VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT Save the Children saves

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
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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:
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Lead the development of a regional advocacy strategy on the post 2015 MDG
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Conduct political mapping and power analysis to inform the advocacy approach.
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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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