|Date Posted||March 5, 2020|
Regional Policy and Advocacy Advisor, Kampala, Uganda
Organization: International Rescue Committee (IRC)
City: Kampala, Uganda
PlayMatters is a new, ambitious initiative funded by the LEGO Foundation that reimagines childhood for refugees. It will bring play-based learning to 800,000 children across Ethiopia, Uganda and a to-be-confirmed third country in East Africa. The program will redefine education and cultivate a generation of lifelong builders. PlayMatters is inspired by LEGO Foundation's call to challenge the status quo, to offer children the quality education they dream of. In the contexts where PlayMatters will operate, refugee and host community children are not gaining the skills they need, teachers are under-supported, and parents are overwhelmed. The systems built to serve them are failing them. PlayMatters proudly offers something different. It will be delivered by a coalition with a track record of thinking and delivering differently. Job Overview/ Summary:The IRC is seeking a Policy and Advocacy Advisor for the PlayMatters regional support team to lead creative efforts to bring attention to the developmental needs of children aged 3-12 in settings where PlayMatters operates, raise the profile of IRC and partners' work in this area and influence change in the ways in which education integrating play is prioritized and funded in PlayMatters contexts and globally. Reporting to the Senior Technical Advisor, the Regional Policy and Advocacy Advisor will be a critical member of the regional project team, based in the Kampala office. During inception period (through June 2020) the Policy and Advocacy Advisor will participate in the preparation of key project inception deliverables including the advocacy and communications plan, implementation plan, the work plan, the monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL)plan, and the research agenda.
Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to successfully work in a fast-paced environment, within and across departments/functions and develop positive relationships with locally and remote based staff.
Strong facilitation skills and ability to lead meetings and workshops with diverse stakeholders.
Self-directed, able to independently set priorities and solve problems with minimal guidance; comfortable working for a supervisor who is remotely located
Excellent writing and editing skills: the ability to draft and edit memos, letters, reports and proposals.
Good critical thinking; ability to synthesis a wide scope of information.
Solid organizational skills, with a proven ability to prioritize projects with attention to detail.
Flexible work attitude: the ability to work productively in a team environment, problem solve with minimal guidance and support any range of projects at a moment's notice;
5+ years of experience working in policy and/or advocacy related to children, education, health or other relevant fields
Bachelor's degree required; post-graduate degree preferred in a discipline relevant to Global Education in humanitarian settings (such as education, psychology, etc)