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Region: MENA
Office: Tunisia
Hours: 36
Application deadline: February 26, 2021
Scope: Amplifying Voices for Just Climate Action (AVJCA)
Reports to: Global Account & Engagement Manager, Regional Director
Level: senior role, equals project manager



The five-year strategic objective of the AVJCA program is “By 2025, local civil society groups have claimed a central role as empowered innovators, facilitators and advocates of climate solutions”. Our program is about climate justice i.e. climate change is not only an environmental problem to be addressed but also a societal challenge with ethical and human rights aspects. Hence our intention is to build wide societal support for locally shaped climate solutions through an inclusive and rights-based approach. This includes building a broad-based climate alliance at country level, bridging divides (urban-rural, gender, youth), that amplifies voices in new, unusual ways. In addition, we will influence national and global policies and financial flows in support of these locally shaped solutions. The program will be implemented by an alliance of 6 organizations: WWF NL, Hivos, SouthSouthNorth, Akina Mama wa Afrika, Shack Dwellers International, Fundación Avina. During the 5 years’ program period the alliance aims to increase ownership of the program by local CSOs. The program is funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the “Power of Voices” framework.

The Country Engagement Manager (CEM) is responsible for the delivery of a coherent program of activities and partner engagement in the country in which s/he is based, in close cooperation with national alliance of JCA and in line with the JCA global ToC and overall objectives. The CEM is part of the national JCA team and in three countries the Hivos CEM has a leading role (Kenya, Indonesia and Tunisia). For all countries, a first version of a joint national plan has been developed as starting point for the work in 2021. Improvement and innovation is part of the responsibilities of the CEM.

In terms of partner coalitions, the CEM builds, monitors and manages the quality of the JCA partner portfolio in-country together with the other alliance members and stimulate coalition building between different (national) CSOs to increase local ownership and to amplify voices for Joint Climate Action. The CEM identifies potential relationships between partners and other stakeholders (e.g., local or central government institutions, tech actors), supports (coalitions of) partners in the proposal preparation phase, appraises partner (coalition) applications, and provides continued support throughout implementation, both virtually and through monitoring visits. The CEM is responsible to increase local ownership and shift decision making power to local organizations. The CEM will play an active role to further develop ideas and modalities of local ownership through the AVJCA program from a national perspective. The CEM ensures adequate capacity development of partners and other involved organizations in the AVJCA program at national level.

As far as other activities are concerned, the CEM is responsible for identifying and building collaborative relationships with strategic organizations, individuals and initiatives in support of locally shaped climate solutions for a just climate transition. He / she/ they is expected to have strong networking and facilitation skills. The CEM is also responsible to initiate research that supports the program. Oversee and contribute to a learning and M&E program based on the global PMEL methodology. Ensure the partners and Hivos deliver timely input this system and organize learning events to improve the country program and ToC on a yearly basis.

Besides the CEM, the national Hivos’ team include a half time (junior) project officer (in Tunisia, planned for year 2). The CEM is manager of this project officer and ensures high quality and timely outputs. Finance support will be provided through a Finance Manager and Finance Officer in Kenya for all countries except Indonesia. The Indonesian Yayasan will have their own finance officer who will report the financial results to the Kenyan based Finance Manager.


Networking Establish and maintain good relationships with stakeholders in country (civil society, government, private sector, development partners and media) and alliance members of AVJCA. Solid support base for AVJCA. Count measured by evidence of joint actions taken by key stakeholders.
Partner engagement
  • Identify and select (coalitions of) partners in close collaboration with national AVJCA team; Share and increase ownership of program by (national) partner organizations;
  • Ensure timely and high quality reporting of partners contracted by Hivos.
Contracts with a coalition of partners that cooperate efficiently and inspirational to enhance the role of civil society in climate action.
Capacity building Identify training and other needs of national partners and alliance members to improve program delivery and enhanced local ownership.  

Capacity development trajectories developed and implemented

Learning Gather and use monitoring data to draw lessons and continuously improve in-country program to highest possible level of impact; Actively engage in program-wide learning activities led by the global PMEL team and Hivos global DMEL. Lessons learnt and collected data lead to improved country plans and feed into AVJCA global learning stream
Innovation Ensure the program is constantly innovating, e.g. through building unusual partnership and cooperation between urban youth and local communities. Include other ways of working e.g. by linking climate change and transparency or other use of media (e.g. citizen led reporting). Recognition of new ideas by coverage in specific media or development blogs


This is a mid-level to senior position for nationals or residents of the concerned country:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in development studies, governance or another relevant field.
  • Minimum of five years relevant working experience preferably in advocacy and influencing strategies.
  • Solid knowledge of relation between climate change and daily needs of people such as food, energy and water.
  • Experience with locally shaped climate solutions and building joint climate actions is an advantage.
  • Previous coordination experience, especially leading consortia.
  • A keen understanding of country political and social dynamics; analytical and conceptual skills, and ability to translate these into relevant and timely actions.
  • Excellent networking, relationship building and negotiation skills;
  • High level of verbal and written fluency in English, Arabic and French.
  • Experience overseeing projects to ensure the effective design, implementation and increase ownership of right holders.
  • Experience overseeing and using monitoring and evaluation plans and indicators
  • Ability to lead small country team on location without daily support from Hub management.
  • Level skills: cooperation, influence, leadership.
  • Job skills: communication, project management, enterprise.
  • Legally have the right to work in Tunisia (either as a national or already in possession of a work permit at the time of application deadline).


What we offer

We offer a stimulating work environment in a professional international organization with very dedicated staff.  We offer a national contract based on Hivos local labor conditions, with a remuneration commensurate with the experience and expertise. Contract renewable depending on performance.

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