Monday, 29 April 2019

Policy Officer needed at Save the Children Nigeria

 Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war conflict and natural disasters. Each year, we and our partners reach millions of children in communities around the world. Join our dedicated and diverse staff in their work to improve the well-being of children everywhere. Job Title:Policy Officer Ref Id: 1900011Y Location: Abuja Employee Status: Permanent Role Purpose • The Policy Officer will support the Advocacy and Campaign Unit in the implementation of the PCiC Integrated Campaign Plan and humanitarian advocacy strategy as per Save the Children International procedures and guidelines. • The incumbent will have a special focus on the implementation of the Protection of Children in Conflict (PCiC) project in Borno State with support from the advocacy team in the country office as well as the Child Protection in Emergencies team. • Candidate will assist in incorporating the Every Last Child/ Girls Education and Stop the War on Children Campaigns, into humanitarian programs and undertakes related policy reviews, policy recommendations, among others. Scope of Role: • Reports to: Advocacy and Campaign Manager • Staff directly reporting to this post: None • Technical responsibility: undertaking policy reviews, writing policy documents, policy analysis, advocacy campaigns • Budget responsibility: None Key Areas of Accountability Strengthen our policy engagement and advocacy delivery: • Undertake policy reviews and analysis on SCI Nigeria advocacy and campaign topics with particular emphasis on the sectors under the centenary commitment • Support the production of policy researches, producing policy briefs, policy notes, position papers, briefing papers etc around PCiC Integrated Campaign Project, Every Last Child Campaign, SWOC Campaign, and Girls Education Campaign objectives, in both humanitarian and development programs • Produce advocacy messages, reports and documents • Support strengthening the way we communicate about our advocacy and campaign through producing series of campaign presentations and other supporting communication materials to be circulated internally and externally • Support Project/Program based Advocacy staff in undertaking policy reviews, policy analysis and advocacy program design and implementation • Collaborate and partner with academic and research institutions in undertaking joint policy analysis and policy recommendation on our advocacy and campaign asks for change • SCI Nigeria advocacy objective Facilitate the dissemination of assessment reports Provide overall support to the Unit: • Support the SWOC Campaign launch and Centenary Celebration • Collect and write case studies, success stories, and best practices on areas of responsibility for wider dissemination across the movement • Share experience with staff, train and transfer skills to SCI staff • Assist, support the Director of Advocacy and Campaign, and other members of the team to perform other duties and tasks as determined by the line manager. Working Relationships • Internal: Director of Advocacy and Campaign; Advocacy and Campaign Manager; Child Protection in Emergencies Advisor; Communication Manager; Information and Communication Coordinator; Head of Education; Head of Health; MEAL Manager; Humanitarian Programs; • External: INGO Forum, partner organizations, research and academic institutions Qualifications and Experience Essential: • Master of Arts (MA) Degree in Development, Human Rights Law, and/or International Development from a recognized higher educational institution. (Those with a Masters in view may be considered depending on their level of progress) • Commitment to SCI’s mission, values and approach. • Interest in child rights, development issues. • Excellent experience in policy research and analysis, strong writing skills of policy briefs, policy notes and position statements • Ability to work with people of different cultures • Excellent interpersonal skills end ability to work successfully in a team environment. • Demonstrated ability to assess priorities and handle multiple tasks simultaneously to meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality; • Excellent organizational, communication, writing and presentation skills • Ability to work and manage various projects in steam salting with limited supervision • Ability to work well with people at all levels. • Strong initiative and self-motivation required, with a commitment to teamwork and effectiveness within a dynamic integrated project. • Ability and willingness to travel to project’s zones when required • Fluency in English Desirable: • Demonstrated expert level ability in writing policy analysis • Passion and commitment for child rights Competencies and Behaviours (Our Values in Practice) Core Competencies • Delivering results - Developing self and others - Working effectively with others - Communicating with impact • Adhere to SCI Values: Accountability; Ambition; Collaboration; Creativity; Integrity Accountability: • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved. Ambition: • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others • Future orientated; thinks strategically and on a global scale. Collaboration: • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters • Values diversity and sees it as a source of competitive strength • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to. Creativity: • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions • Willing to take disciplined risks. Integrity: • Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity.

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