WGNRR is hiring! Advocacy Programme Officer- Africa

Posted on February 1, 2017

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Position: Advocacy Programme Officer

Deadline: February 21st, 2017 

Our Mission:

The Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR) is a southern-based global network that builds and strengthens movements for sexual and reproductive health, rights (SRHR) and justice. Our work is grounded in the realities of those who most lack economic, social and political power. Through critical analysis and strategic actions, we connect members and allies, build knowledge, organize campaigns and share resources. WGNRR works to realize the full SRHR of all people, with a particular focus on the most marginalized. We believe that achieving this goal requires transformative social change.


WGNRR works within the rights, justice and feminist frameworks. We aim to be member focused, inclusive and accountable in all that we do. We are committed to equality for all genders and value diversity. We are self-reflective and independent from political, governmental or religious institutions.

In 2016, WGNRR consolidated its presence in Africa with the official registration of WGNRR Africa in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. WGNRR and WGNRR Africa share the same mission, vision and values. More information about WGNRR Africa can be found at http://wgnrr.org/wgnrr-network/regional-presence/africa-regional-office-tanzania/

Description of the Position:

WGNRR Africa is seeking an experienced professional to serve as the Advocacy Programme Officer (APO). The APO will be working closely with the WGNRR Africa Regional Coordinator and the wider WGNRR programme team to support and undertake SRHR advocacy and campaigning activities at local, national and regional levels in Africa.

Main Responsibilities:

The role will include developing effective research, advocacy and communications strategies for advancing SRHR in Africa; planning and delivery of capacity building activities with WGNRR members and partners; and networking with partners both regionally and in Tanzania.

  1. Advocacy and campaigning
  • Monitor and analyse national and regional policy developments and debates relating to SRHR, develop and implement strategies to promote WGNRR Africa programme goals
  • Initiate and coordinate research at country and continental levels to inform policy influencing and programming in SRHR and Gender Equality
  • In collaboration with the WGNRR Africa Regional Coordinator, and with support from the WGNRR Advocacy Manager, manage and lead national/regional SRHR advocacy initiatives related to Agenda 2030, Africa Agenda 2063, the ACHPR campaign for the decriminalization of abortion in Africa, and SRHR-related African Union (AU) programmes
  • Through consultations with members and partners in Africa, develop advocacy tools and materials such as policy briefs, policy recommendations, summaries of key conferences/meetings, petitions etc., in order to advance key advocacy messages
  • Engage in the African women’s and peoples’ movements, collaborating critically with their campaigns at different levels, and bringing the SRHR agenda in their platforms;
  • Coordinate and facilitate advocacy, campaigning and lobbying activities at the national and regional level working with WGNRR Africa members/partners/allies and other stakeholders.
  • Work closely with the Regional Coordinator to mobilize resources and advise the Regional Coordinator as to any needs relating to the Advocacy Programme.
  • Facilitate the timely monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the implementation of the Advocacy Programming on a quarterly and annual basis, and as may be otherwise required by the Executive Director or the Regional Coordinator
  1. Membership, Networking and Alliance Building
  • Maintain relationship and networks with WGNRR Africa’s constituency, reach out to new members, including managing the membership, allies and partners regional database
  • Conduct outreach with key groups and individuals to become WGNRR members/ subscribers or allies; inform and liaise with members, allies and partners by emails and phone
  • Identify strong partners and allies for the development of advocacy, campaign, capacity building and communication strategies
  • Provide ongoing technical support to partners/members/allies in developing and implementing human rights and evidence based advocacy strategies for the full realization of SRHR of all.
  • Enhance/develop relationships with other SRHR organisations and other stakeholders within target countries and region
  • Promote WGNRR Campaigns (national and internationally) through networking, presentations, conferences and workshops
  1. Capacity Strengthening
  • Liaise with the Regional Coordinator and WGNRR Advocacy Manager to strengthen SRHR advocacy and campaigning skills among WGNRR Africa’s members, partners and allies
  • Coordinate and deliver participatory workshops and training sessions on SRHR, including sessions on countering abortion stigma
  1. Other responsibilities
  • Contribute to proposal-making and fundraising
  • Attend monthly WGNRR team meetings and other meetings face to face or via Skype.
  • Undertake other activities as requested to support WGNRR mission and vision


Young women and interested candidates from the Global South representing underserved groups such as LGBTQI, people living with HIV, people living with disabilities, and/or others are strongly encouraged to apply. We are seeking candidates with significant experience of living and working in the African region.

WGNRR AFRICA is a strong supporter and advocate of peoples’ diverse sexualities and gender identities. WGNRR also advocates for unrestricted access to safe and legal abortion. The candidate must fully support WGNRR’s position on these issues.

How to Apply?

Questions about this position can be directed to: Nondo Ejano, Africa Regional Coordinator at: africa_officer@wgnrr.org

Interested candidates are requested to submit:

  • a 2-page Curriculum Vitae with 2 references,
  • a 2-page cover letter explaining how you meet the requirements in the separate document personal specification (please provide concrete examples).

To download the “Personal Specifications” document please click here: PS 4 WGNRR Africa APO

Please send the documents by email to: recruitment@wgnrr.org

Kindly, use “ADVOCACY PROGRAM OFFICER” as the subject of your email and label your documents [NAME]CV, [NAME] COVER LETTER, and [NAME] WRITING SAMPLE. Only complete applications will be reviewed. CVs sent without all requested accompanying documents will not be accepted.

Deadline for submission of applications is February 21, 2017, 5pm Tanzania time

Please note: Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

Thank you for your interest in applying to WGNRR Africa.