CARE’s Gender and Empowerment (GE) unit is seeking a Advocacy Advisor to work with specifically with the Patsy Collins Trust Fund Initiative (PCTFI). The PCTFI Advocacy Advisor is part of a team whose mandate is to generate, harvest, cross-fertilize and promote the practical application of knowledge and learning about gender-transformative approaches to poverty reduction throughout CARE’s programming in girls education and leadership development. This position will play a key role in positioning CARE as a leader in education and girls’ empowerment programming and informing the GE unit’s strategy implementation.
The PCTFI Advocacy Advisor will draw on CARE’s global programming experience with education, girls, and leadership development to lead the development of a policy and advocacy agenda for the Patsy Collins Trust Fund Initiative (PCTFI) that is part of CARE’s overall global advocacy agenda PCTFI’s core programming is built on securing equitable and quality education for all learners at the primary level, and incorporating leadership skills and providing opportunities both within and outside of the classroom. To promote equity in and through education, CARE’s education efforts focus on all levels of society, from the individual learner (Agency), to the household, school administration, community (relational levels) to influencing the structural levels of society. As such, policy change and advocacy activities are an integral component of this initiative and the national, regional and global policy agenda impacting education for the most marginalized must be researched and clearly articulated.
This person will work in close collaboration with the GE Senior Advisor of Advocacy and Partnerships, the GE Senior Policy Advisor and other colleagues in the Gender and Empowerment team and will report to the Head of Girls’ Empowerment and Adolescent Programming. The position will also coordinate closely with staff within the Policy and Advocacy Unit, the Program, Partnerships, Learning and Advocacy division and across CARE USA, as well as staff in Country Offices, CARE International and external partners.
- Provide strategic guidance and support to country offices implementing the Patsy Collins Trust Fund Initiative (and provide guidance to other education programs outside of PCTFI as needed as they plan, develop and implement advocacy and partnership strategies linked to their long term programs and key impact groups.
- Supporting relevant policy analysis and policy or implementation application of research findings at the CO level to support and inform CARE’s advocacy around gender equality, girls’ empowerment, leadership and Education.
- Guide strategic engagement and representation with advocacy coalitions, partners, networks and other external groups on girls’ education, leadership development and empowerment. S/he will attend and represent PCTFI, the GE Unit and CARE in relevant events and meetings with external audiences, to strengthen the organization’s influence, profile and partnerships in relation to girls, adolescents and youth.
- Graduate degree in a relevant field, including international relations, international development, public policy, social sciences or law
- 5 years experience in international development
- 5-7 years experience in the design and implementation of advocacy strategies to influence policy at US, national or multi-lateral level
- At least 5 years experience with policy analysis, research and writing related to issues of global development
- Significant experience developing partnerships and building coalitions to advance organizational learning and program impact
- Proven ability to get things done in a complex, international organization
- Experience implementing education, gender, women’s empowerment, human rights, or youth programming