The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is an alliance of over 200 national diabetes associations with two million members in more than 160 countries and territories. For over 50 years, IDF has been at the vanguard of global diabetes advocacy. IDF has a multinational staff of around 40 people at its Brussels Executive Office and has 7 regional offices. IDF’s work relies on the contribution of a large number of expert volunteers and upon the commitment and expertise of our member associations.
The Federation is committed to raising global awareness of diabetes, promoting the exchange of information about the different types of diabetes, giving education support for people with diabetes and their healthcare providers, and encouraging activities towards finding a cure for the different types of diabetes.
For its Executive Office in Brussels, IDF is looking to hire a “Global Advocacy Manager” for the Policy & Programmes department. This is an exceptional opportunity for an individual to be part of a progressive international federation.
The Global Advocacy Manager will report to the Senior Management Team and work closely with the Director of Policy and Programmes and Director of Communication. He/she will manage a small team.
The Global Advocacy Manager will 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.
- Works closely with the Chief Executive Officer, Directors of Communications, Director of Policy and Programmes and IDF experts to develop and implement IDF’s advocacy positions and strategy;
- Supports advocacy activities at regional and national levels as required, providing information and support to IDF Regions and Member Associations;
- 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, editorials and social media;
- Manages advocacy projects and works with the Income Generation 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 and supports relevant IDF Task Forces and ad hoc working groups
- Provides advocacy input into the preparation of high-level events and side events, and represents IDF where relevant;
Knowledge and complexity
- Educated to Master degree level or equivalent.
- An understanding of the not-for-profit sector.
- A record of success of at least more than 5 years in policy and advocacy in an international context for an NGO, multi-national enterprise or membership organisation.
- Knowledge of health and healthcare services in developed and low middle incomes countries, including the global importance of non-communicable diseases.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
- Proven team-working skills
- Ability to adopt IDF’s ethics and beliefs.
IDF is seeking a candidate with:
- Strong influencing and negotiating skills with demonstrable experience in influencing senior policy makers and stakeholders
- The maturity and presence to be able to represent the CEO and IDF President when appropriate
- Excellent analytical skills and a record of developing policy positions and writing authoritative briefs
- Confident presentational skills and excellent writing skills in English
- Ability to manage competing priorities and work to tight deadlines
- A record of success in building and maintaining excellent contacts and networks of strategic allies
- A record of successfully managing a team
- Personal drive and energy and ability to work with minimal supervision
How to apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send a cv and cover letter to describe interest and relevance to the position to Mrs Evelyne Haubruge, HR & Office Manager, email@example.com, by 14 March 2014.