Senior Advocacy and Policy Officer

Senior Advocacy and Policy Officer

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Global Survivors Fund



The Global Survivors Fund (“GSF”) was launched in October 2019 by Dr Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad, Nobel Peace Prize laureates 2018. Its mission is to enhance access to reparations for survivors of conflict-related sexual violence around the globe, thus responding to a gap long identified by survivors. GSF acts to provide interim reparative measures in situations where states or other parties are unable or unwilling to meet their responsibilities. GSF advocates for duty bearers as well as the international community to develop reparations programmes. It also guides states and civil society by providing expertise and technical support for designing reparations programmes. GSF’s survivor-centric approach is the cornerstone of its work.

Role Summary

GSF’s work is structured around three key pillars that are interlinked: Act (interim reparative measures (IRM) projects), Advocate and Guide. The Advocacy pillar aims to influence the international, regional and national advocacy and policy agendas to enable reparations for conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV).

The Senior Advocacy and Policy Officer will work under the Head of Advocacy and Policy focusing on national country advocacy and policy initiatives as part of GSF’s Programmes team and in close collaboration with the Global Reparations Study Lead, the Head of Interim Reparative Measures Projects, the Head of Guide/Technical Assistance to States and other colleagues, including the Head of Communications, to ensure survivors’ access to reparations.

The Senior Advocacy and Policy Officer will support the Head of Advocacy and Policy in the development and implementation of an overarching advocacy and policy strategy aimed at engaging multiple stakeholders at the international, regional and national levels to influence policy in prioritising reparations for survivors of conflict-related sexual violence.
GSF is conducting a comprehensive multi-country study on the status of and opportunities for reparations for CRSV survivors in over 20 countries across the globe (the “Global Reparations Study”). The Global Reparations Study will be an important advocacy tool at international, regional and national levels. Each Country Study Report will constitute a roadmap for the way forward and include practical recommendations to realise CRSV survivors’ right to all elements of reparations, including individual and collective interim reparative measures.

The Senior Advocacy and Policy Officer will lead and coordinate national advocacy work as determined by the Global Reparations Study, including providing support to national partners, grassroot organisations and survivor networks in the development and execution of their advocacy goals, initiatives and campaigns. As required, the Senior Advocacy and Policy Officer will also link opportunities for advocacy and policy at the national level that connect with GSF’s international advocacy and policy goals.

The Senior Advocacy and Policy Officer will also work closely with governments, international and regional inter-governmental organisations, including the United Nations, the African Union, the European Union, the Organisation of American States and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, survivors and civil society organisations, all in line with GSF principles, international standards, existing guidance, and best practices related to reparations for conflict-related sexual violence survivors.

Position Responsibilities

  • Support the development by the Head of Advocacy and Policy of an overarching advocacy and policy strategy at GSF aimed at engaging multiple stakeholders at the international, regional and national levels in prioritising reparations for CRSV survivors;
  • In coordination with the Head of Advocacy and Policy, lead GSF’s strategic engagement with governments and other stakeholders at national level to influence policy change to prioritise reparations for CRSV survivors based on GSF Global Reparations Study findings and identify key national partners, including survivors’ networks to implement the strategy as appropriate;
  • Support the development and execution by national partners and survivors of their advocacy goals, initiatives and campaigns, in liaison with national teams and/or regional project coordinators;
  • Develop networks of experts, partner organisations and other key stakeholders including but not limited to NGOs, multilateral organisations, donors, government officials, coalitions, and local CSOs to engage on advocacy and policy initiatives;
  • Engage with States, coordinate efforts with UN agencies in select countries and collaborate with other stakeholders where possible to influence policy at the national level;
  • Develop materials, talking points and messages for strategic communication purposes in focus countries together with the Head of Communications;
  • Support the Head of Advocacy and Policy on the organisation of events to share experiences and expertise on specific advocacy issues between national partners and survivors’ groups in different countries;
  • Conduct research to identify relevant policy initiatives as well as background research on advocacy partners and targets;
  • Work directly with SEMA and other survivor groups to engage CRSV survivors and ensure that advocacy efforts are survivor-centric and that survivors actively participate in the design and implementation of advocacy efforts;
  • Organise strategic advocacy events, draft policy and advocacy documents, or other submissions (amicus, policy briefings, infographics, podcasts, etc) to respond to key advocacy and policy opportunities identified by GSF in areas such as children born out of rape, survivor-centric approaches and survivors’ participation in reparation processes and transitional justice and reparations by third party actors, under the supervision of the Director of Programmes and the Head of Advocacy and Policy;
  • Oversee and contribute to the design/writing of funding applications, narrative and budget proposals relevant for national advocacy by national partners;
  • Monitor and evaluate national advocacy work using predefined key performance and impact indicators and adjust work as required based on such results;Represent GSF in external events and forums as they relate to national advocacy and policy efforts at GSF.

