Consortium Advocacy and Communications Coordinator (38 hours)

Do you want to work as a project professional in the sustainable development sector and are you willing to transfer your knowledge to CARE offices in other countries? Then we are looking for you!

Why CARE Nederland?

We are CARE Nederland, part of CARE, an international development organisation active in more than 100 countries worldwide. Originating from American food aid to Europe after the Second World War, we have been committed for 77 years to those who need it most.

CARE supports people in the most difficult places in the world in building a better life. We fight poverty by combating inequality. We do this by providing emergency aid, working on equal rights for women and making communities resilient to the effects of climate change and natural disasters by supporting them in building a sustainable livelihood. Our approach is characterised by customisation: in consultation with local partners and residents we determine what is needed and what works. After all, it is only together that we can achieve sustainable results.

CAtalysing Strengthened policy aCtion for heAlthy Diets and resiliencE (CASCADE)

The CASCADE programme goal is to improve food security and contribute to the reduction of malnutrition of at least 5 million women of reproductive age and children under 5 in Benin, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Mozambique. The consortium is comprised of CARE International and GAIN, two organisations that have extensive experience in tackling malnutrition in the programme countries at multiple levels. The programme has two strategic objectives:

  • Increasing access to and consumption of healthy diets;
  • Increasing the resilience of households to economic and climate change-related shocks across the six countries, with a focus on women of reproductive age and children.

The programme will galvanise government, business and communities around 5 domains:

  • Policy change and accountability;
  • Re-engineering markets and mobilising private sector;
  • Transforming cultural norms and practices;
  • Taking a gender transformative approach;
  • Systematising data and learning for policy.

What will you be doing?

The Consortium Advocacy and Communications Coordinator reports to the CASCADE Consortium Coordinator, is a member of the consortium Programme Management Unit, and leads the Advocacy Group.

Advocacy (external influencing) is a core activity as well as an essential lens for the CASCADE programme across the five domains of the CASCADE theory of change (ToC). CASCADE capitalises on and reinforces the multi-level nutrition advocacy actions and networks of CARE and GAIN global advocates, including with the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. The framework underlying the ToC identifies government bodies, private sector providers, and women of reproductive age (WRA) and children in households suffering from malnutrition as the three stakeholder groups that will bring about the intended changes in the food environment in the six countries.

Social accountability, or citizen-driven accountability, aims to strengthen citizen mobilisation and voice to influence decision-making and hold decision-makers accountable, will provide a set of tools for elevating the voices and priorities of WRA and children, mutually reinforcing the work with government and private sector.

This position will have approximately 75% of the time on advocacy and 25% on communications. The position will have 90% of its focus on consortium activities and 10% of its time for leveraging the consortium work for CARE NL’s aims beyond the consortium. This will be undertaken with transparency towards consortium partners so that all parties are informed and to prevent potential conflicts of interest.

Supporting country teams to successfully identify advocacy issues, design and plan activities and implementation of those aligning with the CASCADE overall goal and objectives.

1. Advocacy

  • Consortium: lead the consortium Advocacy Group and maintain oversight of all consortium advocacy activities and engagement of key stakeholders, facilitate logistics, linkages and exchange on advocacy within the consortium, and capture advocacy wins and lessons learned. Formulate the annual work plan for global and transnational advocacy in coordination with GAIN and CARE advocates. Working together with advocacy and monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning (MEAL) colleagues, support the M&E of advocacy trajectories and the development of evidence from CASCADE to support advocacy.
  • Global: closely link with CARE’s and GAIN’s global advocates and their current actions and priorities in relation to developments in the global food and nutrition security policy environment, and share these within CASCADE as appropriate. Keep informed of and contribute to relevant advocacy efforts at different levels, including with the European Commission (EC) and within the Netherlands.
  • Transnational: identify and facilitate opportunities for transnational exchange and collaboration on advocacy.
  • Countries: support and advise teams in the six countries with development and implementation of their advocacy strategies. Facilitate mutual learning, skill-building, and coaching among CASCADE advocates (CARE and GAIN), making use of available tools and resources. Working with MEAL colleagues, support the monitoring and evaluation of advocacy trajectories.
  • Social Accountability: link with global and country technical advisors and project staff in countries who are working on social accountability to support coherence and linkages with advocacy work in countries, transnationally, and globally. Connect the outcomes of the social accountability mechanisms to advocacy efforts and initiatives at the appropriate level, including local, province/district, national, regional, international levels.

