute a wide range of activities to influence policy according to the scope of our programs, and specific results-oriented projects
S/he will build the policy capacity of our organization and advice on project implementation.
S/he will carry out policy analysis and the writing of position statements of our organization.
Together with the Media and Communications Officer and the CEO, s/he will play an active role in networking, lobbying, and representing the organization in a wide range of policy issues at events, conventions, and media opportunities.
S/he will be able to integrate communication tools and channels in her/his work.

Main Responsibilities
Facilitate and guide our institutional advocacy strategy.
Facilitate the development of joint advocacy strategies with partners associated networks, partners, and other offices of our organization.
Develop strategic partnerships with key actors to achieve our policy goals.
Act as a spokesperson liaison to media, governments, and other actors.
Work with the Media and Communications Officer in organizing media outreach; arranging all media contacts, press briefings, and interviews; providing talking points and other materials as needed for staff; responds to media inquiries quickly and effectively.
Production of a diverse range of information products including audio/visual communications, when needed to achieve specific policy goals.
Support and advise the team on how to carry out advocacy properly.
Identify key opportunities in the short and long-term in which we can influence policy processes.
Advice management for meaningful engagement with key actors and institutions.
Support opportunities for fund-raising regarding policy interventions.
Support and coordinate the relevant regional policy processes and activities of regional offices especially with regards to global/international policy processes and fora related to wetlands and other societal issues.
Anticipate possible advocacy developments and outcomes and prepare contingency plans and strategy adjustments.

Profile of the Candidate
The Advocacy Program Support Officer has experience in formulating and implementing organizational policy strategies.
S/he has demonstrated a commitment to the cause either through previous job experiences or any other activities related to our mission.
S/he has a solid track record in representing organizations before.
S/he is proactive, creative, outspoken, optimistic with interest in education, employability, and entrepreneurship and a passion for making a difference with a preference for achieving outcomes in collaboration with others.

Essential Skills and Experience
Bachelor's Degree in a relevant field (e.g. Communications, Humanities, Education, International Relations, Law, Business Management, Public Administration).
Proven working experience in policy analysis and advocacy in national, regional, and global dimensions.
Demonstrable experience and achievements working in and advocating towards multi-stakeholder platforms and processes.
Track record in policy analysis, writing and editing articles, website content, reports, and press releases.
Experience working in an international environment is desirable.
Ability to quickly understand and absorb new topics, issues, and disciplines and distill relevant advocacy strategies from them.
Good understanding of political affairs and international institutions dynamics in Africa, and Nigeria especially.
Experience in networking, stakeholder mapping and strategizing according to policy objectives of different projects
Ability to deliver oral presentations to various audiences.
Excellent communication and project management skills; team player and facilitator.
Excellent command of written and spoken the English Language.
Proficiency in MS Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
Proficiency in cloud software applications (Skydrive, DropBox, Google Docs).

Recommended Prior Experience
Prior experience in the education or public sector.
Prior experience providing advice to senior-level officials in the public, private or non-profit sectors;
Reporting Relationship: CEO

Personal Qualities:
A person of integrity Creative and takes initiative.
Able to work effectively in a diverse team environment
Willing to work additional hours at crucial times
Effectively promote the SOSF’s mission, values and objectives

Other Benefits
Work from Home
Flexible roles & work culture
Five-day work/week with flexible working hours
Learn while you work

Application Closing Date
19th August, 2021.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send Application with a detailed Resume as one document (in a PDF or Word Format) to: [email protected] using the position being applied for as the subject of the email.