Job Summary: The Global Advocacy Program Officer (PO) will lead movement building functions for the Stand for Her Land Campaign (S4HL) and the Landesa Global Advocacy team, to support the global movement for women’s land rights and the increasing traction for land rights within global agendas (climate action, human rights, and the Sustainable Development Goals). The PO will provide support to members of the Global Advocacy team, in particular the Director for the Center for Women’s Land Rights (Center Director), who serves as Landesa’s representative to the S4HL Steering Committee. Leveraging advocacy and communications skills, movement building passion and abilities, and high-level administrative skills, the PO will:
- Support execution of Landesa’s global advocacy strategies
- Cultivate and maintain relationships with S4HL stakeholders and other partners in Landesa’s varied global advocacy arenas
- Help build and maintain information management system and stakeholder maps/database
- Lead event planning and engagement calendar management
- Other responsibilities as needed
Reporting and Relationships: The Global Advocacy Program Officer (PO) reports to the Center Director.
Availability: The PO will be expected to work a standard work week of 40 hours plus additional hours as necessary to get the job done. Some domestic travel may be required.
Essential Job Functions:
Advocacy and Communications
- Lead development of administrative “infrastructure” for the Stand for Her Land (S4HL) campaign, including: developing and maintaining a global database of women’s land rights actors, organizations, and allies; supporting development of an engagement calendar and serving as lead on event planning; supporting workplan development and monitoring for the S4HL Steering Committee;
- Provide complementary support to Landesa’s Global Advocacy team (on engagement calendar, event planning, stakeholder mapping, etc.), and support coordination internally between Global Advocacy and S4HL activities;
- Support overall strategy implementation for S4HL at the global level in collaboration with the Center Director, S4HL Steering Committee members, and other key stakeholders;
- Cultivate new partnerships and maintain existing ones, in alignment with and to inform strategic priorities; serve as liaison between Landesa’s Global Advocacy team and global agendas stakeholders as well as broad S4HL network;
- Support strategic direction for S4HL and Global Advocacy team: provide input to Center Director and other Global Advocacy and Landesa colleagues as well as S4HL Steering Committee members as needed on how communications with stakeholders inform current thinking and next steps for S4HL and Global Advocacy work;
- Coordinate Landesa’s engagement with Steering Committee partners, S4HL Country Coalition members, and other key S4HL stakeholders;
- Support fundraising efforts for S4HL as needed, in coordination with Landesa’s Resource Development team, Center Director, and other S4HL Steering Committee members.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- A deep commitment to the mission of a better, safer future for the world’s poorest people through secure access to land and the critical importance of land rights for women.
- Dedication and persistence working in a mission-driven environment as a constructive, solutions-oriented problem solver.
- Demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively with excellent cross-cultural skills and proven ability to work with multiple people of varying backgrounds and levels, with humility, respect, and a focus on positive results.
- Proven ability to handle administrative details autonomously and use good judgment to keep team members updated.
- Superior oral and written communication skills, including English grammar, spelling and punctuation.
- Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality for all organizational, personnel, and research matters.
- Demonstrated flexibility and adaptability when working in a fast-changing environment.
- Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines and work gracefully under pressure; demonstrates exceptional organizational skills; detail oriented; ability to work on several small and large projects simultaneously, providing high quality work.
- High level of working knowledge in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, as well as other technology including Adobe and the Internet.
Education and Experience:
- Master’s degree in Communications, Advocacy, International Development, Political Communications or related field and 2-5 years’ experience with community organizing, political campaign support, or other movement building work, including event planning, stakeholder mapping & engagement, and outreach/networking and administrative experience required; or
- Bachelor’s degree in one of the above or a comparable field and 5-7 years’ experience with community organizing, political campaign support, or other movement building work, including event planning, stakeholder mapping & engagement, and outreach/networking and administrative experience required.
- Experience working in a non-profit, government, legal, or other document intensive environment is preferred.
- Experience working for an international organization preferred.
Work Environment and Working Conditions for Travelers: While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to working conditions and hazards which are prevalent for the location and/or country of assignment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Work is primarily performed indoors with some potential for exposure to safety and health hazards related to electronics work. The employee may be required to travel overseas and domestically. When traveling, the employee may be exposed to: physical hazards (illnesses, noise, extreme temperatures, wet or humid climates, etc.), road hazards (unfinished/dirt roads, potholes, traffic-related accidents, etc.), and atmospheric conditions (odors, dust, fumes, smog, etc.).
Additional Comments: The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions coordinated with this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made in appropriate circumstances to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.
Landesa is committed to diversity and gender equality in all of its operations and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Authorization to work in one of our office locations is required unless working as a consultant/contractor.