GIZ: Development Advisor for Advocacy

Position Title: Development Advisor for Advocacy
Program: Strengthening of Civil Society Program CSP
Supervisor: Head of Program
Location: GIZ AlBeireh Office

Organizational Background:
The Civil Society Program of GIZ aims to support civil society organizations and networks in the Palestinian Territories in the fulfilment of their mandates by strengthening their capacities in the areas of management, advocacy and intra-civil society coordination.  

The Civil Society Program (CSP) was launched in the beginning of February 2013 and has entered into a new phase in February 2016. To achieve its objective, the program provides technical advice and support to selected non-governmental organizations (NGO), community-based organizations (CBO) and civil society networks to develop their capacities and enable them to fulfil their mandates, especially in the area of advocacy and lobbying. It does so by a) developing the management capacities of its partners, b) strengthening their advocacy capacities and c) developing the coordination capacities of civil society networks. The program works in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. 

Brief Summary of Position:
The Advocacy Development Advisor will work with several of the program’s partner organizations to develop, implement and review priorities for their advocacy activities using a participatory approach. This will include support to identify relevant policies, legislation, regulations, stakeholders, decision makers, and develop strategies how influence duty bearers. The Development Advisor will also support partner organizations in conducting needs assessments for advocacy and designing trainings and consultancies for advocacy and also be able to give trainings. Furthermore, the Development Advisor will consult partner organizations in monitoring and evaluation of advocacy activities and strategies as well as give technical support to draft communication strategies and plans as well as communication products. Building and facilitation of multi-stakeholder dialogue will be an added responsibility.  CSP currently works with ten partner organizations in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. The Development Advisor will work in close cooperation with the Programme Coordinator. At least 60% of the working time will be spent within the structure and premises of the partner organizations.  Direct supervisor will be the Head of Program. 

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
•    Assist partner organizations in setting priorities for their advocacy activities.
•    Provide advice on how existing practices and processes with regard to advocacy could be improved or developed further
•    Proactively follow-up with partner organizations to support them in all aspects of the implementation of their advocacy strategies. 
•    In collaboration with the Program Coordinator, select suitable external experts to support partners in addressing their priorities for advocacy, if needed
•    Technically oversee and assist all interventions with regard to advocacy implemented with partner organizations and ensure that CSP’s quality standards are met in the planning, implementation and reporting of interventions
•    Facilitate a review of advocacy strategies with the program’s partner organizations 12 to 18 months after their inception
•    Act as a resource person for advocacy within the program
•    Support the development of other internal plans and strategies for the program as required
•    Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of Program

Needed qualifications and skills:

•    Master degree in social sciences, business administration, economics or political science
•    Minimum of 4 years relevant work experience
•    Experience working with civil society organizations and/or international development cooperation is a prerequisite
•    Extensive track record of policy influencing at national and international levels
•    Proven ability to think strategically, to analyze complex information and offer creative, practical and high-impact solutions
•    Excellent written and verbal communications skills, and an ability to distil large amounts of information for a variety of internal and external audiences
•    Results-oriented, with experience in developing and monitoring performance, working to tight deadlines
•    Ability to work flexibly in a team, and to adjust work plan and priorities rapidly in response to external opportunities
•    Understanding of how to achieve change in diverse national contexts, using a range of approaches
•    Consulting skills
•    Excellent command of English language is a prerequisite
•    Arabic language is a major asset
•    German language is an asset
•    Excellent communication and intercultural skills

Only EU nationals can be considered in the application process. A development advisor as defined by the German Development Workers Act (EhfG) is a person who provides assistance in developing countries and signs a contract to do so for a continuous period of at least two years, and is a German citizen or a citizen of another European Union member state. This applies in the same way to Swiss citizens. Development advisors receive a service contract. They do not have employee status. GIZ’s Guidelines on maintenance and allowances for development advisors are based on the German Development Workers Act (EhfG) and the BMZ’s conditions for recognized providers of development services. 

Please send your applications (cover letter and CV) to and until 27.07.2016 latest. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

The position is to be filled at the earliest date possible. 

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