International non-profit Jobs – Advocacy Manager at Twaweza

Job Title:   Advocacy Manager
Organization: Twaweza
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Executive
About US:
Twaweza is an independent East
African initiative that was established in 2009 by Rakesh Rajani, a Tanzanian
civil society leader who founded HakiElimu and served as its first executive
director until the end of 2007. Twaweza’s approach and theory of change is
built on the lessons from the HakiElimu experience, as well as wide ranging
conversations across East Africa conducted through 2008 and a review of the
literature. Hivos provided the incubation space for Twaweza’s development, and
currently houses the initiative before it becomes fully independent by 2014.
Hivos is registered in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda as a non-profit company
(company limited by guarantee with no share capital).
Job Summary:  The Advocacy Manager will be responsible for
designing, coordinating and implementing Twaweza’s advocacy and public and
policy engagement in Uganda. Serving as a senior staff member and reporting
directly to the Executive Director, you will pull together organizational
staff, evidence and policy positions and engage key audiences in a compelling
manner to advance Twaweza’s objectives.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • In
    charge of designing, coordinating and implementing effective advocacy
    programs, campaigns and actions, in an iterative and agile manner
    consistent with Twaweza’s theory of change, with a primary focus on open government
    and basic education outcomes.
  • Identify
    key players in government, parliament, media, civil society, religion,
    academia and private sector, and develop good working relationships with
    them so as to advance Twaweza’s objectives.
  • Analyze
    the Uganda context and identify key institutions, processes and moments to
    work with to advance Twaweza’s objectives.
  • Understand
    Twaweza’s research findings and policy positions and effectively convey
    them to identified audiences in a way that garners attention and respect.
  • Liaise
    closely with all Twaweza program clusters and Communications unit and
    broker opportunities in which they can effectively advance Twaweza
    positions, as well as represent them yourself.
  • Prepare
    and/or write creative, compelling and pithy presentations and articles;
    develop an active and respect presence in social media such as Twitter and
  • Represent
    Twaweza in key meetings, with the media and other forms; serve as a
    spokesperson when delegated to do so by the Executive Director.
  • Actively
    contribute to Twaweza’s East African and global program and learning
    agendas as needed.
  • Work
    closely with the advocacy leads in other two countries to organize joint
    campaigns where appropriate and strengthen effectiveness.
  • Technically
    support the Executive Director in undertaking his/her advocacy and
    representational functions.
  • Undertake
    the activities above consistent with Twaweza’s workflows work plans and
    budgets, in in a manner that is consistent with Twaweza values and
  • Actively
    contribute to the preparation of quality and timely plans, budgets and
  • Actively
    monitor and report on activities consistent with Twaweza workflows and
  • Stay
    abreast of new ideas and materials in the area of organizational learning,
    M&E and communications.
  • Participate
    in meetings and sessions and sessions as needed.
  • Carry
    out any other lawful tasks as may be assigned by your Supervisor or
    Executive Director.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    applicant should hold a Masters’ degree in a relevant field.
  • A
    minimum of eight years’ relevant experience in development advocacy.
  • Keen
    knowledge and understanding of how key actors think and work, and their
    motivations and constraints.
  • Passion
    for evidence based, strategic social change in East Africa.
  • Possess
    the ability to network and cultivate excellent working relationships with
    key actors; develop a respected presence.
  • Excellent
    writing and communication skills in English and an eye for detail.
  • Good
    knowledge and understanding of social media and uses of new technologies
    for communication in East African context.
  • Excellent
    analytical and organizational skills.
  • Possess
    the ability to be on top of issues and deliver quality on time.
  • Computer
    proficiency including webbased applications.
How to Apply: 
All candidates are strongly
encouraged to send their applications including an updated CV (max 4 pages) to: with a cover letter
explaining your interests/motivations to work for Twaweza, and two samples of
your written work and names of three referees, in MS Word or PDF file. In the
subject of your email write your name and the position you are applying for.

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