International Blue Cross

International Blue Cross (IBC) protects people from being harmed by alcohol and drugs. As a non-governmental organisation IBC unites 38 independent national organisations in 37 countries under its umbrella. That makes it possible for us to engage worldwide in protecting the most vulnerable people and offering them better prospects. We advocate for a society free of violence, discrimination and addiction-related illness!

Fields of Intervention

  • alcohol and drug prevention programmes
  • therapy and counselling
  • advocacy and lobbying

As professional actor in international development cooperation, IBC places the utmost importance on the sustainability of its programmes. Our special focus is on alcohol and drug prevention programmes for the youth. We achieve long-lasting impact by equipping people to help themselves, simultaneously influencing decision-makers, pressing for effective policies to protect people. IBC is ZEWO-certified and holds consultative status at the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (UN ECOSOC).

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Project preparation visit at Blue Cross Society Tanzania


International Blue Cross works within good governance structures whilst implementing projects and programmes with its partners. This requires good project cycle management, throughout preparation and implementation of operational handbook that covers internal regulations, policies that steer professional code of conduct, administrative, human resources and finance management.

Between 27.11-4.12.2019 Anne Babb and Sonja Pönisch run this intensive workshop for Blue Cross Society Tanzania’s secretariat, board and volunteers. In addition we had meetings with key stakeholders. We visited the City Council department for NGO work and discussed the next steps of collaboration with developing life skills, community action and policy advocacy work. At Arusha Sober Houses we discussed collaboration for community action with leaders of NA based therapeutic community treatment model and we facilitated a discussion with two churches in order to find ways to reach vulnerable communities.

Blue Cross Tanzania enjoyed also learning basics of project cycle management and latest information about alcohol and drug harm, self-help and skills on creating change through behavioral prevention. Thank you for all at BC Tanzania for your warm hospitality and we wish you much strength and blessings for implementing all new things on your daily work!

Job advert: Alcohol and Drug Policy Adovacy Officer based in Africa, 8 hrs/week


IBC looks for a committed and innovative drug and alcohol field professional living in Africa and willing to work within a Christian value-based organisation

Alcohol and Drug Policy Advocacy Officer:
Part Time 8hrs/week (20%) from March 2020 or as mutually agreed.

As Advocacy Officer you are based in your home office working closely on-line with the IBC secretariat and you will:

Job Description & Requirements

  • Develop the IBC advocacy programme and key messages in French and English based on evidence based research that is based on independent data without vested interests of drug and alcohol industry;
  • Establish and maintain structures and instruments for planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of progress against IBC advocacy plans within PCM framework;
  • Develop and submit timely and high-quality advocacy messages to support IBC’s global advocacy work together with IBC board and leadership;
  • Coach local programme coordinators and teams (mainly online coaching) on the topics of alcohol and drugs and policy advocacy. Organise substance abuse policy advocacy trainings to develop capacities of implementing partners;
  • Develop and foster collaboration and policy work with responsible authorities, governments and NGOs at country level and in international forums;
  • Represent IBC and actively participate in inter-agency forums and thematic working groups with partner NGOs and institutional donors as agreed by General Secretary;
  • Support the Fundraising and Communication team by providing advocacy insights, prospect donor contacts and concepts for funding applications;
  • Carry out any other tasks as required for the smooth running of IBC.
  • University degree in public health or in a relevant field
  • High knowledge of drug and alcohol harm
  • Commitment to following evidence based alcohol and drug policy without industry interference
  • No vested interests or connections to alcohol and drug industry
  • Working experience in development and cooperation, preferably with field experience with grassroots organisations in Africa
  • Excellent skills in coaching project partners
  • Fluent in French and English
  • Possibility for an excellent internet connection
  • Outstanding communication, social and networking skills
  • Commitment to work within Christian value-based organisation
  • Driven to support capacity building of partners in order to assist vulnerable people and to work with the issue of alcohol and other drugs
  • Team spirit, commitment, and flexibility. Independent, proactive and solution-oriented
  • Capable of working in a multi-cultural environment. Honest and trustworthy
  • Must be located in Africa

What we offer:
• Interesting and varied activities in an international environment with many opportunities to be proactive
• A motivated and committed international team
• Flexibility in work arrangements
• Salary and home office allowance according to your national pay structures and within IBC policies
• Christian value based work environment

Recruitment process
If you are interested in raising the IBC advocacy work to a new level, we are looking forward to receiving your complete electronic application with CV and motivation letter in English and with academic & work certificates in English or French by 6th of January 2020 at, with subject “Advocacy Officer”.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to take a written on-line assessment during the week 20-23.1.2020. From these finally shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview online on 5th February 2020.

For further information please contact General Secretary Anne Babb:

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