Closing Date: Monday, 26 December 2011
INTRODUCTION (For Internal and External Candidates) Save the Children is the world's largest independent organization, making immediate and long-lasting improvements to children's lives in over 120 countries worldwide. Save the Children is made up of 27 member organizations across the globe. Through Unified Presence, Save the Children aims to create a stronger voice for children by unifying the operations in all countries where more than one Save the Children Member organizations operates. This will result in one organization at the national level in each country and a unified programme delivery structure for all Save the Children Alliance Members.
Save the Children has a long history of engagement in Somalia and has been working in Somalia and Somaliland for the past 40 years. Save the Children has a unified presence in Somalia and Somaliland since January 2010 and is working in the thematic areas of education (including skills training for youth), child survival (health, nutrition & livelihood), protection, child rights governance and emergency responses. Save the children has an operation in Somaliland, Puntland and Central South Somalia.
There is an exiting opportunity for a dynamic and motivated person to join the programme as an advocacy and communication coordinator. The opportunity will present exceptional challenge while allowing the person to contributing to making lasting changes in the lives of children in Somalia/Somaliland. The position is based in Nairobi but with frequent travel to the field.
JOB PURPOSE The Advocacy and Communication Coordinator is responsible for the development and implementation of an advocacy and communication strategy that will aim at achieving lasting changes in the lives of children while positioning SC as a leader in the fight for children's rights.
* Liaise with the senior management team, technical managers and project managers and develop an advocacy and communication strategy of Save the Children program in Somalia/Somaliland
* Identify key policy and practice related advocacy issues in relation to the situation of children and initiate any possible changes that could improve both the work of SC and the lives of children in Somalia/Somaliland.
* Work with managers and coordinators of various themes to identify issues of strategic importance and based on these develop and ensure implementation of thematic specific advocacy plans
* Working with technical managers and project managers to ensure that advocacy and communication strategies are mainstreamed in programme/projects.
* Lead the documentation of program evidence and use it to support implementation of advocacy plans
* Represent Save the Children in various advocacy fora and feed SC advocacy agenda into such fora
* Document program achievements, lessons learned and good practices from programs of SC and appropriately package them for different audiences including donors, children, partners and other general users.
* Provide local brand management, quality control and co-ordination for all local communications e.g. publications (newsletters, magazines, e-news), and promotional materials (leaflets, posters, banners)
* Build the capacity of project staff in documenting and communicating lessons and good practices; carrying out practice and policy analysis; developing advocacy messages and implementing advocacy plans
* Perform other tasks as requested by his/her immediate supervisor.
CODE OF CONDUCT Because Save the Children's work is based on deeply held values and principles, it is essential that our commitment to children's rights and humanitarian principles is supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children's Code of Conduct sets out the standards WORKING CONTACTS Internal: All staff members in the SC Somalia/Somaliland program in general, program managers and thematic coordinators in particular External: Partners and other important stakeholders PERSON SPECIFICATION
* Degree in social science, human rights, development, journalism or any other relevant field with post graduate training in advocacy and communication
* At least four years experience in documentation, communication and advocacy works
* Experience in policy and practice analysis using the child rights programming/principles framework and implementing advocacy initiatives aimed at bringing changes in these areas
* Demonstrated understanding of current political situation in Somalia/Somaliland necessary to effectively develop appropriate advocacy messages and work with government to strengthen commitment and achieve results.
* Strong inter-organizational skills such as networking, negotiation and communication.
* Proven analytical ability, with strong writing and editing skills
* Strong computer skills including MS office applications and tools to produce program publications
* Willing and able to travel time to Somalia/Somaliland to support field teams as security permits
How to apply:
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