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Publish What You Pay

Advocacy Coordinator, Africa

About Publish What You Pay

Building on two decades of work on extractive industries transparency and accountability, the Publish What You Pay (PWYP) network of over a thousand organisations from more than 50 countries is campaigning for a just transition to a fairer, cleaner energy future. PWYP’s global strategy, Vision 2025, lays out a roadmap for a powerful and connected global network that can challenge the vested interests of oil, gas and mining companies and drive a just energy transition that centres the needs of people living in resource-dependent countries. The network’s strength lies in its ability to coordinate action nationally and globally, maximising its collective voice to push for policy and behaviour change in governments and businesses.

We are a growing, fun and dynamic team spread across ten countries, and we work with some of the most courageous anti-corruption and human rights activists in the world. We offer an amazing working environment with a focus on personal development.

About the Role

As the Africa Advocacy Coordinator, you will be part of a three-person Africa team across the Communications & Campaigns Department and the Member Engagement Department at PWYP. The Africa team works in close collaboration with PWYP’s Africa Steering Committee, which provides strategic guidance to the movement across the continent.

The Africa Advocacy Coordinator will directly report to the Strategic Communications and Campaigns Manager. The Communications & Campaigns Department at PWYP conceives and executes powerful network-driven advocacy campaigns and strategic communications that progress PWYP’s people-centred agenda for extractive industries. 

Working across PWYP’s 1000-strong global movement, this department ensures the political analysis, storytelling, visibility and coordination needed to make the voice of the PWYP movement more powerful than the sum of its parts and achieve real change in the policies and practices of key players in the extractives sector. The Communications & Campaigns Department also amplifies the voices of PWYP’s members in key regional and international fora and supports effective knowledge-sharing among members to strengthen advocacy impact and to realise the achievement of the collective goals in Vision 2025, PWYP’s global strategy.

Purpose of the Role

Working across PWYP’s Africa network, the Africa Advocacy Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and executing highly collaborative advocacy strategies to drive large-scale shifts in the oil, gas and mining industries. In close collaboration with the Africa Regional Coordinators and Communications Coordinator, the Africa Advocacy Coordinator will convene and support PWYP’s members in Africa to respond collectively to advocacy opportunities, ensure they have the intel and connections to be effective, and help scope and deliver new influencing opportunities. Coordinating advocacy efforts to demand the strategic, responsible and sustainable extraction and use of Africa’s transition minerals would be one of the priorities for the Africa Advocacy Coordinator when starting at PWYP.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and deliver joint policy positions and thought leadership on key issues related to natural resource governance and just transition with PWYP members in Africa.
  • Design, coordinate and deliver high-impact, collaborative advocacy and campaign strategies with PWYP members in Africa.
  • Ensure PWYP is well connected and plugged into relevant regional policy spaces and discussions to advance advocacy priorities.
  • Contribute to strategic planning and MEL of the Campaigns & Communications Department and Africa team.

Skills and Experience

  • 5+ years’ experience coordinating high-impact, collaborative advocacy efforts to drive change in Africa.
  • Track record of developing strategic relationships to enhance communications or advocacy efforts, e.g. civil society partners, consultants, journalists, and policymakers. Experience building relationships with grassroots organisations is desirable.
  • Understanding of key issues around natural resource governance and/or climate justice in Africa. Proven ability to quickly understand and stay informed across a wide range of complex issues.
  • Excellent levels of written and verbal English and French levels with native fluency in at least one.
  • Track record of leading and/or implementing complex projects, including planning, execution, and evaluation of lessons learned.
  • Ability and willingness to work flexibly in a fast-paced team environment with colleagues based around the world.
  • Anticipatory and strategic thinker with a hands-on, problem-solving, proactive attitude.
  • Computer skills: Google Suite, online survey tools, online conferencing platforms.
  • Willingness and ability to travel (around 4-6 international trips a year, for 3 to 5 days each).
  • Commitment to the vision, mission and values of PWYP.
  • Actively encourages and feels at home in a diverse and inclusive working environment.
  • A sense of humour, humility and collegiality.
  • Capacity for self-reflection and a commitment to learning and growth.
  • Comfortable and able to work remotely from home.