Job: Innovation For Change South Asia Hub Communications and Advocacy Officer

Innovation For Change South Asia Hub Job

Innovation For Change South Asia Hub Job

The Innovation for Change (I4C) network is a global network of people and organizations who want to connect, partner and learn together to find innovative approaches to overcome barriers to closing civic space and restrictions to our basic freedoms of assembly, association and speech. We are a community-led network inspired by ideas, methods, and technologies from across sectors to create solutions that drive positive social change.

Our seven connected regional hubs are growing in both physical and online spaces across Africa, Central Asia, East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, Pacific and South Asia.

Innovation for Change   South Asia Hub was co-created with thirty-five civil society representatives from thirty-two organizations representing eight countries across South Asia. The South Asia Hub provides an inclusive space to design ideas for creating an enabling environment for civil society to operate in closing spaces. The Hub pools a reservoir of diverse skills and knowledge that enable members to create linkages, exchange services, and tap into the expertise of the South Asia region. In response to the increasingly restrictive environment and shrinking funding, the South Asia Hub developed training on innovative funding strategies including sustainability to support CSOs transition from donor-dependency to a social enterprise model and create sustainable social impact. The Hub is also focusing on creating safe spaces for its members, among them, a youth space to promote activism through artistic forms of expression that drive social change.

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Responsibilities and Duties :

Focused on promoting Hub Activities, leading the advocacy and public engagement campaigns in the region, Managing Social Media Accounts, Delivery of South Asia’s communications and advocacy strategy, Connect with the regional communications working group and respond to advocacy efforts.

  1. Successful development and implementation of South Asia Hub communications and information service strategies for Hub services and activities.
  2. Lead the advocacy and public engagement campaigns in the region, from development through coordination and direct implementation, the capacity development support to network members and organisations through training and ongoing strategic campaign advice, and the formulation of policy positions.
  3. Work in cooperation with the hub team and South Asia Hub’s implementation teams. Member Safe Spaces and facilitate tools for internal communication between teams.
  4. Capturing success stories, with Programmes Coordinator, and compelling social media and other channels to enhance collaborative learning and a sense of community.
  5. Coordinate advocacy efforts,  implement regional campaigns and respond to civic space violations through public statements

The South Asia Hub Communications Officer will:

  • Lead the development and implementation of innovative, impactful and often complex advocacy and campaign activities within clear budget limits
  • Develop and monitor communications, media and digital strategies of the South Asia Hub.
  • Develop internal communications strategies for South Asia Hub, ensuring knowledge sharing and effective internal coordination
  • Provide communication and advocacy support services to the South Asia Hub and its incubators, staff, and partners.
  • Proactively identify and analyze on-going opportunities to advance the hub advocacy and campaigning priorities in coherence with the regional work-plan
  • Develop relevant institutional communication tactics like newsletters, blogs, presentations and briefs where needed
  • Lead the documentation of South Asia Hub services/activities and develop creative ways of presenting this information through text and multimedia presentation tools
  • Maintain a content calendar for services and activities according to the South Asia Hub work plan
  • Outreach to existing members to encourage their participation in the South Asia Hub online and offline presence.
  • Curate content and compelling social media and other channels to enhance collaborative learning and a sense of community.

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Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of three-year work experience of leading the provision of communications services in regional organizations, preferably with democracy, human rights, or social justice focus.
  • Demonstrated capacity to effectively transfer and communicate ideas, concepts, and information to others, verbally and in writing.
  • An inspiring, energetic leader from civil society, campaigning, legal or technology background
  • A passionate advocate for civil society, human rights, innovation and technology and for finding solutions to civic space issues across the
  • Experience using a range of campaign planning methods, advocacy and influencing, and public engagement strategies
  • Experience using advocacy and campaigns to influence a political agenda
  • Good knowledge and experience in using communication and appropriate IT and content tools in digital media.
  • Good understanding of the overall socio-political situation as well as democracy situation in the South Asia region.
  • Good understanding of security risks faced by activists, civil society organisations, and informal movements in the South Asia region.
  • Graphic Design skills but not mandatory
  • Strong communication and public presentation skills in English
  • Strong professional writing skills in English.
  • Ability to travel up to 30% domestically and internationally.
  • From the South Asia region


Bachelor’s degree or higher in the field related to communications, media, management, information technology, computer science, or other related subjects.


  • Mature personality, with the ability to work cooperatively in a team, to work on multi-services/ activities, in a multi-cultural and demanding work environment.
  • Possesses and applies thorough knowledge of the job which is essential to perform the specific functions and related work.
  • Creative individual with a passion for innovation
  • Self-motivated, positive attitude, strategic thinking, decision making, accomplishing thorough and dependable quality of work in a timely and strategic manner.
  • Ability to work under pressure, multi-task, and manage deadlines, accomplishing a satisfactory volume of work.
  • Ability to work remotely with team members operating from other time zones.

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Application Procedure:

Those interested in applying for the position of Communications & Advocacy Officer should send their resume and a cover letter indicating their reason of interest and background on or before the deadline of 5 April 2019 addressed to: and

Position: South Asia Hub Communications and Advocacy Officer
Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka. Must be able to travel across the South Asia region.
Employment Condition: Full-time
Start Date: April 29, 2019
Employment Duration: 12 months based on 3-month probation at the beginning of contract, with a possibility for extension.
Compensation: Commensurate with experience
Deadline for Submission of Applications: 5 April 2019

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