2. Communication

  • Lead development and implementation of CASCADE Communications Strategy and Plan, complying with CARE’s and GAIN’s communication and branding guidelines;
  • Develop products and tools for evidence-based advocacy, such as policy briefs, working closely with international colleagues and country teams across the consortium;
  • Work closely with country teams to generate content and lead production of engaging and impactful communications linked to advocacy and to support credibility and visibility of CASCADE, and disseminate those to the targeted audiences through appropriate mediums and platforms (e.g. websites, official social media handles, other country electronic media, etc.);
  • Coordinate procurement and contracts with vendors such as graphic designers and printers to finalise products for distribution;
  • Monitor relevant sites and listservs for external sharing opportunities;
  • Develop social media toolkits/messages/visuals for communicating around key moments and opportunities (e.g. key findings, relevant endorsements, success stories, milestones, local impact, etc.).

3. Contacts

The Consortium Advocacy and Communications Coordinator reports to the Consortium Coordinator.

  • Lead the consortium Advocacy Group;
  • Sit in the CASCADE Programme Management Unit (CARE and GAIN colleagues) to coordinate advocacy work with other consortium functions (e.g. M&E, finance, technical experts);
  • Maintain regular communication with global CARE and GAIN advocates and advocates in the six CASCADE countries;
  • Maintain regular communication with TA colleagues and colleagues in the six CASCADE countries working on social accountability;
  • Maintain regular communication with global Knowledge Management and Learning (KML) and communications colleagues and colleagues working on communications in the six CASCADE countries;
  • Within CARE NL, the Consortium Advocacy and Communications Coordinator reports advocacy content to the CARE NL advocacy team members and communications content to the communications team to leverage opportunities around CARE NL’s focus themes.

What do you bring to the table?

  • 5 years relevant experience with evidence-based advocacy strategy and programming, including linking advocacy actions across levels (e.g. global, regional, national, sub-national advocacy actions) in international contexts, and preferably in African contexts.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and experience in formatting and editing documents.
  • Experience using social accountability to inform advocacy efforts  (examples of social accountability include: community score cards, social audits, local governance performance assessments, budget monitoring, etc.).
  • Excellent coordination skills to achieve results without a line management responsibility and across organisations.
  • Excellent skills in coaching colleagues working on advocacy and communications.
  • Experience identifying and facilitating learning and skill-building for advocates.
  • Familiarity with the Office 365 suite of tools.
  • Familiarity with procurement processes and protocols, and experience working with outside vendors and consultants.
  • Academic work and thinking level.
  • Strong political sensitivity and diplomatic skills.
  • Experience working with multi-country teams remotely and with working cross-culturally with people in different languages, time zones, and skill sets.
  • Specific knowledge and experience on nutrition and food security policy.
  • Excellent knowledge of English; French or Portuguese are an asset.
  • Experience with monitoring and evaluation of advocacy is an asset.

CARE maintains a zero tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse and child abuse and takes all concerns and complaints about sexual exploitation and abuse and child abuse involving CARE staff and related personnel seriously.

What does CARE Nederland offer?

  • An interesting position where taking initiative is stimulated.
  • A gross monthly salary based on BBRA scale 10 (€ 3.196,42 – € 4.969,11), classification depends on relevant working experience.
  • A temporary contract for one year with view to extension.
  • International informal work environment in which you work with colleagues from different backgrounds to achieve the goals of CARE Nederland.
  • Open work culture characterised by weekly joint coffee moments and regular staff meetings.
  • Location in the bustling heart of The Hague.

Ready to apply?

Are you interested in this position and do you meet the profile sought? Please send in your application using the button below. The deadline to respond to this vacancy is 30 November 2022.

For more information, please contact Sarah Harris, Consortium Coordinator.

  • EU work permit is a requirement for this position.
  • Working from our The Hague office for at least 50% of the time is a requirement for this position.
  • We may contact applicants before the closing date.
  • As long as the vacancy is still visible, responding remains possible.

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