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Thursday, August 21, 2014

International Advocacy Officer, Planned Parenthood, New York, NY

International Advocacy Officer

Posted on: August 7, 2014
Application deadline: August 31, 2014
Posted by: International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region

The advocacy team is seeking a professional with a high level knowledge of sexual and reproductive health and rights, particularly in the context of the international policy arena. The principal responsibilities of this position are to coordinate IPPF/WHR's international advocacy work and to contribute with IPPF's overall advocacy efforts as part of the IPPF UN Liaison Office in New York.
  • Coordinating IPPF efforts to influence UN Member States at the NY Headquarters
  • Establishing and maintaining strategic relationships with UN Permanent Missions staff of key countries
  • Supporting the development of advocacy strategies to maximise IPPF's impact on priority SRHR-related UN processes taking place in New York
  • Monitoring UN processes, UN declarations and resolutions and the work of strategic UN bodies example the UN Commission on Population and Development, the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the General Assembly's Third Committee, the High Level Political Forum, and other bodies that are relevant for to IPPF's advocacy work.
  • Supporting the organization of meetings, conferences and workshops related to IPPF's advocacy work with UN Member States.
  • Establishing and maintaining strategic partnerships with relevant CSO groups and coalitions
  • Networking and maintaining strategic communications with relevant stakeholders, including organizations from the sexual and reproductive health and rights, the women's/feminist, the youth and the HIV movements.
  • Reporting and sharing information in a timely and strategic way with IPPF colleagues
  • Identifying advocacy opportunities to advance the SRHR agenda at the UN NY Headquarters
  • Supporting the provision of technical assistance to IPPF Member Associations on UN advocacy work
  • Facilitating the strategic participation of IPPF colleagues at key meetings in New York
  • Managing/overseeing the implementation of IPPF WHR international advocacy projects
  • Compiling/developing international advocacy materials related to IPPF's advocacy priorities.
  • Representing IPPF at international meetings, as appropriate
  • Collaborating closely with IPPF's Advocacy Advisory Group, and key advocacy staff at IPPF CO
  • Performing other related tasks as deemed necessary and appropriate by the IIPPF WHR Director of Advocacy
  • Master's Degree or equivalent in International Affairs or similar.
  • Seven years or more policy-related experience
  • Substantive knowledge of international Human Rights mechanisms, international conferences, and their implementation.
  • Proven ability in International Advocacy at the United Nations
  • Strong commitment to and knowledge of sexual and reproductive health and rights, women's rights, and gender equality.
  • Experience working in and with non-governmental organizations and as part of coalitions; familiarity with international reproductive rights or women's rights NGOs
  • Excellent analysis, writing and communications skills in English, fluency in Spanish and other UN languages desirable
  • Knowledge of Latin American and the Caribbean political reality on sexual and reproductive health and rights, women's rights, and gender equality.
  • Excellent interpersonal, networking and inter-cultural skills.
  • Experience supervising other employees and/or interns
  • Ability to think and plan strategically
  • Ability to report back information to others in a helpful, concise and clear manner
  • Ability to work independently, with limited supervision, and as part of a team
  • Ability to work closely and collaboratively with colleagues both in their own office and remotely
  • Excellent organizational, managerial and administrative skills
  • Proficient in MS Office and internet literacy.
The International Advocacy Officer must be based in New York, must be willing to work late nights at the UN, if needed, during important negotiation process and should be willing to travel up to 35% of time, particularly throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
Applicants that meet the qualifications should send their resume along with a cover letter with an indication of salary requirements
Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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