Head of Advocacy and Outreach

Protection International

Brussels, Belgium

The role

The Head of Advocacy and Outreach reports to PI’s Executive Director and is part of PI’s Management Team. S/he is responsible for the planning, implementation and monitoring of PI’s advocacy, outreach and communication strategies throughout the organisation, in coordination with the Management Team and field offices in their programming.

S/he oversees the work of the Communications & Outreach Coordinator and works in close collaboration with all thematic units in head office and with PI’s country representatives in the field.

Key responsibilities:

  • Participate in PI Management Team by contributing with advocacy, outreach and communications perspective to the organisation’s strategic plan and decision making processes;
  • Within the framework of PI’s advocacy Policy, develop PI’s advocacy, outreach and communication strategy in coordination with PI’s Management Team and Country Representatives;
  • Review and follow up PI country advocacy, outreach and communication strategies in consultation with the Country Representatives;
  • Develop protocol on public statements in consultation with Country Representatives;
  • Supervise staff and work plan implementation of the Advocacy and Outreach Unit;
  • Planning, organisation and coordination of PI global advocacy activities;
  • Oversee, coordinate and support strategic planning and implementation of country advocacy, outreach and communication initiatives;
  • Organise and participate in advocacy capacity building and knowledge sharing activities with PI country presences;
  • Ensure consistency in PI messaging across different fora and initiate campaigns in line with PI’s mandate;
  • Ensure consistency between advocacy asks and communications, including its presence on social media;
  • Provide guidance on strategic messaging and awareness raising actions to all Units and Country presences;
  • Support the publication and dissemination of PI’s annual report and other institutional documentation;
  • Coordinate the lay-out and publication of PI’s publication in coordination with other Units and Country presences;
  • Support fundraising efforts and contribute to the preparation of donor reports in close collaboration with the programme coordination team.
  • Elaborate documents for advocacy, communication and/or fundraising purposes;
  • Represent PI before institutions, EU and non-EU Member States and participate in international events and conferences;
  • Network with other organizations working in areas of interest,
  • Support the Executive Director and Management Team on any other issues when requested.

Qualifications and working experience

  • Relevant academic background (international law, international relations, political sciences, among others);
  • Minimum 7 years of relevant experience including dedicated advocacy and outreach work on human rights issues;
  • Proven experience in advocating before European Institutions and the United Nations;
  • Proven experience in advocacy work and in preparing material for advocacy purposes (briefings, reports, position papers, notes, etc.);
  • Proven experience in managing communication’s campaigns online and off-line.

Required Skills and Knowledge

  • Sound understanding of the international Human Rights system as well as national mechanisms for the protection of human rights defenders;
  • Good knowledge of EU and UN institutions and policy-making process;
  • Knowledge of human rights’ contexts in Asia, Africa and Latin America Expertise on the human rights defenders situation in non-European regions is an asset;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and willingness to work in a team and to communicate with colleagues
  • Capacity to motivate colleagues and to assume leadership in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Strong negotiation skills and the ability to influence others
  • Strategic and analytical skills ;
  • Ability to meet deadlines under pressure;Ability to travel overseas;
  • Command of content management systems (particularly Drupal) and social media;
  • Ability to communicate with relevant stakeholders and diplomatic skills;
  • Very good redaction skills;
  • Excellent communication, networking, and inter-personal skills;
  • Good computer skills ;
  • Fluency (written and oral) in English and working proficiency in French and/or Spanish. Being able to communicate effectively in the three working languages of PI is a strong asset;
  • Commitment to PI’s mission and to the work of human rights defenders.

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