Advocacy And Communication Officer

Website Cheshire Disability Services Kenya (CDSK)

Job Description

Advocacy & Communication Officer – Make Way Programme (SRHR Advocacy)

Preamble: Cheshire Disability Services Kenya (CDSK) is a disability focused organization and a global alliance member of Leonard Cheshire Disability. It is also a Strategic Partner Organization (SPO) of Liliane Fonds (Netherlands) in Kenya. CDSK partners with a network of 40 local Partner Organizations (POs) to implement programmes in Community Based Rehabilitation & Care, Inclusive Lifelong Education, Socio-Economic Empowerment and Institutional Development. CDSK envisions an inclusive society where persons with disabilities are resilient and lead quality life.

Through Liliane Fonds (Netherlands) CDSK is part of the Make Way (SRHR Advocacy) Consortium which is an intersectionality consortium for advocacy capacity building on Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR) of marginalized young people with compounded vulnerabilities. It is funded by Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) consisting of 6 partners i.e. WEMOS (lead partner), Liliane Fonds (represented in Kenya by CDSK), VSO, Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), The Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians and Akina Mama wa Africa (AmwA). The Make Way Programme is being implemented in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Zambia.

Job Title

Advocacy & Communication Officer – Make Way Programme

Functional Management

Programme Manager

HR Management

In-country line management function

Working Relationship (Internal)

Programme staff and support function staff

Working Relationship (External)

Partner organizations, Government officials, other I/NGOs and networks



Purpose of the Job Function: The jobholder will be responsible for evidence-based research and advocacy for the existing legal and policy frameworks at the County and National level while providing evidence based recommendations for effective implementation of SRHR in Kenya. S/he is expected to engage with partner organizations, organizations of persons with disabilities and community groups in advocating for better resource allocation through budget analysis at the County and National level. S/he is expected to organize and build capacity of partner organizations, organizations of persons with disabilities and communities to advocate for SRHR of marginalized young people with disabilities.

Advocacy & Communication Officer Job Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct policy analysis to complement community level data by assessing relevant multi-sector County and National policies through an intersectional lens and influencing of decisions

  • To develop and implement advocacy and communication strategies on SRHR and organize & execute a wide range of actions for policy influencing in SRHR for persons with disabilities

  • Contribute to partner organizations and organizations of persons with disabilities capacity building in advocacy and communication related to SRHR for persons with disabilities

  • Identify opportunities to raise awareness on SRHR for persons with disabilities with relevant stakeholders based on advocacy strategy and communication materials

  • Work with relevant staff to analyze the indicators, including the mechanisms to capture national advocacy efforts

  • Support the design and implementation of joint advocacy and Social & Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) campaigns in partnership with consortium members and technical working groups

  • Support the drafting and updating of Make Way / CDSK publicity and SBCC materials such as brochures, blogs, website, opinion columns, case studies, articles, reports and any other documentation required for advocacy and communication purposes

  • Identify key risks related to Advocacy to be reported in CDSK’s Risk Register and assist partner organizations and organizations of persons with disabilities in identifying their own risks

  • Develop and implement a reaction plan in case negative media stories

  • Ensure effective information flow and communication with other stakeholders nationally

  • Represent CDSK and participate in network and alliance meetings, events and fora at the County and National level and willingness to abide consortium members Code of Conduct and Child Protection & Adults at Risk Safeguarding Policy

  • Undertake such other tasks as may be assigned by the Programme Manager

Essential Skills

  • Atleast 3 years experience in advocacy and communication towards inclusion of persons with disabilities

  • Project management, financial management skills, facilitation and M&E skills

  • Oral and communication skills and track record in writing and editing articles, website content and press releases

  • Ability to quickly understand and absorb new topics, issue, discipline and distill relevant advocacy strategies from them

  • Strong analytical skills including report writing skills

  • Advanced computing skills (MS Office)

  • Excellent relationship and team building skills

  • Planning, organizational, interpersonal and negotiation skills

  • Ability to work independently and deliver under pressure

  • Commitment to put equality, diversity and inclusion into practice

Qualifications: University Degree in Public Health, Nursing, Journalism / Communication, Applied Social Sciences or related area. Persons with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. CDSK does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

How to Apply: Candidates who meet the above listed minimum requirements and with proven experience are invited to submit via Email their application comprising of: A Cover Letter (1 page) demonstrating how you meet the above requirements, Curriculum Vitae (CV) maximum 3 pages, 3 Professional references and salary expectation to with the Email Subject Heading: Advocacy & Communication Officer_Make Way Programme (SRHR Advocacy) on or before 13th September 2021.

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