Senior Advocacy Officer

Wetlands International
Ede-Wageningen, Netherlands
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Purpose of the job

The Senior Advocacy officer is a core position in the global office Communications and Advocacy team, serving the overall agenda of the organisation by enabling focused, coherent and effective advocacy and taking a lead in writing policy-oriented documents for use by our key representatives. S/he will develop, organise and execute a wide range of activities to influence policy according to the scope of our programmes, and specific results-oriented projects. S/he will build policy capacity of our offices and advice on project implementation. S/he will carry out policy analysis and the writing of position statements of our organisation.
Together with leading technical staff, s/he will play an active role in networking, lobbying and representing the organisation in a wide range of policy issues at events, conventions and media opportunities. S/he will be able to integrate communication tools and channels in her/his work.

Responsibilities and tasks
• Identify key opportunities in the short and long-term in which we can influence policy processes;
• Writing and enabling timely development of position papers, policy briefings, presentations and other advocacy materials;
• Advise technical staff and lead representatives of the organisation for meaningful engagement with key actors and institutions;
• Facilitate the development of joint advocacy strategies with partners associated networks, partners and other offices of our organisation;
• Help to enable partnerships with key actors to achieve our policy goals;
• Collaborate with and build capacity in the Wetlands International network to carry out effective lobby and advocacy;
• Support opportunities for fundraising regarding policy interventions;
• Provide advice to regional policy processes and activities of regional offices especially with regards to global/international policy processes and fora related to our priority programmes and policy goals
• On occasion, act as a spokesperson liaison to media, governments, and other actors;
• Contribute to organising media outreach; arranges all media contacts, press briefings, and interviews; provides talking points and other materials as needed for senior staff; responds to media inquiries quickly and effectively.

Profile of the candidate
The Senior Advocacy officer has solid experience in formulating and implementing policy advocacy strategies in an international context. S/he is committed to our mission and relates strongly to our way of working, linking advocacy at different scales to our own field experiences and knowledge. S/he has a solid track record in writing for our key audiences and in representing organisations in environment and/ or development fora. S/he is strategic, proactive, creative, outspoken, optimistic with a preference for achieving outcomes in collaboration with others. S/he has a results-oriented approach and proposes ways to innovate and continuously improve our advocacy and communications products, practices, channels and messaging.

Essential skills and experience
• Master level qualification in relevant field (e.g. communications, humanities, environment);
• At least 5 years working experience in policy analysis, lobby and advocacy in an international context, working with national, regional and global dimensions;
• Good understanding of the policy process in international fora e.g. Convention on Biological Diversity, Ramsar, UNFCCC, and others;
• Demonstrable experience and achievements working in and advocating towards multi-stakeholder platforms and processes;
• Experience in stakeholder mapping, policy analysis and strategizing according to policy objectives of different projects;
• Ability to quickly understand and absorb new topics, issues and disciplines and distil relevant advocacy strategies from them;
• Good understanding of political affairs and international institutions dynamics in Africa and the Netherlands;
• Track record in writing and editing articles, website content, reports and press releases;
• Ability to deliver oral presentations to various audiences;
• Excellent communication and project management skills; team player and facilitator;
• Excellent command of written and spoken English and able to operate in one or more additional European languages (e.g. French, Spanish);
• Experience working in an international environment;
• Prepared to travel frequently internationally.

Working proficiency in Dutch advantageous

Job offer
• Reporting to: Head of Communications and Advocacy
• Part-time: 32 hours per week (Fulltime is 36 hours)
• Salary scale: Euro 3.500 – 4.000 Gross based on a fulltime contract
• Contract duration: 1-year contract with the intention of extension
• Location: Head Office in Ede – Wageningen, The Netherlands
• Start date: a.s.a.p.

How to apply
To apply for the post, please send a letter of application stating your motivation and the skills that you would bring to this specific post along with your resume /CV by email to . Documents must be in English, stated “Advocacy Officer” in the email subject line.
Deadline for applications: Sunday 3rd of March 2019