Jan 23, 2018

MSF Holland Jobs in Ethiopia : Advocacy Manager

  • Medecins Sans Frontieres -Ethiopia
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Full time Healthcare Management NGO/Nonprofit/Social Services

Job Description

Médecins Sans Frontières-Holland (MSF-H)

Internal/External vacancy announcement


Médecins Sans Frontières (also known as Doctors without Borders or MSF) is a private, non-profit, international humanitarian medical organization that intervenes in emergencies and crisis situations to relieve human suffering resulting from unmet medical needs. MSF observes strict neutrality with respect to politics and provides its assistance without discriminating on the basis of race, religion, ideology, or political affiliation. MSF’s members are required to respect humanitarian principles and principles of medical ethics at all times.


MSF-Holland is looking for: Advocacy Manager

Place of work:   Addis Ababa

Terms of employment:  One year with possible of extension

Remuneration and Benefits:

-         Starting gross salary:       22,607.00 ETB (Salary under revision)

-         Medical Coverage 100%

-         Number of position:            One position

-         Deadline for application:          Thursday 1st of February 2018



Main objectives and responsibilities of the position


The Advocacy Manager is responsible for all advocacy activities in the Mission in line with MSF policies and values, following the Operational line and linked with the HQ Reflection Unit. The Advocacy Manager is a member of the mission CMT and acts as a sparring-partner for all operational and medical teams. 




  • Defining, implementing and coordinating all MSF advocacy activities, including responsibility for drafting advocacy strategies addressing medical-humanitarian priorities in relation to mission needs - ensure that advocacy components are included in project and mission operational strategies as member of the Country Management Team (CMT)
  • Supervise the quality of field-level data collection (under MSF ethical guidelines) for operational and advocacy purpose.
  • Monitor and compile regular updates on humanitarian aid system dynamics (NGO/Donor planning, Red Cross movement activities and positioning) to increase the leverage capacity and the national impact of MSF lobbying in line with operational plans, regular activities and medical-humanitarian advocacy objectives.
  • Draft ad hoclobbying points and internal/external reports in relation to main medical-humanitarian concerns while strengthening the integration of humanitarian affairs (analysis, critical reflection, contextual understanding) and operational communications.
  • Advises CMT and Head of Mission/Medical Coordinators on perception related to positioning and operational strategy with a particular view on increasing local/national visibility and ensuring good acceptance for MSF projects/presence.
  • Drafts regular situation reports for mission/HQ as well as reports for external use in line with mission advocacy strategy.
  • Plans and supervise, in close coordination with the Coordinator/HR department, the associated processes (recruitment, training, performance management, development and internal communication), of the staff to ensure both the sizing and amount of necessary knowledge
  • If relevant manages, supervises and develops staff under his/ her direct responsibility


  • Design and support the implementation of data collection systems with regards to the mission context (focus on national level with potential regional/global repercussions, and local developments in project locations), and medical-humanitarian issues, in order to provide reliable information for operational and strategic decision-making.
  • Provide data and discourse analysis in support of the Head of Mission to inform MSF positioning in-country (project-level and at national level), particularly in terms of political / operational environment (regulation frameworks, donor/aid agreements, trade and economic developments).
  • Propose improvements in the methodologies and tools used, and provide trainings to field teams as required
  • Undertake actor mapping and stakeholders’ analysis on behalf of projects and mission, while providing guidance / support to PCs for the management of relations with local authorities, and strategic advice to Head of Mission / Medical Co for national-level organizational positioning



  • Support networking needs by leading or participating representation duties in non-project locations (on delegation from the Head of Mission), including with domestic civil society, professional groups (doctors’/nurses’ associations), and local academics/universities.
  • Define, draft and review advocacy messages and targeting (including communications and dissemination strategies) to raise awareness of medical-humanitarian issues across MSF projects and at national level (transversal thematic).
  • Link with other MSF sections in-country to develop inter-OC advocacy and/or communications initiatives
  • On request/project basis, interact with the international MSF advocacy network (reflection centres, HART, ACCESS) to provide updated contextualized medical-humanitarian content (country-level information)
  • Lead discussions, trainings, briefings, etc. on the country’s medical-humanitarian context, MSF principles, international humanitarian law, medical ethics, and advocacy activities/strategies to raise awareness of MSF national and expatriate staff on these topics.
  • Provide recommendations and be a propositional voice for opportunistic communications (unplanned) from operations/medical activities’ analysis.


  • Undertake field assessments (in relation to data gathering/context analysis or exploratory missions) and other work-related traveling as required.
  • Draft Terms of Reference, supervise, and evaluate other expatriate humanitarian affairs staff deployed to the mission (Advocacy / Humanitarian Affairs Officers). |


MSF Section/context Specific Accountabilities

  • Close collaboration with the two Operational Deputy Head of Missions, identifying the regional specific needs, strategy and implementation and in close collaboration with the Head of Mission works on national and federal level.
  • On the basis of the existing OCA strategy develop or refine an inter-sectional advocacy strategy for Ethiopia (with OCBA), and ensure it is adequately implemented, maintained and periodically updated;
  • Implementation of a national awareness and visibility campaign improving general knowledge and standing of MSF activities and status as an independent and impartial medical humanitarian organisation;
  • Support, on demand, the MSF Head and Deputy Heads of Mission in negotiations and securing Humanitarian Country Agreements on acceptable terms in the interests of targeted populations and humanitarian/medical needs;
  • Contribute to regional and international efforts to contribute to deliberations on international policy frameworks, applying MSF’s proximity and bearing witness to ensure that practical operational matters and the interests of affected communities are appropriately addressed;
  • Support Deputy Heads of Mission and Project Coordinators in addressing prioritized project-level advocacy points and initiatives, help draft and finalize briefing papers, fact sheets and any supporting documentation;
  • Support the Head of Mission with the Host Country Agreement
  • Support the Ethiopia mission in networking and macro-level stakeholder analysis with a focus on beneficiaries, diasporas, humanitarian and donor community in Addis, private sector, academics and experts specialized in the Horn of Africa;
  • Support development of strategic medium/long terms advocacy initiatives;
  • Undertake field assessments (in relation to data gathering/context analysis) and other work-related mission travel as required in the region;
  • Draft an end of mission report including the main achievements/constraints related to activities, proposing further action in relation to field operations, MSF positioning, reflection, advocacy, and detailing recommendations.

Job Requirements

Required education, experience and skills for the position:


·        Academic background to Masters’ level (anthropology/social/political sciences, law, gender studies, protection) with first-rate writing skills and excellent research / analytical skills


Campaigning organizational experience an asset


·        Field humanitarian experience in similar contexts (conflict, disasters, resource-poor environments) – MSF or other humanitarian NGOs advocacy experience required

·        Good understanding of current humanitarian debates and of the dilemma/compromise nature of modern humanitarian interventions


·        Mission language mandatory. Local languages desirable. 


·        Essential computer literacy (database design/analysis, MS package, and internet-based research)


People Management, Commitment, Flexibility, Results,

And Teamwork

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit their non-returnable CV and application including photocopies of all supporting documents to the address given below.

  • HR & Administration Department, MSF Holland P.O. Box 34357 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

or deliver at MSF Holland Office, Addis Ababa, Yeka Sub City, Woreda 7, Kebele 11/12, House No. 05 Balderas (in front of Levi Building)



Please note that we only contact short-listed candidates.

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