National Advocacy Officer

London, UK | Full-time, permanent

Position Summary

Reporting to the National Advocacy Manager, the National Advocacy Officer supports national, sub-national and local advocacy across Malala Fund’s programme countries in line with national advocacy strategies. They support grantees and other partners to identify and implement advocacy activities through technical advice, project management support and the development of research and knowledge products. They also provide support to the Programmes department to administer advocacy-focused grants and collect impact data.

I. Responsibilities and Tasks

Strategy Implementation

  • Working with the National Advocacy Manager, identify and provide support as necessary to grantees, In-Country Representatives (ICRs) and other strategic advocacy partners to ensure effective delivery of national advocacy strategies and documentation of impact and learning.
  • Work with Malala Fund’s In-Country Representatives and Communications colleagues to develop and oversee delivery of Malala Fund-led national advocacy campaigns.
Programme and Grant Support
  • Provide advocacy technical support to enhance the effectiveness of Malala Fund’s advocacy-focused programmes.
  • Perform grant administration duties for advocacy grants. This will include but not be limited to: grantee identification; working with potential grantees on proposal development; supporting the application of Malala Fund’s monitoring and evaluation framework by grantees.
  • Working with the National Advocacy Manager, support the applied learning needs of grantees as part of a comprehensive programme of support for strategic advocacy.
Research, Policy and Writing Support
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of education issues in programme countries.
  • Write advocacy briefs and talking points as necessary.
  • Support the development of research and knowledge products to enhance national advocacy impact.
  • Support the wider advocacy objectives of Malala Fund, contributing to organisational-wide projects and priorities as relevant or required. Represent Malala Fund in external forums as needed.
  • Oversee the work of consultants and outside contractors as necessary.
Organisational Culture
  • Uphold the Values of Malala Fund.
  • Actively contribute to making Malala Fund a diverse and equitable workplace through inclusive practice and openness to different perspectives, cultures and ideas.
  • Maintain behaviour and conduct which uphold the highest standards for safeguarding, professionally and personally.
  • Act as a role model for a ‘learning organisation’ culture by seeking insight and using problems as opportunities to learn.

II. Person Specification

Skills and Knowledge


  • Demonstrable knowledge and expertise in issues relating to the empowerment of women and girls, girls’ education or other social justice issues.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with individuals from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Able to apply monitoring, evaluation and learning frameworks for advocacy.
  • Up to date knowledge of policy debates surrounding girls’ education.
  • Working knowledge of any language(s) relevant to Malala Fund’s work.


  • 2-3 years’ experience of contributing to policy change by planning, managing and implementing advocacy programmes in a developing country context.
  • Experience living and working in the global south, preferably in at least in one where Malala Fund implements its programmes.

  • Experience supporting networks of advocates to promote change.


  • Strong commitment to gender equality, racial justice and other social justice issues.
  • Strong commitment to the Malala Fund’s mission to empower girls through education.
  • Strong commitment to professional development and continued learning within advocacy and campaigns.
  • Excellent team player with ability to work independently and in collaboration with colleagues at all levels across departments and external stakeholders.
  • Flexibility to operate in a wide range of cultural and institutional contexts.
  • Takes initiative and able to work effectively under pressure.

III. How to apply

Before 30 October 2020, please send your resume and covering letter, outlining how you meet the requirements of the role, to, stating ‘National Advocacy Officer’ in the subject line of your email.

Please note that due to the very high number of applications we receive when positions are posted, we are only able to respond directly to candidates with whom we wish to move forward in the interview process.

Malala Fund is an inclusive organisation and welcomes applications from under-represented groups including BIPOC, LGBTQ+, intersectionality and disability. We are seeking people from different backgrounds, cultures, age, experience and identity, to provide a wide range of experience, ideas, views and insights into the strategy, policies, culture and ambitions of Malala Fund.

For this role we are able to sponsor a UK visa for the successful candidate if they do not have the existing right to work in the UK.

Malala Fund is committed to protecting children and other vulnerable persons from harm. We take a zero-tolerance approach to abuse and exploitation by any of our staff, representatives or partners. We also take seriously our responsibility to protect those who work with Malala Fund, or on our behalf, and ensure that they can work in an environment that is free from harm. To this end, Malala Fund reserves the right to conduct background checks on prospective and current employees.

IV. About Malala Fund

Registered as a public charity in the U.K. and U.S., Malala Fund is working toward a world where all girls can learn and lead. We advocate for resources and policy changes needed to give all girls a secondary education. The girls we serve have high goals for themselves — and we have high expectations for leaders who can help them. We invest in education leaders and frontline organizations — the people who best understand girls in their communities — in regions where most girls are missing out on secondary school. We amplify girls’ voices. Malala Fund is building a movement of young education activists who, like Malala, speak truth to power around the world.