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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Communications And Youth Advocacy Officer, Together for Girls, Washington DC

Communications And Youth Advocacy Officer

The Advocacy Officer will focus on expanding Together for Girls’ communications and advocacy work in addition to strengthening outreach particularly with young people and youth organizations.
Deadline:         February 3, 2015
Location:         Washington,DC
Organization:   Together for Girls
About: Together for Girls (TfG) is a global public-private partnership formed to end violence against children, with a particular focus on eliminating sexual violence against girls.  Launched at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2009, Together for Girls includes partners from the private sector (Grupo ABC , BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), Nduna Foundation, UN Foundation and CDC Foundation), five UN agencies (UNICEF, UNAIDS, UN Women, UNFPA and WHO) and the U.S. Government (the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the Office of Global Women’s Issues at the U.S. Department of State, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Violence Prevention Division in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). These partners draw on the highest level of policy leadership and technical expertise across sectors including child protection, gender-based violence prevention, public health, and HIV to ensure a comprehensive response.
Together for Girls has three pillars of work: (1) conducting and supporting national surveys on the magnitude and impact of violence against children; (2) supporting coordinated program actions in response to the data; and (3) leading global advocacy and public awareness efforts to draw attention to the problem and promote evidence-based solutions. In addition, developing and strengthening the capacity of individuals and institutions is an important crosscutting element of the partnership.  Working with governments and civil society, the Together for Girls model builds on existing programs and platforms wherever possible to integrate the issue of sexual violence into social welfare, health, education, and justice programs.
Position Overview: The Together for Girls Communications and Youth Advocacy Officer will work under the supervision of the Together for Girls Communications and Operations Director, and will collaborate closely with the two other members of the Together for Girls Secretariat team, the Director and Senior Program Advisor. This position will focus on expanding Together for Girls’ communications and advocacy work in addition to strengthening outreach particularly with young people and youth organizations.  In addition this position will include some administrative support and also provide exposure to programmatic work.
  • The fellow will work to ensure the dissemination of information regarding Together for Girls activities and products to a variety of external audiences, including the public, governments, funders, and scholars– locally, nationally, and internationally.  S/he will do this through coordinating and maintaining outputs such as websites, e-newsletters, presentations and print materials, assisting with public relations and attending appropriate networking functions.  Communication Tasks Include:
  • Overseeing Together for Girls’ social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google +) and blog, including writing and/or soliciting about 2-4 posts per month
  • Coordinating stakeholder meetings and other public outreach events, including scheduling, marketing, and ensuring all administrative details are attended to (venue, catering, webcasting, video-taping, etc.)
  • Assisting in the production and promotion of Safe, the Together for Girls’ digital magazine published annually
  • Ensuring the Together for Girls’ website and materials are up-to-date and assisting with the production of new reports and materials as needed
Youth Advocacy:
  • Establishing productive relationships with relevant youth-focused partners and stakeholders; tracks and maintains relationship database. Youth Advocacy tasks include:
  • Considering and recommending options to strengthen the engagement of youth in the work of TfG, to inform a strategy for youth
  • Representing TfG at appropriate venues to educate and encourage close working relationships with other agencies, funders, and collaborating organizations
  • Maintaining communication with key contacts in peer and partner organizations
  • Supporting day-to-day work at the Secretariat carried out through our Communications and Monitoring and Evaluation sub-committees, including secondary research, writing and developing materials such as fact sheets, prospecting and cultivating funding opportunities, writing grants and reports, and supporting and coordinating Together for Girls’ events
  • Other tasks as assigned
Required Skills and Experience:
  • Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel proficiency
  • Strong project management and organizational skills
  • Capacity to interact diplomatically and professionally with stakeholders of diverse backgrounds
  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • Highly organized with the ability to prioritize assignments
  • Proven multi-tasking skills, including the ability to work effectively under pressure, handle heavy volumes, and meet demanding deadlines
  • Strong attention to detail
Preferred Skills and Experience:
  • Master’s degree in communications, public health, public policy, education or other related subject, ideally with some focus on violence prevention/response.
  • 3-5 years of work experience
  • Expertise and experience in social media marketing
  • Community mobilization experience, particularly with young people
  • Advocacy or campaign work experience
  • Intermediate understanding of web-design and customer relationship management (CRM) technology
  • Understanding of gender, violence prevention and social determinants of health
Living Conditions: Fellows will be provided with housing, health insurance and a living stipend of $1100 (net/take home amount)*. Fellows will receive an award of $1500 upon successful completion of the fellowship year. Flights to and from the placement site and all other costs associated with GHC programming are included, plus $600 in professional development funds.
*Note: Both international and national fellows will receive a monthly living stipend of $1100, take home amount, but because of each fellow’s individual visa or tax status, fellows may owe different amounts of tax
Eligible Citizenship: American
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