Advocacy Officer – International Community of Women Living with HIV/ AIDS East Africa




Organization: International Community of Women Living with HIV/
AIDS East Africa
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Regional Director
About US:
International Community of Women living with HIV/AIDS East Africa is a
regional advocacy network and membership based organisation. ICW Eastern Africa
exists to give visibility to women living with HIV in Eastern Africa. ICW
Eastern Africa believes that gender inequalities and the lack of sexual & reproductive
health & rights for women are at the heart of the HIV epidemic.
Job Summary:  The Advocacy
Officer will be in charge of developing and coordinating the implementation of
ICWEA Advocacy Strategy. She will also be responsible for translating policy platforms
into effective advocacy actions for ICWEA.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Steer the development of ICWEA Advocacy
    Strategy and ensuring stakeholder consultations on how this advocacy
    strategy will support the network and women living with HIV;
  • Develop contacts with the media and
    maintain dialogue with ICW Global, Regional, Country Offices and
    stakeholders to ensure development and implementation of more effective
    policies to support women living with HIV;
  • Technically support the advocacy agenda of
    ICWEA programmes and ensure the perspectives of women living with HIV are
    fed into the National, Regional and Global policy making processes;
  • Steer advocacy efforts on specific
    advocacy priorities, representing ICWEA at meetings organized by policymakers,
    CSOs, think tanks, the public and other key partners;
  • Ensure relevant linkages are made between
    ICWEA’s thematic and regional programmes and Global Advocacy Objectives;
  • Work in liaison with the Advocacy team to
    plan and implement ICWEA’s Advocacy Strategy; ensuring that it is firmly
    grounded on evidence from ICWEA programmes and the WLHIV perspectives;
  • Create and maintain internal systems,
    including contact lists, diaries of upcoming events and advocacy
    opportunities;
  • Actively monitor and interpret national,
    regional and international developments in HIV&AIDS, Sexual
    Reproductive Health and Rights and Human Rights interventions and develop
    position papers and policy briefs on behalf of the senior management in
    line with the ICWEA’s strategic plan and advocacy strategy;
  • Identify advocacy capacity needs of ICWEA
    members and provide technical expertise to address these capacity needs;
  • Prepare periodic work plans, budgets and
    reports for the advocacy work of ICWEA,
  • Regularly lobby relevant authorities to ensure
    that appropriate policies are in place to* facilitate and support the
    response to HIV&AIDS, SRHR and Human Rights taking into consideration
    the needs and priorities of women living with HIV in their diversity;
  • Actively promote networking and elaboration
    with partners through meetings, workshops, seminars, conferences, joint
    occasions such as World AIDS Day, International AIDS Conferences,
    International Women’s Day with the aim to seek support for ICWEA and women
    living with HIV issues and priorities;
  • Organize events to promote ICWEA to the
    public and to stakeholders.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The Advocacy Officer should hold a
    relevant degree or Diploma in any Social Sciences Discipline, Development
    Studies, Health Community Development, or any relevant qualification in
    this field from a recognized University or Institution;
  • A minimum of five or more years working
    experience in a Policy Advocacy Position – preferably with networks of
    women and people living with HIV, or Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)
    involved in promoting Human Rights and Gender:
  • The ideal candidate should possess a very
    good command of written and spoken English (knowledge of Swahili and or
    French will be an added advantage);
  • Excellent advocacy, lobbying and networking
    skills
  • Excellent communication and public
    relations skills
  • Policy formulation and analysis skills
  • Lobbying and Negotiation skills
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Project Management Skills
  • Partnership management skills
  • Interpersonal Relations skills
  • Computer applications skills
NB: This career
opportunity is open to only women living with HIV/AIDS
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send a letter
of interest, updated CV, copies of your transcripts and two professional
references to: jobs@icwea.org or hand
deliver to:
International Community of Women Living with HIV/ AIDS East Africa,
Plot 1106 Senge, Wakiso
P.O. Box 32252, Kampala
Tel; +256392947313,+256414531913
Deadline: 31st March 2015
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