Political Advisor

Senegal, Dakar

Job - June 12, 2018
Greenpeace Africa is an environmental campaigning organization with offices in Southern, West and Central Africa. The organization is currently seeking a Political Advisor for the Oceans Campaign.

The Political Advisor will analyze, develop, lead, and implement the political strategy for the Oceans campaign goals and objectives, and to advise team members on the political and legislative components in order for the campaign to reach or exceed its objectives. As the preliminary work of any campaign activity is to know and understand the context and environment of the target, it is important that the political advisor understands fishing communities and all actors that we will be engaging with on the campaign.

Job specification:

Strategy development and implementation:

  • Lead the development and implementation of the political components of the campaign and advise on the legislative prescripts.
  • Develop scenarios and political roadmaps for the campaign in support of global strategies.
  • Monitor and evaluate the learning’s from our political strategy to ensure the success of campaigns and transfer of knowledge.
  • Analyze sociological contexts, advise on the strategy to be used, support the preparation, implementation and development of the campaign.

Representation and building Relationships:

  • Represent Greenpeace Africa and/or lead delegations at local/national/regional/international political forums specifically on the campaign issues as assigned by the Senior Campaigner Manager. 
  • Develop, maintain, and nurture extensive contacts and relationships with all relevant political bodies and civil society partners in order to build effective networks and partnerships that promote our campaign and organizational objectives.


  • Prepare commission reports, substantive briefings, updates, and talking points with input to the campaign team and review with the communication teams to ensure consistency. 
  • Represent Greenpeace Africa in all forms of media platforms both proactively and reactively.


  • Maintain a general knowledge of recent and relevant environmental, legislative, and political developments on the assigned campaign issues, ensuring that Greenpeace Africa is able to respond effectively to new developments.
  • Research and analyze relevant topics for creating/adjusting political strategy as relevant
  • Research and analyze relevant topics for new policy positions within GPAf (coordinated with the global campaign).

Minimum requirements 

  • University Degree in Political Science/International Relations/Social Sciences or other relevant field. 
  • Minimum of five years proven expertise and knowledge in high-level political negotiations in Africa. Knowledge/Experience of working with various political bodies in Africa, including regional political and economic blocs West Africa, the AU and various civil society organizations and coalitions in West Africa.
  • Minimum of five years proven expertise in policy development in Africa. Experience in high level political negotiations in Africa and internationally with policy development and lobbying track record with national, regional and international political contacts and networks.

Preferred job requirements 

  • Experience within a campaigning organization is preferred
  • Experience in fishery sector
  • Knowledge of the political, socio-economic, environmental and development context on the continent and especially within West Africa.
  • Ability to lead and coordinate delegations at external meetings.
  • Capacity to analyze sociological and political contexts, to advice on strategy to be used, support the preparation, implementation and development of the campaign. 
  • Flexibility and the willingness to travel frequently.

Personal Competency:

  • Networking and relationship-building skills.
  • Experience in crisis management.
  • Ability to lead and coordinate delegations at external meetings.
  • Fluency in technical, scientific, financial, legal writing.
  • Fluent in speaking French and English.
  • Excellent writing skills in both English and French

Personal leadership competencies

Energy: Represent openness and curiosity

Energize: Act with empathy

Edge: Identify and master moments of leadership

Expertise: Display structured approach

Execute: Act in a decisive manner

How to apply

Interested candidates who meet the above requirements should email their CV and covering letter to the Human Resources Officer at stating the position their applying for in the subject line.  The closing date for applications is 24 June 2018.  

Greenpeace offers market related salaries.

Please note that should you not receive correspondence from us within 20 days from the closing date, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful.