Lead – Partnership, Advocacy and Strategic Communications – Ilifa Labantwana


Advanced degree with a minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience.
A strong network of government, NGO and mediarelationships in South Africa;
Demonstrated ability in government relations.
Demonstrated experience developing collaborative relationships and effectively engaging with a wide array of stakeholders not limited to government but with influencers, donors and partners.
Experience in at least one of the five components of the ECD essential package is required.
Proven ability to shape, develop, manage and scale strong partnerships, alliances and ventures both inside and outside the organization.
Ability to convene, lead and influence others to align to shared strategy goals
Demonstrated experience managing conflict and building consensus.
Outstanding interpersonal skills and humility – ability to listen and absorb perspectives from stakeholders and synthesize into thoughtful and well-designed comprehensive communication products and campaigns.
Good knowledge of complex program design that involves working with multiple stakeholders including technical experts, government and civil-society partners.
Excellent oral, facilitation and written communication skills, able to effectively synthesize information to reach diverse audiences and build consensus.
Ability to be self-guided and work effectively and comfortably with sensitivity across barriers such as language, culture and distance.
Demonstrated ability to function successfully in a politically demanding environment.

Core responsibilities:
Provide communications landscape, political and socio-economic intelligence, and insights to inform advocacy and communications decisions and approaches.
In consultation with the Executive Team, develop and implement communications plans and campaigns in support of the Ilifa strategy and its communications, programmatic and financing goals.
Develop an advocacy strategy for Ilifa and the broader ECD sector including identifying key issues that require targeted campaigns.
Manage Ilifa’s brand and reputation, monitor perceptions, track shifts in opinion related to ECD and respond to inquiries.
Build and nurture relationships in the ECD ecosystem including appropriate partners to drive issue-based advocacy and campaigns.
Broaden the stakeholder base for ECD into health, education, and the private and civil society sectors.
Conceptualise and organise events, seminars for partners in the private and civil society sector;
Represent Ilifa to internal and external audiences, including both formal and informal presentations – explaining and advocating for Ilifa’s priority issues, attending conferences and other meetings as necessary.
Represent Ilifa in the ECD Inter-sectoral Forum and its relevant subcommittees e.g. civil society sub-committee and other relevant subcommittees to be agreed upon with CEO/SMT.
Represent Ilifa on SACSOWACH body and support driving joint Ilifa and SACSOWACH agenda.
Continuous participation in Real Reform for ECD campaign supporting the strategic nature of the campaign agenda.
Work with internal and external stakeholders to develop high quality advocacy-driven communications tools and content that’s needed to fulfil the demands of policy, advocacy and communications strategies, approaches and plans.
Work with Ilifa staff and partners to ensure consistent high-quality products are derived from Ilifa-supported programmes.
Work internally and externally with partners to align strategies, gather information and oversee the execution of advocacy strategy, communications projects, including liaising with partners and consultants to deliver communications and advocacy plans;
Identify and form strategic alliances with diverse and credible opinion leaders and influential individuals and organizations to help elevate priority focus areas.
To read more about Ilifa Labantwana Foundation NPC and our work visit www.ilifalabantwana.co.za

Website link: https://ilifalabantwana.co.za/opportunities/ –
Full job Specifications: https://ilifalabantwana.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Advocacy-Policy-and-Strategic-Communications-Lead.pdf
If you are interested, please apply by submitting a 1-page cover letter, and a CV (please include 3 references), to heidi@ilifalabantwana.co.za .