Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:
Advocacy Strategy Development and Implementation:
Plan, develop and monitor implementation of advocacy strategy and plans in line with HarvestPlus vision, mission, core values and objectives
Develop and deliver policy products – talking points, policy papers, briefings, letters etc, and ensure that policy messages are in line with HarvestPlus global positions and strategic priorities and grounded in programme realities
Support the establishment of research and/or data collection for evidence based advocacy
Advise and brief colleagues ahead of external meetings or in decision-making fora
Define key advocacy messages to be shared on behalf of HarvestPlus with key decision makers in Nigeria; Identify and lead research into relevant development and government policy, write policy reports and briefings as strategic direction
Partnerships, Alliance and Communication:
Participate in developing a strong network of trusted relationships among federal and state authorities and institutions in the nutritious food sector
Cultivate and maintain relationships with potential partners and stakeholders by establishing strategic contacts from external events and professional networks
Work closely with the communications specialist to support policy analysis and information into media and social media products
Advocate, integrate, improve communication experience exchange and partnership with public and private sector organisations at national and state levels, development networks, key decision and policy makers, and media Identify, engage and strengthen relationships with advocates across all sectors
Secure participation in relevant technical working groups at national and state levels
Secure the inclusion of biofortification in relevant national policy documents, budgets of federal and state governments, mainstreaming into livelihood programs of development organisations
Represent HarvestPlus at meetings, conferences, workshops, briefings, coalitions and other platforms and build relationships with key contacts in the development sub-sector and government bodies
Engage with programme staff to identify high priority needs requiring advocacy focus and intervention
Regularly visit partner organisations to ensure a direct link between programme and advocacy works, identify and generate high quality advocacy pieces
Provide hands-on technical assistance to partners to support them in refining their advocacy strategies in response to political developments, that directly affect their advocacy campaigns
OND in Mass Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, or related discipline with minimum of four years relevant experience performing similar role.
Solid experience in running advocacy campaigns, strategic and advocacy planning, advocacy message development, civil society/coalition organisation and management
Strong leadership skills and ability to achieve results through influencing others
Interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of staff, policy makers, local and international partners including donor organisations
Proven stakeholder and partnership engagement track record – ability to establish and maintain good relationships both internally and externally.
Experience of successfully planning and delivering corporate events.
Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Outlook applications.
High degree of motivation, initiative, independence, reliability, adaptability, and professional maturity.
Excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal, presentation, social skills.