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

Organisation: Save the
Children International
Duty Station: Kampala,
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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Excellent influencing skills, including an
    ability to deal with people at all levels with credibility, tact, and
  • 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
  • Excellent analytical skills and strategic
    planning abilities.
  • Ability to establish and maintain
    conducive collegial relations and perform effectively as a member of a
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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