Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) Job in Nigeria for an Advocacy Specialist

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organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in
developing countries. Our highimpact approach brings people together to
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and action to change lives and make the world a fairer place.

Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) is recruiting to fill the job position below:

Job Title: Advocacy Specialist
Job ID: JOB0084180
Location: Minna, Niger
Duration: 12 Months
Job Purpose

  • The role involves working closely with and supporting one or
    more VSO Partners and / or civil society organizations (CSOs) as they
    develop advocacy initiatives to bring about policy changes in Niger
    State in relation to agriculture and market access for the poor.

Job Responsibilities

  • Support and develop the capacity of one or more IMA4P Nigeria
    Partners in the field of advocacy and engagement with national/regional
    Government on issues of policy and legislative reform in keeping with
    the needs of the project
  • Strengthen the capacity of staff of partner organizations (CSOs) relating to organisational capacity for effective advocacy.
  • Identify opportunities for advancing CSOs’ and wider voice and
    standing with the Government. Coordinate work to ensure CSOs take
    advantage of these opportunities to ensure positive outcomes
  • Contribute to and support the leadership and coordination of the
    sectors, thematic advocacy including identifying the key issues in
    brief, advocacy action plan, talking points, information kits, etc;
  • Support media and communication efforts on the implementation of advocacy strategy.
  • Provide expert advice and support on advocacy and campaigning strategies and community based approaches.
  • Work closely with Partners, CSOs and farmer collectives to
    develop evidence-based, comprehensive advocacy strategies and
    implementation plans.
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Key Performance Indicators

  • Participation in the development of a strategy or strategies for
    engagement in national or regional  debates on policy issues relating
    to democratic reform
  • Communication materials and community engagement advocacy tools developed.
  • Government partners engaged and sensitized to be responsive to the voices of CSOs and communities
  • IMA4P profile raised
  • Objectives will be confirmed in three way discussions between
    the volunteer, employer and VSO in the first three months of the
  • Effective and context-sensitive support for the implementation of advocacy initiatives
  • Advocacy strategy and implementation plan produced to the satisfaction of stakeholders
  • Key issues and advocacy messages developed and rolled out
  • Capacity of partner staff relating to advocacy greatly improved, as measured by the partner organisation.

Building and Sustaining working relationships:

  • The social skills to build and actively maintain working
    relationships that foster teamwork and collaboration with others for the
    benefit of a common goal.

Open Minded and Respectful:

  • A non-judgemental approach that values other people and culture.

Seeking and Sharing Knowledge:

  • Recognition that learning is a two-way and continuous process.

Facilitating Positive Change:

  • The ability to analyse problems and develop lasting solutions in line with VSO approaches.


  • A flexible approach and the ability to adapt behaviour to different situations.


  • The self-confidence to work with a variety of situations, diverse people and ambiguity.

Skills and Knowledge

  • A University degree in Social Sciences, International
    Development, or related field.  A minimum of three years professional
    experience in a related sector or context.
  • Proven track record of delivering successful policy-related advocacy strategies within a development context.
  • Excellent communication and social skills, the ability to work
    closely with a variety of stakeholders in a developing country and
    non-english speaking context.
  • Ability to work independently as well as with multiple stakeholders in a time-pressured environment.
  • Ability to work both as team member and independently
  • Experience in lobbying, advocacy and/or influencing a range of
    decision-makers e.g. national governments or inter-government
  • Understanding of a wide variety of advocacy and social
    accountability programme approaches, preferably with expertise in
    undertaking applied research.
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  • Demonstrated success in engaging with and mobilizing communities related to social accountability and development
  • Experience in capacity strengthening. Training and advisory work
  • Experience of Monitoring and Evaluation, particularly of advocacy projects
  • Awareness and sensitivity of political/socio-cultural context of Africa
  • Proven ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with high level stakeholders

Interview/Assessment Date(s)  TBC

Start Date 

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply 

Application Deadline  30th November, 2016.

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