Dir Conflict & Humanitarian Policy, Save the Children (London)

Director of Conflict and Humanitarian Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns (2633)
Division:Policy, Advocacy & Campaigns
Department:Policy, Advocacy & Campaigns Directorate
Team:Policy, Advocacy & Campaigns Directorate
Contract Type:Permanent Contract
Full / Part Time:Full-time
Closing Date:23 August 2016

We are seeking an inspirational and innovative leader to join us as Director of Conflict and Humanitarian Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns to provide strategic leadership to our new Conflict and Humanitarian Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns Department. The new team will bring together senior analysts and advocates with world-class campaigners, ensuring that the policies which deliver for children in crises are identified, communicated and adopted.

Working in more than 120 countries, we do whatever it takes to create breakthroughs in the way the world treats children. Our Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns Division is where we drive political agendas at national and global levels. We’ve integrated lobbying, policy, research and campaigning into one agile, powerful engine for change. Together, we save children’s lives, fight for their rights and help them fulfil their potential.

The Conflict and Humanitarian Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns team’s work spans specific conflicts (including Syria and Yemen), thematic areas (such as sexual violence in conflict and explosive weapons) and the refugee crisis. Reporting to the Executive Director of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns, you will drive campaigns to protect children in war and win change on some of the biggest issues of our time. You will also play a leadership role across Save the Children, delivering specific cross-division or cross-organisational strategic initiatives that create a platform for SCUK to operate at the forefront of positive change in the sector. In addition you will:
Create the framework and capability to drive an integrated advocacy and campaigns model across Conflict and Humanitarian activity

Align the work of the department with the strategy of the wider organisation
Build, engage and manage the new Conflict and Humanitarian Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns team, providing leadership to a team of senior technical experts
Drive the development of campaigns in Save the Children country programmes, leading global processes involving Save the Children International and other national Save the Children members
Be an authoritative external representative with the media, government, parliamentarians and other decision-makers, ensuring Save the Children is shaping relevant debates
Identify, build and lead innovative policy, advocacy and campaigns partnerships, managing strategic relationships to achieve greater impact for our work.

To be successful you will be a proven leader with the ability to inspire others and operate strategically. You will have a proven track record of winning significant international policy change against the odds by deploying a wide-range of innovative policy, advocacy and campaigning techniques and tactics. An innovative, collaborative networker, you will also have:
Experience of influencing international processes and / or of delivering national-level change outside of the UK, ideally gained in an INGO, international institution, national government or NGO in a conflict-affected country
Demonstrable experience in building and leading teams, with clear ability to create a strong sense of shared values and engender a high performing culture, characterised by ambitious goals and high levels of communication and feedback
Solid experience of working at a senior level in complex global operating environments with a wide external network covering government, military, think tank, NGO and media contacts
The judgement to navigate confidential, high risk policy questions, rooted in long experience of foreign policy, defence, security or development issues
Excellent communication skills with the ability to absorb and synthesise huge amounts of information at speed.

The ability and willingness to travel frequently, including to high risk destinations is essential.

Experience of frontline work in conflict or humanitarian emergencies and knowledge of slow and sudden onset crises would be an advantage.

At Save the Children we are committed to the safeguarding and protection of children in our work. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those who are suitable to work with children are recruited to work for us. This post is subject to a range of vetting checks including a criminal records disclosure.

Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. If you share our mission, are passionate about making it happen and strongly believe you can contribute then join us and we’ll give you every opportunity to succeed. We look forward to hearing from you.

Closing date: 23rd August 2016

Interview expenses: Candidates should note that unfortunately it is not our policy to reimburse expenses accrued when attending interviews at Save the Children UK unless you are requested to attend an interview in an alternative location to where the role is based.

Pre-employment Checks: Any Employment with Save the Children UK will be subject to the following checks prior to your start date: a satisfactory police record check to include a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and/or an International Criminal Record Check (If applicable)
receipt of satisfactory references proof of eligibility to work in the national location for this role

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