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Policy and Member Engagement Officer, Latin America and the Caribbean

Deadline: Friday 14th February 2020 (23:00 GMT) Download job description

 Girls Not Brides is seeking a Policy and Member Engagement Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean to work with the Head of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Engagement in coordinating outreach to civil society, spearhead engagement with governments, institutions and stakeholders, and play a key role in the implementation of Girls Not Brides’ strategy in the region. The successful candidate will be bilingual (English and Spanish) and will be based in Mexico City.

Contract: Self-employed consultancy for 12 months (with the possibility of extension)

Benefits:  £24,000-£30,000 per year, depending upon experience, plus 10% contribution towards a private pension and a contribution towards private health insurance

Place of work: Mexico City, with international travel. Candidates must have a valid visa or permit that allows placement/work in Mexico

Accountable to: Head of LAC (or such other position as Girls Not Brides may determine)

Key responsibilities

Monitor and analyse major policy developments related to child marriage in the region

  • Monitor, analyse and document policy developments and opportunities relating to child, early and forced marriage and unions in selected focus countries, identifying lessons learned and drivers of progress, including through regular liaison with Girls Not Brides members, partner organisations and national coalitions, and trips to focus countries.
  • Write briefs, blogs posts and other materials with recommendations and developments in the region.
  • Monitor regional and national research and share it with the secretariat and members.

Support members in the region and promote joint action

  • Ensure that global lessons-learned and approaches inform the work of members and partners in the region.
  • Provide technical and strategic assistance to Girls Not Brides’ members, national coalitions and partnerships, and other CSO groups working to address child marriage in selected countries in the region.
  • Working closely with the different teams in the secretariat, provide critical support to strengthening the capacity of Girls Not Brides members, National Partnerships and coalitions, and partner civil society networks to successfully take part in policy change and gender transformative programmes in their countries.
  • Encourage and facilitate information-sharing, learning and joint activities between members, including by supporting and co-organising meetings, webinars and conference calls of members.

Support the LAC team to establish and develop Girls Not Brides’ presence, visibility and credibility in the region

  • Support the expansion and strengthening of Girls Not Brides’ membership in the region.
  • With the Head of LAC, establish and strengthen strategic partnerships with key stakeholders, sub-regional, regional and international actors and development partners working in the region.
  • Support the Head of LAC in developing and implementing advocacy strategies and initiatives aiming at maintaining child marriage on the agenda of relevant regional processes and institutions.
  • Assist members in understanding how to use intergovernmental regional processes and commitments to spur government action on child marriage.
  • Contribute to the increased visibility of Girls Not Brides members work across the region, and an increased understanding of their work within the secretariat.

Contribute to the broader Girls Not Brides strategic, programmatic and communications work with the regional perspective, where possible and as appropriate

  • Inform the global activities of Girls Not Brides with knowledge of the regional context and the perspective of members from the region.
  • Support the secretariat to adapt strategies and materials to the regional context.
  • Represent Girls Not Brides at external meetings and events, as required.
  • Provide input into relevant funding applications and reporting to donors, as needed.

Wider responsibilities of Girls Not Brides team members

  • Commit to the mission and vision of Girls Not Brides, putting them at the forefront of all planning, work and actions.
  • Uphold the core values of Girls Not Brides in all areas of work and interactions with colleagues, members, partners and other stakeholders.
  • Comply with Girls Not Brides policies and processes, with particular note for safeguarding, the code of conduct and data protection.
  • Ensure that internal databases and monitoring information are kept fully up-to-date.
  • Commit to ongoing personal development and learning.
  • Fulfil any other reasonable requests for the advancement of Girls Not Brides.

Person specification

We are looking for bilingual (Spanish and English) candidates with the following qualifications and skills:

  • Degree in a relevant area (such as public policy, development studies, Latin American studies, international relations, human rights or gender issues) or proven experience in a related field.
  • Demonstrated experience with policy analysis and advocacy on issues relating to Latin America; experience working with coalitions in Latin America and an understanding of child, early and forced marriage and unions and of the key players in the women’s and children’s rights fields is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement advocacy strategies.
  • Fluent spoken and written English and Spanish communication skills, with an eye for detail; Portuguese language skills desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and execute projects on time and on budget.
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships in multicultural environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and ability to empower and inspire others.
  • Excellent project planning and project management skills; demonstrated ability to plan and execute projects on time and on budget, to meet tight deadlines and juggle multiple priorities, and to resolve problems and adapt plans if required;
  • Ability to work pro-actively in a remote office with minimal supervision, meet deadlines and manage multiple priorities.
  • Ability to resolve problems and adapt plans as required.
  • Ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality.
  • Proficiency in recent versions of Microsoft Office suite; knowledge of Salesforce, Float and Basecamp desirable.
  • Strong commitment to the rights and protection of young people and vulnerable people.
  • Skilled team worker with an inclusive and collaboration approach, in line with Girls Not Brides
  • Willingness to work flexibly and travel internationally (up to 30% of time), as necessary.

