- Salary Offer As per salary scale
- Years of Experience as per SCI salary scale
- Number of Vacancies: 1
- Contract Type Long Term
- Required Languages Dari, Pashto, English
- Reference 23000046
- Gender Male/Female
- Nationality Afghan
- Possibility of Contract Extension Yes
- Probation Period 3 Months
- Education University Degree in relevant area of engineering (biomedical, electrical, software, computer, mechatronics)
- close Date January 31, 2023
About Save the Children:
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 realize 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 workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.
SCI – Afghanistan
Save the Children has been working in Afghanistan since 1976. Our way of working close to people and on their own terms has enabled us to deliver lasting change to tens of thousands of children in the country. The UN Convention of the Rights of the Child is the basis of our work.
We are helping children get a better education, we make it possible for more boys and girls to attend school, we help children protect themselves and influence their own conditions. We work with families, communities and health workers in homes, clinics and hospitals to promote basic health in order to save lives of children and mothers
The Humanitarian Policy Advisor is responsible for supporting the Advocacy, Communications, Campaigns and Media (ACCM) team to develop principled policy positions and answers to difficult policy questions on humanitarian issues in Afghanistan. S/he will develop an advocacy strategy for Country Office and develop briefings and research on humanitarian issues in Afghanistan. In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly. The role may be asked to deputise for the ACCM Director.
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:
Advocacy development and implementation
- Lead the development and implementation of the SCI-Af advocacy strategy
- Establish strategic networks and alliances for advocacy activities with humanitarian partners, UN officials, international donors and political actors at national and international levels in close cooperation with the ACCM Director, the Country Director and programme staff.
- Plan, coordinate and carry out advocacy initiatives, lobby meetings/tours and campaigns in close cooperation with the Country Director, Save the Children member offices and relevant programme staff.
- Manage and report on donor commitments tied to advocacy,
- Support programme staff to develop advocacy-specific objectives in project plans and logframes for new funding.
- Contribute to the development of SCI-Af analysis and policy on prioritised programme and children protection issues, linking them to prioritised advocacy issues.
- Draft regular humanitarian policy products, including regular reports on education and literacy, child protection, children and armed conflict and violence against children.
- Support and advance the Afghanistan CO policy objectives during emergencies, including drafting and distributing plans, advocacy-policy messages, policy briefs, and letters to governments, policymakers and other stakeholders,
- Support thematic directors/advisors to articulate their top priority policy objectives in line with the new Country Strategic Plan.
- Identify key opportunities and events for the Afghanistan CO to position itself as the leading organisation for children’s issues in the country.
- Work with global Save the Children advocacy teams to ensure alignment with Afghanistan CO’s priorities.
- Provide project management, communications, policy and administrative support to the Advocacy, Media, Campaigns and Communications team, Save the Children Afghanistan CO partners, senior management, and other departments around priority initiatives and events, including humanitarian appropriations.
- Gather information, edit for length and clarity and support field teams in communicating and reporting on key programme and humanitarian developments in Afghanistan
- Working closely with Research, Evaluation, Assessment, Learning and Monitoring colleagues to agree a country office-wide research strategy.
- Conducting a rigorous analysis of relevant existing secondary data and previously un-analysed primary data and writing a short overview of key findings and trends;
- Conducting interviews with key SCI staff and potentially external experts on the topic of humanitarian policy, child protection and psychosocial support in displacement contexts;
- Drafting a policy brief on the interlinkage of humanitarian policy issues and ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, with concrete policy recommendations, incorporating comments from the SCI team and delivering a final version.
- Analysing the impact of international policies, e.g. on sanctions and political recognition of the IEA on the humanitarian and development outcomes in Afghanistan
- Represent emergency- and response-related policy views of Save the Children in meetings with other departments within Save the Children as well as with other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and policymakers stakeholders;
- Contribute meaningful input into initiatives and communiqués; report on and track all relevant joint initiatives.
BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)
- 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.
- 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.
- builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
- values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
- approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.
- develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
- willing to take disciplined risks.
- honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
- Education to BSc/BA/BEng level in a relevant subject or equivalent field experience
- A minimum of five years’ in humanitarian advocacy in an NGO environment, with experience in successfully leading the development and implementation of advocacy strategies
- Experience of working in humanitarian contexts and knowledge of key trends in the humanitarian sector
- Experience in leading the creation and implementation of a strategy, demonstrating the ability to identify the necessary steps towards an ambitious goal.
- Experience of a range of campaigning and advocacy techniques and approaches
- Experience in influencing government, donors, and other organizations through representation and/or advocacy
- Demonstrable creative ability in accessing new opportunities, expertise and ideas
- Demonstrable track record of leading change which has led to significant results for the organization and their stakeholders
- Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing and negotiation
- Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
- Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mindsets
- Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner
- Strong research and policy development skills
- Experience of building networks, resulting in securing significant new opportunities for the organization
- Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in
- Knowledge of children’s rights key international agreements and conventions
- Commitment to Save the Children values
- Excellence in written and spoken English.
- Knowledge and/or experience of the Afghanistan crisis is desirable
- National candidates and returning nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Experience in coalition building, advocacy, humanitarian protection and/or coordination
Additional job responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.
The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.
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.
Health and Safety
The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.
Qualified applicants are highly encouraged to apply for the position by filling in the online application form. In addition to the online application form, they can also attach their CV and cover letter in the online system. Please note that only the applications received through the online portal will be considered for this position.
Applicants can login to the online application system by copying and pasting the following link intro their web browser. Returning users will need to enter their username and password, first time users will need to create a user account.
It is recommended that you save your username and password for future job applications through the online system.
“Save the Children strongly encourages applications from women. Minimum country requirements for potential female applicants will be followed”