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The Humanitarian Advocacy Advisor for the Horn of Africa (HoA) will support CARE regional office efforts to influence donors, UN agencies, partners and governments on the humanitarian crises in the region, with a specific focus on the current food security crisis. They will work along with the Regional Director and Regional Advocacy Coordinator to represent CARE in Humanitarian Fora in the region.
They will work to ensure that the diverse needs of all crisis-affected people are met and their rights—under international humanitarian, human rights, and refugee law—are protected. They will support efforts to further principled humanitarian access, secure unfettered and safe humanitarian access; protect humanitarian workers and conflict-affected populations; and address humanitarian access impediments.
They will support humanitarian capacity building and formulate advocacy positions/messages, policies, and guidance documents for the HoA region Country Offices. They will support and lead advocacy initiatives in the region.
Humanitarian Advocacy & Policy
- Work with the ECA Regional Team, Country offices, CARE USA Humanitarian Affairs, and members of the CARE confederation to identify, and elevate relevant humanitarian advocacy issues at various levels.
- Represent CARE at the regional level with key humanitarian stakeholders (UN agencies, peer NGOs, donors, etc.) and in regional fora, as well as in country specific event based on Country Offices request.
Capacity Building/System Strengthening/Relationship Development
- Provide advocacy and policy capacity-building and technical support to the HOA country offices work with them to prepare internal and external messaging and talking points as needed.
Thought Leadership, Research, & Learning
- Distill what CARE and partners are learning from multi-country advocacy initiatives, such as food insecurity/the hunger crisis, localization, Gender Based Violence and gender, in coordination with global, regional, and national teams and provide the analysis to translate learning into policy asks.
- Degree in a related field (international affairs, law, humanitarian studies, social sciences, women’s studies, etc.) and 5+ years relevant humanitarian advocacy experience – ideally in the region.
- Comprehensive understanding of the humanitarian architecture, including governing and participating bodies, at the international, regional, and country levels.
- Demonstrated track record in humanitarian advocacy, particularly in designing humanitarian advocacy initiatives and generating policy and advocacy message and guidance.
- Outstanding analytic abilities.
- Excellent written and spoken English language skills.
- Strong communication and diplomatic skills, including in cross-cultural work contexts.
- Sound personal organizational skills, including excellent time management, ability to meet deadlines, prioritize tasks, and work under pressure.