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Advocacy Officer (Consultant Level I), RBDakar 1

World Food Programme

World Food Programme

Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Advocacy Officer (Consultant Level I), RBDakar - RE-ADVERTISED

🚩 Vacancy Announcement n°: 827322

📢 Job Title: Advocacy Officer (Consultant level I)

Contract type and Grade: Regular Consultant (Full time)

📧 Duration: 06 months

Unit / Division: Communication, Advocacy and Marketing (CAM) unit

📍 Duty Station: Regional Bureau Dakar, Senegal

Closing date: 05 June 2023


WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance. Female Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), a highly prestigious, reputable & world’s largest humanitarian organization, operates in more than 120 countries and territories, bringing life-saving assistance in emergencies, building pathways to peace, stability, and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change and supporting sustainable and resilient livelihoods for a world with zero hunger. At WFP, people are at the heart of everything we do, and the vision of the future WFP workforce is one of diverse, committed, skilled, and high-performing teams, selected on merit, operating in a healthy and inclusive work environment, living WFP's values (Integrity, Collaboration, Commitment, Humanity, and Inclusion) and working with partners to save and change the lives of those WFP serves.

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The Regional Bureau Dakar (RBD) provides policy guidance, technical support, and oversight for operations in 19 countries west and central Africa where WFP’s efforts contribute towards the eradication of hunger and malnutrition.


To advance its mission to end hunger in the region, WFP must effectively advocate on the issues related to food security and nutrition, engage with policymakers, influencers, decisionmakers, national and regional institutions to help engineer changes in approach or policy that will ensure that no woman or man, girl or boy goes to bed hungry. The purpose of this assignment is to articulate advocacy strategies, identify advocacy opportunities to influence regional and/or country level discourse on WFP areas of interest, undertake stakeholder mappings, support in message articulation to amplify corporate positions and contribute to capacity strengthening for staff on advocacy and influencing.


This role includes, but is not limited to, the following accountabilities:

  • Support RBD Management to establish advocacy (influencing, positioning) as an approach to promote lasting change and achieve zero hunger in Western Africa.
  • In liaison with HQ CAM Advocacy Unit, roll-out training in advocacy for RB & CO CAM, RBD leadership, HoUs and CO management based on WFP’s global advocacy toolkit.
  • Support RBD CAM and Management to analyze and identify opportunities to influence regional and/or country level discourse on WFP areas of interest.
  • Identify policy and decision makers, and determine moments to influence them either directly, or indirectly through partners, champions, and supporters.
  • Be up-to-date and inform all key stakeholders on regional decision-making processes and fora related to development and humanitarian-related issues to identify opportunities and points of entry/leverage, alerting relevant thematic teams (Social Protection, Resilience, Nutrition, School Based Programmes, Emergencies), and COs where/when appropriate, to enable WFP to influence and contribute to policy discussions.
  • Produce well-researched, clear, concise advocacy briefs on agreed agenda, map out key targets, stakeholders, opportunities, messages, and way forward with specific recommendations.
  • Lead WFP advocacy publications in the region and provide guidance to COs with regards to events, advocacy initiatives as well as engagement to ensure maximum reach and coherence with regional and corporate narratives and priorities.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to build strategic partnerships and coalitions - cultivating broader advocacy networks or coalitions with like-minded partners in the UN, NGO, regional bodies, national governments, think tanks, media houses, academia, civil and digital society and private sector for advancing WFP’s causes
  • Mobilise the public through popular campaigns that combine advocacy with social and traditional media outreach to exert influence on decision and policy makers to support of advocacy goals.
  • Any other duties as delegated


  • A work plan is produced and implemented in support of the two advocacy strategies: school health and nutrition; Social Protection.
  • A workplan with key dates and events is produced and rolled out with the best way to influence key stakeholders before and after the agreed events.
  • Support is provided for the training of RBD leadership, Regional Advisors, Country Directors and CAM staff on influencing.
  • Support is provided for the development of thematic/unit/CO specific advocacy plans/strategies.
  • The Regional Director’s social media account is efficiently managed to advance advocacy efforts.


You have

Advanced university degree (Master's degree equivalent, BAC+4/5), recognized by in Public Policy, Public Relations, International Relations, International Development, Communications and or any other relevant field OR a first university degree (Bachelor's degree equivalent, BAC +3) in the same disciplines with additional years of experience.


You have:

At least three (3) years of progressively responsible professional post graduate experience working in advocacy for policy change, influencing, social mobilisation and campaigns.

Desirable experiences

  • Excellent understanding of development and humanitarian sectors, strong portfolio of contribution to successful public advocacy, social and policy change initiatives, and engagement with national governments and regional institutions.
  • A developed network of communications and advocacy partners. Experience working in Africa, especially in west and central Africa.


Fluency (level C in reading, writing and speaking) in English and French.

Knowledge & Skills requirements:

  • Excellent writing, conceptual and analytical skills including the ability to present complex processes and issues clearly to a heterogeneous audience and in an actionable manner.
  • Understanding of cross-functional relationships and integrating priorities for successful collaboration.
  • Understands how to maximize all possible elements of a partnership
  • Ability to gather and summarise relevant information from and for partners to enable efficient decision making.
  • Ability to support planning campaigns – which includes an understanding of sensitivities and complex political landscapes
  • Ability to network and function well in a multi-cultural context and working with diverse teams.
  • Willingness and ability to travel in difficult terrain with minimum amenities

Deadline for application: 05 June 2023

WFP Value Proposition

  • Meaningful and impactful careers - Our day-to-day work makes a difference in the lives of the people we serve.
  • Continuous learning and training - We provide learning tools for our staff to continually develop their careers.
  • Multicultural and stimulating working environment - We encourage gender and cultural diversity to make our teams stronger.


  • All employment decisions are made based on organisational needs, job requirements, merit and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
  • No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Join Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.
  • Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply. WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.
  • Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance
  • WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.
  • WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.
  • All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment.

Special Notice on WFP RBD office relocation:

WFP and other UN Agencies will be moving to the new United Nations House, presently under construction in Diamniadio, 30 kilometers from downtown Dakar. The name of the duty station for this position will remain Dakar, Senegal.

Special recommendation:

Before you apply, please confirm that both (i) your on-line profile and CV are accurate and up to date, (ii) your CV should include your employment history, academic qualifications, and language skills.