Advocacy and Networks Officer

  • Location
    Geneva, Switzerland
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Nov 20

Position description

At CIVICUS our focus is simple: to strengthen civil society and citizen action for a more just, inclusive and sustainable world. We do this by defending civic freedoms and democratic values; strengthening the power of people to organise, mobilise and take action; and empowering a more accountable, effective and innovative civil society. 

We work for civil society, protecting and growing `civic space’, by which we mean: the freedoms of expression, association and assembly - the fundamental freedoms that enable organisations and individuals the right to speak out, organise and take action. We strive to promote excluded voices, especially from the Global South, and have a growing alliance of more than 4000 members in more than 175 countries. 

We know that this is a time of big global challenges for civil society and the world, but we also know that our members and partners have big responses. Our role is to connect, amplify and scale these responses and, in doing so, strengthen the contribution of citizen action and civil society. 


Drawing on over 25 years of experience, we are working to build on our strengths while also exploring new ways of working. CIVICUS’ Strategic Plan 2017-2022 sets the strategic direction for the secretariat and alliance. It articulates who we are, what we strive to achieve, how we work and how we define our success. 

How we make a difference: 

Given the nature and extent of the challenges facing humanity we believe in being bold and creative by:

  • Building solidarity among civil society across borders and at scale
  • Supporting civil society to connect with others
  • Producing timely and world-class knowledge and analysis
  • Advocating for open spaces and systemic change
  • Amplifying voices of those usually not included
  • Promoting resourcing of a diverse and resilient civil society
  • Innovating and incubating bold initiatives
  • Promoting, modelling and disseminating civil society best practices

CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance, is looking for an Advocacy and Networks Officer to assist with its global advocacy activities and networking at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. 

We are looking for an enthusiastic, dynamic and skilled team member to:


·      Interpret and synthesize information about global trends related to civil society and international relations within 

CIVICUS’ mission, vision, values, strategic directions and stakeholder needs.

·      Contribute to the implementation of CIVICUS’ advocacy priorities at the UN Human Rights Council and assist in 

the formulation of CIVICUS’ external messaging. 

·      Contribute to network engagement activities with CIVICUS’ members and stakeholders in Geneva.


Post graduate degree in international relations, law, politics, or relevant social sciences from a reputable 

university. In cases of exceptional experience, this criterion can be waived. 

  • At least five years experience in an international policy development or advocacy environment 
  • Demonstrable experience of engaging with diverse society actors and good networks within civil society. 


  • Good understanding of international relations and policy making
  • Good understanding of the civil society landscape and global politics 
  • Good knowledge of UN systems and processes, especially those pertaining to human rights, including committees 
  • and special procedures
  • Ability to synthesize and process information related to development and political issues.
  • Computer literate: MS Office
  • Ability to understand and implement organizational strategies
  • Ability to network at a high level with diplomats and officials from intergovernmental institutions 


  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good presentation skills
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Good communication skills
  • Event organising skills
  • Commitment to Human Rights values.


1.    UN advocacy and networking

  • Follow the head UN HRC agenda closely and analyze outcomes from relevant bodies as they relate to civil society
  • Develop strategies to enhance civil society engagement at the UN
  • Build relationships with the civil society stakeholders, diplomatic community and intergovernmental organizations based in Geneva to advance civil society participation in decision making 
  • Represent CIVICUS at various meetings and events in Geneva and elsewhere 
  • Develop oral and written statements, concept notes for side events, papers, speaking points etc.

2.    Support function for CIVICUS staff and membership 

  • Interpret UN outcomes relevant to civil society and communicate these to CIVICUS teams;
  • Advise various CIVICUS clusters and specialists on UN related engagements;
  • Enable CIVICUS members and other civil society stakeholders to participate in UN activities and organize events in Geneva;
  • Produce reports, papers, policy briefs and other written materials for CIVICUS;
  • Maintain close working relationship with CIVICUS headquarters and the NYC office.

3.    Representing CIVICUS in Geneva

  • Attend relevant meetings both inside and outside the UN in Geneva to represent CIVICUS and share information from meetings with CIVICUS’ membership;
  • Support the head of CIVICUS’ Geneva office in stakeholder engagement and relationship building;
  • Represent CIVICUS at various meetings and workshops, and communicate information about various CIVICUS projects and research findings in Geneva.

Application instructions

To apply, please submit:

  • A motivational letter;
  • A detailed CV; 
  • Contact details of three current references to [email protected]

Deadline for submission of applications:  30th November 2018 

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Should you not have heard from us within 3 weeks after your application, please consider your application as being unsuccessful.

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