Working for NLR means working towards a world without leprosy and its consequences. NLR is an international NGO that has been one of the major change-makers in the fight against leprosy in the past 50 years.

A world without leprosy is a concrete and realistic goal. Our ambition is to achieve this in 2040. We believe that ambitious goals can inspire and encourage us along this journey. We continue until No Leprosy Remains! Will you join us?

We work closely together with partners and with international networks such as WHO, the International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations (ILEP) and Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy. We will continue to build up and invest in those partnerships, and motivate relevant stakeholders to work jointly towards zero leprosy. To realise this an advocacy approach that can be contextualized to country specific circumstances, to inspire and encourage us to effectively influence policies and practices, is required.

Therefore we are looking for an:

Advocacy Lead (40 hours per week)

Our new Advocacy Lead will coordinate and guide the NLR Alliance efforts to ensure primarily:

  • That governments endorse, fund, implement and scale-up prevention of leprosy.


  • That duty bearers adopt and implement policies and programmes that enable people affected by leprosy to realise their rights and to have access to essential services.

The NLR Advocacy Lead will be based in New Delhi, India.

What will you do as NLR Advocacy Lead?

At NLR Alliance level (20%)

  • Coordinate and facilitate the development of the NLR Alliance-wide Advocacy Strategy
  • Advise on indicators and ensure that outcome harvesting is used for analysis to learn from and improve on advocacy approaches
  • Set up an NLR Alliance Advocacy group to align initiatives and stimulate cross-learning
  • Provide guidance to national NGOs on their country-specific advocacy tasks and build advocacy capacity within the NLR Alliance.

At NLR India level (50%)

  • Formulate and implement a contextualized Advocacy Strategy.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with partners.
  • Facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogue to get them on board.
  • Align advocacy strategies and communication strategies through collaboration

At international level (30%)

  • Conduct stakeholder mapping for the international context in which the NLR Alliance operates in close collaboration with relevant NLR staff.
  • Build and maintain relationships with international stakeholders with the aim to seek support for NLR’s strategic goals.

Your profile and experience

As an advocacy expert, you will balance excellent networking and coordination skills with strong communication in a multicultural context. You have strong interpersonal and diplomatic skills with proven ability to build solid relationships around advocacy targets. You work independently. The following competencies are essential for this position: strategic thinking, cultural sensitivity, flexibility and resilience. Furthermore we are looking for a candidate that relates to the following:

  • At least 10 years of experience in advocacy and policy influencing at the level of the Indian national government and in the international arena of the global health sector.
  • A Master-level degree in public health, international relations or a related field.
  • Proven experience conducting political economy analyses.
  • Experience in working with international organisations, NGOs, and government agencies.
  • Excellent communication, writing, presentation and representation skills in English and Hindi and/or other Indian languages, including experience with press.
  • Strong analytical, strategic thinking, diplomatic and convincing skills.
  • A proven track record in developing and implementing successful advocacy approaches.

We offer

At NLR you will be part of a very committed, passionate and international team, collaborating towards a world without leprosy. You have the opportunity to develop within an international and people-oriented working environment.

  • A one-year contract with the possibility of extension.
  • The exact salary and benefit package will depend on qualifications and experience and will be discussed during the recruitment procedure.

NLR will provide you with a laptop, health insurance and travel compensation.


Will you be part of realising our multi annual strategy to eliminate leprosy in 2040? Then join our team. Interested and qualified candidates are invited to submit a motivation letter and curriculum vitae no later than 22 July 2024 by email to

For more information, please contact Dr. Ashok Agarwal, CEO NLR India Foundation, via, or Liesbeth Mieras, Research & Advocacy coordinator, via

NLR strives for equal opportunities for everyone. We expressly encourage candidates from various backgrounds to apply. If you relate to the profile, we would like to meet you and hear your story. Strong preference will be given to candidates who are based in New Delhi – or willing to relocate – and who have permission to work in the country.

About NLR

Leprosy still exists today. This ancient disease impacts the lives and futures of hundreds of people every day. Leprosy affects the most marginalized communities. Every two minutes, someone is diagnosed with leprosy, leading to being ostracized by family, household, friends, and neighbours. They become socially isolated and give up on their education, work, and dreams. Disabilities caused by leprosy fuel stigma and discrimination. Social exclusion is a direct result of a lack of awareness, knowledge and understanding about the disease and how leprosy spreads. Totally unnecessary. The solutions are already available. We can cure leprosy. We can even prevent leprosy. No one needs to give up their life or dreams for this. With warmth and respect, we can help persons affected by leprosy. With knowledge and collaboration, this disease should be eradicated within a generation. Our generation. After all these centuries, we are almost there. A world without leprosy and its consequences.

With a total of 250 employees worldwide, NLR fights leprosy in cooperation with organisations in India, Brazil, Indonesia, Mozambique, Nepal and an international office in the Netherlands. The international office and the national NGOs form the NLR alliance, working towards our mission: a world without leprosy.

For more information visit our websites:
NLR India Foundation – until No Leprosy Remains