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Head of External Relations & Advocacy

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Permanent

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Job Summary

Promote respect, protection and fulfilment sexual and reproductive rights (SRHR) and gender equality by governments across the world through supporting relevant Strategic Framework priority outputs:
Contribute to the 1,000 Global target (and 160 in Africa) successful policy initiatives and/or legislative changes in support of SRHR to which IPPF advocacy contributed.
Contribute to the 70% Global target (and 50% in Africa) of all countries in the world are on track with their post-2015 targets improving SRHR.
Contribute to the 5,000 youth/women’s organizations Global Target (and 740 in Africa) to take a public action on SRHR to which IPPF engagement contributed.
Supporting MAs to mobilise up to 3 million activists
Galvanise commitment and secure legislative, policy and practice improvements in support of SRHR and gender equality through advocacy and accountability
Engage women and youth leaders as advocates for change including supporting work to encourage women’s and youth groups across the world to take public action for SRHR and mobilising IPPF’s activist supporter base
Engage with member associations to Enhance their advocacy work and build their capacity.


Manage the External Relations & Advocacy (ERA) staff team on a day to day basis
  • Deliver Strategic Framework Outcomes for the Federation by leading Secretariat Outcome 1 work, including developing and overseeing the collaborative implementation of the Strategic Framework
  • Chair IPPFAR Advocacy working groups for collective action and Advocacy Advisory Group for advocacy focal points from Africa Region Office
  • Oversee engagement across the Federation with women’s and youth groups to encourage them to take public action for SRHR, including supporting colleagues to build this new area of work, identifying targets, relationship building and management strategies
  • Oversee IPPF’s annual Vision 2020 campaign and MA activists, including overseeing co-ordination of input from teams across the Secretariat especially Communications. working closely with the Communications team and colleagues across the Secretariat to
  • Lead communications work for advocacy purposes/audiences including acting as a media spokesperson when requested by the Regional Director
  • Represent IPPF at meetings and events as appropriate, including speaking engagements at high-level meetings including at the United Nations, the annual donor meeting, advocacy meetings with government Ministers
  • Implement the external relations and advocacy strategy through:
  • Regional Advocacy
  • National Advocacy (both supporting MAs to do this – and building their capacity)
  • Africa Regional Office communications/publications
  • Spearhead an active role for IPPF in preparation for international events used to advocate SRHR issues and IPPF
  • Undertake, in partnership with the Regional Director, regional external relations initiatives deemed priority for IPPF Africa Region/Regional Office – this includes representation as well as maximising regional partnerships (such as with AU, regional economic communities or UN bodies)
  • Facilitate, oversee and ensure the effectiveness of interactions between the External Relations unit and other departments in the organisation
  • Represent IPPF on international Boards and Steering Committees of Strategic Partnerships as requested by the Regional Director
  • Oversee the development of policy papers, research reports, V2020 campaign reports and written/oral submissions to the UN and other similar processes
  • Oversee IPPF sign on to international advocacy calls/letters and ensure that global advocacy statements, reactions and policies made by IPPF comply with its aims and objectives and conform to appropriate standards
  • Work with OLE to develop indicators and means of measuring progress for ERAs work
  • Build coalitions and partnerships with other NGOs and relevant UN agencies and oversee relationship management by advocacy colleagues in CO and ROs
  • Collaboration with RDOs and other departments, oversee work with key parliamentarians, and Parliamentary Groups, and processes at international and regional levels e.g. PAP, Commonwealth, IPU, WAHO, ECSA, SADC, ICGLR, and other parliamentarian champions like G7 Parliamentarians, European Parliamentary Forum, African Parliamentary Forum for SRH)
  • Coordinate contributions to the Regional Plan, Work Programme Budget and annual report as appropriate – ensuring the Unit has the resources, time and skills/learning to deliver into these stages of the ARO business cycle
  • Ensure gender is effectively mainstreamed within the remit of the post and in line with IPPF’s Gender Equality Policy
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with all members of staff, and contacts within and outside the Federation
  • Become familiar with the Federation’s Health and Safety Programme and Guidelines for using Visual Display Units. To do everything possible to ensure a healthy and safe working environment, including following instructions and guidance
  • Undertake any other reasonable duties as may be requested from time to time.

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 10 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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