VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT Save the Children saves children’s lives, fight for their rights and help them fulfill their potentials. Save the Children started work in Liberia in 1991 with an emergency program focusing on the immediate needs of children affected by the conflict. Save the Children currently operates in eight counties across Liberia and works in: education, health and child protection, child rights governance and response to humanitarian emergencies. Commitment to Child Protection: Save the Children is committed to keeping children safe from abuse and harm. Candidates applying for these positions will be subject to the Child Safeguarding recruitment procedures and checks. Accountability Commitment: Save the Children is committed to be transparent to children, their carers and communities with whom it works by promoting and abiding by existing organizational accountability system which includes - sharing relevant information on its work with children, their carers and communities with whom Save the Children works; reporting concerns raised by children, their carers and communities about the intervention and involving children at all stages of the intervention. We are seeking for qualified professionals with solid background and demonstrated experience in the below position: Job Title Location : : Advocacy Adviser Monrovia - with travels to County offices and project sites Job Purpose: The Programme Development and Quality department leads the development and implementation of our advocacy strategy/activities to achieve policy and political change; leads and manages Save the Children’s advocacy engagement with the Liberian government; and forges advocacy alliances with key opinion makers in Liberia. One of our current global priorities is to be at the forefront of the debate on the development of a post2015 framework to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to ensure that it is born out of a participatory process, emphasizing equality, equity, sustainability and rights above all else. Save the Children has extended a funding partnership to support its advocacy work on the post-2015 development framework so that our positions and public messaging fully reflect the wide spectrum of opinion across our global organization. This position will oversee Save the Children’s broader advocacy and input on the post-2015 development agenda and provide assistance to the existing advocacy staff members. The post holder will develop and implement advocacy strategies to influence the national government, but also relevant regional organizations and other key governments in West Africa. They will also seek to engage and influence key UN bodies, national opinion formers and civil society leaders across West Africa. They will work closely with the SCUK adviser currently seconded to the Liberian President’s High Level Panel Secretariat. KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY: As a member of the Programme Development and Quality team, the post holder, in line with the Save the Children mandate, strategy and theory of change will: Lead the development of a regional advocacy strategy on the post 2015 MDG framework Conduct political mapping and power analysis to inform the advocacy approach. Undertake scoping and analysis of political progress and official processes to ensure timely input and engagement, including with respect to various UN regional consultations. Represent Save the Children and present our recommendations at high-level national and regional events and meetings with government officials, UN agencies etc. Support and monitor implementation of these national strategies in consultation with existing advocacy staff. Organize and manage key external and internal events to support Save the Children’s advocacy objectives around the post 2015 agenda, including major roundtables with high level policymakers. Monitor country developments to identify and recommend the key opportunities for Save the Children to influence, as well as potential barriers Provide tailored information and advice to members of the Save the Children International (SCI) family and Save the Children UK on targets and developments as appropriate to inform the global strategy Provide credible and effective guidance to colleagues involved in influencing decision/policymakers and initiatives around the post 2015 MDG agenda (including to all regional Country Directors) Support Save the Children’s participation in NGO coalitions and work closely with other NGOs, partners and networks to progress our post-2015 objectives Build and maintain relationships with multilateral institutions and key post-2015 global decision makers Prepare briefings, letters, other written materials and presentations for internal and external use and support the development of global policy briefings and reports as required Support media engagement strategies in key countries and globally, providing written materials and inputs where required Oversee project budget lines and provide regular reporting to Save the Children UK to ensure compliance with donor requirements QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE We would expect candidates to have at least 70% of the “highly desirable” skills listed below Highly desirable At least three years of experience in policy and advocacy work at the national and regional levels Excellent communication skills (written/spoken) for advocacy and media work, and awareness of political sensitivities Track record in policy influencing Understanding of the Post 2015 development agenda Good facilitation skills and experience of managing projects and events Understanding and experience of aid, poverty and development issues and delivering policy and advocacy in developing countries Experience of working in a multi-cultural environment Knowledge of international development and UN processes and structures Strong conceptual and analytical skills and the ability to think strategically and creatively Ability to prioritize, plan and organize work in a complex institutional setting Experience working in developing country contexts, preferably on advocacy or policy development Ability to work well and flexibly, while also able to take initiative and work under pressure with limited supervision Fluency in written/spoken English is essential Commitment to Save the Children values, philosophy and Child Protection Policy Desirable Experience working in an international organization Experience working in grant-funded projects and related reporting requirements Working-level spoken and written French Commitment to the Save the Children values. How to Apply: Applications along with a copy of your CV, a contact telephone number and the names of 3 referees who you have previously worked for, quoting their email addresses properly and send to this email address [email protected] or to the HR/Support Services Department. Clearly label/quote the job title on your envelope and hand deliver to the Security Guard at Save the Children’s nearest offices in (Monrovia, Margibi, Gbarnga, Zwedru & Nimba). Deadline for the submission of application is January 18, 2013, at 4:00 PM. If you fail to indicate the job title on the envelope, your application will not be accepted. Only short listed candidates will be contacted. Save the Children is an equal opportunities employer - Women are encouraged to apply.
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