Advocacy and policy Officer

Vi Agroforestry (Vi-skogen) is a Swedish development organisation fighting poverty and climate change – together. Since 1983, we have contributed to the planting of over 148 million trees in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania – countries that have been severely affected by deforestation and climate change.

We work in collaboration with farmer’s organisations, advising and training farmers in sustainable agricultural land management such as agroforestry. In agroforestry, trees are planted alongside crops and livestock on the farmland.

We offer outstanding expertise in agroforestry, climate change adaptation and mitigation, promoting well-proven practices based on scientific research. Our focus on both human and environmental sustainability makes us unique. 

Vi Agroforestry is now recruiting an Advocacy and Policy Officer. The position is part of the Media and Advocacy Department in Stockholm. The employment is a permanent position with six months’ probation period. Start date as soon as possible.

Location: Stockholm (Sweden)
Grade: Mid level
Occupational Groups: Communication and Public Information, Climate Change
Closing Date: 2022-05-25

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

The officer is responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing policy and advocacy work. The officer is responsible for the strategic external monitoring of political processes and activities of actors at national, EU and global level, in regard to the thematic areas of climate change, biodiversity and agroforestry, linked to small holder farmers. The work is done in coordination with Vi Agroforestry’s and We Effect’s Policy and Advocacy Coordinator and thematic advisors. Travelling to countries where Vi Agroforestry work is also part of the job.

MAIN TASKS

  • Strategic monitoring of relevant political processes in regard to the thematic areas of climate change, biodiversity and agroforestry, linked to small-holder farmers.
  • Developing, coordinating and implementing advocacy  and policy work.
  • Building a network of external policy relations in decision-making processes, including parliament, government, civil society organisations and businesses.
  • Develop pertinent fact material, including positions, policy briefs, reports and speaking notes.
  • Monitor current affairs in countries where Vi Agroforestry operate.

ABOUT YOU

As an advocacy and policy officer for Vi Agroforestry you are committed to and have academic and/or work experience in agro-environmental sustainability issues and politics. You are a results-oriented optimist that gets the job done, in partnership with other passionate colleagues. You know the ins and outs of political processes and understand how to develop positions in complex thematic areas and map and influence processes pertinent to set goals. In the past or currently, you might be working as a political advisor or an advocacy and policy officer for an organisation or company.

You share our values, are committed to political change, and understand what role international development cooperation can play in that process. You need to understand the logic of civil society organisations and have an interest in the cooperative business. The role comes with high personal responsibility.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Degree from relevant education, such as political or environmental science.
  • A minimum of three years of relevant work life experience.
  • Fluent in English and Swedish.

MERITS

  • Knowledge and experience from working with issues of climate change, biodiversity and agroforestry.
  • Experience of international development cooperation.
  • Experience  of policy and advocacy work at Swedish, EU or global level.

WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU

We will give you the opportunity to make a real difference – within our organisation and in our joint work for a sustainable planet free from poverty. We challenge the status quo and encourages innovation. Our values Transparency, Respect and Together, guide us in our work and as colleagues forming our organisational culture. We are an intercultural organisation where diversity and inclusion are our corner stones. We welcome you as you are, and value a wide range of perspectives, experiences and networks and we strive for a workplace where you can bring your whole self to work. It is our belief that an inclusive workplace without discrimination of any kind, leads to more efficient relations and results with healthy, engaged, and growing co-workers.

We strive to have the best work environment and even if your main workplace for this position will be Stockholm, we offer flexible opportunities to mix working from office and home or elsewhere which we believe will improve work-life balance in many ways. We apply goal-oriented working time and offer 31 days of paid annual leave.

APPLICATION

Apply by uploading your CV and cover letter to Impactpool no later than 25 May. Your application documents should be in English.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Marcus Lundstedt, Media and Advocacy Director marcus.lundstedt@weeffect.org, 072 070 97 21.

Linnéa Karlsson, Union Representative, linnea.karlsson@weeffect.org. 

MISCONDUCT

Vi Agroforestry wants to be alerted on suspected discriminiation, corruption or other serious misconduct during the recruitment process. To make us aware, do not hesitate to use our Whistleblowing System.