Closing Date : 2020-01-27
Duty Station : Herat, Afghanistan
Application : Apply for the job

Organization: Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief and Development
Country: Afghanistan
Closing date: 27 Jan 2020

The Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief and Development (ACBAR) was created in August 1988 to provide a coordinated approach to humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan and for Afghan refugees in Pakistan. Currently based in Kabul with five provincial offices, ACBAR provides a platform for its member NGOs, the Afghan Government, the UN, donors and civil society to exchange information, share expertise and advocate on behalf of its members for a more coordinated, efficient and effective use of resources. ACBAR currently has more than 150 NGO members, national and international, working in humanitarian, development and peace-building sectors.

ACBAR is looking for an experienced Advocacy and Communications Manager(International or Afghan) to lead and implement advocacy strategy on behalf of ACBAR members and to engage with other stakeholders in Afghanistan and abroad. The Advocacy Manager will oversee the whole spectrum of advocacy activities, including research, messaging, publications, communications, but also program and team management. Key advocacy priorities of ACBAR are:

Safeguarding humanitarian space and promoting an enabling environment for NGOs in Afghanistan with all relevant internal and external actors,

Promoting aid effectiveness and partnership in humanitarian, development and peace-building programs on behalf of NGO members,

Facilitating sector advocacy: environment, protection, returnees/IDPs/refugees, disability and any sector advocacy requested by NGO members.

The Advocacy manager will also provide support to senior management and regional managers in the provinces on advocacy issues and be required to contribute to donor reporting and representation of ACBAR in different national and international meetings.

Core Duties:


Implementation of advocacy and communication functions including leading ACBAR s advocacy working groupLead and coordinate research, publications and policy briefs and create advocacy messaging and positioningCreate advocacy related activities/events according to needs & funds (events, campaigns)Facilitate ACBAR Advocacy Working Groups and task forces with NGO membersRepresent ACBAR and Civil Society in key working groups/decisions forums/clustersReview and update ACBAR advocacy strategy according to the contextAdvise NGO members and ACBAR s Steering Committee on advocacy related issues


Manage and update ACBAR s website and social media by creating content (articles, editorial, interviews, pictures, videos)Create ACBAR institutional products (leaflets, posters, booklets)Arrange timely responses to specific media requests (in coordination with Director) and engage with media proactively if needed (media releases, press conferences)Input to ACBAR s various databases in support of info-coordination colleagues

Project management & member of Senior Management Team

Budget, manage and monitor the advocacy budgetManage national advocacy staffAssist in preparation and writing of project and donor reports and proposals with senior management teamProvide technical assistance and support to other senior managers in undertaking their project activities relating to advocacy, reporting and coordinationAny other tasks requested by the Director.


Represent ACBAR in regular meeting in Kabul, the provinces and outside Afghanistan as required as part of the senior management team

Qualifications and Attributes

Master s degree in journalism, communication studies, political science, development studies, law or any other relevant social science from a recognized universityMinimum of 5 years relevant professional experience, preferably with NGOsDemonstrated knowledge and experience in advocacy, humanitarian and development issues knowledge of humanitarian architecture is a plus.Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including research, report and policy development, public speaking and event managementFluent written and spoken EnglishCreative thinking and strong work ethics.Experience in a complex environment and experience in Afghanistan preferred

Willingness to comply with restricted mobility due to security requirements

Employment at ACBAR is on contractual terms with an attractive salary and R&R package (for International Candidates). Candidates ready for the challenge are encouraged to apply. The post holder will be expected to start in early March 2020 for a minimum period of 12 months. For additional background information on ACBAR please refer to our website:

How to apply:

Interested applicants should apply to ACBAR with 1) a motivation letter explaining why they are interested in applying to ACBAR for this post and what their salary expectations would be; 2) a copy of their most recent CV; 3) two samples of their own written work in English; 4) 3 current references (which will be taken up if candidates are short-listed).
Applications should be sent to applications@acbar.orgby 12.00 midnight on Monday 27th January 2020 and marked Advocacy Manager. Unfortunately we will not be able to reply to all applications and only those candidates who are short-listed will be contacted.

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