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Head of Policy and Advocacy

Deadline: 23 November Download job description

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.

Overview

  • Leads the policy and advocacy work of Girls Not Brides.
  • Develops and coordinates delivery of an ambitious policy and advocacy strategy for the Girls Not Brides
  • Supports and encourages the advocacy efforts of different parts of the Girls Not Brides Partnership including members, national partnerships and key partners.
  • Oversees the work of the Policy and Advocacy Team, and ensures coherence across its work and in alignment with other teams.
  • Contributes to the broader strategic, programmatic and communications work of the Partnership.

Salary range: £48,000 – £62,000 depending on experience, plus a generous benefits package

Office location: 65 Leadenhall Street, London, EC3A 2AD

Main Duties and Responsibilities

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.

  • With key colleagues in the secretariat, develops and implements an ambitious overall policy and advocacy strategy for Girls Not Brides, ensuring coherence between advocacy activities at the global, regional and national levels. Key relationships include members of the management team both in London and at a regional level.
  • Develops and oversees advocacy campaigns and other initiatives that ensure child marriage remains on the global agenda and that support implementation of SDG Target 5.3 by governments and other stakeholders.
  • Works closely with other members of the management team at Girls Not Brides to ensure that policy and advocacy efforts are aligned with overall strategic goals, and complement our work in learning and partnership.
  • Oversees the secretariat’s policy and advocacy activities related to working with different sectors (e.g. health, education), and ensures coherence with other secretariat activities with these sectors.
  • Works with the Board Chair and other Girls Not Brides Champions to ensure the greatest impact from their policy and advocacy activities.
  • Provides skilled, knowledgeable and effective senior involvement from the secretariat at important international and regional meetings and events.
  • In contexts where national advocacy will have a global impact, facilitates and supports specific national strategic advocacy campaigns (in either high-prevalence or donor countries). While the secretariat does not normally engage in direct national-level advocacy, there are some occasions where our members advise that this approach will be useful.
  • Engages members and stakeholders, including new partners, in campaigns and initiatives.
  • Builds and maintains Girls Not Brides credibility, influence and relationships with key actors, including member coordinating groups, global partnerships, donor countries, international agencies, NGOs and high-profile individuals.
  • Crafts persuasive advocacy messages and authors high-quality written materials for a range of audiences.
  • Manages advocacy related projects and ensures cross-team coordination.
  • Acts as an accessible and knowledgeable resource, sounding board and guide to Girls Not Brides members, partners, donors and secretariat colleagues on advocacy issues, players and dynamics.

Manages the work of the Policy and Advocacy Team (currently two professional staff), and ensures coherence across their work 

  • Sets team direction, establishes priorities, and leads planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation of impact.
  • Ensures internal team cohesiveness and cooperation, and fosters the involvement of all team members in delivering on the set objectives.
  • Provides management support, conducts regular performance reviews and help team members build their strengths and capacities, including through training.
  • As necessary, manages consultants, interns and temporary staff.
  • Coordinates with other management team members to ensure effectiveness, cohesion and consistency across secretariat teams and identify any modifications required to ensure delivery on the strategy.

Contributes to the broader strategic, programmatic and communications work of the Partnership

  • Helps shape strategic direction of the partnership, particularly in achieving advocacy goals.
  • Works with colleagues to develop the strategic messaging and communications efforts associated with global advocacy.
  • Gives presentations and speeches on behalf of Girls Not Brides.
  • Serves in the management team (which comprises all heads of teams):
    • Provides strong leadership and active support to the Executive in ensuring that the organisation fulfils its mission, lives its values, achieves its strategic goals and meets its financial targets.
    • Works with other management team members to address organisation-wide issues or problems, and proactively create systems and a culture that lead to a supportive and effective work environment.
    • Coordinates with other management team members to ensure effectiveness, cohesion and consistency across secretariat teams and identify any modifications required to ensure delivery on the strategy.

 Person Specification

Essential

  • Demonstrated senior level experience in developing and delivering policy and advocacy strategies that have led to progress in global development issues.
  • Broad-based experience in building alliances and working relationships in and between UN institutions, other multilateral organisations, bilateral agencies and government ministries, leading international NGOs, foundations, small grass-roots groups, and champions of social change.
  • Graduate qualification or proven experience in a relevant area (such as public policy, development studies, international relations, human rights or gender issues).
  • An inspiring senior-level presence, with the ability to empower others to greater effort, commitment and action.
  • An enthusiastic and proactive attitude, with the ability to identify opportunities and determine creative ways to exploit these effectively.
  • Experience in working with coalitions and the ability to effectively inform international policy discussions with the realities of grass-roots work.
  • Excellent strategic thinking and practical planning ability.
  • Understanding of protocol and effective diplomatic relations in a global and regional context combined with the ability to interact in genuine, effective cooperation with grass-roots actors.
  • Ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality.
  • Top-notch public speaking, writing and editing skills to effectively reach very different audiences in a variety of contexts.
  • Proven ability to convene, facilitate and translate passionate discussion and commitment into formal decisions and action.
  • A sensitivity for a changing context and the discernment to spot new opportunities; flexibility to reframe views, resolve problems and adapt plans as needed.
  • Experience of directly managing staff.
  • Ability and willingness to work flexibly in a fast-paced team environment and colleagues based around the world.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Willingness to travel extensively and often, sometimes at short notice.

Desirable

  • In-depth knowledge of the issue of child marriage and the advocacy dynamics around gender and children’s rights.
  • Experience of managing consultants.
  • Proficiency in French or other relevant languages.

