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Head – Policy & Advocacy

Gurgaon (India)

  • Organization: Save the Children
  • Location: Gurgaon (India)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Migration
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Youth
    • Legal - Broad
    • Managerial positions
    • Political Affairs
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-15

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Job id : 134849 Apply by: 15 Dec 2019 Relevant Sectors Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy Human Rights, Law, Migration, Conflicts, Justice Social, Gender, Education, Youth, Child
Job Title
Head  – Policy & Advocacy
Programme and Policy
Reporting to
Director of Policy and Programme Impact
National Support Office, Gurgaon
Email id to send application
Last date to send application
15th December 2019
Job Code
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Save the Children is India’s leading independent NGO and child rights organisation. As of 2017, it works in 18 states in India. Started in 2008 in India, and registered as ‘Bal Raksha Bharat’, Save the Children has since changed lives of more than 10 million. In 2017, we reached 22.7 lakh children and 1.39 lakh children and adults during emergencies such as natural disaster or humanitarian crisis. Bold in our ambition and powerful in our care, we do whatever it takes to save the world’s children.
Programme & Policy covers Programme Implementation (with partners or direct implementation), Thematic Expertise (technical knowledge in areas of specialization), and Policy & Programme Impact (advocacy, research, monitoring & evaluation, and quality). The function links grass-roots work with policy changes at the highest level, and manages an ecosystem of partnerships including, but not limited to, community organizations, donors, peer organizations, academic institutions, media, and the state. Each of the four hubs focus on programme interventions in two to three states, and the functional expertise necessary for adding capacity to and leveraging the work on the ground.
Role Purpose:
Main purpose of the role is to lead and shape national and state level advocacy and policy related agenda and activities, as per Save the Children’s strategic priority , and influence policy formulation and  implementation for child rights . The position will promote child rights through identifying, collaborating with and influencing key stakeholders (government, political leaders, civil society networks and coalitions), with active participation of children.  
Role & responsibilities (<5):
  • Strategise, plan and implement evidence based advocacy and policy work related to SC’s core areas: child survival, protection, education and poverty and inclusion at  the national and state level, in close collaboration  with National Thematic leads , Head Research and Hub leads 
  • Undertake and facilitate policy and budget analysis , prepare advocacy/policy papers  and engage effectively with current development issues in the domain of child rights in India and globally
  • Engage with National government ministries , departments  and parliamentarians on key child rights’ issues
  • Develop and maintain relationships with civil society networks ,collectives  and policy think tanks   to effectively advocate with and for children
  • Design, strengthen and facilitate child led advocacy initiatives 
  • Ensure inclusion , technical support and evidence generation on  advocacy components under projects and programmes
  • Effectively manage and provide leadership to policy and advocacy team at the National and Hub levels
Measures of Performance (<5):
  • Number of successful advocacy interventions facilitated
  • Number of CS networks engaged on priority advocacy asks
  • Advocacy engagement with core Ministries
  • Engagement of children as strong advocates on child rights
Approval Authority (<5):
  • Will report to Director , Policy and  Programme Impact
  • Direct reports (line management responsibility if any – 4 National Mangers –Advocacy
  • Dotted line reports – 4 Hub Managers-Advocacy 
Key relationships: (Internal & External stakeholders)
  • Internal Stakeholders (collaborates with): Multi Thematic & cross functional team at NSO, esp Research, Campaign, Media and Communication
  • External Stakeholders : Government ,Civil Society networks /forums at the national level and Parliamentarians
Candidate specification:

At least 10-15 years of relevant experience in the field of advocacy on  child rights
A Master’s in Political Science, Social Work, Development Studies, or Law from a recognised university is essential
Skills & Knowledge
  • Past experience of advocating with government and policy makers, with special focus on child rights –covering aspects of  child protection, survival, development and poverty and inclusion aspects
  • Prior experience of working with NGO, networks, advocacy organisations with focus on Child rights .
  • Ability to establish new contacts and maintain existing relationships with key policy influencers.
  • Prior experience of using evidence effectively for advocacy , preparing policy briefs and child rights budget analysis.
  • Strong analytical and written skills, and ability to speak effectively in public meetings and represent SC’s views
  • Effective interpersonal communication and negotiation skills to be persuasive both internally & externally.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner with programme and cross functional teams  
  • Understanding of the broad landscape of international development issues and specific child rights policies  
  • Understanding of the global child rights agenda.
  • Prior experience of having organized advocacy initiatives in collaboration with children.
  • Commitment to SC’s mission, values and approach (includes child safeguarding, equal opportunities and health and safety).
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values, and principles
  • Recruitment and selection procedures, which include rigorous background checks, reflect our commitment to the protection of children from abuse
  • Save the Children aims to be an equal opportunity employer. We welcome all applications irrespective of age, race, colour, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, belief or creed. Women candidates are encouraged to apply. We are also open to applications from people who want to work flexibly.
Child Safeguarding level required/ appropriate for the role:
Job level
Level 1
The role holder will not have contact with children and/or young people, or access to personal data about children or young people, as part of their work; therefore a police check will not be mandatory unless the content or location of the role changes, in which case the Child Safeguarding level will be reviewed.
Level 2
Either the role holder will have access to personal data about children and/or young people as part of their work; or they will be working in a ‘regulated’ position (accountant, barrister, solicitor, legal executive); therefore a police check will be required.
Level 3
The role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.

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