Policy/Advocacy Coordinator Career Opportunity – Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG)




Organization: Sudan Democracy
First Group (SDFG)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Senior
Financial Analyst
About US:
The Sudan Democracy
First Group (SDFG) was formed as an umbrella group of leading Sudanese
independent and democratic civil society and media actors to serve as a think
tank and venue for indigenous research, analysis and advocacy on human rights,
development, peace and democratic transformation in Sudan. SDFG is a coalition
of democratic, activist, trade unionist and academic Sudanese men and women
representing different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The main agenda of the
initiative is to voice the concerns of voiceless Sudanese people across the
country around questions of democratization and its intersection with peace,
justice and development in Sudan. SDFG focuses on providing Sudanese and
international audiences with this type of knowledge and analysis by publishing
regular updates, policy briefs and position papers on major political and human
rights issues. In addition to raising public awareness both inside and outside
Sudan, SDFG works to promote civil society dialogue on crucial issues affecting
Sudan, by convening meetings and roundtables bringing together diverse sectors
of Sudanese society.
Job Summary: The Sudan Democracy
First Group (SDFG) Policy/Advocacy Coordinator will be responsible for
researching and writing on social and political developments in Sudan as they
relate to democracy, governance, conflict and human rights; and contribute to
the development and implementation of advocacy strategies.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
·        
Significantly contribute to the development and
implementation of SDFG’s research, policy and advocacy agenda by planning,
developing, and contributing regular content that is dynamic, original,
grounded in policy expertise, and accessible to a broad audience
·        
Routinely research, monitor and analyze the social
and political landscape in Sudan
·        
Draft content to be finalized and published as SDFG
newsletter updates, policy and research briefs, fact sheets, blog posts,
editorials and other materials as required
·        
Actively contribute to the formulation of policy
recommendations, and help shape advocacy materials
·        
Organize advocacy activities, includes meetings and
roundtables with key advocacy targets
·        
Participate in meetings, conferences and other
events relevant to SDFG’s research and policy agenda
·        
Work in liaison with the Executive Director and other
staff to strategize policy and advocacy agendas
·        
Prepare and submit succinct weekly analysis to
Executive Director and other team members; some more time sensitive assignments
require quicker turn-around
·        
Build and maintain strong working SDFG’s
relationships with key advocacy targets, at the national, regional and
international level
·        
Build and maintain contacts with relevant NGO
networks working on similar issues to ensure the inclusion of SDFG’s key
messages into joint policy documents, meetings and events as appropriate
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
·        
The applicants for the Policy/Advocacy Coordinator
should hold a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a field related to political
science, with commensurate professional experience. Possession of a Master’s
degree in law, political science, public policy or relevant field is an added
advantage
·        
Excellent research and analytical skills, and proven
experience with research and writing.
·        
Prior experience writing under tight deadline for
publication is an added advantage
·        
Strategic and critical thinking is essential.
·        
Possess the ability to write for weekly articles
(persuasive brevity needed over long form academic writing).
·        
Superb organization and time-management skills,
including the ability to manage numerous tasks simultaneously, work under
pressure, and meet deadlines.
·        
Excellent interpersonal skills.
·        
Excellent attention to detail, and initiative.
·        
Ability to keep calm and work in a fast-paced
environment.
·        
Good humor and general problem-solving skills.
·        
Willingness and ability to travel in the east Africa
region.
·        
A strong commitment to democracy, good governance,
and human rights and to SDFG’s mission.
·        
Fluency in both written and oral Arabic and English,
and excellent communication skills.
How to Apply:  
All suitably qualified
and interested candidates should send a cover letter, updated CV, and one
writing sample (in English) to: jobs@democracyfirstgroup.org.
Deadline: Friday 28 August, 2015
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