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Policy and Advocacy Officer, Global

Deadline: Thursday 4 May 2017 Download job description

Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage is seeking a Policy and Advocacy Officer to lead on the Partnership’s policy and advocacy engagement at the global level. The successful candidate will develop global-level policy strategies, recommendations and initiatives, and support engagement and alignment of member organisations in global advocacy.

This role sits within the Policy and Advocacy team. The team analyses policy developments at the global and national levels, and provides policy, technical and strategic advice to governments and inter-governmental institutions, and urges their adoption through direct advocacy, campaigns, and organising members.

Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of more than 700 civil society organisations from over 90 countries committed to ending child marriage and enabling girls to fulfil their potential. Members are supported by a global secretariat with staff based in the UK and individual team members based in Dakar, Delhi and Nairobi.

Stronger together, Girls Not Brides members bring child marriage to global attention, build an understanding of what it will take to end child marriage, and call for the laws, policies and programmes that will make a difference in the life of millions of girls.

Earlier this year, Girls Not Brides launched an ambitious four-year strategy (available online). The Partnership has grown rapidly in recent years and is looking for candidates enthusiastic about amplifying recent successes.

Based in Girls Not Brides’ London office, the successful candidate’s key responsibilities will be to:

  • Analyse global policy developments on child marriage and within related sectors, and develop policy positions; write policy briefs, background notes and other materials.
  • Identify and respond to global advocacy opportunities, working with members and external stakeholders to develop common positions and strategies.
  • Work with members and provide them with support to increase their influence at the global level.
  • Develop, with other team members, specific initiatives and campaigns at the global level, integrated with regional and national-level work, particularly geared toward holding governments and other key actors accountable to implementation of commitments to end child marriage.
  • Support the integration of global policy work across the team and across the national, regional and global levels.
  • Support engagement within different development sectors.

We are looking for candidates with a strong academic background or professional experience in politics, international relations, human rights, gender, development or a related field, and experience of being personally effective in working directly for a civil society organisation engaged in global advocacy. Experience with global accountability campaigns highly desired.

A strong understanding of dynamics on gender and/or development issues, and an understanding of child marriage and of the key players in the women’s and children’s rights fields, are highly desirable.

We are specifically looking for candidates who can:

  • Use their knowledge of child marriage or related issues to assemble persuasive arguments, written in a compelling way.
  • Use their knowledge and experience of influencing at the global level to develop strategies and initiatives that are likely to succeed.
  • Apply logic, evidence and emotion to complex issues with multiple perspectives and still create a coherent call for action.
  • Adapt their strong written and verbal communication skills to many different audiences, reflecting the myriad of different stakeholders and contexts.
  • Listen, engage, and seek to understand the subtleties of global political debates, to then develop relevant and specific tools, resources and materials that meet the needs of member organisations to press for change.
  • Use their creativity in policy and advocacy work to generate innovative ways of making change happen at a global level.
  • Strike the balance between supporting the work of Girls Not Brides member organisations and advancing the strategic agenda of the global partnership to make progress towards ending child marriage
  • Operate independently to a high level of impact and quality, whilst also remaining agile, flexible and collaborative within and across the secretariat team.
  • Interact with people from very different backgrounds and cultures with ease and effectiveness, enabling them to seek common positions and feel ownership in their engagement.
  • Comfortable using a wide range of modern office software suites and project management tools, and has ability and willingness to learn new ones.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of French (highly desired), Spanish, Portuguese or Arabic.

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 be expected to 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.

Practicalities

Salary range:              £33,000-£37,000, depending upon experience, plus a generous benefits package

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 recruitment@GirlsNotBrides.org by 23:00 GMT on Thursday 4 May 2017 clearly stating “Policy and Advocacy Officer” and your name in the subject line. We regret that due to the large number of applications anticipated, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Senior National Partnership Officer

Deadline: Thursday 4 May 2017 Download job description

Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage is seeking a bilingual (English and French) international development professional who can bring their technical expertise and professional experience to national civil society networks and alliances, in order to facilitate policy and advocacy change, enhanced collective working, and to support capacity development.

This post will sit within the Partnership team, which oversees the engagement of Girls Not Brides’ large network of 700 civil society member organisations in over 90 countries. The team coordinates the capacity-building of members and ensures their meaningful engagement in the broad range of work of the global partnership – including advocacy, campaigning and knowledge-sharing.

Girls Not Brides brings together civil society organisations from around the world. Stronger together, Girls Not Brides members bring child marriage to global attention, build an understanding of what it will take to end child marriage, and call for the laws, policies and programmes that will make a difference in the life of millions of girls. Members are supported by a global secretariat with staff based in the UK and individual team members based in Dakar, Delhi and Nairobi.

In several countries, Girls Not Brides members have come together with a desire to work collectively and have formed official Girls Not Brides National Partnerships, aligning their work with Girls Not Brides’ strategy. Girls Not Brides supports National Partnerships through capacity development, connecting them with people and opportunities, and amplifying their profile. This is an exciting time to join Girls Not Brides as it deepens and expands its work with National Partnerships.

Earlier this year, Girls Not Brides launched an ambitious four-year strategy (available online). The Partnership has grown rapidly in recent years and is looking for candidates enthusiastic about amplifying recent successes.

