Communications & Advocacy Advisor

Save the Children
£34,000 - £37,000
Closing date: 25 June 2017
Job Type: Paid
Fixed term contract until 31st March 2018

We are looking for an experienced and creative individual to join us as Communications & Advocacy Advisor, enhancing and leading the communications strategy and project managing the communications and advocacy plan for the DEPP (Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme) Portfolio.

Currently hosted by Save the Children, the Start Network is planning to become a fully independent entity. It has a vision that the humanitarian sector can change to become more diverse, decentralised and collaborative, and as such is currently working on four key areas: Start Fund (for financing emergency responses), Start Engage (for strengthening civil society capacity), Start Labs (for experimentation, rapid prototyping and learning) and Start Response (for more adaptive, decentralised and collaborative humanitarian responses). Comprising of thousands of partner agencies and with a staff of a quarter of a million working in 200 countries and territories, the Network’s reach is huge.

As Communications & Advocacy Advisor you will work with the DEPP Management, DEPP Learning Project and other project leads to swiftly agree key overarching portfolio communications messages linked to the portfolio’s business case and project level work. You will also engage with outlined portfolio’s key targets and develop links with target audiences. In addition you will:

  • Outline roles, responsibilities and resources for developing key communications materials
  • Work in coordination with IPMs/PMUs to create and deliver critical communications hooks/events for the portfolio and engage with and support events organised by projects or external organisations where DEPP requires to be represented and advocated for
  • Swiftly develop communications materials to communicate the impact of the portfolio
  • Provide support for events and collaboration days so that advocacy and communications elements are integrated.

To be successful you will be a communications/advocacy specialist, with an ability to write clearly and succinctly, for a range of audiences, particularly ‘laypersons’ and non-technical audiences. A good understanding of the humanitarian policy and a strong understanding humanitarian principles, and current sectoral issues are essential as is the ability to demonstrate the use of evidence and learning as part of foundations for communications and advocacy work. You will also have:

  • Experience producing communication work linked to advocacy and policy
  • Strong skills in inter-personal communication, and the ability to work effectively with multiple stakeholders in a complex, multi-actor environment
  • Demonstrated capacity to design, plan, manage and communicate strategy on multi-agency, multi-country projects
  • Experience of digital and social media platforms
  • Strong presentation and writing skills, including project documentation and public communication.

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.

To apply please visit our website. Closing date: 25th June 2017


Region: London and the southeast
Sector: Advocacy Communications Training

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