Yayasan Humanis dan Inovasi Sosial

Advocacy Consultant

Hivos seeks qualified candidates for the position of Advocacy Consultant.


At the end of 2017, Hivos and the European Union (EU) signed a grant agreement for SWITCH Asia – Local Harvest: Promoting Sustainable and Equitable Consumption and Local Food System in Indonesia – DCI-ACA/2017/391-649. The project aimed at a significant shift in consumption patterns towards sustainable and ethically sourced food products in Indonesia is stimulated by increased knowledge and awareness of consumers about the impacts of their food choices; increased capacities of food MSMEs and producers – including women and indigenous people – to penetrate markets; and a favorable policy environment for uptake of sustainable consumption and production (SCP) practices in the food sector. It will be implemented by Hivos and its partners: ASPPUK, AMAN, NTFP-EP Indonesia and WWF.

One of the result areas of the program includes the support and adoption from national and local governments on policies and guidelines to promote SCP of green, healthy, fair and local food products.

Building multistakeholder coalitions/platforms are among the key elements to achieve the abovementioned goal and will be established in both city and regency level. Each partner in the consortium have engaged in the establishment of platforms in their specific project areas.

Meanwhile, since 2018 the Sustainable Diets for All program has started to roll out its Citizen Agency and Advocacy Toolkit. There are needs to identify how the toolkit could support the lobby and advocacy activities in both national and local levels.


The Advocacy Consultant is to facilitate capacity building on lobby and advocacy for partners of Switch Asia Local Harvest and SD4All programme and to support the lobby and advocacy initiatives in the local and national level.

Scope of work

The following are the responsibility of the consultant.

1.Support programme activity by:

  • Facilitating networked advocacy between partners that would include (a) – incubating ideas and co-creating messages and content and (b) peer review and mutual critique of work.
  • Sharpening advocacy strategies and approaches, ensuring they are shaped by citizens that work in or use the local food system, especially in in managing multistakeholder platforms, how to make it “alive” and sustainable.
  • To share experiences – what to do and what not to do – on multistakeholder platforms and initiatives especially in the food sector

2. Facilitation of an advocacy workshop with partners to order to share learning and experiences.

3. Coordination and support for local platform coordinators e.g. Bandung and Yogyakarta

4. Documenting the learning on the citizen agency and advocacy journey – highlighting good practice, unexpected outcomes, and challenges.

5. Identification of further lobby and advocacy capacity building requirements for the partners

Qualifications and Experiences

We are seeking an Indonesian person (preferably based in Greater Jakarta area) with the following qualities:

  • Affinity for Hivos’ vision and mission and are driven by a strong motivation to contribute to real and lasting change.
  • Knowledge of and experience in the field of international development cooperation and excellent skills in the development and implementation of communication strategies.
  • Interest and knowledge in sustainable food and food system issues.
  • 5 years of working experience, in particular with lobby and advocacy, strategic communications and policy development.
  • Familiarity with advocacy tools such as in the Citizen Agency and Advocacy Toolkit developed by Hivos and IIED: https://hivos.org/sites/default/files/advocacy_toolkit.pdf
  • Experience of coaching and mentoring for advocacy capacity building.
  • Strong communicator and facilitator in both English and Bahasa.
  • Innovative and flexible and able to work in a complex environment with multiple stakeholders and international partners.