Ideally based in Girls Not Brides’ office in London, the successful candidate’s key responsibilities will be to:

  • Provide critical technical, methodological and networking support to strengthen Girls Not Brides National Partnerships and other networks/alliances the organisation works closely with at national levels – both in Anglophone and Francophone countries.
  • Work with nascent National Partnerships as well as well-established groups.
  • Ensure strong knowledge management and monitoring and evaluation processes for National Partnerships, capturing and disseminating lessons-learned and best practice.
  • Facilitate effective sharing of learning between Girls Not Brides member organisations.
  • Contribute to the development of capacity-building products for the wider Girls Not Brides
  • Actively contribute to the broader work of the Partnership team – this will include member outreach and support for youth engagement activities.

We are looking for bilingual candidates with a proven track record of working overseas to strengthen civil society actors, and an understanding of how coalitions/networks work. Candidates must have a background in human rights, international development or another related field. We need someone with direct experience of capacity-building, national advocacy, as well as programme development. A strong understanding of dynamics on gender and/or development issues, and an understanding of child marriage, is desirable.

We are specifically looking for a candidate who can:

  • Quickly build productive relationships with Girls Not Brides members from different backgrounds and sectors, working in different cultural contexts.
  • Create practical tools and provide advisory support on a range of technical issues, customised and packaged to be of greatest value and application to a particular national context.
  • Listen, distil issues, and make connections to facilitate the engagement of Girls Not Brides members across a range of work, including communications, learning and advocacy.
  • Assess and read the political context and change drivers within a developing country and generate/ support strategies and initiatives to deliver the desired change.
  • Work in French and English with equal effect.
  • Strike the balance between supporting the work of Girls Not Brides members and advancing the strategic agenda of the global partnership to make progress towards ending child marriage.
  • Operate independently to a high level of impact and quality, while also remaining agile, flexible and collaborative within and across the secretariat team.
  • Comfortable using a wide range of modern office software suites and project management tools, and has ability and willingness to learn new ones.

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 be expected to 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.

Practicalities

Salary range:              £35,000-£42,000, depending upon experience, plus a generous benefits package

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 recruitment@GirlsNotBrides.org by 23:00 GMT on Thursday, 4 May 2017 clearly stating “Senior National Partnership Officer” and your name in the subject line. We regret that due to the large number of applications anticipated, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Research and Policy Officer

Deadline: Thursday 4 May 2017 Download job description

Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage is seeking a Research and Policy Officer who can build, gather and synthesise research on child marriage, generating best practice on solutions needed to end child marriage, and support members and National Partnerships to use evidence in their work.

This role sits within the Learning team. The Learning team works to build understanding of how child marriage happens, and what needs to be done to address it, by sharing the latest research and evidence about what works, identifying and building consensus about solutions needed, and using this to support Girls Not Brides members’ work.

Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of more than 700 civil society organisations from over 90 countries committed to ending child marriage and enabling girls to fulfil their potential. Members are supported by a global secretariat with staff based in the UK and individual team members based in Dakar, Delhi and Nairobi.

Stronger together, Girls Not Brides members bring child marriage to global attention, build an understanding of what it will take to end child marriage, and call for the laws, policies and programmes that will make a difference in the life of millions of girls.

Earlier this year, Girls Not Brides launched an ambitious four-year strategy (available online). The Partnership has grown rapidly in recent years and is looking for candidates enthusiastic about amplifying recent successes.

Based in the Girls Not Brides office in London, the successful candidate will be a key member of the Learning team and their key responsibilities will be to:

  • Encourage and enable synthesis of solutions and build consensus on actions needed by conducting desk research, identifying and collating research, and generating analysis and recommendations to inform national-level change.
  • Inform and encourage new research in collaboration with Girls Not Brides members and partners, share existing and new research, track major research initiatives, and build relationships with researchers.
  • Facilitate learning about approaches to end child marriage, identifying platforms, forums and events where Girls Not Brides could be making an impact or generating benefit for members.
  • Develop initiatives and materials to increase the capacity of members to use research, evidence and learning in support of their work.
  • Contribute to the overall work of the Learning team, and the whole secretariat.

We are looking for candidates with a strong academic background or professional experience in public policy, development, international relations, human rights or gender issues with experience of using evidence for advocacy. We require someone with significant experience of intepreting, synthesising, understanding and presenting data and evidence from multiple sources in a compelling way. A strong understanding of dynamics on gender and/or development issues, and an understanding of child marriage, is desirable.

We are specifically looking for candidates who can:

  • Assemble data, synthesise, draw out themes and issues, and turn the evidence into intelligence and conclusions.
  • Interpret and understand the value and shortcomings of different research methodologies to make informed conclusions.
  • Identify gaps in evidence, and influence partners and members on choice of new research.
  • Present synthesis and conclusions in a compelling and accessible way with attention to accuracy.
  • Lead and manage technical projects and engage ownership for these projects within own team and other teams in the secretariat.
  • Move comfortably between taking initiative and managing own tasks as well as following instructions and delivering to the plans of others.
  • Strike the balance between supporting the work of Girls Not Brides member organisations and advancing the strategic agenda of the global partnership to make progress towards endind child marriage.
  • Operate to a high level of impact and quality, whilst also remaining agile, flexible and collaborative within and across the secretariat team.
  • Interact with people from very different backgrounds and cultures with ease and effectiveness.
  • Facilitate discussions among diverse partners and generate consensus as needed.
  • Comfortable using a wide range of modern office software suites and project management tools, and has ability and willingness to learn new ones.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of French, Spanish, Portuguese or Arabic.

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 be expected to 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.

Practicalities

Salary range:              £33,000-£37,000, depending upon experience, plus a generous benefits package

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 recruitment@GirlsNotBrides.org by 23:00 GMT on Thursday 4 May 2017 clearly stating“Research and Policy Officer” and your name in the subject line. We regret that due to the large number of applications anticipated, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.