Advocacy officer (Maternity leave cover)


Amsterdam, Netherlands 🇳🇱

Are you knowledgeable in the field of Water and sanitation, Climate Change and Gender? Do you have a sixth sense for lobby and advocacy opportunities? Do you know when and how to activate the right policymakers, and do you have a track record on influencing international policy? Then Simavi is looking for you!


Powerful women, healthy societies. We strive for a world in which all women and girls enjoy their human rights to water and sanitation, resulting in healthy and just societies. By joining Simavi you will create a stage for millions of girls and women raising their voice to demand climate and social justice.

The Team

In this role, you will cover a maternity leave and join a team of 20 colleagues from the Fundraising & Engagement cluster, including 2 advocacy officers. You will be coached by the Director Fundraising and Engagement. You will also be working closely with your colleagues from programmes.

Your role at Simavi

As our Advocacy Officer you are responsible for influencing international policies on Water, Sanitation, Climate Change and Gender. You will build networks in the countries where Simavi works with civil society organisations, knowledge institutes and other stakeholders to jointly advocate in Europe and at the UN (United Nations) for more inclusive policies on water, sanitation, climate change and gender.

Your result areas

Influencing International policy on the topics of WASH, Climate Change and Gender

  • Contributes to lobby and advocacy strategy and policy.
  • Builds, maintains and uses external networks of governmental/ministry officers, members of parliaments, colleague NGO’s, relevant businesses, knowledge institutes, et cetera for the purpose of policy influencing
  • Ensures timely development of position papers, policy briefings, presentations and other advocacy and communication materials.
  • Supports opportunities for fundraising regarding policy interventions.
  • Follows policy developments and makes analysis (like issue, process and stakeholder analysis) for the purpose of effective policy influencing,

Building networks and increasing Simavi networks in the countries where we work

  • Represents Simavi in relevant networks with a view to scouting opportunities and threats for the organisation.
  • Makes analysis of opportunities (related to new policies and market developments) and advises colleagues about possible opportunities and threats.
  • Contributes to programme development for institutional fundraising in policy influencing, advocacy and campaigning.
  • Works closely with Communication colleagues on public engagement and positioning of Simavi.
  • Facilitates the development of joint advocacy strategies with partners associated networks, local organisations and others.

Networking and managing accounts and relations

  • Actively maintains, expands and generates lead from Simavi’s internal and external network by pro-actively drawing attention for Simavi’s work.
  • Works with different types of organisations at a global level to push for more inclusive WASH policies.
  • Works with local organisations in Africa and Asia to advocate for more inclusive policies, through campaigns, policy papers and other advocacy activities and stregthens capacities where needed
  • Is up to date with economic, development aid and organisational developments and utilises this knowledge to engage an effective network.

What you bring

  • You have an academic level of education
  • At least 5 years working experience in policy analysis, lobby and advocacy in an international context
  • Demonstrable experience and achievements working with human rights frameworks and advocating towards multi-stakeholder platforms
  • Knowledge on climate justice
  • Excellent verbal, reading and writing skills in English and Dutch
  • Result-driven and entrepreneurial.
  • You stand your ground and know how to provide and receive feedback in a positive way.
  • You are a team player and are open to other opinions and ideas.

What do we offer?

An exciting and challenging position in an international working environment. Besides a fun and healthy working environment (e.g. weekly bootcamp or online yoga sessions, agile way of working), we are an equal opportunity employer meaning we don’t discriminate in our hiring practices and we actively seek a diverse applicant pool. Our five core values lie at the basis of everything we do: just, sustainable, empowering, inspiring, connecting.

We offer a contract for 12 months for 32 hours per week. The salary we offer depends on the years of working experience you bring along and will be within the salary range of € 2.802,28- and € 4.012,78- gross per month for 32hours per week (i.e. € 3.152,57 to € 4.514,38 gross per month on a fulltime basis of 36 hours per week). The position in the salary scale depends on the number of relevant years of working experience. Furthermore, part of our terms of employment are: 5 weeks vacation per year, 8% holiday allowance, mobile phone allowance, commuting allowance (as of >10 kilometres), a pension insurance and a disability insurance.

Our office is located at Naritaweg 135, which is a 5 minutes’ walk from train station Amsterdam Sloterdijk. We also offer an Hybrid way of working with the possibility to work alternatively from home and from the office.

How to apply?

Do you recognise yourself in the profile and do you want to contribute to Simavi’s mission and vision? Please upload your motivation letter and resume (in English, max. 4 pages) before May 11th via the application button.

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Interviews will be scheduled for 23rd and 24th May, and second round for 30th May, our recruitment process always entails a reference check and a certificate of good conduct.

Do you have questions about this position? Please contact Veerle Ver Loren van Themaat, Director Fundraising and Engagement

Veerle Ver Loren van Themaat

Veerle Ver Loren van Themaat
[email protected]

We encourage applications from people currently underrepresented, and particularly in senior positions, including: people with an ethnic background in countries where Simavi is working; people of any social and religious background; people living with disability; LGBTQIA+ people. Only applications that are uploaded via the application hyperlink will be processed. Commercial inquiries or job postings without our consent are not appreciated and accepted. Because physical and emotional safety of children is crucial for Simavi, we do not accept any form of abuse. Child safeguarding is addressed in our recruitment and selection process.