Policy and Advocacy Advisor

Job Description

Title: Policy and Advocacy Advisor

Company Name: Handicap International (humanity & Inclusion) in Bangladesh

Vacancy: 01

Job Location: Dhaka

Employment Status: Full-time

Educational Requirements:
∎ Minimum Bachelor’s Degree, preferably Master’s Degree in International Law (IHL, IHRL, Human Rights, Refugee Law, etc), International Relations, Political Science, or any relevant discipline with significant experience.

Experience Requirements:
∎ At least 5 year(s)
∎ The applicants should have experience in the following area(s): Advocacy, Government advocacy, policy advocacy, Policy Development, Policy Making
∎ The applicants should have experience in the following business area(s): NGO, Development Agency

Job Context:
∎ HI has been working in Bangladesh since 1997, with a focus on creating sustainable changes in terms of ensuring the rights and inclusion of people with disabilities in society. HI is an independent and impartial aid organization working in poverty, exclusion, conflict, and disaster situations throughout Bangladesh. With projects in different districts of the country, HI works not only with people with disabilities and other vulnerable populations, but also with their families, their communities, and local humanitarian actors in order to respond to their essential needs, improve their living conditions, promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights, and provide sustainability in its action. As one of the key organizations in the disability sector, HI has a wide range of projects which assist to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities and their issues in emergency and development contexts, building capacities of local stakeholders, and reducing the impact of natural and human-made disasters. Particularly in Cox`s Bazar district, HI is providing services in rehabilitation, MH/PSS, SRH, protection and inclusive education with an inclusion mainstreaming approach to refugees and host population affected by the forcibly displaced undocumented Myanmar nationals. HI`s multi-sectoral mobile units (MU) and static approach are currently working in 15 camps located in both Teknaf and Ukhiya Upazilas and surrounding host areas providing comprehensive services in physical rehabilitation, and primary health care, protection, and MH/PSS.
∎ HI is currently implementing development and humanitarian response project in Kurigram, Sitakindu, and Cox`s Bazar districts through 4 project offices (Kurigram, Sitakundu, Ukhiya, and Teknaf) and 2 coordination offices( Dhaka and Cox Bazar).
∎ Operational Thematic: Livelihood, Health and Rehabilitation, Protection, Inclusion, Education, and Atlas Logistic
∎ Number of staff: Around 274 National staff and 06 international staff
∎ HI is currently looking for one (01) Policy and Advocacy Advisor which is one of the senior-level position. The Policy and Advocacy Manager on a specific crisis work under the responsibility of the technical unit manager or country director or regional program covering the concerned crisis, and in close collaboration with the HI Institute on Humanitarian Action and the Federal Advocacy and Institutional Relations team (AIR). She/he contributes to the design, implementation, and follow-up of HI policy and advocacy strategies related to a specific crisis, on national, regional, and international levels.
∎ Job Location: Dhaka
∎ Line Manager: Technical Unit Manager
∎ Type of Contract: Fixed-term
∎ Duration of the Contract: As early as possible to 31 December 2022

Job Responsibilities:
∎ Responsibility 1.1: Analyse the humanitarian environment and define HI positions
∎ Monitor and analyze the humanitarian context, architecture, and actors at play to identify the main positioning and ethical issues to ensure a principled humanitarian action.
∎ Defining and producing policy papers laying down HI positions following HI ethical guidelines and principles of intervention, liaising with relevant stakeholders at programme level (PD/AM) and HQ levels (HI Institute and AIR). Undertake research and provide recommendations based on ethical guidelines.
∎ Contribute to the risk analysis for the adaptation of the advocacy strategies.
∎ Responsibility 1.2: Develop and update advocacy strategies and action plans
∎ Work with the AIR team on developing and updating the joint advocacy strategy related to [CRISIS] and ensuring it is consistent across national, regional, and international levels.
∎ Lead the design and implementation of coordinated advocacy action plans at regional and national levels, and ensure they are properly implemented, and in compliance with HI advocacy quality standards and procedures.
∎ Identify key issues emerging from HI operations that would require advocacy for policy changes.
∎ Carry out and constantly update a stakeholder mapping and power analysis to identify key advocacy targets and allies.
∎ Responsibility 2.1: Ensure that advocacy is based on reliable and up-to-date evidence and data.
∎ Regularly liaise with key operational staff and external stakeholders to gather timely information and data to feed into federal and country-based advocacy strategies.
∎ Ensure that the programme produces reliable and consistent data for advocacy purposes and that it is shared with the AIR team.
∎ Lead or contribute to the preparation of advocacy tools (reports, briefing papers, talking points, media/social media tools, collection of testimonies), in collaboration with the AIR team and HI federal communication team.
∎ Responsibility 2.2: Organize the effective influence and outreach of HI vis-à-vis key decision-makers and networks
∎ Engage in relevant fora, networks, and coalitions or with key partners at national and regional levels to feed the analyses and promote HI positions; identify opportunities for, and collaborate with the AIR team on collective advocacy initiatives
∎ Maintain contact with key decision-makers at national and regional levels through regular meetings and exchanges
∎ Take part in events and conferences and ad hoc meetings with decision-makers at the global level in coordination with the AIR team
∎ When appropriate, liaise with the media on advocacy-related issues with the support of the federal Communication and AIR teams
∎ Responsibility 2.3: Ensure HI internal communication and ownership
∎ Disseminate advocacy- and policy-related information within the HI network through appropriate channels, including by feeding HI internal communication tools and platforms.
∎ Contribute to internal advocacy-related working structures, and other relevant internal meetings to provide updated information and discuss advocacy developments; liaise as necessary with AIR, Federal Communication, HI Institute, or National Associations
∎ Inform and provide support to key operational staff and local/national partners on HI advocacy activities.
∎ Assess needs and provide training accordingly on principled humanitarian action and HI ethical guidelines to staff as well as local/national partners when appropriate.
∎ Responsibility 2.4: Contribute to fundraising efforts
∎ Identify funding opportunities for advocacy and positioning activities and staff, including incorporating advocacy activities into field projects and new project proposals.
∎ Contribute to raising the quality and internal ownership of HI advocacy work.
∎ Comply with and promote HI quality standards and internal procedures relating to advocacy.
∎ Report to the line manager and the AIR Humanitarian Advocacy Manager any issues of compliance.
∎ Contribute to the design and delivery of presentations and training tools on advocacy.
∎ Provide advocacy-related inputs into internal processes as requested.

