Womenís Advocacy Officer (East Timor)
(Initially 24 month contract commencing July 2001)
Salary: US$700 per month + benefits
The Catholic Institute for International Relations is working on tackling the causes of poverty and injustice internationally through advocacy and skillsharing. We work with people of all faiths or none. We are seeking to recruit a Womenís Advocacy Officer two-year contract. The post-holder will work on womenís advocacy with CIIRís partners in East Timor.
The Womenís Advocacy Officer will report to the Asia Regional Manager through the East Timor Programme Co-ordinator. She will play a lead role in developing CIIRís womenís advocacy programme in East Timor in close co-ordination with the ET Programme Co-ordinator (Dili-based) and the Asia Joint Programme Manager (London-based).
You should have at least 2 yearsí work experience in womenís advocacy in East Timor. Holding a degree qualification in sociology, politics or development studies, (or equivalent expertise gained through work/study experience), you must have a sound knowledge of East Timorese civil society organisations (CSOs) and NGOs and international NGO networks engaged in advocacy and development work. Travel within East Timor and occasionally outside the country is required, as is proficiency in English and at least proficiency in Tetum or Bahasa Indonesia or Portuguese. Applicants should be available to take up employment in late July or early August 2001.
Antonia Velasco, Programme Co-ordinator (DILI)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Catherine Scott, Asia Joint Programme Manager (London)
email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Cscott3707@aol.com
or Fax: 00 44 0207 359 0017
CIIR charity registration number. 294 329
Womenís Advocacy Officer,
(Salary: Sterling US$700/month)
Reports to: Regional Manager, with responsibility for Asia region through the East Timor Programme Co-ordinator
The appointee is expected to establish good working relationships with all members of the Asia team and all other Programme related staff, including London based Recruitment Section, Finance Department and the Communications Unit.
Status: Two year contract. Any extension will be subject to the issue of a new contract
The Catholic Institute for International
Relations was founded in 1940 and is an independent charity which works
with people of any religious belief or none, to overcome poverty and injustice
in the Third World. CIIR is committed to the pursuit of development
based on democratic political and economic participation, social justice
and gender equality. CIIR strives to achieve this through the recruitment
and placement of experienced professionals to share their skills in development
projects in the Third World, through an advocacy and capacity building
project with South-East Asian civil society organisations and through public
education and advocacy work on CIIRís three organisational cross-cutting
programmes of Social Justice and Human Security (SJHS), International Economics
and Poverty (IEP) and Civil Society and Participatory Development (CSPD).
In the future, CIIRís will deploy Development Workers (DWs) in East Timor as the need arises in consultation with local partners. Currently, CIIRís East Timor Programme on skill sharing is focused on assisting the NGO Forum (FONGTIL) in advocacy capacity building and in developing a community work programme with a local womenís NGO partner outside Dili.
One of CIIRís three thematic advocacy programmes,
i.e. the advocacy programme for International Economics and Poverty is
located within the team managed by the Regional Manager for Asia. The two
other regions (LAC and AME) have advocacy officers who covers the advocacy
issues coming from those regions on the themes of Social Justice and Human
Security and Civil Society and Participatory Development. Once fully underway
most activities will take place in the South / in the countries of CIIRís
skillshare programmes but there will be some important UK and Europe based
initiatives, including awareness raising visits by Southern delegation
and the production of publications. This will build on CIIRís combined
years of experience in both European based advocacy / lobbying work,
and southern based skill sharing through development worker placements.
The programmes aim to bring a new cross-regional energy and multi-skills
dimension to our work and will increase CIIRís impact on some of the key
global issues affecting poor people.
Advocacy Capacity Building (ACB) Programme in South East Asia
One of the main lessons arising from CIIRís
long experience in advocacy is the need and desire Southern CSOs have to
increase their capacity to influence policy-making and policy implementation,
not only at the national level but also regionally and internationally.
Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have key roles to play in influencing
governments and inter-governmental organisations (IGOs) to develop and
implement policies that promote the rights of the poor and excluded, and
to ensure improvements in the quality of their lives. To do this effectively,
CSOs require strong and well developed advocacy capacities. Currently such
capacities are spread unevenly among CSOs and across the region. Policy
advocacy often involves a two-pronged strategy of engaging governments
in policy discussions while putting pressure on those same governments.
Advocates need the support of grassroots organisations to put pressure
on governments and must therefore demonstrate that their policy proposals
represent the interests of grassroots organisations. Hence, community organisation
and other membership development techniques are essential tools for CSO
advocacy work. However, government responses to civil society advocacy
vary from country to country, according to the particular political culture
and history, as well as the methods that are adopted by CSOs in presenting
their case to policy makers. In April 2000 CIIR in collaboration with more
than 100 CSOs in SEA launched a programme on Capacity Building for Advocacy.
A-three person programme secretariat is bsed in Bangkok and supervised
by a five-person Execom selected from members of the South East Asia Committee
for Advocacy (SEACA). East Ngos through FONGTIL and CIIR-East Timor are
partners of SEACA.
East Timor Country Programme
CIIR has had an information and international advocacy programme on East Timor since the Indonesian invasion of 1975. Following the 1999 ballot result in which the East Timorese voted to separate from Indonesia, and the subsequent revenge-taking of the Indonesian army which led to the destruction of much of East Timorís infrastructure, CIIR decided to open a local office.
