Main Tasks and Responsibilities:
1. Understanding the Context and Maintaining Up-to-Date Information on Equine Related Policy and Strategic Issues and Developments:
a. Develop an understanding of the policy environment and decision making process with respect to equine welfare in Ethiopia.
b. Follow and document developments in relevant policy, strategy, regulatory and other related documents of the government (Federal and local government for target areas).
c. Track policy debates and new developments in fields relevant to the Brooke (e.g. GTP, agriculture and livestock policy, disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, livelihoods, etc.).
d. Keep track of global changes and developments related to equine welfare issues.
e. Update Beth advocacy documents (strategy, plan, information materials, etc) and share with relevant staff (including staff in London)
f. Share emerging national issues and changes with respect to equine welfare and policy with London staff and share relevant global issues and developments with Ethiopia staff.
2. Influencing Strategy and Plan Development and Implementation
a. Lead the country programme in the development and implementation of the Brooke Ethiopia’s policy influencing strategy; in a consultative process with a range of internal and external stakeholders.
b. Periodically review and update the Beth influencing strategy based on changes in the country situation, global developments and changes in policies and strategies of the Brooke in general.
c. Prepare annual and multi-year influencing plans for the country programme in line with the influencing strategy and the country programme planning framework.
d. Revise and update the country policy influencing plan as required.
e. Develop Brooke position papers on a range of policy issues based on the Beth’s influencing priorities, policy research, programme and international work.
f. Facilitate and coordinate the implementation of the annual policy influencing plan.
g. Follow up and ensure the timely and proper utilization of the budget allocated for the influencing plan, in line with the organization’s financial systems and procedures.
h. Support the implementation of the Brooke’s International Influencing Strategy through identified national activities in coordination with the UK influencing team.
i. Provide support to partner organizations in the implementation of influencing plans supported by Beth.
3. Networking and Relationship Building
a. Identify, develop and foster relationships with a range of key actors in ministries/government authorities, international institutions, NGOs, and donors of concern to the Beth’s policy influencing work (e.g. MoLF, MoA, FAO, Ethiopian Veterinary Association, the Parliament, and equine/animal welfare and livelihoods focused NGOs).
b. In consultation with the Country Representative (CR), represent the Brooke to key partners, networks and allies in the country (e.g. AWWG, EWC-ET etc.).
c. Work with organisations engaged in the DRM-ATF and ELWG to ensure the inclusion of working equid considerations in disaster preparedness and response programmes.
d. Engage with academic institutions as necessary to create and make use of opportunities to influence inclusion of equine welfare in research and training – in particular, engage with and provide leadership and technical advice on the national research project proposed by the AWWG on the contribution of working equids to the national economy.
e. Plan and coordinate Beth’s contribution to key events (e.g. the World Animal Day, GO/NGO forums, etc.) as way of influencing policy-makers and increasing Beth’s visibility.
f. Facilitate and maintain close collaboration and working relationships with the MoLF in general, and the specific section dealing with animal welfare within the ministry, in particular.
g. Provide support to relevant government offices in the development of national policy and strategy documents related to animal welfare.
4. Capacity Building and Support to Beth Staff and Partners
a. Ensure that the Beth influencing strategy and plans are shared with and understood by all staff and partner organizations.
b. Provide support to partner organizations in the course of developing influencing plans and strategies in line with the Beth influencing strategy and plans.
c. Identify gaps and training needs of Beth staff and relevant partners’ staff in relation to the implementation of the Beth influencing strategy.
d. Organize and facilitate the training of BE and partners’ staff based on “c” above.
e. Provide specialist technical advice and skills development to Beth and partners’ staff in policy engagement and influencing..
f. Support and facilitate exchange between Beth staff and partners and with Beth as way of developing capacity through experience and information sharing, in particular managing and promoting the ongoing use of the Ethiopia influencing discussion forum on Moodle.
g. Distribute and share relevant materials on policy engagement and influencing with Beth staff and partners.
5. Documentation and Organizational Learning
a. Develop and ensure policy research/studies undertaken to generate information for policy influencing work, and develop action plans to make use of the research/study findings.
b. Work with Beth and partners’ staff to document learning from the programme for effective use in policy engagement and influencing work.
c. Ensure that learning is disseminated to others, including Beth, Brooke Head office, partners and other relevant organisations as appropriate.
d. Maintain regular communication and information sharing with the influencing team in London and other pertinent staff in other Brooke country programmes.
e. Provide advice and support to the CR and other staff on policy influencing as required.
f. Work closely with the Communications Officer to support the development of communication strategy and disseminate information and messages related to Beth’s policy influencing work.
g. Act as the focal point (the in-country resource person) with regard to policy influencing work.
6. Monitoring and Evaluation
a. Regularly monitor and evaluate Beth policy influencing work (based on the strategy and the plans) using the Brooke M&E tools, including annually updating the policy mapping, policy makers ranking, coalition capacity checklist, using the policy log on a daily basis and writing case studies on influencing projects of particular interest.
b. Prepare periodic reports on Beth’s influencing work as per the reporting framework of the Brooke.
c. Review the reports of partners on their influencing work and provide feedback on the reports.
d. Use data collected from M&E tools to assess progress towards Beth’s influencing objectives and reflect critically on lessons learnt and changes needed.
a. Perform such additional tasks as may reasonably be required by the Country Representative.
b. In undertaking the role, comply with all Brooke global and country policies and procedures.
c. As part of this role, there is a need to travel as required, sometimes at short notice, within the country or abroad.
d. This list of tasks may not be exhaustive and will be reviewed from time to time.