Head of Advocacy

Mon, Dec 5, 2022

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Cohere is committed to providing equitable opportunities to candidates and welcomes all candidates to apply, without discrimination based on age, disability, ethnicity, origin, political belief, race, religion, sex or gender, sexual orientation, language, and culture.

Head of Advocacy

Position: Head of Advocacy
Location: East-Africa or remote position. Remote candidates should be flexible regarding working hours in order to take  calls and meetings with international colleagues.
Type of contract: Full-time
Salary: 2,000 to 3,500 USD gross monthly according to experience and location cost of living.

Cohere particularly encourages candidates who have experienced forced displacement and who have experience in advocacy or a closely related field to apply.

About us

Cohere is an international NGO of 50+ employees registered in Uganda, Kenya, and the United Kingdom that specialises in building holistic partnerships with Refugee-Led Organisations (RLO) in refugee-hosting areas. Currently, we operate in 5 different locations across East Africa and have partnered with more than 40 RLOs. We support RLOs in strengthening their professional capacity, establishing social enterprises and accessing resources to implement, sustain and scale-out humanitarian response activities. With our RLO partners, we aim to support refugees to lead fulfilled and dignified lives and transform the humanitarian and development sectors towards more community-led responses.

In recent years, RLOs have finally received some recognition for the critical work they do as first responders to refugee crises as well as crises faced by the wider community, such as COVID19, Ebola, and famine. RLOs are also key actors in promoting the integrated development of refugee hosting areas all over the world. Recognition of their work, however, and the number of new RLOs emerging as key players humanitarian actors has not been enough to shift meaningful humanitarian funding to RLOs. RLOs still receive less than 1% of the international aid allocated to refugee responses. What is more, there are systemic barriers preventing refugees from playing a meaningful role within the refugee response as a whole, such as within humanitarian organisations, and within decision making processes where decisions are made about the futures of refugee communities. Beyond allocating funding to refugee leaders there are numerous opportunities for reforming the humanitarian sector as a whole so that the way we respond to forced migration crises globally is more appropriate, effective and sustainable.

Cohere is one organisation that also needs to reform to be fit for purpose in playing a key role in these critical changes. We are part way through a five year process that will enable our organisation’s work to be informed, guided and led by the people whose lives we affect through our work. We are committed to continuing this journey in a transparent manner so that we can share the process with the rest of the sector.

We are recruiting for a new position at Cohere, the head of advocacy, to play a leading role in helping Cohere to reform in the ways that are needed, to create a platform to share and challenge the sector on much needed changes, to advocate for these changes, and to advocate for a global refugee response that is more meaningfully led by refugees.

Position description

You will act as the Head of Advocacy for the organisation by:

Key Responsibilities

Lead Cohere’s advocacy strategy development

Pilot the implementation of Cohere’s advocacy strategy

Ensure Cohere’s exemplarity and synergy between its operations and advocacy.

Contribute to the operational direction of Cohere

Manage the resources of the Advocacy department

Your profile

How to apply

Please be sure that the application includes:

CVs and work samples can be sent to Julia Zahreddine j.zahreddine@wearecohere.org and to jobs@wearecohere.org, with the title “Application - Head of Advocacy [your full name]”.

Please be sure to send the answers to the application form and all documents at the same time, and to respect the application process thoroughly. Please also note that applications with missing elements will be disqualified. Candidates shortlisted will have to go through a written test to be completed within a three hour window according to their availability. Candidates having succeeded to the test will attend an oral interview (in person or remote).

Application deadline - January 20 - 00h EAT