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Save the Children hiring Regional Advocacy and Campaigns Manager.
Our vision is that Save the Children be the leading voice for Children and their rights in the West and Central Africa (WCA) region.
The Regional Advocacy and Campaigns Manager under the guidance of the Director of Advocacy, Campaigns, Communication and Media (ACCM) for WCA will support efficient and effective implementation of Advocacy and Campaigns Country Plans in the West and Central Africa region.
Campaign and Advocacy is totally integrated in Save the Children’s theory of change; be the voice – build partnerships – innovate – achieve results at scale.
She/ He will be responsible in tracking and supporting the development and implementation of campaign and advocacy strategies that will engage the public to influence governments and other institutional policies and practice to achieve positive and lasting changes to influence Children’s survival, learning and protection. She/ He will be responsible to ensure a child centred lens to all campaigns and clear connection related to priority thematic and policy advocacy. The role will be responsible for tracking the work and help showcase the impact of our work in the region, to both internal and external audiences, working and supporting our communications work.
Based on the global lobby and advocacy strategy, as well as the country plans, the role will support and feed the WCA perspective into global lobby and advocacy activities and key moments.
Advocacy is central to Save the Children’s theory of change and to achieving our ambitious goals for children.
Generating evidence, including from our own program experience; advocating with policy makers and decision makers; generating political pressure and fostering an enabling environment through public mobilization; and using media to amplify our messages are all essential parts of our influencing ‘toolkit’.
Most advocacy and campaign activities are delivered nationally by our Country Offices and Partners, but a dedicated regional capacity is essential to help catalyse, support and coordinate this work, as well as engage with regional institutions where this adds value. It is important to build the capacity of all Staff and Partners involved in national and regional advocacy to build SMART strategies, and to use evidence from program work to inform national, regional and global advocacy.
The post holder also need to ensure we secure adequate resources to implement our ACCM ambition, by embedding the strategies into program proposals from the inception phase. This work needs to be done in Development context, such as in Humanitarian environment. This role is not rooted in a thematic specialism, but in leadership and expertise in influencing policy and practice through synergized advocacy and popular mobilization. The role will be located in the West and Central Africa region.
The post holder will also play a representational role at times.
- BA or Masters Degree in related field
- Strong background in advocacy leadership in WCA (national or regional) at a senior level on international issues, including policy development and supporting advocacy as part of programmes– at least seven years’ demonstrated experience
- Practical Experience of building networks and engaging with coalitions
- Experience Campaigning for and with Children with demonstrable understanding and experience of how to connect Children’s issues with public opinion and actions
- Experience of strategic evidence-based advocacy and public campaigning in an NGO environment, with proven record in successfully leading the development and implementation of successful advocacy and campaign strategies to achieve policy and normative change
- Highly developed analytical writing skills and ability to analyse complex data and to summarise and communicate them in ways that are accessible to a range of audiences from different cultural backgrounds
- Ability to manage and coordinate different workstreams across many contexts
- Excellent training, facilitation, and team building skills.
- Knowledge of the regional institutions and the way they function.
- Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mind sets
- Fluency in written and spoken French and English is essential; skills in other languages would be an advantage
- Makes independent decisions and solves problem on new and complex issues, requiring creative and systems thinking to find best solutions
- A high level of computer literacy
- Experience of, and willingness to travel in, a broad range of developing countries, sometimes at short notice and for extended periods of time
Closing Date: Jul 18, 2022