Advocacy Specialist

Work Location: Banjul, The Gambia
Requisition Number: 1184
# of Openings: 1



Freedom House promotes the spread of freedom and democracy around the world through research, advocacy, and programs that support frontline activists. We are a leader in identifying threats to freedom through our highly regarded analytic reports, including Freedom in the World, Freedom of the Press, Freedom on the Net, and Nations in Transit.



Freedom House is recruiting an Advocacy Specialist to provide advocacy expertise and training to civil society as part of a five-year program helping to solidify and accelerate The Gambia’s democratic transition through support to civil society and the justice sector. The Advocacy Specialist will be responsible for the design and implementation of activities to strengthen the capacity of local civil society organizations to safely and securely exercise their civil and political rights. This position is based in Banjul, The Gambia and will report to the Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP).


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide technical skills trainings to the project partners to lead successful advocacy initiatives and campaigns;
  • Provide mentoring and coaching to civil society partners and support the development of working groups on issues surrounding human rights priorities;
  • Develop and design training materials/manuals on a variety of topics including advocacy, human rights, and civic engagement for CSOs;
  • Facilitate trainings, workshops, roundtables and other capacity strengthening events supported by Freedom House;
  • Work with the DCoP to plan and implement project activities and compile reports as necessary;
  • Serve as technical advisor on democracy and governance, transitional justice, and human rights to the overall Gambia program;
  • Monitor and evaluate implementation of project activities and draft program reports in conjunction with DCoP;
  • Provide guidance and oversight on advocacy subgrants to partner organizations and provide ongoing mentoring and coaching
  • Provide necessary guidance, as well as technical and editorial support to project partners to improve the quality of their policy and legislative drafts and reports.
  • Coordinate with DCoP and staff to develop risk assessment and mitigation plan including staff and program risks;
  • Routinely update team members on daily challenges and progress of partner advocacy initiatives, and regularly brief FH headquarters staff in consultation with the DCoP;
  • Required to travel extensively to project sites within The Gambia; and
  • Undertake other duties as assigned by the DCoP. 


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in international development, rule of law, public policy, political science, public administration, human rights, communications, or other relevant field, Master’s degree preferred.
  • A minimum of seven years of technical experience in advocacy, democracy, and civil society support initiatives;
  • Knowledge of governance, transitional justice, and human rights issues in The Gambia is required;
  • Two years of experience providing technical assistance to civil society in The Gambia related to human rights and advocacy, preferably with experience working with marginalized groups such as women and youth;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with CSOs, community-based organizations and grassroots groups, government officials, as well as in-country and foreign experts;
  • Experience facilitating workshops, trainings, or roundtables required;
  • Experience in facilitating gender, race, and literacy sensitive participatory dialogues and trainings
  • Demonstrated ability to mobilize communities and encourage the inclusion of marginalized groups, such as women, youth, people living with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people;
  • Demonstrated experience in managing MEL systems including target setting, data collection and reporting;
  • Knowledge of USG rules and regulations, and other donor approaches to civil society development preferred;
  • Strong knowledge of human rights principles and mechanisms, and democracy promotion;
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing;
  • Experience using software such as MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint; and Microsoft Excel; and
  • Experience in challenging environments and in modifying programming to fit evolving contexts.


Attributes and Characteristics:

  • Eagerness to think creatively about complex challenges
  • Willingness to reflect, learn, and adapt
  • Strong communication skills
  • Exhibit strong and sustained commitment to the mission of Freedom House
  • Commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion in all aspects of work
  • Ethical conduct and ability to model integrity to colleagues
  • High professional standards and takes responsibility for quality of work
  • Understanding of personal strengths and areas for growth; continuously builds knowledge and skills
  • Manage competing tasks on tight deadlines; know when to ask for assistance
  • Able to work on sensitive issues such as human rights violations, violent extremism, torture
  • Team oriented and thrives in a vibrant, collegial work atmosphere


Primary Contacts:

  • Internal: U.S. and Gambia-based employees at Freedom House
  • External: Local partners, U.S. Embassy, Government of The Gambia, consultants, other implementers and donors, media, vendors, members of the general public, etc.


Working Conditions:

  • General working office environment in Banjul, The Gambia;
  • Some evening and weekend hours to complete tasks or attend events;
  • Travel within The Gambia outside of Banjul;
  • Exposed to outside weather conditions when required to complete assigned tasks outside the office;
  • May involve work in regions that are remote and lack basic modern infrastructure, and in regions under U.S. travel advisory due to threats of terrorist attacks, civil unrest, kidnappings, disease outbreaks, etc.


Disclaimer:  This job description is only a summary of the typical functions of the job.  It is not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks and duties.  The responsibilities, tasks, and duties of the jobholder may differ from those outlined in the job description and that other duties, as assigned, may be part of the job. Freedom House may add, change, or remove essential and other duties at any time.


Qualified and Interested Applicants

We invite qualified candidates to complete an online application and submit a resume, and cover letter, with desired salary.


Candidate cover letters should specifically address how their previous experience relates to the duties and qualifications listed above.  


Only candidates who respond to these as well as the salary requirements will be considered for the position. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.


This vacancy is open to those candidates with relevant permits to work in  The Gambia.


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