Sub-Saharan Senior Advocacy Consultant

Organisation: CRS
Post: Kenya
Deadline: 31/8/2019
Posted: Tue, 08/06/2019 - 15:20

Job Description

Terms of Reference – Sub-Saharan Senior Advocacy Consultant


  1. Project: Changing the Way We Care (CTWWC)
  2. Reporting to:  Sharon Payt, CTWWC Advocacy Director (in coordination with Lumos and CTWWC Kenya teams)
  3. Respond to:
    1. Sharon Payt
    3. Include in subject line: Sub-Saharan Senior Advocacy Consultant
    4. Please send:  CV and cover letter
  4. Duration: 12 months
  5. Location:  Nairobi, Kenya
  6. Programme Background

The CTWWC initiative, through its consortium members, CRS, Lumos, and Maestral, is partnering to transform systems of child care, away from orphanages and institutions, towards sustainable family and community-based care systems.

Leveraging the CTWWC programme in Kenya, this role will support Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) regional advocacy.  This includes influencing key stakeholder groups, regionally, to make meaningful commitments towards shifting practices and policies while redirecting resources towards promoting families and community-based care, thereby reducing reliance on orphanages.

  1. Position

Lumos is recruiting a Senior Advocacy Consultant to work 100% on the CTWWC initiative in Kenya and the SSA region. This position will work directly with, and report to, the CTWWC Advocacy Director who is based in Washington, D.C. This position will work closely with the CTWWC Team in Kenya, as well as the Lumos’ Technical Advisor (in Kenya), in addition to the wider CTWWC and Lumos teams.

Key advocacy aims of CTWWC

·Stakeholders within global and regional bodies and agencies have increased knowledge of the harm caused by orphanages and the advantages of  family-based care alternatives, leading to positive changes in policies and funding.

·Key regional and global bodies and agencies support country sector reforms relevant to children residing outside of parental care.

·Government leaders and non-government actors in Kenya and the SSA region have increased knowledge of the harm caused by orphanages, and the positive effects of family-based care.

·Regional coordination bodies, coalitions and associations are formed and/or strengthened to promote family-based care regionally in Sub-Saharan Africa,  as well as Latin America and Eastern Europe.

  1. Scope of Consultancy            

·Alongside, Headquarters (HQ) and local CTWWC staff, manage the design and delivery of workshops and learning events, in Kenya and the broader SSA region. These will be designed and delivered for regional bodies and countries to encourage commitments to care reform, build capacity, and act as a forum for countries and civil society to share experiences and other promising practice.

·In coordination with CTWWC teams and partners, prepare for representation at the 2020  Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), Commonwealth Summit, to be hosted by Rwanda. Aim to advance the care reform agenda including featuring CTWWC demonstration country and partner efforts.  Coordinate with the Commonwealth Summit working group to identify strategic targets for influencing opportunities to support care reform agenda setting at the Summit.  Help position CTWWC Kenya for representation and advocacy.  Develop materials communicating policy positions and Kenya demonstration country efforts.  Support participation by governmental and civil society “champions,” including faith-based and self-advocates also known as “Care-Leaver” youth.  Participate in and host events and outreach. 

·As directed by the CTWWC Advocacy Director, in collaboration with the CTWWC Kenya team, raise awareness through outreach to networks on faith and child care reform.

·Support the CTWWC Advocacy Director and CTWWC Kenya with the coordination of study visits for high-level government staff from Kenya, and potentially, surrounding countries, to the UK and other countries to learn about alternative care systems.

·Support CTWWC in its outreach to faith-based actors by identifying national and regional faith-based organizations, as requested by the CTWWC Advocacy Director in coordination with CTWWC Kenya.

·Carry out advocacy tasks, locally, nationally, and in the SSA region assisting the work of the CTWWC Advocacy Director and the CTWWC initiative.

·Identify and develop key advocacy contacts among relevant regional fora, coalitions and other stakeholders, among the care reform sector, within the SSA region at the direction of the CTWWC Advocacy Director and CTWWC Kenya.

·Conduct capacity building and awareness raising among regional networks by sharing research, case studies, and other materials highlighting the positive impact of family care over orphanages, as requested by CTWWC Advocacy Director in coordination with CTWWC Kenya.

·Map and identify SSA regional fora on the topics of care reform as requested by CTWWC Advocacy Director in coordination with CTWWC Kenya, and participate in existing regional networking groups.

·Build alliances to share experiences and knowledge from demonstration countries and connect regional groups to global activities as requested by CTWWC Advocacy Director in coordination with CTWWC Kenya.

·Support the strengthening of regional networks/alliances as requested by CTWWC Advocacy Director in coordination with CTWWC Kenya.   

·Provide coordination and administrative support to the research functions working on mapping the funding flows in Kenya and the wider SSA region.

·Assist with the scoping and identification of Christian (Catholic and Protestant) and Muslim faith-based giving in Kenya and SSA, including follow-up to research conducted.  

·Support ongoing monitoring, evaluation, and learning opportunities that arise in Kenya and the SSA region.

  1. Required Experience, Knowledge and Skills

 Experience and Knowledge

·Experience in crafting and conducting advocacy and influencing strategies

·Experience engaging a diverse range of stakeholder groups, both national and international.

·Experience supporting partnerships, coalitions, or consortia.

·Knowledge of national government bodies and civil society networks in the SSA region,  including among faith-based actors.

·Knowledge of the current context of child care reform, child protection policies, and alternative care in both Kenya and the SSA region.

·Knowledge of child protection and care reform programming, including an understanding of the issues facing separated children and families in vulnerable contexts. Experience in programs focused on child protection and child welfare is desired.


·Demonstrated ability to maintain positive relationships with and accountability towards diverse actors.

·Excellent project coordination skills.

·Critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgments.

·Strong writing skills with professional-level English proficiency. The candidate should be able to serve as a primary author of high-quality written reports to stakeholders, including governments, with minimal revision.

·Proactive results- and service-oriented, able to develop practical solutions within set deadlines.

·Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities with minimal supervision.


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