Advocacy Coordinator

Advocacy Coordinator - IDEAS

Location: Edinburgh

About the Organisation

International Development Education Association Scotland (IDEAS) is a network of organisations and individuals across Scotland that actively support and promote Development Education and Education for Global Citizenship. Members include large NGOs, small organisations and individuals working in areas such as international development, global poverty, sustainable development, social justice and citizenship. They also include the regionally based Development Education Centres (DECs) who provide local practical teacher support. IDEAS sees Development Education and Education for Global Citizenship as active learning processes that

  • enable people to understand the links between their own lives and those of people throughout the world
  • increase understanding of the economic, social, political and environmental forces that shape our lives
  • develop skills, attitudes and values that enable people to work together to bring about change and take control of their lives
  • contribute to the development of a more just and sustainable world, in which power and resources are more equitably shared By raising awareness of global concerns and illustrating the potential for change, the IDEAS network aims to influence those in all sectors of formal and informal education and life long learning including teachers, policy makers, youth and adult education workers and a range of voluntary and statutory organisations.

Purpose of Job

  • Development of 3-year strategic workplan based on Element 2 aspects of the Project proposal, budget and logframe already agreed with the European Commission (in consultation with relevant actors within the Consortium)
  • Implementation and facilitation of Element 2 activities including; - the development and implementation of advocacy approaches towards the inclusion of global citizenship education in national, European and global level policies related to the SDGs (recognising GCE both as a Goal and as a means of achieving the Goals.) - the development of an accessible bank of evidence-based advocacy materials demonstrating the relevance of global citizenship education to the following policy areas: SDGs, Education, International Development, Social Inclusion (drawing principally on existing resources)
  • Regular travel throughout the EU – in particular, throughout Consortium partner countries
  • Organisation and supervision of ongoing and time-limited staff inputs from across the Consortium members. (Contributing staff are likely to be located across the 12 countries represented in the Consortium)
  • Financial and cash flow control and monitoring of Element 2 budget covering activities and expenses (with support of and reporting to overall Financial Controller)
  • Supporting monitoring and evaluation processes, providing reports, data and updates as necessary
  • Contributing to agendas and providing financial and narrative reports to Project level meetings
  • Representing the Project in relation to Element 2, managing and influencing significant external relationships

Essential Skills and Qualifications

  • Knowledge of and commitment to the values of global citizenship education

  • Knowledge of national and/or European policies related to global citizenship education (or a related field such as education in general, international development, social inclusion)

  • Demonstrable strategic planning and people management skills
  • Demonstrable team-working skills, including the ability to work in an inclusive collaborative and flexible manner
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Fluency in English; knowledge of other European languages is an asset
  • Experience in any or all of the following: - programme or network management - advocacy and public policy - information management and research
  • Experience of working and communicating in an intercultural context
  • Experience as partner or in managing EU funded or similar projects
  • Experience in developing and implementing advocacy strategies at national and/or European level
  • Experience in managing financial resources
  • Computer and social media skills
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines
  • University Degree or equivalent
  • Applicants should be prepared to provide evidence of eligibility to work in the UK
  • Availability to travel in European countries

How to Apply

For the full job description and backround information visit their website.

Application letters (max. 2 sides) and CV should be emailed to: All applications will be dealt with in full confidentiality. Candidates invited for interview will be informed by 22nd November 2017. Interviews are expected to be held on Wednesday 29th November. For more information about IDEAS, please visit our website Any questions about the post should be directed to Emma Gardner, IDEAS Executive Committee member ( in the first instance.

Closing Date: 15 November 2017

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