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12 June 2017

Head of Advocacy and Communications (HAC) Career Opportunity - Save the Children International

Organisation: Save the Children International
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

About US:
Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organization for children and has program presence in over 120 countries in the world and has been implementing programs for over 90 years. Save the Children envisions a Uganda in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. We strive to create impact for children by delivering our Programmes through partnerships, by being innovative, by acting as the voice for and of children, and by achieving results at scale.  In Uganda, we implement programmes in six thematic programme areas of Child Protection, Child Rights Governance, Education, Livelihoods & Food Security, Health, Nutrition and HIV/AIDS in development and emergency contexts. Save the Children delivers programs in over 36 districts in the North, Rwenzori, North-Eastern and Central regions of Uganda, Currently, Save the Children has a staff complement of over 270 persons. We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential. In 2014, we reached over 143 million children through our work around 52m directly and 91 million indirectly around the world.

Job Summary: The Head of Advocacy and Communications (HAC) is responsible for the development and implementation of Save the Children's overall Advocacy Strategy and Communications Plan, in promotion of children’s rights and driven by child participation. Based on Save the Children's programming priorities, he/she will support the identification of key issues for advocacy and communications, preparing and implementing strategies and messages. The HAC will ensure adequate documentation of evidence and good practices. He/she will lead the Communications team in gathering and developing effective audio/visual and written material that voices the gaps in fulfilment of children's rights, effectively explain Save the Children's interventions and engage external stakeholders and donors in our work. The incumbent will succeed in establishing strong and strategic partnerships with like-minded organisations in advancing the rights of children. The HAC will oversee traditional media and related external communications activities and lead in developing effective online social media strategies to engage the wider public. In addition, the HAC will build the capacity of Technical Specialists and Regional Area Managers in undertaking advocacy activities in line with Save the Children's Advocacy Strategy. Frequent field travel is required.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Save the Children Head of Advocacy and Communications (HAC) career placement should hold a Bachelor’s Degree or higher in social science, human rights, development, international relations, journalism/mass communication.
  • Possession of a Masters or post graduate degree in communications and media will be an added advantage.
  • A minimum of six years’ experience in undertaking major advocacy, media and communication initiatives in humanitarian and development contexts.
  • Proven experience in analysing the situation of children using the child rights programming/ principles framework.
  • Good track record of policy influencing with partners, government and civil societies/key stakeholders
  • Proven ability to think strategically, to analyze complex information and offer creative, practical and effective solutions
  • Excellent influencing skills, including an ability to deal with people at all levels with credibility, tact, and diplomacy
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, and an ability to produce good quality documents, information for a variety of audiences and communicate good practices
  • Previous exposure and experience in policy and practice analysis and implementing strategic advocacy initiatives aimed at bringing changes in these areas
  • Excellent interpersonal skills such as networking, negotiation and communication.
  • Willingness and ability to travel time to upcountry locations to support field teams as security permits
  • Good computer skills to produce advocacy documents and document and communicate good practices.
  • High level of fluency in English, both verbal and written, required.
  • Prior exposure and experience working with local partners and District Local Government in Child Rights Governance, Health, Nutrition, Education, HIV/AIDS or Child Protection is an added advantage.
  • Excellent analytical skills and strategic planning abilities.
  • Ability to establish and maintain conducive collegial relations and perform effectively as a member of a team.
  • Willingness to travel and work in hard-to-reach areas, occasionally under strenuous conditions.
  • Computer literacy and excellent documentation skills are a must.
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Ability to intervene with crisis management or troubleshooting as necessary.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching.
  • Excellent time management and planning capacity.
  • Availability and willingness to work extra hours during times of humanitarian responses.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send a copy of their updated CVs with cover letters (attached as one document) indicating three referees, two of whom should have been direct supervisors via E-mail only to: uganda.recruitment@savethechildren.org

NB:
  • Testimonials/certificates should not be attached to applications.
  • Hand delivered applications will not be accepted and are therefore not considered during the shortlisting process.

Deadline: 30th June 2017 by Midnight


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