Advocacy & External Relations Manager Jobs

  • Full Time
  • Contract

Marie Stopes Sierra Leone (MSSL)

1.Advocacy & Policy

•Lead the implementation of MSSL’s policy interventions ensuring the achievement of policy outcomes to stimulate national policy dialogue and change.
•Monitor and analyse the national SRH policy environment to identify gaps or opportunities for MSSL’s involvement that promote MSSL’s approach to evidence-based decision making
•Provide feedback to both MSSL and MSI Teams on outcome of stakeholder meetings and consultations.
•Identify national policy committees and ensure MSSL is represented at all SRH national policy dialogue meetings
•Ensure the implementation of relevant evaluation and reviews to strengthen policy project effectiveness.
•Cultivate, strengthen and nurture constructive and positive relationships with a wide range of political, technical and financial partners, including national decision makers and policy makers, academic institutions, opinion leaders and other partners as champions to advance universal access to contraception and safe abortion.
•Effectively identify and influence relevant debates, opportunities and policy initiatives that can support MSSL’s priorities of: eradicating unsafe abortion; increasing access and choice in long-acting and permanent contraceptive methods; de-medicalisation and task-shifting; results based financing; and increasing access for young people.
•Proactively engage and serve as a key resource to increase awareness of MSSL’s global impact and results with strategic partners and individuals. Support the transfer of knowledge, documentation and dissemination of learning, best practices, case studies and successful strategies in relation to MSSL’s policy engagement.
•Monitor policy processes and developments relevant to MSSL.

2.New Business Development.

•Lead on all advocacy and external relations activities done by MSSL.
•Work with members of the Country Management Team to develop concepts, proposals, cultivate donor relationships and negotiate with partners.
•Work with members of the Country management team to identify opportunities and funding needs
•Author concept notes and proposals with input from multiple sources
•Create budgets with support from the MSSL finance team
•Develop donor relationships, including securing donor meetings, organizing visits and following up on funding opportunities
•Respond to donor requests, develop concepts and proposals to spearhead the MSSL advocacy initiatives
•Analyse project performance and take proactive action to respond to project needs

3.External Relations and Communications

•Work with MSSL’s communications team to create corporate communications materials that represent MSSL as an innovative and effective organization.
•Represent MSSL at local and international fora advocating for MSSL mission and vision
•Leading in the development of advocacy messages for vulnerable youths and women.
•Participation in health education and training of youths in colleges and tertiary institutions on the dangers of unplanned pregnancy.
•Managing and accompanying external visitors and requests as needed, including the press local and international when needed
•Authoring and making strategic press releases as needed
•Writing success stories on advocacy and other material for donor and MSSL /MSI publications
•Gather, edit and disseminate stories to stakeholders through direct updates or donor reports.
•Proactively engage with national and international media, developing strong relationships with key journalists/actors.
•Proactively engage with FP/SRH advocacy groups for youths and vulnerable women to increase their access to services.
•Manage media engagement and corporate communications for MSSL