Location: Ramallah/Jerusalem, occupied Palestinian territories
Job Title: Advocacy Coordinator – West Bank Protection Consortium (WBPC)
Type of contract: 11 months renewable (including 3 months as probation period)
Starting date: 1st June 2020
Monthly gross salary range: To be defined according to the candidate’s profile
Application deadline: 7th of May 2020
Application procedure: Send your CV and Cover Letter to email@example.com with reference P2 or click here. Only preselected candidates will be contacted; the applications will be reviewed as they are received and the position may be awarded before the deadline.
WeWorld-GVC, recently constituted from the merger of two NGOs, is an Italian secular and independent organization working since 1971 in international cooperation and humanitarian aid. Present in 29 countries with 128 projects, We World-GVC operates in the following areas of assistance: human rights (gender equality, prevention and combating violence against children and women, migration), humanitarian aid (prevention, emergency relief and rehabilitation), food security, access to water, health and hygiene, education, global citizenship education, quality teaching and international volunteering. We World-GVC works mostly with girls, boys, women and youth, actors of change in every community for a fairer and more inclusive world. Supports people overcoming emergencies and guarantees a life with dignity, opportunities and a better future through human and economic development programs, in the framework of the 2030 Agenda. Joining the We World-GVC team means being part of the development of a dynamic organization where the contribution of each staff member is promoted and valued, working together towards the collective achievement of shared goals and vision.
At present, the main donors are Italy (AICS), the EU (DG ECHO), UNICEF, OCHA, and Belgium (DGD).
The West Bank Protection Consortium
The West Bank Protection Consortium (the WBPC) is a strategic partnership between DG ECHO, nine like-minded EU Member States, the United Kingdom and five International NGOs (NRC, ACTED, Action Against Hunger, WeWorld -GVC and PUI) formed in 2015 to prevent the forcible transfer of Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem through a protection-oriented, multi-sector humanitarian response that encompasses emergency relief, community-based protection, the provision of basic and social infrastructure, legal aid and humanitarian advocacy.
The leading agency of the WBPC is NRC. The Advocacy Coordinator is hosted by WeWorld-GVC and reports to the Consortium Representative. As host agency for the WBPC, WeWorld-GVC organisational financial, logistical and security procedures are used, however the Advocacy Coordinator retains programmatic independence from WW-GVC to ensure equal representation and treatment of all consortium members.
The Advocacy Coordinator advises and supports the Consortium Secretariat, Steering Committee and Board to deliver evidenced and rights-based, humanitarian advocacy. The Advocacy Coordinator aims to ensure advocacy activities result in legislative and policy reforms as well as increased awareness and support from the international community and national constituencies in a view to improve the delivery of humanitarian aid and protection while reducing the coercive environment for Palestinian population.
The Advocacy Coordinator is responsible for supporting the development and implementation of a comprehensive innovative advocacy strategy, in cooperation with Consortium Partners, Donors and other stakeholders. Activities will include a comprehensive analysis of key stakeholders who can influence positively or negatively any change towards greater respect and fulfillment of Palestinians’ fundamental rights.
The Advocacy Coordinator is a member of the Consortium Secretariat and chairs the Consortium’s Advocacy Working Group, and actively contributes to the strategic direction of the Consortium, including planning for subsequent years.
The Advocacy Coordinator is accountable to the Consortium Representative and works in coordination with:
the Consortium Technical Coordinator, the Consortium MEAL and Data Analyst, the Country Directors of the partner organizations, the members of Advocacy Working Group and all the partners’ relevant staff and relevant national and international stakeholders.
Main tasks and responsibilities
- Develop and coordinate the WBPC advocacy response to protection of Palestinians and preservation of humanitarian space in the West Bank and East Jerusalem
- Implement Consortium advocacy strategy, aligned to overall consortium strategy and defined outcomes
- Ensure advocacy coherence and reinforce effective synergies between consortium programmatic work and advocacy by working closely with secretariat and partners to integrate advocacy into program planning and implementation
- Provide high quality analysis and prepare evidenced-based policy briefing papers, policy position statements and other public-facing advocacy products when strategic and relevant
- Liaise with consortium partners’ offices to coordinate the strategic delivery of advocacy messaging and outputs to maximize impact and ensure coordination
- Support the Consortium Representative in strengthening and expanding strategic advocacy networks and identifying opportunities to advocate consortium positions and recommendations
- Regularly visit WBPC field sites to support WBPC staff and beneficiaries
- Gather evidence and document rights infringements to ensure WBPC advocacy is supported by evidence from the field
- Support the Consortium representative in briefing and liaising with representatives from the Consortium, donor agencies, and the international community on Consortium advocacy findings and recommendations, including emergent events and emergency responses
- Chair, coordinate and supervise the Consortium Advocacy Working Group, formed by the Advocacy Officers of the 5 partners
- Coordinate and supervise the production of targeted research, policy and legal analyses, evidence-based reporting and other awareness-raising activities, jointly whenever possible, on coercive environment and serious international law violations, including but not limited to forcible transfer, destruction of property, denial of essential services and settler violence
- Coordinate and supervise the production and dissemination of the Consortium’s bi-monthly Sitrep
- Support and advise the Representative in engaging European member states at domestic and international level
- Ensure that the Consortium’s advocacy strategy and defined activities are implemented according to defined project outputs and timelines
- Work with Consortium secretariat and partner agencies to collect and analyze data on protection and humanitarian issues to inform advocacy directions, for use in the production and distribution of advocacy-focused briefs to donors, government, and the diplomatic community
- Contribute to the strategic development of the Consortium, including proposal and strategy development in relation to advocacy contribution
- Participate in the oPt relevant coordinating and planning bodies, when relevant
- Engage with local duty bearers to fulfill their obligations under international law toward the protection of human rights and the welfare of the Palestinian population
- Represent the WBPC in advocacy coordination forums
- Prepare and regularly update analysis, updates, key messages, talking points and briefing materials
- Liaise and collaborate with relevant local and national authorities and stakeholders and represent WBPC in relevant forums/cluster/working groups as requested by Representative
Qualifications and Knowledge
- An advanced University Degree in the field of Communication, Social or Political Science, Development Studies, International Relations, International Humanitarian Law
- Professional knowledge of Humanitarian and Protection principles
- Professional knowledge of policy and advocacy sectors
- Fluency in written and spoken English, with strong writing and editing skills
- At least 5 years of experience working in humanitarian sector and/or relevant organizations
- Professional experience of policy and advocacy sectors
- Communications management, including internal communications and communicating with communities
- Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
- Experiencing planning and overseeing outreach and actors´ engagement planning
Skills and Abilities
- Proven organizational skills and ability to manage effectively multiple tasks while fostering quality, team spirit and positive working relationships with colleagues
- Ability to think strategically and conceptually and to translate these into concrete results
- Ability to identify, initiate and maintain good relationships with partner organizations, donors and national authorities including building professional relationships with senior decision-makers and influencers/leaders
- Strong interpersonal relationships and demonstrated ability to leverage business networks and partnerships for continued growth
- Ability to think outside of the box and to be creative and innovative
- Ability to work under pressure
- Valid and clean driving license
- Demonstrates integrity concerning NGO values and ethical standards
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
- Treats all people fairly without favouritism
- Strong commitment to the Mission of WeWorld-GVC, genuine interest for international cooperation development topics
- Desirable experience in working in a Consortium
- Desirable professional knowledge and/or experience of the Palestinian context, including INGOs, local NGOs, donors, UN agencies and relevant stakeholders
- Previous experience in oPt will be considered an asset
- Knowledge of Arabic or Hebrew would be considered an asset