Fixed Term Head of Advocacy and Policy – Child Rights Governance
Head of Advocacy and Policy – Child Rights Governance
We are currently recruiting for a high calibre Head of Advocacy and Policy to lead on efforts to ensure that we achieve our objectives for our Child Rights Governance (CRG) and child rights area of practice.
Save the Children has committed to ‘putting child rights at the centre of what we do’. As the Head of Advocacy and Policy for CRG you will play a key role in evolving our thinking on child rights and good governance, and will help us deliver on this ambitious commitment.
If you join our dynamic team, you will be tasked with providing the vision and leadership for our policy and advocacy work on child rights and good governance, in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and Sustainable Development Goal 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions. You will drive efforts to realise the right of every child to survive, learn, be protected and be heard, through influencing accountable, responsive, inclusive and transparent governance and respect for human rights. These efforts, through the CRG and child rights practice- are organised into three work streams:
- Monitoring and Demanding children’s rights, in which we hold decision-makers accountable to children, and support children to influence powerful actors through human rights mechanisms;
- Public Investment in Children, in which we argue for budgets to be maximised for investments in children, and that resources allocated are spent efficiently; and
- Good Governance that delivers Child Rights, in which we support institutions to be open, willing and capable of fulfilling the rights of all children. Specifically, you will lead implementation of our CRG and child rights advocacy and policy strategy; support our global campaign “Every Last Child” to be accountable to children; and lead our policy and influencing around the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 2019. You will be called to provide technical expertise to country and regional offices related to their influencing of public accountability to children, governance reform and civil society space to advocate for change for children. You will identify key policy issues and opportunities, as well as manage research and draft varied advocacy and campaign materials. You will network and mobilise, together with SC members, key actors in support of child rights and good governance for children.
This is a fantastic opportunity for someone with energy, commitment, and talent, to help ensure positive and lasting change in the lives of the most marginalised and vulnerable children.
In order to be successful you will bring/have:
- Significant advocacy experience in a senior position in an international human rights/child rights organisation.
- Demonstrated success in international policy advocacy at the highest levels. Experience in advocacy on human/child rights, good governance and economic justice particularly desirable.
- Excellent writing, communication and networking skills in English.
- Experience of building capacity and delivering technical assistance on campaigns and advocacy to professionals in different country and programming contexts.
- A demonstrable ability to mobilise, build partnerships, guide and motivate people towards the achievement of agreed goals
- Experience in programming, fundraising, financial planning, financial management and IT (desirable).
- Additional languages, particularly French, Spanish and/or Arabic (desirable).
This role could be based in London, or any existing Save the Children location. We offer a competitive package based on national terms and conditions.
We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in 117 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the rights of children and to ensure their voices are heard.
We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:
- No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
- All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
- Violence against children is no longer tolerated
We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.
Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at http://www.savethechildren.net/jobscareers
We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.
Closing date: 24 Feb 2019
Location: Worldwide, Worldwide
Department: Programme Operations
Type: Fixed-term contract