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  • Added Date: Monday, 29 October 2018
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Title: AU Liaison Director (Consultancy)

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (applicant must have relevant authorisation to work in Ethiopia)

Compensation: A competitive package commensurate with experience

Applications close: Wednesday 14 November 2018 at 23:59 EST

Starting date: February 2019

Responsible to: Chief of Staff

Crisis Action is an award-winning organization at the forefront of global advocacy to end conflict. We work to create and support strategic coalitions to prevent deadly conflict and to ensure the protection of civilians where conflict exists. We are lucky to work with some of the world’s most effective local and global civil society leaders, human rights, humanitarian, and policy organisations. We have staff in Beirut, Berlin, Brussels, Johannesburg, London, Nairobi, New York, Paris and Washington, D.C.

Current conflict priorities for Crisis Action include South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, though the organisation monitors other potential and actual conflicts and engages in shorter-term emergency response advocacy as well (including shorter-term campaigns over the past year on Cameroon, Central African Republic, Myanmar, and Democratic Republic of Congo).

Overview of role

As African Union (AU) Liaison Director you will advance Crisis Action’s unique model of advocacy among AU policymakers as well as NGO partners and other campaign allies in Addis Ababa. You will play a key role in crafting and delivering on strategies for impactful collective campaigns to protect civilians from armed conflict. You will continue building the network of Addis based partners, policymakers and media and work closely with colleagues across the world to build effective advocacy campaigns and maximise their impact to achieve change. We are looking for a politically savvy campaigner who is a passionate and dynamic advocate and understands how to make change happen at the African Union; we are seeking an exceptional strategist and powerful networker who strengthens our AU presence and ensures we are ever more effective in our mission to protect civilians affected by conflict.

Principal Roles

  1. Crisis Action’s Ambassador to the African Union and other Addis based institutions – As the Consultant heading our AU work, you will represent Crisis Action at the African Union and other Addis based institutions. We are looking for an individual who is equipped with a strong network of high-level contacts at the AU Commission (or has demonstrated ability to quickly establish such a network). You will also have experience working with civil society organisations, and ideally, experience coordinating joint advocacy efforts with these or similar organisations.

  2. Develop and implement impactful campaigns to protect civilians and prevent armed conflict – A core part of your responsibilities will be working with our Africa based partner organisations and policymaker allies to develop, drive forward and coordinate campaigns that mobilise the resources and influence of civil society to maximum effect. This will require you to engage the AU press corps and devise and lead impactful advocacy strategies that use a wide range of tactics that may include facilitating high-level diplomatic meetings for partners, hosting civil society delegations, running social media campaigns, and preparing compelling reports and briefings for Peace and Security Council members. Your success will depend upon your ability to build and nurture trusted relationships with policymakers in key AU departments and Addis Ababa based embassies, as well as potential allies from across civil society, academia, think tanks and the media. Working with colleagues in our other offices, you will lead or contribute to international campaigns that Crisis Action facilitates.

  3. Expert political analysis of the African Union - Focusing on actual or potential conflicts of most concern to our partners, you will ensure that Crisis Action supplements their understanding by investigating and analysing the policy positions of key AU member states, particularly members of the AU Peace & Security Council, and AU Commission officials. You will ensure that Crisis Action builds up in-depth and sophisticated intelligence on the position of key actors towards relevant conflicts, the results of which will be top quality advice to partners on advocacy demands, strategy and suggestions for action. You will also be responsible for feeding this intelligence into our global campaigns and sharing it in a timely manner with our global partner network.

  4. Contribute to the strategic development of Crisis Action at the AU and globally – As AU Liaison Office Consultant Director, you will lead the establishment of a Crisis Action office in Ethiopia. You will be responsible for consolidating and expanding Crisis Action’s relationship with core partners and our civil society network, and for developing and implementing the AU engagement strategy that aligns with the organisation’s overall organisational strategy and action plan. You will supervise the work of consultants and volunteers that may work with Crisis Action from Ethiopia. As a member of Crisis Action’s Directors Group, you will also play a leadership role in the direction of the organisation. This will include contributing to decisions about Crisis Action’s campaign portfolio, the development of our strategic plan and internal policies, as well as strategizing around both regional and international policy challenges and how best we can contribute to overcoming them.

Person specification

The following are essential:

  • Commitment to Crisis Action’s mandate.

  • 8+ years of experience working on conflict prevention, human rights or humanitarian assistance at the regional and/or international level.

  • Excellent political judgement and instincts, especially with regard to foreign policy and diplomatic engagement.

  • High levels of ambition, energy, drive, dynamism, determination and focus.

  • Knowledge of and experience in influencing AU policies and processes.

  • A broad range of established relationships with key AU Commission officials and relevant embassies.

  • Proven ability to analyse complex political issues, to identify campaign opportunities and to devise sophisticated strategies and innovative approaches for achieving policy change.

  • Expertise in media and communications; including knowing when and how to engage the media on a campaign, a deep understanding of different audiences, crafting media stories, producing high-quality media materials and working across media platforms, including social media.

  • Knowledge and experience of using a broad range of popular campaigning tactics, including stunts, photo-ops, social media pushes, etc. to achieve campaign aims.

  • First-rate project management and organizational skills.

  • First-class interpersonal and communication skills, including excellent writing skills and the ability to cultivate and maintain high-level contacts within governments, the media and the NGO community.

  • Demonstrated ability to work as a collegiate member of a small team, as well as to lead and empower your team to deliver their best.

  • Ability to instil trust and confidence in partner organisations and colleagues from a variety of backgrounds.

  • Resilience and an ability to cope with multiple internal and external demands.

  • Excellent administrative and information technology skills.

  • Fluent written and spoken English.

  • Relevant authorization to work in Ethiopia as a consultant.

The following are desirable:

  • Expertise in relation to advancing the women, peace and security agenda.

  • Experience working with the corporate sector, social movements or faith-based organisations to drive social change.

  • Experience of working with global teams and with people from varied cultural backgrounds.

  • Established relationships with media.

  • Additional languages, particularly French or Arabic.

Terms and conditions

Compensation: Competitive salary according to experience

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Equal opportunities: Crisis Action values diversity and is committed to equal opportunities. All applicants for employment will receive equal treatment without discrimination on any grounds.

Disabilities: We are committed to making every reasonable adjustment to the workplace or working arrangements so as to accommodate people with disabilities.

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