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Default Advocacy Specialist - Counterpart International

JOB TITLE: Advocacy Specialist
POSITION LOCATION: Yerevan, Armenia

JOB DESCRIPTION: The Counterpart International (CPI) Office in Yerevan invites applications from highly qualified, energetic and experienced Armenian professionals for the post of Advocacy Specialist.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: Under supervision of the Project Director the incumbent will perform the following tasks:

- Design and develop program strategies to support nation-wide Civic Advocacy Initiatives in Armenia.

- Based on Counterpart’s methodology guide and oversee assessment of NGO advocacy capacity building needs and assisting NGOs in developing and implementing national level advocacy activities and campaigns in line with existing legislation and CASP goals and objectives.

- Arrange and coordinate cross-border exchanges for NGO leaders and government officials.

- Provide support to CASP Project Director in identifying potential advocacy program allies and establishing contacts with NGOs and coalitions, other USAID implementing partners, media representatives and government officials.

- Provide guidance and technical assistance in designing, organizing and delivering advocacy trainings and other capacity building activities to target groups including NGOs and government officials.

- Develop and implement a strategy for producing and collecting relevant advocacy materials as well as disseminating information on Civic Advocacy throughout the country, utilizing local NGOs, Intermediary Service Organizations (ISOs), local media outlets and other partners.

- Establish and maintain sound working relationships with local government officials, ensuring that government counterparts are fully informed of CASP activities, and that the CASP project reflects their viewpoints on different advocacy issues.

- In coordination with CASP Project Director, Training Coordinator, program staff and partners, provide support and guidance in designing and delivering advocacy training workshops, roundtables and seminars for local and national government officials.

- Participate in review of Advocacy Grant Proposals of local NGOs making sure that CASP selection criteria are met and proposed activities are in line with existing legislation and project goals and objectives.

- Coordinate with Counterpart Civil Society program teams in Central Asia to make sure that the existing expertise is transferred and experience is disseminated.

- Perform other duties as per request of the CASP Project Director.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

- University degree in Law, Political or Social Sciences.

- Minimum of two-three years’ work experience, preferably in the NGO sector and in an advocacy-related position in Armenia.

- Experience in working with local and national government officials in Armenia.

- Experience developing program strategies, and translating strategies into work plans.

- Excellent English, Armenian and Russian oral and written communications skills.

- Demonstrated experience analyzing information, writing analytical reports, and preparing and delivering presentations to a wider audience.

- Excellent organizational skills, ability to plan, delegate and manage program staff.

- Excellent interpersonal skills, including patience, diplomacy, willingness to listen and respect for colleagues. Must be capable of working individually and on a team.

- Computer skills, including experience using Microsoft Word, Excel and e-mail.

- Willingness to enhance knowledge through training and personal initiative.

- Willingness to perform other duties and work irregular hours. Ability to travel throughout the country (up to 30% of the time).

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: If interested, please send a Letter of Interest accompanied with your resume (CV), in English, listing your qualifications, list of references, salary requirements and indicating your contact details (phone, fax, and/or e-mail address where you can be reached) to: asahakyan[at]counterpart.org or Fax: (374 1) 53 04 86. Address: 38, Pushkin Str. apt # 14, Yerevan.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 23 November, 2004

Please, indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line of your message.
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