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Regional Coordinator for Africa


from ECPAT International

Closing date: 12 Mar 2017
Job ID:#1912643
Career categories : Program/Project Management
Organization : ECPAT International
Theme : Protection and Human Rights
Job years of experience : 5-10 years
Job type : Job

Vacancy Notice

Regional Coordinator for Africa

Job title Regional Coordinator for Africa

Duty station Regional

Reports to: Deputy Executive Director for Network Development

Duration of contract Initial one-year contract (renewable)

Grade C+



ECPAT International is a global network of civil society organisations working together to end the sexual exploitation of children through prostitution, pornography and trafficking. It seeks to ensure that children everywhere enjoy their fundamental rights free and secure from all forms of commercial sexual exploitation.

The ECPAT network currently has over 90 member organisations in more than 80 countries in all regions of the world. All members are independent organisations or coalitions working against the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). The Secretariat of the Network is based in Bangkok, Thailand. Currently there are 21 ECPAT member organisations in 20 countries in the Africa region.

ECPAT’s capacity to accelerate progress against CSEC requires a strong and effective Network, served by a responsive and unifying Secretariat. Successful network development links national, regional and international efforts, with synergies and clear accountability among the different parts of the organisation that bring positive results for children.


Job purpose

The Regional Coordinator for Africa is responsible for the coordination and for providing technical support towards ECPAT’s advocacy and programming work against the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in the region. The Regional Coordinator will represent the ECPAT International Secretariat to regional entities, UN agencies and child rights NGOs in the region and support members in their relations with national governments. He/she will work towards achieving concrete results against CSEC and towards strengthening ECPAT’s services to Africa’s children. The Coordinator will foster partnership and mobilise support in the implementation of the regional/global commitments in protecting children from sexual exploitation. Based on the global Network Development Strategy, the Regional Coordinator will coordinate the development, formulation and implementation of a regional strategy to strengthen the efficiency and effectiveness of ECPAT’s presence in the region and ensure CSEC remains a priority issue within the regional policy and programming frameworks. Network development includes support to the capacity building of member organisations and expansion to new countries.

The ECPAT Coordinator for Africa will be based in the region, preferably in country of nationality. The position will report to Deputy Executive Director for Network Development who is based in Bangkok, Thailand. The Regional Coordinator supervises one or two programme specialists based in the region.


Tasks and Responsibilities

Knowledge management

  • Ensure the CSEC Situational Analysis for the region is regularly updated and reflective of the emerging trends and new manifestations of CSEC through pro-active collection and analysis of information and incorporate and synthesize these in the Situational Analysis;
  • Maintain an overview of issues relating to children, monitoring trends in the external environment and inputting to organizational strategy and planning processes;
  • Provide technical support to conducting CSEC Situational Analyses in new countries.

Advocacy strategy and programme implementation

  • Coordinate the development and implementation of the advocacy strategy for the Africa region in cooperation with the ECPAT Secretariat and ECPAT member organisations with due consideration for regional and national opportunities and mechanisms, including identification of measurable indicators to monitor impact and progress;
  • Contribute to the development of evidence based, high quality and effective advocacy tools (messages, documents and policy papers) especially on emerging issues such as sexual exploitation of children in Travel and Tourism and Child Sexual Exploitation Online;
  • Promote coordination and collaboration between the ECPAT Network and UN agencies, INGOs and other stakeholders to maximize advocacy and programme opportunities against CSEC in the region particularly in line with global and regional commitments, with special focus on SDGs;
  • Facilitate that voices of children, especially victims and survivors, are heard in support of ECPAT’s advocacy work through incorporation of children’s participation/inputs in ECPAT’s advocacy strategy;
  • Develop the Secretariat’s regional annual Work Plan with measurable indicators of progress based on Regional Strategy and funding commitments;
  • Manage the implementation of regional based projects, monitor progress and ensure timely and quality donor reporting.


Network development, coordination and support

  • Facilitate the formulation of the ECPAT network development strategy for Africa based on ECPAT’s global network strategy, which aims at a dynamic and effective network against CSEC in the region with tailored strategies for coalition members and for the alliances of national non-member groups in the Africa region;
  • Provide support to the National Coordinator in South Africa to advance the multi-sector/stakeholder coalition model project and share progress/lessons learnt with regional/global processes on network development;
  • Assess ECPAT’s network presence in the region and monitor its functioning; identify potential new member organisations; liaise with the ECPAT Board Credentials Committee on membership in the region;
  • Organise ECPAT network regional consultations with members and partners and support the implementation of follow-up actions/commitments;
  • Provide technical support and training to ECPAT member organizations as needed;
  • Coordinate network communication within and across the region and the Secretariat in close collaboration with Regional Board Representative(s);
  • Ensure that the regional section on the ECPAT Intranet Network HUB is up-to-date and promote active use of the Network HUB among regional members;
  • Support ECPAT International Child and Youth Advisory Committee (EICYAC) members in the region in cooperation with the Global Coordinator for Children’s Participation.


External relations and representation in coordination with the Secretariat

  • With the approval and in consultation with the Secretariat, represent ECPAT externally, networking to promote ECPAT perspectives and build relationships that bring into ECPAT new insights and capacities to address CSEC;
  • Develop relationships with international and regional child focused organisations and experts;
  • Represent ECPAT International in key events and forums in the region;
  • Liaise with media on behalf of ECPAT as needed.
  • Donor relations, proposal development, fundraising
  • Responsible for donor relation management and grant management, including report writing and submission.
  • Proactive assessment of fundraising opportunities and development of funding proposals.




  • Advanced university degree in human rights, social work, international development, public policy, communication, advocacy or related field;
  • Minimum of five years’ professional experience in advocacy and/or development programming;
  • Demonstrated experience in policy advocacy work at the national and regional levels in Africa;
  • Demonstrated understanding of child rights instruments and monitoring processes.


  • Demonstrated commitment to ECPAT’s vision, values and principles;
  • Ability to initiate external contacts and network effectively in order to have influence on policy and practice agendas;
  • Sound strategic thinking and planning skills, including the ability to think creatively, to innovate and to set priorities, create management work plans and evaluate progress;
  • The ability to analyze complex and/or multi-sourced information and summarize it for a range of different audiences;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and French;
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills;
  • Excellent negotiation and positive persuasion skills.

Salary and benefits

ECPAT offers a competitive remuneration package and staff benefits.


Candidates interested in this position can download ECPAT’s Personal History Form at

Please submit a completed Personal History Form and your cover letter to [email protected]

Mention your name and the title of the position in the email subject line.

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