CIIRís five year programme plan for East Timor is working towards the empowerment of East Timorese Civil Society organisations so that they are able to promote development based on the principles of democracy and human rights, including, importantly, gender rights, with appropriate international support and development assistance.
intend to contribute our own experience, as well as that of our partners
in relevant overseas programmes in other continents in which we have
been engaged, in order to ensure that:-
a) Women achieve a higher representation in decision-making and key leadership roles in national, regional and local structures.
b) Strong, democratic, inclusive womenís organisations able to advocate on the needs of their constituencies are established.
c) Governments, IFIs, UN Agencies & International NGOs give attention to funding, resourcing and providing expertise to sustainable East Timorese development based on Human Rights, Gender Equity, and full participation.
d) CSOís Policy development in key decision-making fora is facilitated.
e) Institutional capacity of East Timorese CSOs to develop democratic, gender sensitive management structures is facilitated.
f) Reconciliation and peacemaking methodologies drawn from other post conflict societies in which CIIR has worked are shared with East Timorese and adapted and used as when appropriate to promote healing and catharsis.
Overall Purpose of the Role
The Womenís Advocacy Officer will work with CIIRís partner organisations in East Timor and support them in accordance with the aims and objectives of our 5 year programme. The Advocacy officer will in particular be responsible for drawing up advocacy plans at a local, national and regional level. With the London based Asia Joint Programme Manager, international advocacy strategies will be developed. The post holder will be expected to network extensively with organisations active in this field in East Timor.
Below is a list of the WAOís duties and responsibilities. In practice the WAO will find herself focussing on a variety of duties according to the current demands and stages of development of the programme.
1. In consultation with partners, the ETPC
and the AJPM, develop strong gender analysis rooted in the experience of
CIIRís partner organisations that is advocacy-oriented.
2. To support the AJPM in influencing the policies of northern decision-makers (including the UK Government and the European Union) to bring tangible benefits to the East Timorese people.
3. Together with the ETPC and AJPM, to develop and implement CIIRís advocacy agenda for East Timor and manage its relationship with the SEACA programme.
4. In consultation with the ETPC and the AJPM as well as local, regional and international networks, collaborate closely to develop advocacy programmes as framed by our broad programmatic focus: (a) In relation to national, regional and local East Timorese decision-makers; (b) In relation to multilateral and bilateral organisations; (c) In relation to governments and institutions at the international level.
5. In collaboration with the AJPM, to ensure that CIIRís partner organisations in
East Timor benefit fully from exposure and access to northern decision making fora and senior decision-makers.
6. Provide, analysis and support to CIIRís partner organisations, on request and assist them in the design of complementary advocacy strategies to influence the policies of local, national and regional decision- makers in East Timor.
7. Maintain and develop CIIRís relations
with other organisations and networks in East Timor and South East Asia
regionally that are advocating on the same and related issues.
Country Programme Development
8. To keep informed of the major political
and socio-economic events in the country, to examine the development work
being carried out by other bodies in the country, and together with the
ETPC assess CIIRís options in that context.
9. To help to establish and maintain a national monitoring & evaluation group from among CIIRís partners as well as an advisory goup for consultation on programme policy and strategy.
10. To contribute to the development and implementation of regional strategy and work .
11. To establish and maintain contact with project partners and potential partners who have in place, have requested, or might usefully employ CIIR development workers.
Monitoring, Budgeting & Reporting
12. Prepare and prudently manage, together
with the AJPM and the ETPC, the annual budget for the East Timor advocacy
programme based on agreed and detailed work-schedules, and monitor these
on a quarterly basis.
13. Work-schedules to be agreed with the ETPC in consultation with the AJPM.
14. The post-holder will report regularly in writing to the ETPC, and respond to reports/requests from London.
15. The post-holder will also contribute to the end of year reports (both narrative and financial) for funders, and help to prepare proposals and workplans at the beginning of each financial year.
Finance and fund-raising
16. The post holder will be expected to
keep to a defined work-schedule and work within the confines of a budget.
Expenditure should be carefully monitored in liaison with the ETPC.
17. The post-holder will, in consultation with the Programme Coordinator, the AJPM and the ARM, take responsibility for identifying sources of funding, preparing and presenting funding applications and ensuring that the necessary reporting takes place at appropriate times during the funding cycle.
Communications, information and public relations
18. With the AJPM, to keep the regional manager fully informed of major country and programme events which are crucial to the management and development of the programme.
19. To maintain the flow of information to the regional manager, the AJPM and CIIRís External Communications Officers in order to enable CIIR to play an active role in fostering development education and campaigning. The ETWAO will be expected to identify issues of potential interest in this area.
20. With the ETPC to represent CIIR in relations with official national and international bodies in country, with government ministries, embassies, funding agencies, partners, the media etc.
21. To network with other CIIR staff in the region as part of regional strategy, and therefore be available for occasional regional and inter-continental travel.
22. The postholder will be self-sufficient
in terms of word-processing, filing and other administrative/clerical tasks.
The selected candidate will have a six
months probationary period. If this period is successfully completed s/he
will be confirmed in post for a two year contract.
Any extension beyond two years will be the subject of a new contract.
The salary is £500 per month and paid in country from which the post-holder is responsible for paying their own tax.
Five weeks paid holidays per calendar year.
CIIR will make a contribution towards Accident/illness insurance for individual and for immediate dependents not exceeding £50/per month.
Training and briefings provided.
Contact CIIR for details of Person Specification and application forms.