Safeguarding commitment

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.

Eligibility criteria

Where relevant, Girls Not Brides may consider applying for a Visa Sponsor Licence to enable to successful candidate to work in the UK.

How to apply

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 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.

 

Consultancy: humanitarian system analysis and strategy development on addressing child marriage in humanitarian settings

Deadline: 30 November 2018 Download job description

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.

About Girls Not Brides

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.

Background

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.

Scope of work

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: 

  • Girls Not Brides Theory of Change and Partnership strategy 2017-2020 
  • Overview of Girls Not Brides secretariat humanitarian work in 2016 and 2017 
  • Girls Not Brides brief on child marriage in humanitarian settings 
  • Save the Children and Berkeley Center summary of findings on child marriage interventions in humanitarian settings 
  • Internal overview note of ongoing and upcoming major programming, advocacy, research and funding initiatives by Girls Not Brides members and partners on child marriage in humanitarian settings 
  • (If ready), internal discussion paper on the role of national coalitions in driving change in humanitarian settings, including internal analysis of coalitions’ needs, risks and opportunities in 2-3 countries. Or notes from consultations with actors in these countries if discussion paper is not finalised. 
  • Draft Girls Not Brides’ multi-sectoral strategy 
  • Internal draft analysis of current gaps the secretariat’s humanitarian work 
  • Internal draft suggestions for future strategic areas of engagement in the humanitarian field across the Girls Not Brides Partnership Strategy 2017-2020 
  • List of international NGOs who are members of Girls Not Brides, list of emerging Girls Not Brides national coalitions in countries affected by humanitarian crises

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:

  • A thorough analysis of how child marriage is currently being addressed within the Global Protection and Education humanitarian clusters, including gaps. This should include a review of any existing global and regional initiatives (e.g. Call to Action, G7 Whistler Declaration, African Union, etc.), forums (e.g. working groups, coordination, learning and advocacy platforms) and resources (e.g. global guidelines, standards, trainings, major government and private donors and funds), and how this is translated at the national/local level. This should also include a mapping of key stakeholders/ to influence within these clusters to ensure further efforts on child marriage.
  • A shorter analysis of main gaps in how other relevant sectors are considering the needs of adolescent girls – including related to child marriage – in their response to humanitarian crises. The selection of 2-3 relevant sectors to analyse will be made through consultation between the consultant and the Girls Not Brides secretariat. This should also include a brief overview of how decisions are currently made about what population needs are prioritised within the international response to an emergency or protracted crisis (including key funding mechanisms, division of labour within humanitarian system and the interplay between international national and local actors).
  • A brief overview of the current global humanitarian architecture, ongoing major initiatives and reforms that came out of the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit that could provide advocacy opportunities for greater efforts to address child marriage. This should also include an assessment of how best to use the 2017 Human Rights Council CEFM resolution on humanitarian settings and key recommendations to be made to Members States in 2018 on it.
  • A mapping of key influencers and decision makers to ensure greater efforts on child marriage within the international humanitarian system and regional bodies, with a focus on sectors/actors coming out of the analyses mentioned in previous points.
  • A summary analysis of where the Girls Not Brides Secretariat could have the greatest added-value to influence greater action on child marriage within the international humanitarian system based on all of the above points.

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: 

  • Provide and thorough analysis of how child marriage is currently being addressed at the national/sub-national level, and opportunities and challenges for further efforts in these four context examples, highlighting the role and influence of different actors, including Girls Not Brides individual members.
  • Include an analysis of the potential role of Girls Not Brides existing or emerging national coalitions in bringing about change in relevant typologies of humanitarian settings, including a top-line analysis of their primary needs and the risks, limitations, and opportunities these groups of collective actors bring.

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.

 

Deliverables 

  • Develop an inception plan outlining clear work plan, timelines, methodology and reporting format – within 7 days of the start of the consultancy 
  • Develop an analysis of the international humanitarian system (written analysis report and one-page summary in a more visual format) – within 1 month 
  • Develop humanitarian typologies case studies – within 3 months 
  • Present findings of task A, B and C to Girls Not Brides’ project team and facilitate a workshop to gather input on potential approaches – within 4 months 
  • Provide recommendations – within 4 months

 

Profile required 

  • Humanitarian professional with extensive experience working across different clusters, in various emergency and protracted crisis contexts. 
  • Good understanding of and experience in humanitarian responses supporting the needs of adolescent girls including protection, health, education and livelihoods support. 
  • Strong understanding of the international humanitarian system, and on-going humanitarian reforms including how strategic decisions are made and how it translates in practice at the national and local level. 
  • Ability to collate data and evidence from a wide range of sources to produce clear recommendations. 
  • Proven experience in strategy development and ability to work collaboratively to develop a consensus on organisational priorities. 
  • Excellent analytical skills 
  • Knowledge of French and/or Arabic is highly desirable.

 

How to apply

To apply for this opportunity please prepare a short proposal outlining the following: 

  • A short statement of your capabilities and experience of undertaking similar assignments; 
  • Your overall approach and methodology for completing this assignment – including proposed key informants to consult on different tasks;
  • CV(s) of consultant(s) who will undertake the work; 
  • Proposed Budget (including consultancy daily rates, travel and communications); 
  • Proposed number of days, timeline, and associated milestones.

Completed proposals should be sent to recruitment@girlsnotbrides.org 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.

Safeguarding commitment

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.