Additional Requirements:
∎ Age at least 25 years
∎ Preferably 05 years including 03 in emergency settings (field experience)
∎ Experience in context analyses, policy development in relation to principled humanitarian action
∎ Experience in advocacy work
∎ Experience in networking and in active participation in conferences/forums, including at high levels
∎ Person with disability are encouraged to apply

Salary: Tk. 154536 - 173243 (Monthly)

Compensation & Other Benefits:
∎ Mobile bill, Tour allowance, Medical allowance, Provident fund, Weekly 2 holidays, Insurance, Gratuity
∎ Festival Bonus: 2

Job Source: Bdjobs.com Online Job Posting.

Application Deadline: 14 Jul 2022

Company Information:
∎ 16 Jun 2022
∎ Handicap International (humanity & Inclusion) in Bangladesh
∎ Address : House 3/A, Road 36, Gulshan-2, Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh
∎ Web : https://hi.org/en/index
∎ Business : Business: Handicap International (HI) is an international aid organization specializing in the field of disability. Non-governmental, non-religious, non-political, and non-profit making works alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, whatever the context, assisting them and supporting them in their efforts to become self-reliant. Since its creation, the organization has set up programmes in approximately 60 countries and intervened in many emergencies. It operates as a federation made up of eight associations (Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA) that provide human and financial resources, manage projects, and raise awareness of Handicap International`s actions and campaigns.

HI has been working in Bangladesh since 1997, with a focus on creating sustainable changes in terms of ensuring the rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities in society. HI promotes an inclusive approach by focusing on access to services for all whenever possible rather than developing specific actions for persons with disabilities. HI works with persons with disabilities and with their families, their communities, and society. The main office is based in Dhaka, and presently there are 4 project offices (Kurigram, Sitakundu, Ukhiya, and Teknaf) and 1 coordination office (Cox Bazar).

Presently HI Bangladesh is implementing projects on integrating disability in community-based disaster risk reduction and response; economic empowerment of extremely poor persons with disabilities; mainstreaming disability in livelihood interventions; support to refugees and surrounding communities, capacity building of professional associations; and support to Disabled People`s Organizations; among others.

Category: NGO/Development

: Interested candidates meeting the above requirements should apply with the latest CV with 3 References (Current & Previous Supervisor only) including the Head of HR of the current employer to BDjobs.com by Thursday, 14th July 2022. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. The application will be reviewed on a rolling basis weekly.Handicap International-Humanity & Inclusion is an equal opportunity employer. People with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply and they will be preferred in case of equal qualifications with other candidates.HI promotes and upholds the principles of equal opportunities and policies (PSEAH, Child Protection, etc.). HI has a zero-tolerance approach to any harm to, or exploitation of, a vulnerable adult or a child by any of our staff, representatives, or partners. Recruitment to all jobs in HI includes, in particular, criminal record checks and the collection of relevant references. Safeguarding our beneficiaries is our top priority in everything we do.HI is committed to a workplace that is safe for all people to grow professionally regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, or race. HI extends this commitment to equality and Do No Harm to all staff, volunteers, partners, and beneficiaries. A strong commitment to these values, the humanitarian principles with a focus on equity and inclusion. A competitive candidate will uphold and implement these values in their personal and professional lives.Any sort of persuasion by the person, phone, email, or other means in this regard will automatically disqualify the candidate. The selected employee should clearly understand that all final offers of employment are contingent upon the successful reference check, the pre-employment screening will be performed for all selected applicants.

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