Collaboration with Act Pillar (Interim Reparative Measures Projects)

  • Work closely with the Head of Advocacy and Policy and the Head of Act/IRM Projects and IRM team to develop strategies to influence policy change in IRM countries;
  • Share relevant information, contacts and experience with the Head of Advocacy and Policy, Head of Act/IRM Projects and Act/IRM Projects team to ensure the two pillars are mutually reinforcing each other on their advocacy and policy work as well as on the identification of key advocacy and policy opportunities.

Collaboration with Guide Pillar (technical assistance)

  • Coordinate with the Head of Guide/technical assistance and the Guide team to ensure that relevant information, contacts, needs and experiences are shared and that the two pillars are mutually reinforcing;
  • Contribute, as required, to design concept notes for roundtables and other events to deepen expert knowledge, share experiences and strengthen communities of practice.
  • Share with the Head of Guide any opportunities identified through advocacy and policy work to provide technical assistance to States, international organisations and other stakeholders willing to adopt and implement reparation policies;
  • Provide feedback, as relevant from an advocacy and policy point of view, in relation to key publications and materials developed under the Guide pillar, as well as feedback on potential pieces to be published;
  • Support the organisation of trainings, workshops, advocacy and awareness-raising campaigns, and other such events to share best practice and lessons learned.

Other core activities

  • Review advocacy and policy project proposals from partners, make recommendations on whether GSF should support them, draw necessary paperwork to document partnerships and help materialise new partnerships;
  • Ensure that advocacy and policy projects are within scope, time and budget;
  • Support external communication activities liaising with GSF Communications team;
  • Contribute to reporting of activities within the Advocacy pillar;
  • Travel to countries where GSF is active as required for key advocacy and policy engagement;
  • Perform any other duties as required to support the work of the Advocacy unit and broader Programmes team.

Position Requirements

Education and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s degree in law, international relations or related discipline and a Master’s degree in international human rights law, transitional justice, or other relevant equivalent studies;
  • 5 to 7 years of progressive relevant advocacy experience working on human rights, humanitarian law, conflict-related sexual violence, reparations, and/or transitional justice.

Other requirements

  • Excellent research, drafting and editing skills in English. English is the working language of the Global Survivors Fund. Good knowledge in written and spoken French and in any additional UN language would also be an asset;
  • Proven ability researching, writing, and finalising key outputs in the fields of work of GSF such as key publications (advocacy or academic);
  • Professional demeanour and first-class communication skills;
  • Excellent networking skills
  • Creativity and ability to think “out of the box” for solutions to complex problems;
  • Robust planning and organisation skills, ability to identify priorities and adjust plans and actions as necessary;
  • Attention to detail and ability to work independently, sometimes under tight deadlines;
  • Strong work ethics and demonstrated ability to take initiative;
  • Enthusiastic and positive attitude;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and SharePoint)desirable;
  • Experience working in at least one of the countries where GSF is implementing projects would be an asset.

How to apply

Please send your CV, cover letter and three references to with “Senior Advocacy and Policy Officer application” as the email subject, by Tuesday 2 August 2022, 24:00 CET. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The Global Survivors Fund will consider applications from qualified professionals from all backgrounds, cultures or beliefs. We aim at reflecting, through our staff, our commitment to diversity, gender balance and inclusion as well as reflecting the diversity of the places where we work and the communities we work with. We therefore encourage candidates from regions where GSF intervenes to apply. GSF operates and enforces policies on Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Fiscal Integrity amongst others.

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