Head of Advocacy

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 13 December 2019

Job Description

The Opportunity

The Head of Advocacy will lead Save the Children’s advocacy strategy development and activities related to the most vulnerable children in Myanmar and will serve as key focal point for the Rohingya crisis within the Myanmar Country Office. S/he will take the lead in driving forward Save the Children’s strategy on Protecting Children in Conflict/Stop the War on Children campaign (PCIC/SWOC) and other humanitarian advocacy in close collaboration with the MST Director, National Director (Myanmar), MST Director of Advocacy, Campaigns, Communications, Media, Programme Director, PDQ team, as well as the Independent Rakhine Initiative, to refine and implement Save the Children’s national and international advocacy strategy, promote cross-thematic coordination to support advocacy, campaigns, communication and media (ACCM), and scale up in-country efforts. In addition, the incumbent will play a key role in the roll out of the Centrality of Protection action plan for Myanmar.

Key Responsibilities

  • Ensure the integration of Myanmar advocacy priorities and activities within the Rohingya response as a whole - and support situational awareness and analysis.
  • Develop short/longer-term advocacy objectives
  • Manage advocacy initiatives in close coordination and cooperation with Myanmar Country Office leadership, operations and technical emergency response staff, the HAWG, the regional advocacy director and communications, media and campaigns staff, as appropriate. The function will work closely with national programme staff with experience of carrying out advocacy work and build on their experience.
  • Liaise with global/regional communications and media colleagues where appropriate, including but not limited to key message development, and ensure this is shared fully across the membership.
  • Define key advocacy opportunities and targets at national, regional and international levels and lead, mobilize and coordinate national, regional and international advocacy colleagues to influence these, as appropriate.
  • Lead on updating and implementing a PCIC/SWOC strategy for Myanmar, particularly focusing on the impact of conflict and displacement on children, as well as the underlying causes and longer-term impacts. This strategy will be aligned with the HAWG Rohingya Crisis and Myanmar PCIC/SWOC strategies and Centrality of Protection Action Plan.
  • Work alongside Campaign Manager to mobilise the Myanmar public behind our Stop War on Children campaign objectives. Convert this public engagement into influence opportunities. (e.g. Myanmar signing of Safe Schools declaration).
  • Support proposal development to ensure integration of humanitarian advocacy and campaign resourcing to achieve PCiC/SWOC objectives.
  • Provide analysis of issues affecting displaced and conflict-affected Myanmar children, particularly education and child protection, as well as of other factors such as accountability and justice, child/human rights, humanitarian access, UN coordination, funding, security and addressing root causes of crises in Myanmar.
  • Work closely with the Independent Rakhine Initiative team to integrate IRI advocacy messages and resources into the broader SCI advocacy strategy on Rakhine.
  • Support the implementation of the Centrality of Protection action plan for Myanmar
  • Liaise with field-based staff, key INGO, UN and other interlocutors in-country
  • Support the Country Director and other relevant Country Office staff in high-level humanitarian advocacy work towards relevant authorities, RCHC, Humanitarian Country Teams, key UN actors and Agencies, Donors and other NGOs, as well as media, if necessary.
  • Represent Save the Children at appropriate country-level working groups.
  • Build the broader advocacy capacity of Save the Children in Myanmar by providing technical support to programme teams and to the business development unit, especially through programme design phase.
  • Report quarterly on advocacy and campaign funding KPIs.
  • Ensure that advocacy positions and activities are written into all relevant proposals.

About the Organization

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 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 right 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.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

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