Advocacy and Communications Advisor

Salary: Competitive salary for both international and national candidates
Duration: 12 months -with possibility of an extension
Based in: Kinshasa, DRC with frequent traveling to eastern DRC

International Alert has been working in eastern DRC for peacebuilding programmes since 2002, and currently Alert has five running programmes in eastern DRC with the funding from USAID, UNDP/Stabilization Unit, Sida and UN Peacebuilding Fund. The programmes are focused on transformation of conflicts inter- and intra-communities, supporting cross-border trade initiatives in the Great Lakes region, stabilization projects and aiming to improve the leadership of the youth in their communities. In all programming Alert resorts to conflict sensitivity and gender as its cross-cutting issues.

An amazing opportunity has arisen to join our DRC team, Alert’s largest country programme. We are looking for an exceptional candidate who will be working closely with the DRC Country Director, and will take the lead on setting Alert DRC’s advocacy and communications strategy; produce advocacy outputs; support colleagues to develop and implement advocacy outputs and activities; network on a regular basis with key policymakers and donors in Kinshasa; collect and analyze information relevant to political developments in the country; and identify opportunities for collaboration with peer organisations and partners in order to shape and influence institutional policies and practices.

You will be responsible to represent Alert and conduct outreach in Kinshasa, including attending meetings and participating in advocacy coalitions, working groups, conferences and events with the Congolese government. Also, establish and maintain a strong network of Congolese public and private sector and civil society contacts, as well as key members of the government and the international community based in Kinshasa, in collaboration with the Alert DRC Country Director, identify advocacy priorities and approaches in DRC in line with Alert’s peacebuilding mandate and the country strategy, in collaboration with the Alert DRC team and relevant HQ team members, monitor and oversee the implementation of the advocacy and communication’s strategy to support Alert to be a significant and recognised voice on peacebuilding, gender and stabilisation questions in DRC, provide support (including training) to partners doing advocacy, prioritise issues, identify targets, determine approaches, and monitor and evaluate progress towards meeting advocacy targets, to develop relationships with media partners, including radio, TV and newspapers and Participate actively as a member of the DRC team, including team meetings, sharing of information, context analysis, and strategy development.

You will be professionally credible based on your extensive experience and have deep knowledge of the issues at stake as well the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of actors working on conflict management, social cohesion and development programmes. You will also have experience in networking, communications and advocacy on peacebuilding and/or development issues in Africa.
You will be incredibly well-organised and detail-orientated and be fluent in spoken and written French.

Previous experience of working in conflict-affected countries or regions is highly valued. In addition, experience working in DRC or in any of the Great Lakes region countries, and working with civil society and not-for-profit organizations are highly desirable.

Kindly note the above are some of the requirements for the job. For the full job requirements, please read the job description.

To apply, please click the link and upload your CV and cover letter.

Early applications are encouraged, as applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Closing date: 5th May 2019 at 23:59 pm (UK time)

While International Alert will endeavor to contact all candidates within a reasonable time, this may not always be possible due to limited resources. Therefore, if you have not heard from us within two weeks of the closing date, you can assume that your application has, on this occasion, been unsuccessful. International Alert is an equal opportunities employer. All applicants will be judged strictly on the basis of merit.

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