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Hailemariam & Roman Foundation

Hailemariam & Roman Foundation


Position: Lead of Advocacy
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Contract
Place of Work: At HRF head-office in Addis Ababa with frequent travels to African countries. - Ethiopia
Posted date: 3 months ago
Deadline: Submition date is over

Job Description


The Hailemariam & Roman Foundation (HRF) is a non-profit international NGO established by the Former Prime Minister of Ethiopia, H.E. Mr. Hailemariam Dessalegn & the Former First Lady of Ethiopia, H.E. Mrs. Roman Tesfaye. It strives to support the efforts of government, communities and partners in bringing socioeconomic transformation in Ethiopia and the broader continental Africa.

With three of its programmatic focus areas- maternal & child health and nutrition, climate-smart conservation and agriculture, and economic empowerment of women and youth synergizing each other, the foundation envisions seeing “A healthy and economically empowered community in a well-conserved environment.” Geographically, its support focuses on areas with the highest disparities where the foundation could add value.

Roles and responsibilities of the Lead of Advocacy

The Lead of Advocacy will report to the Deputy CEO of the foundation and shall have the following roles and responsibilities: -

Lead the Advocacy work of the foundation. The Hailemariam & Roman Foundation has Advocacy as one of its strategic pillars, therefore, the Lead of Advocacy will support the founders in all efforts pertaining to advocacy

  • Develop and execute both local and international advocacy strategies of the foundation
  • Strengthen and identify advocacy pathways for the foundation to reach varied audiences and decision-makers
  • Work closely with chiefs of program areas to package learnings and discoveries from action on the ground and knowledge base found elsewhere to drive evidence-based advocacy
  • Work closely with the communications team to make accessible communication tools via available communication outlets including but not limited to print publications, digital publications, television, radio, and social media platforms
  • Gather relevant information on decision-making stakeholders across programs and geographies to ensure target-hitting advocacy messaging
  • Ensure aesthetically pleasing communication tools and use of engaging language during advocacy endeavors
  • Manage a newly obtained project grant to support African agricultural transformation
  • Develop proven success stories from across geographies and systems, which are accessed through desk-research
  • Work closely with founders to expertly record and make accessible personal experiences
  • Collect and integrate country and region-specific insights into messaging on chosen thematic areas
  • Appropriately document and package proven success pathways on program focus areas disseminated through various platforms.
  • Codify best-practices from knowledge transfer trips made by a team of experts.
  • Store and make accessible codified best-practices stored in a database.
  • Support the sensitization of leaders of African countries on innovative and transformative technologies, practices and import substitution and diversification pathways in the agriculture sector from a base of existing knowledge and codified best-practices.
  • Facilitate the informing of development partners, regional economies, and multilateral organizations on country and region-specific insights.
  • Use as evidence findings from local field-based intervention to inform the sharing of knowledge.
  • Routinely communicate with grantmakers on the donor alignment requirements, and supply necessary information and reports pertaining to the project.
  • Ensure alignment to country and regional level commitments and insights.

Salary and benefits: Salary based on the Foundation’s scale with pension benefits and income taxes according to the applicable Ethiopian laws.

Duration of contract: for a period of one year with the possibility of extension.

Vacancy number: HRF- HO-008/2023

Job Requirements


  • MSc degree in International Development, Public Relations, Public Affairs, and related fields.

Work Experience

  • At least 10 years of relevant work experience in international development, including 5 years of experience supporting a large donor-funded project and/or supporting a public figure advocate on developmental topics.


  • Excellent English verbal, written, and presentation skills;
  • Detail-oriented and deadline-driven with strong organizational skills, and the ability to work in a dynamic and agile environment with changing requirements and priorities;
  • Strong cross-cultural, interpersonal, management, diplomacy, and collaboration skills in highly complex structures involving multiple teams and stakeholders;
  • Ability to meet deadlines under extreme pressure, build consensus, engage a variety of stakeholders, and work with diverse groups of people;
  • Relevant computer software skills (including, at a minimum, the standard applications in MS Office).