Save the Children is inviting applications from suitably qualified personnel to fill the position of Specialist – Advocacy, Policy & Government Relations (Temporary). The Specialist will work with the Country Director, PDQ Director, Technical Advisors and others to help define the short and medium term priorities of Save the Children advocacy work across thematic areas of our country strategy, helping to ensure that advocacy is an integral part of Save the Children’s Theory of Change, positioning Save the Children nationally as the leading advocate on children’s rights in Malawi. He/she will be responsible for the following, among others:
- Develop Save the Children’s advocacy strategy based on a country strategic goals and in alignment with the Global Strategy and Campaign Plans.
- Undertake national level policy and stakeholder analysis to support engagement with the Government of Malawi and other stakeholders, in support of Save the Children’s strategy in Malawi.
- Build Save the Children and partner staff capacity in the area of Advocacy.
In order to be successful, you will bring/have:
- A degree in Development, Social Science, Development, Law, Public Policy or equivalent.
- A minimum of 7 years’ advocacy experience in a corporate or an NGO environment, with experience in successfully leading the development and implementation of advocacy strategies
- Experience of a range of campaigning and advocacy techniques and approaches
- Experience in influencing government, donors, and other organisations through representation and/or advocacy
- Demonstrable track record of leading change which has led to significant results for the organisation and their stakeholders
- Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing and negotiation
- Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
- Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mind-sets
- Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner
- Strong research and policy development skills
- Experience of building networks, resulting in securing significant new opportunities for the organisation
- Commitment to the aims and principles of Save the Children. In particular, a good understanding of the Save the Children mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support
- Knowledge of children’s rights key international agreements and conventions
- Excellence in written and spoken English