Program Support Officer – Advocacy Vacancy at the Skills Outside School Foundation

Skills Outside School Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation registered as in IT (70340) 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: Program Support Officer – Advocacy

Location:
 Virtual/ Abuja
Part-time: At least 24 hours per week.
Start date: a.s.a.p.

Job Description

  • The Advocacy PSO 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 Senior Programs Manager, 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 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
Essential:

  • Bachelors' 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: Senior Programs Manager.

Application Closing Date
23rd July, 2020.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV to:  [email protected]  using the job title as subject of the mail.

Note:  Only shortlisted candidates would be contacted.

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