Policy and Advocacy Officer

Location: Abuja, Nigeria

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ABOUT ONE

ONE is a global movement campaigning to end extreme poverty and preventable disease by 2030, so that everyone, everywhere can lead a life of dignity and opportunity.

We believe the fight against poverty isn’t about charity, but about justice and equality. Whether lobbying political leaders in world capitals or running cutting-edge grassroots campaigns, ONE pressures governments to do more to fight extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, and empowers citizens to hold their governments to account.

ONE’s members are crucial to this work. They come from every walk of life and from across the political spectrum. They’re artists and activists, faith and business leaders, students and scientists. They take action day in, day out — organizing, mobilizing, educating, and advocating so that people will have the chance not just to survive, but to thrive.

ONE teams in Abuja, Berlin, Brussels, Dakar, Johannesburg, London, New York, Ottawa, Paris and Washington DC, educate and lobby governments to shape policy solutions that save and improve millions of lives — and which every year are under threat from cuts and other priorities.

ONE is grounded in a mission, vision and set of values that provide a foundation for our work. At ONE, we look for talented individuals who are passionate about making change and who will strive to embody our values. Please take a moment to make yourself familiar with our values and mission statement before submitting your application.

Employees of ONE work in a collaborative and creative environment. When you work for ONE, you will receive excellent benefits along with the opportunity to be part of an international organization and contribute to our mission to end extreme poverty and preventable disease.

The Policy and Advocacy Officer will be responsible for providing policy research, analysis, and writing on ONE’s key policy areas, including global health, education, employment, agriculture, transparency and accountability, climate and the EU Africa Partnership. The position reports to a ONE Nigeria Country Director and will be based in one of ONE’s office in Abuja. 

IN THIS ROLE, YOU WILL

  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative policy research and analysis in support of ONE’s policy objectives and priorities
  • Support the implementation of ONE in Africa policy and advocacy strategy by ensuring market plans are consistent with Pan-African goals, and leading or supporting specific strands of work or projects, including scoping out new policy issues
  • Understand the factors of advocacy and trends that enable successful advocacy programs
  • Provide policy support and insights on ONE priorities including Pandemic Response and Preparedness, the EU-Africa Partnership, Health Systems Strengthening, Basic Health Care Provision, Vaccines and vaccines hesitancy, Elections and Job Creation in Nigeria
  • Prepare documents on specific policy issues, including briefing papers, data visualisations, policy analysis, blog posts, talking points, and presentations
  • Support the Nigeria Country Director to cultivate relationships with external stakeholders and partners; and manage government relations on behalf of ONE
  • Represent ONE at meetings, seminars, and workshops, and consolidate relevant information for consumption by teams across the organization
  • Manage stakeholder engagement and relationships 
  • As a member of the Africa Policy team and through interaction with the Global Policy team, contribute to the development of ONE’s policy positions globally, to ensure that all ONE policy positions contain highly credible African content.
  • Build robust and concrete relationships with civil society networks and private sector groups around ongoing campaigns.
  • Perform any other duties as appropriate to the role

WHAT YOU BRING TO ONE

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in economics or a development-related field
  • 4+ years of relevant experience in a policy role
  • Strong understanding of local and global development policy issues
  • Excellent knowledge of and experience of working in partnership with civil society organizations, government agencies, private sector groups and international development agencies based in Nigeria or sub-Saharan Africa
  • Good understanding of the links between policy, advocacy, campaigning, and media work and of how policy change can be achieved through effective advocacy
  • Experience of partnership building, with experience of influencing stakeholders and establishing and maintaining strong partnerships.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills
  • Familiarity with or ability to learn data tools (e.g. Excel, Tableau, Stata, Python)
  • Consistent record in synthesizing and explaining complex issues to audiences in a concise way
  • Ability to work as part of a global team and in a culturally diverse environment
  • Flexible, resourceful, and innovative with the ability to handle competing priorities in a constantly evolving environment.
  • Ability to multi-task with good organizational skills
  • Dedication and commitment to ONE’s mission and policy priorities
  • Ability to consistently apply good judgment and make good and responsible decisions
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times

OTHER ATTRIBUTES

  • An understanding of the complexities surrounding collaboration in a global matrix organization
  • Highly organized, analytical, detail oriented and self-motivated
  • Collaborative approach and strong interpersonal skills
  • Remain positive in high pressure and stressful situations
  • Critical thinking, communication, and relationship-building skills
  • Takes action and is results focused
  • Flexible and resourceful
  • Independent problem solver

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Proficiency in English required.

TRAVEL

Travel up to 10% domestic.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

Flexible work environment.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Are you ready to join the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease? Please submit a resume and cover letter to this opening.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants. When an applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to compete for a job, they may request it orally or in writing (please email [email protected]). ONE will process requests for reasonable accommodation and will provide reasonable accommodations where appropriate, in a prompt and efficient manner.

We understand that a diversity of strengths, experiences, and backgrounds makes our team stronger. If this position interests you, we encourage you to apply and tell us why you are a great candidate for the role. ONE does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. To learn more about our diversity and inclusion work and priorities, visit https://www.one.org/us/about/diversity/.

Due to the number of inquiries that ONE receives, we thank all candidates for their interest yet only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

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