This position is local contract in one of the 5 countries in the Latin America & Caribbean (LAC) region (Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras).
CARE is a leading international non-governmental organization (INGO) fighting global poverty and social injustice. We see advocacy as a pathway to scale our impact and contribute to systems strengthening.
Our intention is to be locally led and globally connected, making this role pivotal in our success to ally with local partners, elevate evidence from our humanitarian and long-term development programs, and influence systemic change particularly for women and girls who are disproportionately effected by poverty and social injustice.
Develop and oversee the Regional Advocacy Strategy in alignment with the revised LAC regional framework towards 2030, focusing on the program priorities and aiming to embrace the locally led approach, especially with local women and youth organizations and the top 5 regional and subregional networks.
Maintain and foster a community of practice for advocacy in each country office across the region, sharing knowledge and capacity to execute advocacy goals.
Develop key products at subregional level including high level strategies, implementation plans, policy and context analysis, communication materials, policy positions and talking points collaborating in a matrixed approach with country offices and advocacy leads in the region as well as other strategic capitals, ie for pledging conferences.
Identify relevant policy dialogue forums at regional and sub regional level to position CARE in relation to the key strategic objectives of the LAC 2030 program strategy.
In close coordination with country offices, coordinate implementation of CARE’s global campaigns, (She Leads in Crisis and Fast and Fair) with a goal to strengthen citizen led accountability of government commitments to support women led organizations and other frontline participants or partners.
Represent CARE in regional coalitions, intergovernmental forums, and research / academic institutions to advance CARE s advocacy strategy.
Support the Regional Management Unit, when needed, in broader advocacy related actions, including preparing talking points and advocacy materials, in coordination with the Communication Regional Officer.
Serve as the focal point for CI Advocacy working group on humanitarian and development advocacy on LAC, with particular support to US-based colleagues and UN reps
Bachelor’s degree required in social sciences and humanities including areas of social policy, public administration, gender in development, or international relations. Master’s preferred.
5-7 years of relevant international policy and advocacy experience.
Proven record of knowledge and understanding of the region development and humanitarian scenarios, institutions and processes.
Demonstrated experience of context analysis, policy analysis, design and implementation of advocacy strategies that amplify diverse Civil Society actors especially Women’s organizations, government, academia & NGOs to secure commitment around common goals
Knowledge and understanding of UN and US legislative policy and processes toward Latin America.
Understanding of and familiarity with all relevant multilateral institutions, civil society and related decision-making processes as well as knowledge of the regional institutional environment in LAC
Relevant training in policy analysis, policy advocacy, partnership brokering / development, civil society engagement.
Proven ability to produce advocacy materials and analysis and to develop mechanisms to share and manage advocacy information and knowledge.
Excellent writing, editing and communications skills in English and Spanish..
Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite)
Experience in high-level representation
Core Competencies :
People Skills : Ability to work independently and as a team player who demonstrates leadership and is able to support and train local and international staff.
Integrity : Works with trustworthiness and integrity and has a clear commitment to CARE's core values and humanitarian principles.
Resilience / Adaptability and flexibility : Ability to operate effectively under extreme circumstances including stress, high security risks and harsh living conditions.
Works and lives with a flexible, adaptable and resilient manner.
Awareness and sensitivity of self and others : Demonstrates awareness and sensitivity to gender and diversity. Have experience and the ability to live and work in diverse cultural contexts in a culturally appropriate manner.
Has a capacity to make accurate self-assessment particularly in high stress and high security contexts.
Work style : Is well planned and organized even within a fluid working environment and has a capacity for initiative and decision making with competent analytical and problem solving skills.
Knowledge and skills : knowledge of CARE policies and procedures, Sphere and the Red Cross / NGO Code of Conduct. Requires general finance, administration, information management and telecommunication skills and proficiency in information technology / computer skills.