The role of Advocacy Coordinator consists of designing and updating the advocacy strategy of the 3 MdM’ chapters (Suisse, France, Spain) in oPt and implementing its action plan. He/she also acts as the communications focal point for the missions.
YOUR POSITION WITHIN THE STRUCTURE
Hierarchical link: MdM CH General Coordinator (GenCo CH).
She/he is part of the MdM CH Country Coordination Team.
As the post is shared equally by MDM-FR, MDM-SP, the advocacy coordinator will work closely with their General Coordinators. The 3 Chapters will physically split up the work and location time.
The Advocacy coordinator will get help and direction from the MDM-FR Humanitarian Advocacy Coordinator, based in Paris, on all technical matters.
The International Legal and Communications Departments of MDM-CH are available to the Advocacy Coordinator in case of necessity.
The Advocacy Coordinator is part of the MdM CH coordination team and represent/operate for the interest of the 3 chapters of MdM in oPt.
Development and implementation of the advocacy strategy
· Develop and consolidate the MdM’s advocacy strategy for Palestine in coordination with the GenCos, the Desk Officers and the advocacy focal points at HQ.
· Propose an adequate advocacy action plan for the missions and for the field bases, including activities aimed at achieving objectives at the international and national level, using traditional and innovative advocacy actions, tailored to the context and the audience.
· Organize and participate in high-level briefings and field visits.
· Monitor closely and analyse the political environment and context, including the international community, Israeli and Palestinian Authority.
· Update the strategy and initiate reactive advocacy actions based on regular follow up of the main political and diplomatic stakeholders’ agenda, statements and movements.
· Sensitize the field teams about advocacy work and involve them in advocacy actions, such as briefings, and train the field teams to collect testimonies.
· Encourage the team to participate in and produce communication material.
· Ensure advocacy, humanitarian principles and IHL trainings for the field teams.
Elaboration of advocacy supporting material
· Elaborate factsheets highlighting advocacy messages from our field data on the different areas of the strategy.
· Propose, draft and review relevant investigations/reports.
· Work closely with the MdM’s Field and Technical Coordinators, and the General Coordinators in the collection of key operational data to be used for advocacy and reporting purposes.
· In coordination with the HQ advocacy focal points, HQ press departments and with communication focal points at mission level, prepare press releases and social media content designed for advocacy purposes.
· Propose and elaborate advocacy and communication-advocacy related material. Innovation is welcomed.
· Coordinate the MdM Network advocacy for Palestine, in close collaboration with the other MdM General Coordinators, the MdM international network advocacy manager and the MdM international network communications manager, ensuring common positioning, and development of joint initiatives.
· Represent MdM and participate actively in advocacy coordination groups (AIDA, HCT advocacy working group, Health advocacy working group, other INGO platforms, relevant clusters), to develop shared messages and take part in joint initiatives.
· Maintain regular and direct communication with major stakeholders including political authorities, diplomatic representations, international organizations, local and international NGOs.
· Develop a strong local network, including international, Palestinian and Israeli actors, such as NGO, Government officials, press, scholars, UN, community leaders, etc. and maintain the advocacy contact database.
· Support and capacity building MdM local partnerships, especially in advocacy.
· In coordination with the GenCos, the Desk Officers and the advocacy focal points at HQ, create and maintain contacts with relevant stakeholders at international level.
As communication Focal point for Palestine when related to advocacy
· Proposes and contributes to media interventions when related to advocacy purposes: press releases, press trips, opinion column, interviews, etc.
· Coordinate international awareness days and campaigns related to the operations in the field. (Mental health, Protection and Gender Based Violence, according to the advocacy action plan).
· In coordination with the Communication’s department, organize press briefings and press trips to the field.
· Feed the MdM social media, especially the oPt Facebook Page, with communication advocacy contents.
MdM’s advocacy capitalizes as much as possible on its field work to develop key advocacy messages, and the overall analysis of the impacts on health generated by the political, security and social context in West Bank and Gaza of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Advocacy Coordinator therefore maintains close relation with the field team, in particular regarding data collection and reporting.
As per the shared nature of this position between the 3 MdM’s chapters, is expected that the Advocacy Coordination is able to ensure a fruitful coordination and prioritization between the different instances of each Chapter, building a common and shared view and approach.
Considering the number of organizations (both national and international) involved in advocacy in Palestine, coordination and co-construction is an essential component of the position.
The list of mission’s tasks is not exhaustive and may be changed to reflect developments and specific needs.
The MdM’s internal communication and coordination processes will be furtherly clarified into the internal governance document agreed and signed by the 3 MdM Chapters’ GenCos.
– Proven experience in developing and implementing advocacy strategies at local and international levels
– Excellent analytical skills, particularly in complex policy contexts
– Knowledge of data analysis and documentation for advocacy purposes.
– Knowledge of how to use policy, research, lobbying, public campaigns, media and digital work to influence the
– Excellent advocacy and diplomacy skills, including the ability to defend an advocacy position to external actors.
– Excellent verbal and written skills in English and French. Arabic is an asset.
– Driving license (including manual cars).
– Knowledge of international humanitarian law is an asset.
– Experience in the areas of protection, gender-based violence and health is an asset.
– Knowledge of the occupied Palestinian territories, the Middle East and/or the Muslim world is an asset.
– Skills in graphic design, video, photo editing, Adobe suite and web development applications (would be a plus).
– Excellent Windows skills (Word, Excel…), good knowledge of key social media for advocacy purposes.
– Strong organisational and coordination skills.
– Ability to work independently and prioritise tasks, following the agreed work plan.
– Ability to take initiative, to propose innovative solutions and to adapt easily to a rapidly changing context.
– Resilience to stress in a tense security environment and heavy workload.
– Ability to keep an emotional and personal distance from the context.
– Willingness to travel outside the country and to places where there is insecurity.
– Location: oPt
– Working place: Jerusalem/Bethlehem, with frequent visits to West Bank and Gaza, especially Jericho, Nablus and Bir Zeit (office location of other MdM chapters’).
– Contract duration: 12 months, renewable and subject to funding approval
– Type of contract: salaried Expatriate position. Salary CHF 3’420+ valuation according to experience. Medical, loss of earnings and pension insurance. Installation and accommodation package. If family status, family allowances and schooling package. Details on request.
– Rhythm: full-time
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION
Applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis. The job offer remains valid until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be processed. Only applications that are consistent with the profile sought will be processed and will receive a written reply.
The organization has a strong policy to prevent exploitation, abuse and sexual harassment. By applying, you agree to guarantee behavior in line with the values defended.
Start date: as soon as possible.
How to Apply
Please send letters of application, CVs, copies of diplomas and references from three employers (line manager and/or HR department) who have worked with us in the last five years to [email protected].
Contact person: Marie Wittwer Perrin.