Advocacy Advisor (National Only)

 

The Opportunity

 

The North Africa region is characterized as an area of origin, transit (departure) and destination for mixed migration flows from West Africa, the Horn of Africa and the Middle East. As European Union (EU) member states seek to reduce migration flows on the more monitored routes, alternative routes consistently emerge and mutate across the North African (NA) region, affecting Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. As a result, Morocco became the ‘first’ country of departure for migrants from Africa in 2018, while Spain became the most important gateway to Europe through the Western Mediterranean Route. Child refugees/migrants and their families who transverse North Africa are vulnerable to exploitation, violence and abuse and national systems are not adequately resourced to provide either prevention or response support either for those in transit or for those whose journeys are halted along the way.

The Middle East and Eastern Europe Region is looking for support to increase the depth and scope of our engagement in North Africa, particularly with regards advocacy and representation on migration issues.

Migration and displacement will be a key area of focus for the region in this strategic period, looking at recent developments and potential scenarios in Europe, Middle East and North Africa. Save the Children – given our scale and footprint – is well-placed to lead the coordination of efforts to ensure the needs of children moving across regions are understood, recognized and prioritized both locally and globally.

There is complexity and a political environment that is pushing against norms we are trying to uphold regarding refugee/migrant children. Protecting the interests and addressing the needs of children on the move requires a concerted, joined-up effort around external engagement and advocacy. Across the region, we have growing programmatic work in this area, from Morocco, Libya and Tunisia (North Africa Migration Initiative) to Egypt (East African Migration Routes Project), there is a need to ensure we have capacity to elevate the advocacy components of these projects.

To this end, we are looking to hire an advocacy adviser to be based in Egypt, to lead on advocacy and policy issues related to migration and displacement across North Africa.

Purpose

  • The position will support the North Africa region (North Africa Migration Initiative based in Tunis, East African Migration Routes Project based in Egypt and other regional initiatives) in developing their long-term advocacy strategies and campaign plans with a focus on national and cross sub-regional themes;
  • Advocacy Advisor will provide vision and strategic direction to the North Africa region to optimize the impact of advocacy work across the sub-region;
  • Continuously promote child participation and child campaigning by supporting its sustained implementation and impact on influencing policy changes, supporting system strengthening with evidence-based knowledge sharing.
  • The position will ensure alignment of the global COVID-19 advocacy strategy, objectives and plans across the region and cross sharing experience and learning.

 

 

 

 

 

In order to be successful, you will bring/have:

 

 

  • Education to Master’s level, preferably with a qualification in international development, social sciences or another relevant field.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English are essential.
  • Work experience in North Africa context (Middle East experience and knowledge is desirable)
  • A proven experience record in leading advocacy sector with an international or national non-profit organization;
  • Demonstrated experience of strategic thinking and ability to see things from a global perspective;
  • Extensive experience in engaging with state and non-state actors. Experience of creating networks of influence and lobbing;
  • Ability to manage diverse professional relationships, to speak and communicate effectively, and to tailor messages to different audiences;
  • Ability to work and communicate across cultures as part of geographically dispersed team and across organizations and stakeholders;
  • Experience of leading and managing people, including providing guidance and oversight and empowering team members to deliver;
  • Attention to detail and the ability to follow tasks and ideas through to completion
  • Ability to work and write in English and Arabic
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills
  • Commitment to Save the Children’s values

 

 

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard. 

 

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

 

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.  A copy of the full role profile can be found at www.savethechildren.net/careers

 

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

 

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date advertised: 16 Sep 2020

Closing date: 29 Sep 2020 - 23:59 EET

Location: Cairo, Egypt

Department: Advocacy, Campaigns and Policy

Type: Fixed-term contract

Schedule: Full-time

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