Senior Advocacy Advisor

Full Time
London, London
Posted 2 weeks ago

International Planned Parenthood Federation


To lead the advocacy common agenda components related to research, knowledge, institutional strengthening on advocacy and capacity building across the Federation to achieve the IPPF Strategic Framework 2016-2022 and the Advocacy Common Agenda.

Political analysis of the external environment: To keep IPPF up to date of current political trends, research and debates on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) to ensure relevant and evidence-based advocacy action. To keep strategic relations with policy analysis, academic institutions, think-tanks and key partners to be abreast of their external environment analysis on SRHR.

Advocacy thought leadership: To develop robust cutting edge, evidence-based policy positions and associated papers and briefings, identifying opportunities for IPPF to lead and to contribute to external debates on SRHR in consultation with the AAG, programme and technical divisions. The job holder will ensure that policy positions are consulted internally, informed by the experience and views of regional, liaison offices and Member Associations (MA) and clearly communicated across the Federation.

Knowledge management and learning: To lead the design and facilitate the implementation of an advocacy knowledge management and learning system to increase IPPF’s advocacy impact and to react to political situations in a timely manner.

Institutional strengthening on advocacy: To lead, coordinate and assure quality of a capacity building strategy and operational plan to strengthen IPPF’s institutional capacity on advocacy, connecting successful advocacy learning experiences and best practices within IPPF and with external organisations. This position will facilitate working groups across the Federation and contribute to the Secretariat business plan.

Thematic advocacy leadership: The job holder will lead on some of the thematic areas of the advocacy common agenda, particularly on Universal Access to SRHR including Universal Health Coverage.



Describe the main activities undertaken by the job holder.  The list need not be exhaustive, but should reflect the most important features of the job.

  1. To advise the Director of Advocacy on evidence, research, political analysis, knowledge management and institutional strengthening for advocacy as well as Directors of other divisions in the Central and regional offices and member associations.
  2. To critically analyse and timely disseminate across the Federation, information, evidence, learning, qualitative and quantitative research and political trends relevant to policy and advocacy on SRHR, focusing on the areas of the IPPF Advocacy Common Agenda such as safe abortion, universal access to SRHR, comprehensive sexuality education, gender equality and sexual and gender based violence.
  3. To actively scan political and scientific debates on SRHR relevant to the priority areas of the advocacy strategy, regularly interacting with key external stakeholders to identify opportunities for IPPF to publish positions papers on advocacy.
  4. Managing external consultants to undertake reviews on SRHR.
  5. To design and manage a system of knowledge sharing and institutional strengthening on advocacy, identifying knowledge gaps, structure cross-fertilisation in the Federation and opportunities in coordination with the AAG, regional and liaison offices.
  6. To draft a range of policy-related materials on SRHR including statements, position papers, factsheets, articles, case-studies, blogs and publications, for internal and external audiences.
  7. Liaise with Programme and Technical Division to ensure consistency and alignment of IPPF’s positions, share of information on key priorities, new trends, etc. both in terms of advocacy and programmes.
  8. To provide policy/research input to speeches, lectures and papers for the Director-General, Director: External Relations, Director of Advocacy and other Directors at IPPF.
  9. To develop a programme of work on advocacy for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) as part of the Advocacy Strategy and participate in external meeting and convening leaders within the Federation in debates related to UHC
  10. To liaise and collaborate with other NGOs, NGO coalitions, academic institutions and multi-lateral organizations to stay abreast of emerging issues and take forward IPPF’s advocacy
  11. To manage restricted projects within the Advocacy team as required.
  12. To build and maintain positive working relationships with all members of staff and contacts both within and outside the Federation within the IPPF Dignity at work and safeguarding framework.
  13. To become familiar with the Federation’s Health and Safety Programme and Guidelines for using VDUs. To do everything possible to ensure a healthy and safe working environment.
  14. To undertake any other reasonable duties as may be requested from time to time.



Describe:      a)      staff responsibilities carried out by the job holder.

This job holder may line manage staff in the future

  1. b) financial responsibilities carried out by the job holder

The job holder will have budget holding responsibilities.

  1. c) advisory responsibilities carried out by the job holder.


To advise the Director of Advocacy on evidence, research, political analysis, knowledge management and institutional strengthening for advocacy as well as Directors of other divisions in the Central and regional offices and member associations.





Describe the likely educational/training background of the job holder.

  • Masters degree in public health or relevant subject essential. PhD and/or MPhil highly desirable.


  • Advanced knowledge of political trends on advocacy, policy, accountability and practice on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Gender Equality is essential.
  • Extensive experience of writing for different audiences is essential. Experience of publishing on SRHR and/or gender equality is desirable.
  • National advocacy experience based in a low or middle-income country is essential
  • People management experience is essential
  • Leading knowledge management systems in a Federation setting is highly desirable
  • Capacity building experience in a multi-cultural environment is highly desirable.
  • Good knowledge of thought leadership, think tanks and academic institutions on SRHR is desirable
  • Advanced knowledge and experience on Universal Health Coverage and another priority advocacy theme such as safe abortion, access to contraceptives, comprehensive Sexuality Education, accountability and sexual and Gender based violence is essential
  • Experience of managing multi-country projects with significant budgets is essential


Describe the minimum level of professional experience required to do the job.

  • Proven ability to critically analyse global, regional and national political trends and debates and their relation with the SRHR and gender equality agendas is essential. . .
  • Ability to lead knowledge management and institutional strengthening systems including capacity building in a Federation setting is essential.
  • Demonstrable ability to understand the strategic significance of key policy and accountability issues at the sub-national, national, regional and global levels and the interconnected role of influence and advocacy is essential.
  • Ability to write on complex and politically sensitive issues to a range of audiences.
  • Ability to design and critically analyse adult training curricula development in multi-cultural environments is essential.


Detail the skills needed to do the job, including languages.

  • Ability to grasp pertinent and complex issues quickly and turn into clear, concise and engaging written pieces.
  • Excellent research and analysis skills to identify relevant research for advocacy to achieve change.
  • Positive attitude to incorporate feedback from different sources in a timely manner.
  • Excellent written communication skills to write to a range of audiences. Outstanding English is essential.
  • Fluency in another widely-spoken language such as French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian or Arabic.
  • Good interpersonal skills to interact with culturally and gender diverse groups and to present findings to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills to meet multiple deadlines and work under pressure.
  • A strong understanding of international development and SRHR issues.
  • Demonstrable ability to work to an organizational style/branding guide.
  • Good IT skills – Outlook, Word and PowerPoint. Database skills desirable.



Describe the characteristics of effective job performance, eg. sound judgement, ability to maintain confidentiality.

  • Awareness of and sensitivity to the multi-cultural environment in which IPPF operates.
  • Respect for diversity and commitment to gender equality.
  • Respect and embrace women’s choices including abortion.
  • Able to deliver on tight deadlines and open to feedback on performance.
  • Good team player with honest and constructive communication
  • Tact and diplomacy
  • Commitment to respect and dignity at work principles, including IPPF’s values and Safeguarding Framework
  • Ability to travel internationally up to 30 days a year.


If you feel passionate about advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and gender equality for all and fulfil the job requirements, we want to hear from you.

Closing date for applications for the above post is: Thursday 1 November  2018 at 17:00. Interview date will be in early November, dates to be confirmed.

CVs will not be accepted.  For further information and an application form, please download the details below or contact Human Resources, IPPF, 4 Newhams Row, London SE1 3UZ Tel: 020 7939 8298 or email Application form available in Large Print, Audio or Braille. We regret only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.