Advocacy Officer – Lutheran World Federation (LWF)

Organisation: Lutheran World Federation (LWF)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
About US:
Lutheran World Federation
(LWF) is part of the Lutheran World Federation Department for World Service
(LWF-DWS), an international humanitarian and development agency. LWF Uganda
works to reduce people’s vulnerability, supporting them to realize their
potential, to build on their assets, and to respond to their own problems and
needs. LWF Uganda currently has five areas of operation in Pader, Kitgum,
Adjumani, Katakwi, Sembabule, Kampala and Kamwenge Districts.
Job Summary: The LWF Advocacy Officer will be responsible
for delivering coordinated and integrated advocacy intervention with delivery
of other programs, and to reinforce delivery of impact on the ground, bringing
priorities from the grass-roots into the Universal Periodic
Review (UPR) process, and
wider advocacy; also in aligning this project with rights-based approaches at
community level; ensuring in the long-term that local people and communities
are able to access their fundamental rights, and meet their needs, not through
service delivery by external actors, but by structural changes where
duty-bearers (national and international) hold themselves accountable and
ensure implementation.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Conduct
    mapping of actors, coalitions and alliances and build/strengthen networks
    at national level to position LWF and partners as leading actor on
    fundamental rights in UPR coalition/alliance.
  • Empower
    local partners so that they can follow up and translate UPR
    recommendations into measurable concrete lives changing policies, legal
    instruments and actions on the ground.
  • Works
    closely with the coalition, alliance with other key local partners,
    agencies, organizations,  churches,
    run in-country workshops to inform about UPR process and produce
    alternative reports where the LWF’s priority themes are reflected.
  • Provide
    on-going support to ensure sustainability of coalitions/ alliances. Ensure
    that LWF and partners carry out capacity-building and dissemination of
    learning to strengthen effectiveness in this work.
  • Technically
    support local level actors to participate with input into UPR process and
    play role in ensuring implementation at local level.
  • Support
    country coalitions/alliances to submit incisive, specific alternative
    reports reflecting thematic priorities; including working with government
    on preparation of state’s report.
  • Actively
    facilitate the coalition/alliances to run side events to raise profile of
    thematic issues.
  • Conduct
    written and oral interventions at HRC sessions to ensure recommendations
    reflect LWF’s priorities.
  • Conduct
    complementary advocacy/lobbying by partners in other arenas (e.g.
    Missions, key governments, international institutions, etc.)
  • Support
    National level coalitions/alliances to work with duty-bearers to ensure
    implementation of UPR recommendations (or those from previous UPR cycle)
  • Support
    in the Monitoring and Evaluation of the impact of implementation.
  • Report
    on national and local impact and disseminate stories.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate should preferably hold a Bachelor’s degree in Humanities,
    law or other relevant field. Master or higher qualification in the
    relevant field is an added advantage.
  • A
    minimum of three years’ experience in designing and implementing
    activities related to advocacy
  • High
    levels of political and human rights skills.
  • Excellent
    track record of inputting into and delivering on successful policy &
    advocacy strategies within the humanitarian framework.
  • Good
    knowledge of key issues in the development and emergency sectors, ideally
    in: sustainable livelihood opportunities for marginalized groups,
    particularly women and children among refugees and rural communities with
    emphasis on gender inequalities. Other issues include Refugees, resilience
    and social protection, Environment/climate change, land rights.
  • Past
    experience of lobbying within political and government sectors.
  • Prior
    experience of producing policy materials for varied audiences.
  • Excellent
    communications (oral & written .English), presentation, interpersonal,
    influencing and negotiating skills for engaging with a wide variety of
    contacts.
  • Possess
    the ability to communicate complex messages in an accessible manner for
    varied audiences.
  • High
    conceptual and analytical skills and ability to think and operate
    innovatively.
  • Excellent
    administration and organisational skill and ability to optimise
    independent use of time against variable workload.
  • Ability
    to manage resources.
  • Flexible
    approach to working hours and ability to travel both in-country and
    abroad.
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and
interested applicant is invited to send her/his application via email to
recruitment@lwf.or.ug mentioning the title of job applied for in the email
subject field. Only motivated applications that address the stipulated duties
and meet the required qualifications, sent together with a CV, will be
considered. Please provide references, salary expectations and earliest date
available.
NB: Please note that only shortlisted
candidates will be contacted. Applicants who do not receive any response within
three weeks of the closing date should consider their application unsuccessful.
Deadline: 6th April 2015
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