CARE is an international NGO with local staff and community partners in more than 90 countries. We create local solutions to poverty and inequality and we seek dignity for everyone every day and during times of crisis. These solutions have a broad range, from clean water to access to education; from microfinance to ensuring that everyone has nutritious food; from agriculture and climate change to disaster response. CARE puts women and girls at the center of everything we do because they have proven to be the best hope for creating lasting change in the world. Our staff live where they work, which makes us effective at understanding the challenges they face. We’ve been doing this for over 70 years, since World War II. It started with the world’s first CARE Package® of food for the post-war hungry in Europe. Our work today is as important as ever, we believe that poverty and inequality are historic injustices that we can end within a generation, for good. If you share our core beliefs: poverty is an injustice; poverty is solvable; and together, we have the power to end it, join us.
The primary role of the Advocacy and Communications Coordinator (ACC) is to facilitate communication flows to ensure that CARE decision-makers and key external stakeholders (including CARE implementing partners, disaster-affected communities, coordination forums, government bodies, and donors) receive the information they need regarding the CARE Somalia/Somaliland program in a timely way and format that is adapted to the target audience. This will require strengthening and streamlining existing information management systems to respond to demands from internal and external stakeholders. The ACC will also help to develop and implement an advocacy agenda at field level related to identified program priorities and together with the Program team, develop policy positions and advocacy messages to reach decision-makers.
The Advocacy and Communications Coordinator will support the Country Office efforts of effective communication and advocacy strategy alignment and implementation. S/he will play a significant role in shaping the external face and policy engagement of CARE and will work closely with program team members to ensure the development and dissemination of integrated, aligned, well-targeted, measurable advocacy messages and communications.
- Information management and data collection
- Communications materials production
- Other tasks
- University degree in communication, social sciences, information management or a similar field
- 3-5 years’ experience in advocacy, communications, and dissemination in an international environment with good understanding of the current development and humanitarian trends and issues
- Proven experience of communicating information and advocacy with a wide range of different audiences
- Ability to review and edit reports and other written documentation for dissemination and publication
- Ability to collect information and undertake research under potentially difficult and constraining conditions
- Ability to present information and communication products for a range of different audiences
- Experience in social media as well as media liaison and media tools e.g. photography, video etc.
- Awareness of potential sensitivity of the information in the context of CARE’s emergency response and development programming and the ability to differentiate between information for internal versus external audiences
- Willingness to work and travel in difficult circumstances and adhere to agreed-upon security procedures
- Knowledge of international humanitarian/development system and the mandates of the actors involved
- Knowledge of donor communication and visibility requirements.
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