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Policy Advisor

Ipas

Maputo, Mozambique

Overview:

The Policy Advisor provides technical support for policy and advocacy initiatives to increase access to safe abortion services. This position supports the work with stakeholders and policy makers at the national level to ensure that access to abortion for women is not compromised. The Advisor also assists with implementing advocacy and communications strategies to improve the enabling environment in support of women’s reproductive rights, with a focus on abortion care.

Responsibilities:

  • Provides assistance in planning and budgeting for policy activities, tracks and monitors policy activities and planned results as well as small grants;
  • In coordination with other office staff, provides policy support and technical assistance as needed for global policy unit and national policy activities;
  • Builds and maintains relationships with government officials and other regional and local organizations to assist with Ipas’s mission, assisting with coordination of sensitization workshops and providing ongoing technical resources and information as needed;
  • Promotes and supports coalition building and networking strategies to promote access to safe abortion, and to reduce social stigma and persisting barriers;
  • Supports fundraising initiatives for policy activities by contributing to donor proposals and preparation or review of donor reports;
  • Researches information for drafts of white papers and policy briefs for influencing policy and increasing access to safe abortion services;
  • Tracks and monitors existing networks and partnerships of organizations and institutions, as well as identifies new networks and partners, to support Ipas’s mission and an enabling environment for safe abortion care;
  • May represent the organization at various local, national and international meetings to ensure incorporation of Ipas objectives into the agenda for discussion;
  • Works with Policy and Advocacy staff and country teams in reference to policy strategy, activity planning, shared tasks, and other policy and advocacy related matters;
  • Reports to Director, Manager or Senior Advisors in reference to strategic guidance, budget and planning decisions, government relations, workflow, deadlines, reports, and projects;
  • Faciliates relationships with government and health officials and partner organizations in reference to policy initiatives and strengthening program implementation;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

Minimum

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and experience with monitoring and adjusting strategies for programming as needed to achieve project goals;
  • Legal training or experience working with laws and policies and/or developing communication strategies and campaigns;
  • Experience with, or a demonstrated commitment to, supporting sexual and reproductive health and rights of all women;
  • 5-7 years of relevant experience, including:
  • Experience in program planning and management;
  • Experience in workshop and meeting facilitation and planning;
  • Strong public speaking and writing skills;
  • Experience working in a non-profit organization;
  • Established relationships with public health organizations and the public sector;
  • Knowledge of budget oversight;
  • Fluent in Portuguese and other relevant local languages.

Preferred

  • Master’s degree in Public Health, Political Science, Gender Studies or related field;
  • Past experience working with women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights;
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite;
  • Experience working in a non-profit organization;
  • Experience establishing relationships with public health organizations;
  • Experience and understanding of basic monitoring and evaluation concepts;
  • Advanced proficiency in English.

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