Vacancy: Head of Advocacy and Campaigning

Title: Head of Advocacy and Campaigning

Location: The Hague (Geneva can also be considered)

Reporting to: Director

Period: Starting a.s.a.p. We offer a one year contract, with the possibility to extend by mutual agreement.

This is an excellent opportunity for candidates with solid experience in developing and managing advocacy campaigns, who have in-depth knowledge of the human rights landscape, in particular of women’s rights related to sexual violence in conflict-affected settings.

The ideal candidate will have senior-level experience in international advocacy campaigns, in-depth knowledge of the human rights challenges in conflict-affected areas, a vast experience in building strategic alliances, and possesses a relevant network. They will be passionate about working side by side with survivors to help amplify the voices of survivors of sexual violence in conflict on global platforms. They will have excellent communication skills, strong project management skills and high ethical standards of behaviour.

About us

The Dr. Denis Mukwege Foundation is an international human rights organisation, dedicated to ending rape as a weapon of war globally. We work with survivors to create a world in which rape as a weapon of war is no longer tolerated, and to draw attention to the most inhumane crimes committed during conflicts.

Together with the Congolese gynaecologist and women’s rights activist Dr Denis Mukwege, we work for a future where survivors receive the holistic care they need and have the right to claim reparations; where they have the freedom to speak out and the ability to organise globally to end wartime sexual violence.

We support survivors in their struggle for recognition and their wish to actively participate in developing international and national policies related to justice, peace and women’s rights.

Job overview

The Mukwege Foundation advocates and campaigns at a global level to realise innovative, concrete initiatives that have a real impact on preventing sexual violence in conflict.

The Head of Advocacy and Campaigning is charge of the design, coordination and delivery of the Mukwege Foundation’s advocacy work, in line with the organisation’s overall strategy. The Head of Advocacy and Campaigning also leads the organisation’s strategic work with the Global Survivors’ Network.

The ‘global network of survivors’ was established with the support of the Mukwege Foundation and is the driving force behind all our advocacy and campaigning work. The Global Survivor Network is a group of powerful survivors from conflict-affected countries from all over the world. Together they raise awareness on the problem of sexual violence in conflict, and advocate for policy and practice that will have a true impact on prevention and care for survivors. Through the network we ensure that survivors themselves are participating in developing international and national policies related to rape as a weapon of war, justice and peace. The network provides a platform for survivor activists to learn from each other’s activism, stand in solidarity with each other and provide peer support, and to jointly raise their voice. The survivor network members’ unity, perseverance, and commitment to the cause is the driving force behind concrete change. Members of the global network are also connected with survivor networks in their own countries which receive support from the Mukwege Foundation.

In the past two years the Mukwege Foundation’s advocacy has had a strong focus on ‘reparations’ for survivors of conflict-related sexual violence. The new Head of Advocacy will focus on contributing to the design of the organisation’s strategic advocacy work on other topics of priority to the survivors’ network, including holistic survivor care as a right, survivor-centred justice and accountability, and collective memory.

Responsibilities and Tasks

Advocacy on Mukwege Foundation’s key goals

  • Develop strategic contacts and alliances to further MF’s goals. Engage with policy-makers and politicians at international and regional level as well as with specific (member) states; EU institutions; UN bodies and agencies; representatives of other international, regional and national NGOs, survivors’ movements and social movements; academics; media; donors; celebrities and other strategic individuals.
  • Lead on specific advocacy and campaigning strategies, including the work at UN and EU level towards the abolition of sexual violence in conflict.
  • Setting clear advocacy targets and objectives and develop strategic advocacy tools to achieve these objectives (such as public campaigns, events, publication of documents, making contributions to policies, developing strategic partnerships and coalitions, influencing individual states)
  • Advise and support the Director in external representation and developing strategic contacts for advocacy.
  • Support the Director in assisting the advocacy work of Dr Mukwege and accompanying Dr Mukwege in his advocacy work as appropriate.

Survivor network

  • Lead the organisation’s strategic work with the survivor network:
  • Together with the network fine-tune its vision, values, policy and operating procedures (including advocacy and campaigning work, programme activities, communications and social media work).
  • Ensure a survivor-led approach throughout, while continuously assessing the need for facilitation, support and capacity building, and mobilise this support.
  • Guide the expansion of the network and guide its gradual development towards a strong grassroots movement.
  • With survivors, establish a Council of Ambassadors.
  • Coordinate the support to survivors’ networks in different conflict-affected countries, by overseeing a small team of Project Managers who support these networks
  • Oversee the organisation of the Mukwege Foundation’s annual conferences bringing together survivors of sexual violence in conflict from around the world
  • Ensure that survivors are at the core of the advocacy work and take part in all international activities; accompany and support survivors during international meetings and events, as appropriate.
  • Manage the budget related to advocacy, campaigning and survivors’ networks.


  • Represent the MF externally across the advocacy and campaigning work and in the media.
  • Support the visibility of MF by contributing to its general communications, publications and representation at public events.


  • Take part in the meetings of the Management Team and contribute to the strategic thinking and coordination between all strands of work (programme, advocacy, fundraising, HR).
  • Project management and reporting.
  • Ensure that advocacy, campaigning and support to survivors’ networks are at the core of the organisation’s programme work. Work closely together with the organisation’s Reparations and Holistic care experts.

Required Qualifications, Skills and Competencies

  • Relevant university degree (for example political science, gender studies), and 10+ years relevant working experience in a comparable setting
  • Demonstrated experience in advocacy and campaigning
  • Experience and/or strategic thinking around movement building, women’s leadership and participatory methods
  • Fluent in English, proficient in French
  • Strong writing skills
  • Knowledge of the UN system
  • Relevant network
  • Sound knowledge of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • Flexibility, independence, reliability and commitment to the goals of the Foundation.
  • High ethical standards of behaviour, good judgment, respect for others, diplomatic skills, confidentiality and attention to detail

How to apply

Please send your cover letter, CV, and links to your social media presence no later than 15 March 2019 to Debby Gruiters, Head of Operations at: debby@mukwegefoundation.org.

Start date: as soon as possible.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. It will not be possible to obtain a work permit for this position. All candidates must be fully eligible to work in The Netherlands. This means that non-EU nationals must already have permission to stay and work in The Netherlands.

Due to the high volume of applications we expect to receive, we regret that only those invited for an interview will be contacted (at the latest in the week of 15 March).