Advocacy Officer

Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted September 22, 2022
Category Other
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


Job Description

Currently, Ethiopia is set to have a comprehensive national dialogue which is expected to convene to address a broad set of issues. As part of this effort to build national consensus, Ethiopia ratified the proclamation for the establishment of the Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission, Proclamation No. 1265/2021. Considering the positive roles CSOs can play to ensure women’s representation in the Ethiopian national dialogue, variety of CSOs has established a coalition by the name “Coalition for Women’s Voice in the National Dialogue” aimed at promoting gender inclusivity in every stage of the national dialogue process.

The Coalition for Women’s Voice in the National Dialogue was established on 16 March 2022 with the aim to ensure women’s meaningful representation in the forthcoming Ethiopian National Dialogue process and to ensure that the process responds to and addresses Ethiopian women's needs, perspectives, priorities, and aspirations. With over 45 member civil society organizations, the Coalition operates with seven steering committee members and a secretariat, i.e., TIMRAN. The Coalition finds it necessary to form an independent national dialogue team to look after the Coalition’s activities since it has an exclusive mission to work towards gender inclusive national dialogue. The team will be accountable to the Secretariat.

The Advocacy Officer works with the Project Coordinator to develop and implement the coalition's advocacy strategy, focused on ensuring equal and meaningful participation of women in the coming Ethiopian National Dialogue.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • More precisely, the Advocacy Officer will:
  • Support the design of advocacy strategies and coalition engagement plans in collaboration with the project team.
  • Coordinate and support the creation and implementation of initiatives in target regions, including the development of strategic documents outlining the value proposition of the coalition.
  • Develop an advocacy plan and create a series of communications and advocacy tools showcasing equal and meaningful representation of women in the coming national dialogue.
  • Establish a monitoring framework to determine the use and impact of actions initiated by the coalition.
  • Oversee the conduct of situational analyses and strategic reviews that will inform the coalition engagement opportunities.
  • Engage with local partners to build and cultivate strategic partnerships to leverage advocacy opportunities with government leadership, Ministries, other implementing partners.
  • Working with all women to advocate and lobby about their skill equal right in the whole aspect of the national dialogue.
  • Perform other related tasks.

Employment Type: Contract (1 year, with possibility of extension)

Job Requirements


  • University degree in any social science fields preferably Gender Studies and political science.
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience related to Project Management and Advocacy works in NGO.
  • Ability to work in multidisciplinary and multilingual teams.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with and in support of the needs of neglected populations
  • Strong communication skills, including writing for expert and general audiences and public speaking.
  • Creative and out of the box thinker, with demonstrated track record of analytic problem‐solving/seeking solutions to challenges.
  • Ability to use initiative, prioritize, multi-task, and work well under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Have a great capacity for organization, synthesis and report writing.
  • Have an excellent level of spoken and written language in Amharic and a good practice of English. Speaking other local language is a plus.
  • Good computer skills in programs including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Demonstrated experience in undertaking desk-based research, summarizing complex information and producing advocacy materials.
  • Some experience supporting successful relationship-building/awareness‐raising initiatives with internal and external stakeholders.
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