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FEMNET Advocacy Programme Assistant Job

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), a pan-African women’s network, is looking for a suitable candidate to fill the position of Advocacy Programme Assistant.

This position provides an opportunity to support exciting advocacy initiatives and campaigns on women’s human rights in a stimulating, multicultural and dynamic environment.

The position may involve travel within Kenya, Africa and other parts of the world.


The Programme Assistant will support the Advocacy Officer and other staff members when required, in managing the following activities as part of implementing the FEMNET Strategic Plan (2011 – 2013) and the Advocacy Unit Annual work plans:
• Oversee and manage selected advocacy campaigns at Sub- regional or regional level;
• Work closely with the Advocacy Officer to prepare for different forms of interactions organized by FEMNET such as dialogues, meetings and conferences, including managing regular communication with target audiences and the logistics involved;
• Facilitate African women’s participation in various sub-regional, regional and global forums particularly managing the communications and logistics prior to and during the post –event period to finalize the evaluation aspects;
• Contribute articles for the Africa Women’s Journal and other strategic publications based on FEMNET’s experiences and programs;
• Support the Advocacy Officer to meet the requirements of FEMNET’s monitoring, evaluation and reporting targets under specified projects;
• Provide support to the Advocacy Officer in moderating specific list-serves and new media platforms such as Facebook that keep the key stakeholders for the Advocacy Programme engaged with the various processes;
• Maintain a database on Advocacy projects, resources and partners and reporting requirements and work closely with the Advocacy Officer to have this information updated on a quarterly basis;
• Work closely with the relevant staff members to generate information for the FEMNET website on the Advocacy Programmes and activities;
• Provide support, orientation and supervision of Advocacy Programme interns and volunteers where applicable
• Undertake other duties as may be assigned from time to time.
Skills and competencies
• Bachelor’s degree, preferably in women’s or gender studies, international relations or other relevant field
• Demonstrated commitment to advancing women’s rights and gender equality
• Experience in women’s rights work, preferably at sub-regional or regional level
• Experience in communications including electronic communications
• Proven skills in administration, organization and problem solving
• Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
• High levels of initiative, creativity and self-motivation
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment
• Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, and willing to perform diverse tasks as needed
• Solid knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher and Skype
• Bi-lingual in English and French (preferably)
• Ability to travel as needed

The remuneration package is competitive and will be negotiable dependent on skills and experience.

Send your application letter and Curriculum vitate of not more than 5 pages to the Office Administrator, FEMNET on by the 28th of January 2011 including three names of your referees and their contacts.

We shall only contact the short listed candidates by the 4th of February 2011.

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