Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage is seeking an experienced Head of Policy and Advocacy to provide a leadership role for this dynamic, results-driven global Partnership. They will serve as a key strategic thought-leader on the management team, with oversight of the policy and advocacy strategy for the Girls Not Brides secretariat.
Girls Not Brides brings together civil society organisations from around the world. The Partnership now counts 1,000 members in 100 countries, based throughout Africa, South Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. Members are united by a commitment to end child marriage and enable girls to fulfil their potential.
Girls Not Brides works to 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 girls. Girls Not Brides was initiated in 2011 by The Elders, a group of eminent global leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela to promote peace and human rights worldwide.
Salary range: £48,000 – £62,000 depending on experience, plus a generous benefits package
Office location: 65 Leadenhall Street, London, EC3A 2AD
Ensures that Girls Not Brides effectively delivers strategic, integrated policy and advocacy interventions to target audiences including governments, leaders, and other relevant decision-makers. Engages members and effectively drives the policy changes that will be crucial to bringing an end to child marriage.
Manages the work of the Policy and Advocacy Team (currently two professional staff), and ensures coherence across their work
Contributes to the broader strategic, programmatic and communications work of the Partnership
At Girls Not Brides we are committed to the well-being, 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.
Where relevant, Girls Not Brides may consider applying for a Visa Sponsor Licence to enable to successful candidate to work in the UK.
To apply, please send your CV and a brief cover letter demonstrating how you meet the criteria for this position to firstname.lastname@example.org by 23:00 GMT on 23rd November 2018 clearly stating “Head of Policy and Advocacy” and your name in the subject line.
We regret that due to the large number of applications anticipated, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
The objective of this assignment is to help the Girls Not Brides secretariat develop its strategic approach to support further efforts addressing child marriage in humanitarian settings. A strong analysis of the current humanitarian system, as it relates to child marriage, including key international, national and local actors, and decision-making processes is expected to inform recommendations on where the Girls Not Brides secretariat can add the most value to drive progress in these settings. These recommendations will be used by the secretariat to help determine how and where to prioritise efforts on humanitarian settings, within the context of its overall strategy.
Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of more than 1,000 civil society organisations committed to ending child marriage and enabling girls to fulfil their potential. To ensure that the Partnership operates as a strong global network, the collective work of Girls Not Brides members is supported by a secretariat. The consultant(s) recruited for this assignment will report to the Girls Not Brides secretariat based in London, UK.
Every year, approximately 12 million girls are married before the age of 18 and deprived of their fundamental rights to health, education and safety. Child marriage happens across countries, cultures, and religions, and is common in most areas affected by humanitarian crises. While child marriage has continued to decline around the world, it appears to be increasing in many humanitarian settings, and finding effective approaches to address this issue is a key challenges for many Girls Not Brides member organisations working in these settings. Many countries facing humanitarian crises already had high child marriage prevalence prior to a crisis. However we also see child marriage rates increasing following humanitarian crises, in countries with traditionally lower prevalence. Despite increasing attention on gender in humanitarian programmes, adequate mechanisms are still lacking to prevent and respond to child marriage in these settings.
For the past couple of years, the Girls Not Brides secretariat has been synthesising learning about why and how child marriage happens in humanitarian settings, what Girls Not Brides members and partners are doing to address it, and calling for further investment. This learning is summarised in Girls Not Brides’ brief on child marriage in humanitarian settings. While understanding of the most common drivers of child marriage in these settings has increased, more nuanced understanding is needed of the drivers and strategies required to address child marriage in various crisis settings. Very few programmes specifically address child marriage in these settings, and broader initiatives that include components on child marriage often have weak monitoring and evaluation systems to show impact on both child marriage and underlying drivers of the practice. There is also a current need to identify best entry point(s) to address child marriage within the current humanitarian response system, including through the education, health and protection clusters.
This assignment entails four inter-related tasks to be completed by the end of April 2019. It will be desk based and will involve Skype/phone interviews with a number of relevant key experts, and might include 1-2 visits to London to meet the Girls Not Brides staff.
A – Review current opportunities and gaps within the Girls Not Brides secretariat’ current approach
Provide a comprehensive assessment of the Girls Not Brides secretariat’s current support to efforts addressing child marriage in humanitarian settings, including gaps and opportunities. Documents to review include:
B – Analyse opportunities for further efforts on child marriage within the international humanitarian system
This aims to strengthen the Girls Not Brides secretariat’s understanding of the international humanitarian system, international and regional actors, and decision-making processes, to help identify opportunities for influencing how child marriage is currently being addressed within that system. All analyses should differentiate between immediate crisis response and the longer-term response in protracted humanitarian situations.
This analysis should include:
C – Analyse opportunities to address child marriage in different types of humanitarian settings
Humanitarian settings encompass a wide range of situations, where local, national, regional and international civil society organisations (including Girls Not Brides individual members and emerging coalitions), national governments, international and regional humanitarian agencies and communities themselves might be playing different roles and have different ranges of influence in addressing child marriage and related issues (e.g. adolescent pregnancy/sexual and reproductive health, girls’ education, gender-based violence).
For example, Girls Not Brides has currently identified at least four different ‘typologies’ of humanitarian contexts, that vary by multiple factors, including: baseline child marriage prevalence and prevalence following the outbreak of a crisis; scope of the crisis (e.g. emergency, protracted crisis, limited to one geographical area, widespread etc.); nature of main event(s) leading to a humanitarian crisis (natural disaster, armed conflict, etc.); impact on population (e.g. forced displacement, destruction of livelihoods, food insecurity, etc.); presence of international development and humanitarian actors; presence of functioning government; presence of Girls Not Brides members locally and appetite to work together, etc.
With this task, the consultant(s) will work with the Girls Not Brides secretariat to refine the specifics of each typology, propose a clear rationale for further exploring four country or sub-national region examples that are each representative of one typology, and provide case studies for each of these.
These case studies should:
D – Provide recommendations for the Girls Not Brides secretariat to consider in developing its strategic approach to support efforts in humanitarian settings
Based on tasks A, B and C, provide recommendations to the secretariat on approaches to support efforts to end child marriage in different humanitarian settings (including updated definition of “humanitarian settings” that Girls Not Brides should refer to going forward), and resources needed to deliver these approaches.
This part might include running an internal workshop with the Girls Not Brides secretariat staff to present results from task A, B, and C and facilitate discussion about potential approaches.
To apply for this opportunity please prepare a short proposal outlining the following:
Completed proposals should be sent to email@example.com with the subject line “humanitarian consultancy” by 11pm GMT on 30 November 2018.
The anticipated start date for this consultancy beginning of January 2019.
Short-listed proposals will be contacted for further discussion.
At Girls Not Brides we are committed to the well-being, 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. The successful party 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.