Vacancy: Regional Advocacy Officer

Posted by ARASA on February 10, 2014


Vacancy: Regional Advocacy Officer

Established in 2002, the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) is a regional partnership of non-governmental organisations working together to promote a human rights based response to HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa through capacity building and advocacy. The Regional Secretariat of ARASA is located in Windhoek, Namibia.

ARASA seeks to appoint a committed and dynamic individual to assume the position of Regional Advocacy Officer in Windhoek.

Reporting to the Regional Advocacy Team Leader, key areas of responsibility will include:

  • Raising regional and international awareness about HIV and TB-related human rights abuses in the region;
  • Supporting in-country partners with developing advocacy campaigns, as well as providing necessary technical support during the implementation of the campaigns;
  • Assisting the ARASA team and country-level partners with documentation of human rights incidents and assist in the development of evidence based advocacy materials;
  • Monitoring and where necessary, responding to developments in HIV and TB related law, policy and practice in SADC and East African countries;
  • HIV and TB related legal and policy analysis to feed into advocacy campaigns;
  • Networking and representing ARASA at regional and international fora; and in the media;
  • Conducting training and skills development on advocacy and law/policy analysis;
  • Designing and implementing advocacy campaigns at the regional level, and supporting country-level advocacy;
  • Assisting with the coordination of advocacy events and trainings;
  • Assisting the Advocacy Team leader with the collation and compiling of quarter narrative and financial reports; and
  • Working closely and in a complimentary fashion with the ARASA advocacy and capacity strengthening teams.

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in law, human rights or public health or any other appropriate degree. Appropriate experience may be considered in place of a degree. A broad-based understanding of international and regional health and human rights is required.

The candidate must have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to facilitate consultative processes. Computer literacy is essential. Excellent verbal and written communication, research and analytical skills are required. Fluency in English is a prerequisite.

ARASA offers an attractive remuneration package, commensurate with experience. Interested and qualified candidates who match the profile are invited to submit their CV and letter of interest, as well as a sample of recent writing to with the title “Regional Advocacy Officer” in the subject line. 

Closing date for applications is midnight (WAST) on 28 February 2014.

Incomplete applications or those submitted after the closing date will not be considered.  Only short listed candidates will be contacted.