Safeguarding

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 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.

Our core values

  • Collaboration
  • Determination
  • Inclusivity
  • Integrity
  • Pragmatism
  • Respect

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 Friday 14th February 2020 clearly stating “Policy and Member Engagement Officer for LAC” and your name in the subject line. Candidates will need to have the authorisation to work and reside in Mexico.

We regret that due to the large number of applications anticipated, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Donor Engagement Officer

Deadline: Friday 14th February 2020 (23:00 GMT) Download job description

Girls Not Brides is seeking a Donor Engagement Officer, based in London, to support Girls Not Brides’ fundraising. The Donor Engagement Officer will work closely with the Donor Engagement Manager and senior colleagues across a range of tasks including those related to proposal writing and reporting, funder management, prospect research, and strengthening relationships with donors.

Salary: £30,000-£36,000, plus a generous benefits package including a 10% contribution to pension, and flexible working options.

Place of work: Central London, with occasional international travel

Accountable to: Donor Engagement Manager (or such other position as Girls Not Brides may determine)

Key responsibilities

  • Prepare reports for funders, such as the initial drafting of Girls Not Brides annual and mid-year reports.
  • Draft concept notes and grant proposals for new funding.
  • Conduct research and analysis, and prepare background briefs on prospective donors.
  • Organise and contribute to regular internal fundraising check-ins.
  • Track action points related to fundraising and funder relationship management.
  • Track proposal submission and reporting commitments in grant agreements and ensure they are part of internal planning and are met.
  • Maintain and update database records.
  • Respond to fundraising enquiries.
  • Build relationships with donors (focused on government donors and private foundations)
  • Liaise with Girls Not Brides’ existing and potential donors around applications and grant compliance, as well as sharing new products, and involving them in relevant Girls Not Brides
  • Support or project-manage donor-related meetings and events, and other opportunities for donor engagement as applicable.
  • Carry out any other funder-related projects.

All staff members must:

  • Commit to the mission and vision of Girls Not Brides, putting these at the forefront of all planning, work and actions.
  • Uphold the core values of Girls Not Brides in all areas of work and interactions with colleagues, members, partners and other stakeholders.
  • Comply with Girls Not Brides policies and processes, with particular note for safeguarding, the code of conduct and data protection.
  • Ensure that internal databases and monitoring information are kept fully up-to-date.
  • Commit to ongoing personal development and learning.
  • Fulfil any other reasonable requests for the advancement of Girls Not Brides.

Person specification

  • Professional experience of successful fundraising and donor engagement, preferably within a similar sector.
  • Demonstrable experience of writing successful funding bids for grant-making trusts, private foundations and/or governments.
  • Excellent written communication skills, with the ability to write effectively for different audiences.
  • A keen eye for detail and accuracy.
  • Understanding of charity fundraising and grant management activities.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to interpret and synthesise qualitative and quantitative data and evidence from different sources.
  • Excellent people and relationship management skills, including the ability to interact with people from different backgrounds and cultures.
  • Highly organised with excellent information management skills.
  • Strong strategic thinking and problem-solving skills and ability to appraise options and adapt plans as required.
  • Proficiency in the latest versions of MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint and use of databases.
  • Strong commitment to the mission and values of Girls Not Brides including understanding of approaches to empower girls and women and support gender equality.
  • Skilled team worker with an inclusive and collaborative approach, in line with Girls Not Brides’
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.

Desirable

  • Degree-level qualification in a relevant area or proven professional experience in a related field.
  • A qualification in a relevant area, such as fundraising, public policy, development studies, international relations, human rights, gender issues.
  • Proficiency in French or Spanish.
  • Programmatic experience of working on child marriage or broader work on empowerment of girls and women.

Safeguarding

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 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.

Our core values

  • Collaboration
  • Determination
  • Inclusivity
  • Integrity
  • Pragmatism
  • Respect

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 Friday 14th February 2020 clearly stating “Girls Not Brides” and your name in the subject line. We encourage early applications.

First round interviews will take place via Skype on the week commencing 24th February.  Final interviews will take place on 2nd March in our London office.