Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute: Advocacy Officer

Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII)
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Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 14 November, 2014
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Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) is an independent, nonprofit think tank committed to advancing the Constitution and the eradication of poverty and inequality in South Africa and the sub-region.
SPII seeks to appoint an Advocacy Officer, based in Newtown, Johannesburg.

The position provides support for the advocacy and campaigns work of SPII in South and Southern Africa. S/he is responsible for the development alongside the project leaders and the implementation of advocacy and campaigns strategies that will influence government and other institutional policies and implementation, as well as mobilisation of civil society partners and networks to achieve structural changes that will promote the realisation of Constitutional, regional and international socio-economic rights aimed at the reduction of social and economic vulnerabilities and inequalities, with a specific emphasis on the SADC BIG campaign and SPII’s Basic Needs Basket projects, although the position will also provide support for all of SPII’s research and advocacy programmes.


  • Provide innovation, vision, strategic direction and implementation of SPII’s national, regional and international advocacy and campaigns work;
  • Ensure advocacy coherence and reinforce strong and effective synergies between research and advocacy to maximise SPII’s impact;
  • Contribute to the positioning SPII as a leading organisation for innovative and effective poverty and inequality reduction in South and Southern Africa;
  • Ensure that advocacy is an integral part of SPII’s work to achieve lasting changes and ensure that advocacy and campaigns approach and plans are part of the Strategic Plan, the Annual Plan and programme strategies;
  • Build advocacy capacity of SPII staff, including in the monitoring and evaluation of the advocacy initatives;
  • Ensure coherence of messaging across projects, programmmes and broader institutional objectives.

Advocacy strategies 

  • The post holder will ensure that SPII’s active advocacy, campaigns and external communications are used to influence public opinion and political commitment nationally in support of the realisation of human rights, with an emphasis on socio-economic rights as being key drivers of transformation and the reduction of poverty and inequality in South and Southern Africa;
  • Develop and maintain an in-depth understanding of key advocacy issues and of the positions of key actors, including key ministers, political, civil society and economic leaders, donors, media editors etc regarding national, regional and international issues;
  • Establish and maintain an advocacy calendar with key moments and key opportunities for advocacy;
  • Work closely with SPII research staff on existing projects to inform present and future advocacy choices and to build SPII’s position and coordinate the development of high-quality briefings, letters and other written material for internal and external use;
  • Produce policy briefing papers, policy position statements and public communication related to key advocacy issues;
  • Develop media lines and a media strategy and making optimal use of national and international social and mainstream media to influence key advocacy targets and public opinion;
  • Provide high level representation for the advocacy work, with media, alliances and targets;
  • Identify and build coalitions with external organisations and, in consultation with SPII programme staff, work closely with other organisations to develop joint advocacy initiatives when relevant.

Monitoring, evaluation and risk management 

  • Lead in identifying and managing potential risks associated with SPII’s public positions and design strategies to mitigate the risks that have been identified;
  • Assist in the implementation of SPII’s advocacy planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting (PMER) process.


  • Postgraduate degree in development, social science, development, law, public policy or equivalent;
  • Minimum of two years advocacy experience, with experience in implementing advocacy and campaign strategies;
  • Experience of a range of campaigning and advocacy techniques and approaches and of linking national, regional and international advocacy;
  • Knowledge and experience of advocacy at regional and international level is desirable.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is a pre-requisite.  Fluency in at least another South African language is desirable.

Preference will be given to South African applicants. The total cost to company package for the position will be R200 000 per annum.
Kindly submit a short CV that includes relevant information on qualifications and campaigning experience and three contactable references, with a one page letter of motivation to

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