Closing date: 5 December 2019
Job Type: Paid
Location: Central London, with regular international travel
About the role
Girls Not Brides is seeking a Senior Research and Policy Officer to lead the secretariat’s efforts to bridge research and practice and foster effective action to address child marriage in humanitarian contexts. This newly-created role will be responsible for collating insights from civil society organisations on strategies to address child marriage and support married girls in humanitarian contexts, supporting our regional teams in their work with Girls Not Brides members and National Partnerships in specific country contexts, and supporting our policy & advocacy team in encouraging greater investment in initiatives to prevent child marriage and support married girls by humanitarian actors. The role will lead on learning initiatives for member organisations based in the Middle-East, and represent Girls Not Brides on various external humanitarian research groups and programmatic fora. The successful candidate will have a strong track record of working in the humanitarian sector, preferably on education, child protection, gender-based violence or sexual and reproductive health.
About Girls Not Brides
Girls Not Brides is the only global partnership entirely focused on creating and sustaining a worldwide movement to end child marriage, and ensuring that this movement leads to tangible change for the girls at risk or affected by the practice. We are a network of more than 1,300 civil society organisations in over 100 countries, all committed to working in partnership to end child marriage. Our vision is a world without child marriage where girls and women enjoy equal status with boys and men, and are able to achieve their full potential in all aspects of their lives.
Our members are diverse. They vary in size, location, and the type of work they do. They include groups focused on research and advocacy as well as programme implementers and service providers working directly in their communities in a variety of contexts. Our members address the issue of child marriage from various perspectives, including health, women’s and girls’ rights, child protection, education, economic empowerment and general development.
The global partnership is supported by the Girls Not Brides secretariat with teams in the UK (London), Mexico, Kenya, India and Senegal and has an annual budget of approximately £5 million. The secretariat coordinates and supports the activities of the Global Partnership in line with our 2017-2020 strategy, which was developed in consultation with 500 members and partners.
The Secretariat plays three broad roles in relation to our membership:
This role sits within the Learning Team, which works to build an understanding of why and how child marriage happens in different contexts, and what needs to be done to address it. It works to bridge research and practice by identifying and building consensus about solutions to address child marriage, collating and sharing research and evidence, and using this to support Girls Not Brides members’ work and advance knowledge and practice among the broader movement to end child marriage.
Support Girls Not Brides regional teams and members with humanitarian work in selected countries
Lead efforts to connect learning from Girls Not Brides members in the Middle-East with a global learning agenda
Represent Girls Not Brides on relevant research and programmatic groups, fora and events
Review and share the latest research and evidence on child marriage with a focus humanitarian contexts
Contribute to the work of the Learning Team
Contribute to secretariat-wide work
Responsibilities of all staff members
At Girls Not Brides, we are committed to the wellbeing, empowerment and rights of children, and to safeguarding children from harm in all of our activities. Girls Not Brides aims to promote an environment of trust and understanding where the welfare of children is paramount. You will adhere to the Girls Not Brides Child Safeguarding Policy and its Code of Conduct and report any concerns relating to the safeguarding of children in accordance with agreed procedures.
Our core values
 By “humanitarian contexts” we mean contexts of sudden onset or protracted conflicts or natural disasters, contexts in which other events represent a critical threat to the health, safety and wellbeing of communities (e.g. epidemics, famine and environmental emergencies), and situations of forced migration resulting from these events.
How to apply
We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. To apply, please send your CV and a brief cover letter demonstrating how you meet the criteria for this position to [email protected] by 17.00 GMT on 5 December 2019 clearly stating “Senior Research and Policy Officer (humanitarian contexts)” and your name in the subject line. First-round interviews will take place on 17-18 December. We regret that due to the large number of applications anticipated, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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