Governance Civil Society Space Advisor

Governance Civil Society Space Advisor
Trócaire, Ireland

1 Year
0 - 0
Job Type
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As mentioned in job details
Total Vacancies
1 Job
Posted on
Mar 16, 2023
Last Date
Apr 16, 2023

Job Description

Trócaire works in partnership with local and church organisations, supporting communities in over 20 developing countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East to bring about lasting change. Trócaire envisages a just and peaceful world where; people’s dignity is ensured and rights are respected; basic needs are met and resources are shared equitably; people have control over their own lives; those in power act for the common good.

Trócaire’s Programmes Team provides technical advice and support to country programmes and partners and to the wider organisation towards implementing Trócaire’s organisational strategy (2021-2025), ‘Local Power, Global Justice’ The programmes team sits in the Global Programmes Unit within the International Division.

It is Trócaire’s ambition to support the protection and empowerment of the most vulnerable rights-holders and their defenders in areas of justice and peace, civil society space and access to and control of natural resources.

The Programmes Team support Country Offices and Partners globally to deliver coherent impactful programmes, through promoting learning and innovation, and providing high-quality technical assistance, which enables positive changes in the lives of the communities and women and men we serve. The Governance Advisor will play a lead role in the development and implementation of programming related to enabling structural reform, enabling and protecting civil society space (CSS) and integrating Trócaire’s citizen monitoring and advocacy (CMA) approach. The role will lead on providing technical support to country offices and partners, identifying and initiating research opportunities and promoting innovation within our work, to further deepen our learning and expertise.

Reporting to Head of Programmes, this is a fixed term contract (1 year) with travel to programme locations when required and appropriate and is based in Maynooth, with frequent travel.

This role will sit in the Programmes Team, collaborating primarily with the Human Rights Advisor, as well as others in the team: the Sustainable Agriculture Advisor, Women’s Empowerment amp; GBV Advisors, the different Heads of Portfolios particularly Human Rights- and other organisational units (Policy amp; Advocacy, Programme Impact amp; Learning; Humanitarian, GPFU and the Localisation and Partnership Hub).

Safeguarding Programme Participants-Children amp; Adults: Trócaire is committed to safeguarding people within our programmes from exploitation and abuse and has specific policies on this commitment (including a Global Code of Conduct) which outlines the expected behaviour and the responsibility of all staff, consultants and other organisational representatives.

Any candidate offered a job with Trócaire will be expected to sign Trócaire’s Safeguarding Policies and Global Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents. All offers of employment will be subject to pre employment checks including satisfactory references and appropriate screening (e.g. police/garda vetting, counter terrorism and anti-trafficking). Trócaire also participates in the InterAgency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme and all employees will be subject to this as part of contract of employment.

Key Duties amp; Responsibilities

Development of Strategy, Guidance amp; Resources on Governance, CSS and CMA

In consultation with relevant colleagues, and informed by programming

  • Guide the development of governance, CSS and CMA strategies and outcomes in programme countries based on sound technical knowledge and a thorough understanding of best practice in this area.
  • Develop guidance and resources to assist in the implementation of the strategy and support programme quality and innovation, aligned to the organizational theory of change and the programme strategy
  • Support programmes in monitoring, evaluation and learning, including use of the organisational programming indicators.
  • Ensure key themes identified as part of the integrated programming agenda are reflected in governance strategy and tools and guidance (citizen monitoring and advocacy, resilience and women’s voice and influence).
  • Ensure governance is appropriately reflected in other programming strategy and tools and guidance as appropriate.
  • Provide accompaniment and support to integrating CMA across programmes
  • Provision of high quality timely Technical Support for country programme planning, delivery and evaluation

  • Provide technical support to the programme countries on governance, CSS and CMA through remote support and regular field visits.
  • Assist in the identification of opportunities for innovative practices and future strategies and approaches in consultation with local and international partners and networks in close collaboration with field offices.
  • Provide support on appropriate citizen monitoring and advocacy in programmes with due attention to governance and civil society space.
  • Provide technical support on programming aspects of institutional funding proposals, and implementation and reporting, to increase or maintain funding for governance and civil society space. Key role in supporting proposal development and consolidating narrative report for Irish Aid as one of our main donors.
  • Working alongside other programme advisers in HQ, provide technical assistance on the development and implementation of integrated programmes to the field in a way that maximises the impact of our work.
  • Facilitation of Learning and Sharing within and across Country Programmes

  • Facilitate and support a strong learning and knowledge management of governance, CSS and CMA strategies and practices.
  • Identify and support new research opportunities on governance, CSS and CMA in consultation with field offices, Heads of Portfolio and other teams in the International Division
  • Strategic engagement in relevant internal and external fora enabling collaboration and profiling

  • Represent Trócaire’s programming work on governance, CSS and CMA in networks and in relevant internal and external forums to ensure that learning is shared and the work of Trócaire and partners is profiled and is informing sectoral thinking (fora include EU LAT, the Sherwood Way, etc.)
  • Ensure profiling of Trócaire’s research and learning on governance, CSS and CMA within Trócaire and more broadly in the sector.
  • Any other relevant tasks as identified by management, in line with the scope and focus of the role.


    Person Specification Essential Requirements

    (E) Qualification

    • A post graduate qualification in governance and/or human rights or a related field.

    (E) Experience

    • At least three-five years’ experience (preferably five) of providing technical expertise on governance, and/or CSS and/or citizen monitoring and advocacy.
    • Multi-country experience of programming or advisory support.
    • Experience in developing and implementing results-based monitoring and evaluation systems for governance and human rights programmes.
    • Experience with donors and donor procedures.
    • Experience of gender sensitive approaches to governance and human rights interventions.

    (E) Skills

    • Experience of designing and implementing programmes using governance and human rights strategies.
    • Experience of implementing robust monitoring and evaluation (MEAL) systems.
    • Experience of strengthening capacity building and learning processes.
    • Excellent analytical and report writing skills and an ability to analyse issues within local and global contexts
    • A solid knowledge of current international development challenges and specifically how they relate to governance and human rights.
    • Excellent communication, presentation and facilitation skills for a wide range of audiences.
    • Ability to think strategically and analytically, both at a local and global level.
    • Excellent IT skills (proficiency in Microsoft 365 (Office), Zoom, Outlook, web browsing, cloud storage systems (such as Box)

    (E) Qualities

    • A demonstrated interest in and commitment to social justice.
    • The ability to build relationships across the organisation and motivate others.
    • An ability to be flexible and adaptable to a changing environment.
    • Ability to work on one’s own initiative and operate as part of a team.
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

    (E) Other

    • Empathy with the ethos of Trócaire as a Catholic organisation.
    • Ability and willingness to travel on a regular basis.
    • A working knowledge of Spanish is essential.

    Person Specification Desirable

    (D) Qualification

    • A post graduate qualification in a relevant related field.

    (D) Experience

    • Experience of working on policy and advocacy amp; engaging in policy dialogue on governance and human rights.
    • Experience of research in a related field.
    • Experience of mainstreaming gender.
    • Experiences of promoting and applying a rights-based approach to other sectoral areas.
    • Experience of engaging in policy dialogue on governance and human rights.

    (D) Skills

    • A working knowledge of French.


    For the candidate with the required experience and passion for the role, Trócaire offers a competitive package of salary and benefits.

    Closing Date For Applications is the 27th March 2023

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