ActionAid Nigeria at Manager, Social Mobilisation

ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) is a human rights based organisation that works with poor and excluded communities, promoting their rights and empowering people living in poverty to take necessary action to end poverty. Established in 1999, AAN is an affiliate of ActionAid federation focusing on social justice, gender equality and poverty eradication using the Human Rights Based Approach. This is focused on protecting and fulfilling the human rights of people living in poverty as the best way to eradicate poverty and injustice.In Nigeria, AAN has worked in over 30 states supporting programme/projects interventions while promoting pro-poor programmes at all levels. By building local organisations, and linking these organisations into networks, platforms, alliances and movements at the local and national levels, AAN helped build a broad movement for change.We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: Manager, Social MobilisationLocation: Country Office, Abuja Responsible to: Director of Programmes Line Management: SCRAP-C Project Manager, SIP Manager, Policy/Campaign Advocacy Officer (EC - PANAF)Grade: 8Overall PurposeThe post holder will be a member of the Country Management Team and will be expected to oversee and manage all AAN projects under this strategic focus; s/he will have oversight on the policy and campaigns projects, tax justice, social investments and other campaign related projects within the organisation.S/he will also provide high quality service to ActionAid Nigeria in the following areas:Programme:Identify gaps in knowledge, thinking & practice around public policy and movements in AAN and developing alternative concepts for filling these gaps.Provide & create knowledge using Human Right based approach, especially on working within a RBA (e.g. inputs into training programmes, conferences & ambassadors’ events) to  strengthen ActionAid Nigeria staff capacity and motivation for knowledge-use, critical thinking, experiential learning, popular and participatory methods of knowledge capture, processing, packaging and sharing.Provide leadership in identifying gaps in public policies and work out detailed official policy alternatives from the perspectives of the poor and excluded in Nigeria in response to identified gapsProvide leadership in the development and strengthening of partnerships among stakeholders, government departments and NGOs for effective collaboration and co-ordination on strategic national & global concerns.Monitor and assess trends, developments, forces, tendencies; make critical analysis of the public sphere at national and international level and advise AAN on appropriate responses to such emerging trends.Lead AAN engagement with policy making institutions and organs and provide proper linkage between local policy initiatives and national and international policy issuesWork with IASL in Knowledge Management for the purpose of harnessing critical and analytical learning from all ActionAid’s work to create proper documentation, resources for evidencing our work, evidencing for advocacy and campaigns, analytics new knowledge and continued learning.Strengthen inter-thematic linkages in AAN’s social movement initiatives and interventions.Contribute to ActionAid single campaign.Contribute to AAI annual plans and reportsRepresentation and communications:Overall responsibility for AAN participation in and contribution to the international policy advocacy and campaigns.Represent AAN in official and non-official policy forumsParticipate in relevant national advocacy networks and initiativesDevelop a national institution advocacy strategy (intergovernmental, economic, trade, development, co-operation bodies)Contribute to AAN’s strategic decision making, particularly relating to policy workProvide quarterly State of the Nations Report to AAN Governing Board to guide the board in its communications on the state of affairs of the nation.Represent AAN in Tax Justice working group of International Platform 2Movement & alliance building:Engage in formal partnerships and build alliances with national institutions and academic bodies around specific issues.Identify organisations with expertise in advocacy mainstreaming and right based approaches to implement mainstreaming strategies in Nigeria.Link with influential policy institutes, NGOs, and academic bodies in Nigeria for exchange of ideas, experience, access to talent, and explore potential for supporting independent thinking, and strategic alliances.Identify for the organisation informal networks, pre-existing institutional structures and formal organisations who share common views with AAN and have the capacity for organisation and the actual mobilisation of citizens for collective action.Identify instances of favourable changes in the external political system and other shifting levels of opportunity that emerge across time and place which could generate and sustain collective actions on issues of the poor, good governance and accountability.Development of Knowledge & Alternatives:Policy advocacy and campaign positions, quality, standards and associated capacity strengtheningLearn about the most interesting policy-related issues and methods in Nigeria (particularly relating to rights approaches and participatory policy work) and disseminate and encourage critical debateWork out and present detailed official policy alternatives from the perspectives of the poor and excluded.Promote the development of core positions for AAN on key strategic themes and issuesDevelop and maintain a database on thematic issues, methodologies and institutions for policy development and influencing.Coordinate collaborative action/research with other independent CBOs, NGOs, policy institutes and academic institutions.Serve as a policy research resource and link person.Generate, document, disseminate and promote the results of our policy work, capturing new knowledge and learning.Strategic Thinking and Planning:To work with others to promote accelerated knowledge and learning on key ActionAid thematic areasSupport project managers to ensure that quality of policy research outputs are consistent with ActionAid ALPS & Campaign visionEnsure there is in place effective mechanisms for the dissemination of policy research findings and their promotion to key policy makers and relevant stakeholders for the purpose of policy influencing.Lead the team in project steering committee meetingsOthers:Work with the Head Resource Mobilisation to raise adequate resources for Policy andAdvocacy work.Any other task as assigned by line manager.Key Relationships:Internal Relationships: AAN teamExternal Relationships: CSOs, Research institutes, and relevant government agencies. 

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