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Director, Advocacy & Campaigns

Job Description


The position will provide leadership to WVs advocacy and campaigns work in Africa. It will ensure policies on issues affecting children are addressed to contribute to child well-being. It will lead coordination and implementation of the advocacy and campaigns strategy for East Africa Regional Office. The position enhances WV’s influence and position WV as a leading agency across East Africa. The aim is also to work with regional, Support Office (SO) and National Office (NO) resource development teams to mobilize adequate resources to effectively run advocacy and campaigns work in East Africa.

The position will also coordinate thought leadership; evidence and learning in WVs advocacy and campaigns work in Africa.


Strategic Leadership

Develop an advocacy and campaigns strategy and policy agenda for East Africa focusing on the new partnership campaign, ending violence against children

Coordinate the EVAC campaign in East Africa, with main focus on working with the AU and other regional entities.

Ensure key policy and advocacy issues in regional technical guidance and NO technical programs are adequately addressed

Provide oversight to major policy and advocacy initiatives in the region and ensure compliance with WVI advocacy and campaigns standards, protocols and policy.

Engage and support in regional strategy development, execution and measurement processes

Ensure coordination and implementation of strong NO campaigns across the region

Advocacy Coordination and External Engagement:

Coordinate strategic engagement with regional institutions including the AU, IGAD, EAC and COMESA

Build strategic partnerships with civil society, donors, Governments and corporations, UN entities and other organizations to enhance collective response to child well-being

Strengthen partnership and collaboration with faith based organizations at National and Regional Level to influence and monitor policy implementation to enhance child well-being.

Support regional and national leadership in articulating policy positions and enhancing the visibility of WV in their respective countries

Strengthen and coordinate the work of Nairobi regional hub and other engagement platforms

Represent WV in global, regional and national advocacy and campaigns events, conferences, forums, seminars and technical working groups.

Campaigns Management:

Develop the EVAC campaign, implementation plan and multi sectoral approaches for WV EARO.

Coordinate a regional launch of the EVAC campaign and ongoing familiarization

Support NO level operationalization of EVAC through NO strategy and programmes.

Coordinate documentation of best practices and evidence related to WVs advocacy work and campaign in East Africa

Ensure that children’s voices are represented through local level advocacy efforts and local-national-global linkages

Coordinate regional level campaign events and ensure WVs leadership team’s participation in related forums

Coordinate efforts in resource mobilization for EVAC campaign as well as related advocacy and child

Ensure ongoing monitoring and reporting for EVAC campaign in East Africa.

Collaboration and cross functional work:

Participate in the global advocacy and campaigns coordination work

Collaborate with key WV functional departments and sectoral experts to monitor implementation of policies

Collaborate with other units to leverage the impact of advocacy and campaigns work in the national office.

Resource Development

Explore potential funding sources for advocacy work and EVAC campaign

Collaborate with the EAR Resource Development Unit (RDU), NOs and SO to support resource development

Ensure the inclusion of a resource development target in key advocacy and campaign staff JDs

Provide technical assistance for advocacy and campaign design work in the region

Work with Support Office, GC advocacy & campaigns team, NO teams, and other regional ministry functions to ensure that grants and other specially funded initiatives incorporate advocacy and EVAC campaign elements

Provide support in development of multi-country proposals.

Other responsibilities:

Carry out any other additional responsibilities as required.


Must have:

  • Master Degree in either human rights, law, international relations, development, social studies, or related field

  • 10 years of experience in advocacy and campaigns work in developing countries

  • In-depth knowledge of advocacy and child Protection issues in the Africa region

  • Excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills, particularly in a cross-cultural environment

  • Strong planning and organizational skills and ability to prioritize multiple activities

  • Ability to influence internal and external stakeholders and represent WV, particularly with donors and partners

  • Experience managing field-level programs

  • Experience in leading campaigns

  • Proven advocacy experience on Child Protection issues

  • Experience in programme management

  • Experience leading and managing a professional technical team

  • Significant bi-lateral, multi-lateral donor grant experience with program design, implementation, funding acquisition and reporting

  • Proficient in English language


  • Strategy development

  • Theory of change and logical framework development

  • Advocacy and campaigns

  • Budget development/management, including knowledge of general accounting and budgeting principles

  • Coaching and mentoring

  • Experience in Africa, mainly East Africa and programming in fragile contexts

  • Professional experience in training/capacity building

  • Research and evaluation experience

  • Multi-sectoral/integrated program design and implementation


The position requires ability and willingness to travel both domestically and internationally, up to 30% of the time.

Successful candidate to be based in their home country within East Africa. i.e, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, Ethiopia