Re-advertised – Advocacy Specialist, P4, MENARO, Jordan, # 117194 (External Advertisement)

  • Contract
  • Jordan

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, Peace

How can you make a difference?

The P4 Advocacy Specialist is accountable for managing the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of global advocacy strategies to achieve positive outcomes for children and young people. This includes supporting the implementation of regional and national advocacy strategies.

As a member of DOC’s Advocacy Section, the Advocacy Specialist works in close coordination with other DOC sections, Programme Division, other HQ Divisions, Regional, Country Offices, National Committees, other relevant internal and external stakeholders.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  1. Advocacy strategy development:

Manage every element of the advocacy strategy process, in consultation with relevant stakeholders, from defining advocacy outcomes, power analysis, and developing a clear theory of change to win the support of decision makers and mobilize key constituencies.

  1. Advocacy strategy implementation:

Drive the implementation of advocacy strategies and plans, working across teams to ensure all strands of the strategy are progressed and mutually reinforcing, for example: data, policy, media, public mobilization, events, and partnerships. Supervise the development of cogent and compelling advocacy and campaign narratives, and the delivery of creative campaign tactics.

  1. Advocacy M&E:

Supervise the development of a clear advocacy M&E framework: setting baselines against which advocacy outcomes are regularly monitored; conducting analysis to continuously improve the effectiveness of the strategy, approach and activities; and overseeing the production and dissemination of advocacy M&E results.

  1. Team building, Project and Budget Management:

Provide a protective, nurturing environment for the team – in line with UNICEF’s highest ethical standards and values; respond appropriately to ethical issues and complaints of abuse of authority, bullying and harassment. Ensure project management coherence in the activities of the team, conveying strategic priorities and setting clear deliverables. Where relevant, manage cross-divisional, international and inclusive teams featuring a variety of advocacy and non-advocacy professionals, to drive and deliver strategic advocacy initiatives. Support mobilizing resources for undertaking advocacy. Ensure effective and transparent management of budget and resources.

  1. Advocacy Capacity Building:

Contribute to building internal UNICEF capacities in advocacy, through coaching, training and sharing of advocacy expertise.

  1. Stakeholder engagement:

Provide strategic guidance for advocacy partnerships and networks through proactive collaboration with internal and external partners. Partners will include UNICEF senior leaders, HQ divisions, National Committees, Regional Offices, Country Offices, other UN entities, influencers, academics, business leaders and other public and private sector partners.

Ensure that effective advocacy strategies and plans are co-created with partners, to leverage their power to contribute to UNICEF’s advocacy goals. Ensure that feedback from key stakeholders is incorporated into advocacy strategy design, implementation and team learning.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree is required in one of the following fields: International Relations, Political Science, International Development, Public Policy, Public Administration, Economics, Communication or related fields.
  • A first level university degree (Bachelor’s) in a relevant field, in conjunction with ten (10) years of relevant work experience in advocacy, campaigning or a related field may be taken in lieu of a Master’s degree.
  • At least eight (8) years of progressively responsible and relevant professional work experience in advocacy/ campaigning is required, with at least two years at the international level.

Experience in leading the development and implementation of advocacy strategies, with clear theories of change, specific, measurable and timebound objectives, and performance indicators.

A track record of achieving or contributing to tangible policy change.

Proven experience in deploying a range of advocacy tactics based on a clear theory of change.

Experience in building and maintaining a network of advocacy stakeholders, and in working with advocacy coalitions.

Strong communicator with emphasis on being able to present complex policy ideas in succinct, engaging ways through campaign narratives and creative tactics.

Experience in managing a team is a requirement, along with a proven commitment to diverse and inclusive recruiting process. Managing a multicultural team is an asset.

Demonstrated experience in design and management of projects, including budget management and monitoring and evaluation of results.

Knowledge of international development, humanitarian issues and children’s rights.

Experience in training and facilitation is an asset.

  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) 

Core Values

  • Care
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Accountability

Core Competencies  

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (1)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (1)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

This position is not considered an elevated risk role. However, UNICEF reserves the right to conduct further vetting/ assessment within the scope of child safeguarding as appropriate.

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