Advocacy Manager

International Diabetes Federation
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Oct 23

Position description

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is an alliance of over 240 national diabetes associations with two million members in more than 165 countries and territories, IDF has been at the vanguard of global diabetes advocacy for over 50 years.

We are looking to hire a full-time Advocacy Manager to join our Advocacy team.

Purpose of role

To play a key role in IDF’s advocacy activities on behalf of people with diabetes, including representing the organisation in negotiations and presentations with key opinion leaders and policy makers.

Key Responsibilities and activities

  • Works closely with the Campaign Director, Policy and Programmes Team to create advocacy positions and campaigns to support the IDF strategy;
  • Supports advocacy activities at regional and national levels as required;
  • Manages and builds relationships with key stakeholders in multilateral agencies, governments and civil society to influence policy and strategy;
  • Contributes advocacy perspectives to communication activities such as presentations, speeches and editorials;
  • Manages advocacy projects and works with the Partnership Team to identify and develop proposals for advocacy work;
  • Coordinates consultations with IDF experts, Member Associations, and wider diabetes community on technical and advocacy issues;
  • Provides advocacy input to the preparation of high-level events and side events, and represents IDF where relevant;
  • Works closely with the Advocacy Coordinator to deliver content and support;
  • Line-Manages the Advocacy Coordinator;
  • Performs other duties as instructed by IDF Directors.
  • IDF networks:

Blue Circle Voices

    • In collaboration with the programme Chair, manage the development of the network, objectives and activities;
    • Promote the network with internal and external stakeholders: develops content with BCV members; works in collaboration with the IDF communications department to promote the network and its activities;
    • Supervise the drafting, copy-edit and review all materials – website content, promotional material, newsletters and consultations.

Young Leaders in Diabetes

    • Supervise engagement with the YLD candidates and mentors (development of activities, webinars etc.);
    • Develop and supervise the organisation of educational activities across the year and specifically the bi-annual face-to-face training event during the World Diabetes Congress.


  • Holds a Master’s degree;
  • 5 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector;
  • A record of success gained over at least 3 years in an international policy and advocacy in context;
  • Knowledge of health and development issues, including the global importance of non-communicable diseases; knowledge of gender and development issues would also be an advantage;
  • Strong influencing skills and demonstrated experience influencing senior policy makers, stakeholders;
  • Excellent analytical skills and a record of developing policy positions;
  • Confident presentational skills and excellent writing skills;
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and deadlines;
  • A record of success in building and maintaining excellent contacts and networks of strategic allies;
  • Personal drive and energy and ability to work with minimal supervision;
  • Understanding of the not-for-profit sector and especially NGOs;
  • Ability to thrive in a multicultural and international environment;
  • A dedicated commitment to health issues, with empathy with the diabetes cause;
  • Embracing IDF’s values, ethics and beliefs;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English; additional languages (especially Spanish and French) a strong advantage.

Application instructions

Interested applicants are requested to send a CV and cover letter to Ms Audrey Baerten, Office Manager, before November 19th, 2018.

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