Organization: FHI 360
Position: Advocacy Advisor, Nepal CSM
Job Location: Kathmandu
Advocacy Advisor, Nepal CSM Project
FHI 360, an international non-governmental organization (NGO), is recruiting a highly qualified and dynamic candidate for the expected United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Civil Society and Media Project (CSM) in Nepal as Advocacy Advisor.
The Advocacy Advisor is responsible for the project’s plan for engaging the Government of Nepal (GON) and advancing policy and institutional reforms and enforcement at the sub-national and national level through advocacy efforts. CSM advocacy efforts will focus on advocacy to advance public interest that promotes civil society credibility; and advocacy for strengthening civil society. The Advocacy Advisor works closely with the project teams to strengthen subnational-level media outlets’ and CSOs’ capacity to effectively use advocacy strategies, and to carry out oversight of public resource use and service delivery. S/he will be responsible for designing and overseeing mentoring, training, and the development of job aids that improves the ability of civil society actors to represent their constituents and hold public officials accountable. The Advocacy Advisor also supports capacity building of national-level CSOs, media organizations, and coalitions to effectively engage Parliamentarians and other GON stakeholders in effective advocacy for policy reform. The Advocacy Advisor develops and maintains working relationships with various GON stakeholders and secures GON buy-in for project activities.
The specific duties and responsibilities of the Advocacy Advisor include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Provide technical support to CSM team in implementing the project’s plan for engaging the Government of Nepal, and advancing policy and institutional reforms and enforcement at the sub-national and national-level through effective policy advocacy
- Generate knowledge materials on advocacy as a part of technical support to CSM in improving civil society and media capacity for effective public policy advocacy
- Support CSM and its team in disseminating findings of oversight functions and link these findings as evidence for advocacy plans/strategies prepared by CSM partners
- Support CSM in generating, analyzing and using evidence for advocacy
- Assist CSM and its partners in connecting local level issues of advocacy with federal and provincial networks/coalitions for policy level advocacy so that these issues are heard at provincial/federal levels; And, liaise with relevant national and sub-national civil society coalitions to develop and implement advocacy campaigns at national level with the evidences from the local level
- Build the capacity of CSM partners to develop and implement locally relevant advocacy strategies that promote civic engagement; design advocacy-related capacity building activities for local partners in coordination with the CSM capacity building team.
- Bachelor’s degree in relevant field; Master’s degree preferred; Minimum of seven (7) years’ experience in designing and implementing advocacy agenda, and policy reform activities is required.
- Excellent understanding of advocacy reform and policymaking processes.
- Solid knowledge of the Nepalese civil society sector is required.
- Demonstrated experience working and building relationships with government officials at the national and sub-national level.
- Preference given to candidates who demonstrate prior experience with policy analysis, research, advocacy, social accountability mechanisms, and gender equality and social inclusion.
- Knowledge of USAID regulations is preferable.
- Proven interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work with diverse and multidisciplinary teams.
- Oral and written fluency in English and Nepali required.
- Proficiency in other local languages is highly desired.This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.
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