Global Advocacy and Program Manager

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  • Job ID 1004607
  • Career Level Manager
  • Experience 8 Years +
  • Qualifications Master’s Degree

Job Description

Global Advocacy and Program Manager (GPM) – VCA Program

Job Description

The Global Advocacy and Program Manager for the VCA program at Hivos plays a pivotal role in overseeing Hivos’ contribution to the program and ensuring alignment with the organization’s vision, mission, and climate justice strategy. The manager collaborates with global partners, WWF-NL, and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


  1. Delivery of Program Results:
    • Coordinate program implementation and ensure stakeholder/donor satisfaction.
    • Ensure adherence to contracts in terms of results, budget, and competencies.
  2. External Positioning:
    • Act as Hivos’ ambassador for the program, promoting the organization’s agenda in professional forums.
    • Share and profile practice-based results and propose sustainable solutions.
  3. Stakeholder Intelligence:
    • Gather intelligence on key stakeholders in the Hivos environment.
    • Provide internal stakeholders access to intelligence regarding challenges, opportunities, and risks.
  4. Partner Engagement:
    • Advise country engagement managers in selecting partners with national VCA teams.
    • Increase ownership of the program by national partner organizations.
  5. Agenda Setting:
    • Formulate key issues within the thematic area and design advocacy strategies for change.
    • Create entry points and interventions to generate space and support for Hivos’ strategies.
  6. Mobilizing Forces:
    • Collaborate with people, organizations, and donors.
    • Co-create preconditions for successful advocacy, lobby activities, and innovation.
  7. Leadership:
    • Lead, motivate, train, and inspire staff globally.
    • Enable effective teamwork in line with Hivos’ guiding principles.
  8. Innovation:
    • Ensure constant program innovation, building unusual partnerships and cooperation.
    • Explore alternative ways of working, such as linking climate change and transparency.


  • Master’s degree in sustainable development, environmental studies, or a related field.
  • Minimum of ten years of relevant international advocacy experience, including climate rights advocacy.
  • Minimum of ten years’ experience in an international NGO context, with project management expertise.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills to lead Hivos colleagues globally.
  • Proven ability to engage with national and international governments, stakeholders, and partners.
  • International network relevant to the field of work.
  • Understanding of country political and social dynamics; analytical and conceptual skills.
  • Excellent networking, relationship building, and negotiation skills.
  • Proficient verbal, writing, and communication skills in English.
  • Experience overseeing program design, implementation, and ensuring ownership by right holders.
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation plans and indicators.
Region: East Africa
Office: Kenya
Hours: 40 hrs
Application deadline: January 3, 2024

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