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Terms of Reference - Policy Engagement & Communications Strategies Consultant

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Fixed term

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Job Summary

Purpose
The consultant will be responsible for coordinating and leading the delivery of unit-specific policy engagement, advocacy and communications plans. Working collaboratively with unit leads, the consultant will lead to the formation and development of engagement strategies to ensure that APHRC’s technical analyses across the stated units are used to influence policy decisions in partner countries.
The duration of the consultancy is for an initial three months. The post holder will work closely with APHRC partners, other relevant stakeholders/allies in the listed research areas and with the Policy Engagement and Communications (PEC) division.
Required Skills and Experience
  • Advanced university degree (Masters ore equivalent) in international development, development, public policy, communications, or a related field;
  • At least five years of relevant experience in policy, advocacy or communications working with government, multilateral organizations and/or NGO/civil society organizations;
  • Hands-on experience/knowledge with policy engagement or advocacy efforts on international development issues, and an affinity with the topics of population and/or health;
  • Demonstrated experience in the conception, design and management of policy engagement strategies;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to work on complex issues in politically sensitive environments;
  • Aptitude to work with flexibility and strategic thinking both individually and as part of a team.

Responsibilities

Policy and advocacy Engagement:
  • Collect and analyze evidence of policy and practice opportunities, outcomes and the effectiveness of the Center’s policy and advocacy engagement approaches;
  • Guide the unit teams in the mapping of the current practices on policy and advocacy engagement processes for the multiple thematic policies and strategies with recommendations for improvement;
  • Formulate policy and advocacy engagement strategies to promote the uptake of technical policy analyses in national policy processes and dialogues;
  • Development of an engagement plan with key stakeholders at all levels, state agencies, civil society organizations, etc. The engagement plan will have its own M&E plan to track progress, resulting from the developed strategy’s implementation.
Communications:
  • Work with the unit teams to identify target audiences; (i.e.: line ministries, CSOs, local governments, local communities, media, academia, the general public, etc.)
  • Identify the communication objectives for each targeted audience (stakeholder mapping) at the regional, national and local levels;
  • Assess the communication capacities of all stakeholders;
  • Identify the communication products and activities tailored to each audience, using the APHRC signature issues;
  • Specify appropriate communication channels, dissemination methods and media such as video, print, web/online media, infographics, traditional media, and social media, among others, to effectively communicate key messages to specific stakeholders.
  • Carry out communications training for APHRC internal stakeholders.
Deliverables
  • Seven policy and advocacy engagement and communications strategies for each research unit, that includes a robust monitoring, evaluation and learning framework for tracking progress

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 5 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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