• Advocacy Officer

    ABOUT PRACTICAL EDUCATION NETWORK (PEN)

    PEN’s mission is to improve STEM learning outcomes in the Ghana education system by building teacher capacity. The teacher training programmes PEN provides is infused with MIT-style, learning-by-doing to enable hands-on science regardless of resource constraints. PEN offers a series of workshops where Ghanaian STEM teachers learn, design, and share hands-on activities which complement the national curriculum and are created from low-cost and locally available materials.

     

    PEN’s partners include MIT, Ashesi University, ExxonMobil Exploration & Production Ghana (Deepwater) Ltd, Ghana Association of Science Teachers and others.

    JOB POSITION: Advocacy Officer

     

    SALARY RANGE: GHS1,300.00 –GHS 2,920.00 (Gross)

     

    WORK STATION: Accra

     

    EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Fixed Term (Full Time)

     

    EMPLOYMENT DURATION: 1 Year (Renewable. Includes three (3)months’ probation)

     

    JOB PURPOSE: To grow PEN’s tested approach for improving STEM education in the Ghanaian context through strategic partnerships. To foster sustainable and valuable partnerships between PEN and STEM education stakeholders through effective planning, development and management of resource mobilization strategies and activities with the aim of scaling up PEN’s hands-on STEM products and services.

     

    OVERVIEW:

    Practical Education Network (PEN) is accepting applications for highly motivated, enthusiastic and passionate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) advocates. Applicants must have a strong stem background and deep understanding of STEM education policies, curricula, standards and programmes and must be familiar with relevant institutions and actors within the government, donor and education spaces. The Advocacy Officer will develop, organise and execute a wide range of activities to influence policy according to the scope of our programmes, and specific results-oriented projects.

    SUMMARY OF KEY FUNCTIONS AND ACCOUNTABILITIES

    • Lead the development and implementation of the Organisation’s Advocacy Strategy and Plan by organising events, meetings and campaigns to ensure that the advocacy plan is active and moving forwards.
    • Engage with local and international partners to build and cultivate strategic partnerships to leverage advocacy opportunities with government leaders and agencies.
    • Establish a monitoring and evaluation framework to determine the use and impact of advocacy actions.
    • Monitor the media for STEM-related news and other events and respond appropriately in a manner that makes the organization ever-present and visible in STEM-related discourses in Ghana
    • Ensure there is continuous information flow on advocacy events, meetings, initiatives between PENand other key players.
    • Act as a spokesperson liaison to media, governments, and other relevant actors
    • Collaborate with the Communication Officer and Multimedia Officer to develop and design advocacy communication materials including Advocacy Briefs, infographics etc.
    • Support in the resource mobilisation efforts of the organization reporting:
       

    REPORTING:

    The Advocacy Officer shall report directly to the Programmes Manager.

    EDUCATION QUALIFICATION:

    Job applicant must possess a minimum of a first degree in a relevant field such as communications, social sciences, law or STEM-related fields. A second degree in public policy, international development and related fields is an added advantage.

    WORK EXPERIENCE:

    Job applicant must have a minimum of four (4) years post national service (Ghana) work experience in communication, advocacy and/or STEM education or related field

    LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT:

    Professional command on the English language is a minimum requirement.

    CORE VALUES AND MOTIVATION

    • Learning
    • Integrity
    • Generosity
    • Humility
    • Transparency

    FUNCTIONAL COMPETENCIES

    • Strong oral and written communication skills.
    • Strong organizational and administrative skills
    • Creativity and innovation to find effective solutions.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relationships while respecting the diversity of people and being sensitive to their needs.
    • Ability to establish clear goals and to achieve desired results consistent with agreed strategies and targets.
    • Strong connections with public discourse gate-keepers and figures(e.g. media organisations and personnel, celebrities, politicians and brands)

    HOW TO APPLY

    Interested applicants should send their Resume/CV, Cover Letter and other supporting documents to the email: jobs@practicaleducationnetwork.com

     

    Email subject should be [VACANCY POSITION_YOUR NAME].

    For example: [ADVOCACY OFFICER_RITA ASHONG]

     

    DEADLINE: Friday, 9th July 2021. (Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Applications received after the deadline may not be considered.)

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