7 June 2004
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Millennium Development Goals Campaign (New York)

UN Millennium Campaign Seeking to Hire Africa Coordinator

press release

The Millennium Campaign is an inter-agency initiative of the United Nations aimed at building awareness and action on behalf of the Millennium Declaration and Millennium Development Goals worldwide by linking to existing campaigns, building coalitions for action and mobilizing political will in the North and South. The Goals were adopted by the Heads of State at the United Nations Millennium Summit, held in September 2000, at which 189 countries pledged to achieve by 2015, a set of eight goals essential for human development.

1. Background

The Campaign's explicit objective is to encourage and facilitate "we, the people" to hold their governments and other key actors to account for their promises in the Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Goals. National campaigns form the backbone of the international campaigns. The nationalized approach also allows for the Goals and their strategies to be defined and adapted to local contexts. The Campaign supports existing campaigns and initiates broader efforts by groups with direct interests and activities related to the MDGs.

In the context of Africa, the Millennium Campaign is seeking a Coordinator to work with Civil Society Organizations; Parliamentarians and Local Authorities; Regional Institutions; Media; and the UN System, in mobilizing support for the MDGs.

While the Millennium Campaign is housed at UNDP headquarters, a determination is yet to be made on the feasibility of stationing the Coordinator for Africa in Nairobi, Kenya or in headquarters.

2. Main Duties and Responsibilities

The Coordinator will:

* catalyse national CSO campaigns in high-priority countries in Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, South Africa, Nigeria, Namibia, Ghana, Senegal, Burkino Faso), in conjunction with sub-regional support organizations;

* build partnerships with key regional CSOs,, faith-based organizations and social movements;

* build up strong Parliamentary and Local-Authority-driven campaigns in Africa;

* create strong links with regional institutions;

* build strong media alliances for the Campaign in Africa;

* coordinate with the UN System in Africa in relation to the Millennium Campaign;

3. Required Criteria

Applicants should meet the following criteria: Essential:

- Deep knowledge of African issues and high-priority countries;

- High credibility with Civil Society;

- Proven track record in successful policy advocacy, lobbying, and campaigning;

- Fluent English communication capability, both written and verbal;

- Excellent team spirit, flexibility and ability to deliver quality results within tight deadlines'

- Post-Graduate academic background or equivalent in a relevant area.


- Knowledge of French and the UN System would be an asset as well as previous working experience in an international organization;

- Credibility with other key stakeholders, including Parliamentarians, Governments and regional institutions.

4. Applications

Women and candidates from the Africa region are encouraged to apply. Interested candidates should e-mail their resumes and completed UN Personal History Form with the words "APPLICATION: COORDINATOR" in the subject line to reach not later than 18 June 2004. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview. The email should be sent to: Waveney Morgan (waveney.morgan@undp.org)

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