Advocacy Program Support Officer at Skills Outside School Foundation


  • The Skills Outside School Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation registered as in IT (70340) in June 2014 at the Corporate Affairs Commission, Nigeria and a Company Limited by Guarantee (09365183) at the Companies House, UK.

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    Advocacy Program Support Officer

    • Job Type Full Time
    • Qualification BA/BSc/HND
    • Experience
    • Location Abuja
    • Job Field NGO/Non-Profit&nbsp

    Job Description

    • The Advocacy Program Support Officer will develop, organize, and execute a wide range of activities to influence policy according to the scope of our programs, and specific results-oriented projects
    • S/he will build the policy capacity of our organization and advice on project implementation.
    • S/he will carry out policy analysis and the writing of position statements of our organization.
    • Together with the Media and Communications Officer and the CEO, s/he will play an active role in networking, lobbying, and representing the organization in a wide range of policy issues at events, conventions, and media opportunities.
    • S/he will be able to integrate communication tools and channels in her/his work.

    Main Responsibilities

    • Facilitate and guide our institutional advocacy strategy.
    • Facilitate the development of joint advocacy strategies with partners associated networks, partners, and other offices of our organization.
    • Develop strategic partnerships with key actors to achieve our policy goals.
    • Act as a spokesperson liaison to media, governments, and other actors.
    • Work with the Media and Communications Officer in organizing media outreach; arranging all media contacts, press briefings, and interviews; providing talking points and other materials as needed for staff; responds to media inquiries quickly and effectively.
    • Production of a diverse range of information products including audio/visual communications, when needed to achieve specific policy goals.
    • Support and advise the team on how to carry out advocacy properly.
    • Identify key opportunities in the short and long-term in which we can influence policy processes.
    • Advice management for meaningful engagement with key actors and institutions.
    • Support opportunities for fund-raising regarding policy interventions.
    • Support and coordinate the relevant regional policy processes and activities of regional offices especially with regards to global/international policy processes and fora related to wetlands and other societal issues.
    • Anticipate possible advocacy developments and outcomes and prepare contingency plans and strategy adjustments.

    Profile of the Candidate

    • The Advocacy Program Support Officer has experience in formulating and implementing organizational policy strategies.
    • S/he has demonstrated a commitment to the cause either through previous job experiences or any other activities related to our mission.
    • S/he has a solid track record in representing organizations before.
    • S/he is proactive, creative, outspoken, optimistic with interest in education, employability, and entrepreneurship and a passion for making a difference with a preference for achieving outcomes in collaboration with others.

    Essential Skills and Experience

    • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field (e.g. Communications, Humanities, Education, International Relations, Law, Business Management, Public Administration).
    • Proven working experience in policy analysis and advocacy in national, regional, and global dimensions.
    • Demonstrable experience and achievements working in and advocating towards multi-stakeholder platforms and processes.
    • Track record in policy analysis, writing and editing articles, website content, reports, and press releases.
    • Experience working in an international environment is desirable.
    • Ability to quickly understand and absorb new topics, issues, and disciplines and distill relevant advocacy strategies from them.
    • Good understanding of political affairs and international institutions dynamics in Africa, and Nigeria especially.
    • Experience in networking, stakeholder mapping and strategizing according to policy objectives of different projects
    • Ability to deliver oral presentations to various audiences.
    • Excellent communication and project management skills; team player and facilitator.
    • Excellent command of written and spoken the English Language.
    • Proficiency in MS Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
    • Proficiency in cloud software applications (Skydrive, DropBox, Google Docs).

    Recommended Prior Experience

    • Prior experience in the education or public sector.
    • Prior experience providing advice to senior-level officials in the public, private or non-profit sectors;
    • Reporting Relationship: CEO

    Personal Qualities:

    • A person of integrity Creative and takes initiative.
    • Able to work effectively in a diverse team environment
    • Willing to work additional hours at crucial times
    • Effectively promote the SOSF’s mission, values and objectives

    Other Benefits

    • Work from Home
    • Flexible roles & work culture
    • Five-day work/week with flexible working hours
    • Learn while you work

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified candidates should send Application with a detailed Resume as one document (in a PDF or Word Format) to: [email protected] using the position being applied for as the subject of the email.

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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