Head of Advocacy and Communications

Save the Children, Kampala, Uganda

Skill Required: Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Apply By: 
13th December, 2017


Job Description

For over 90 years, Save the Children has been making a difference in children's lives in more than 120 countries. We are the world's largest independent child rights organisation, underpinned by a vision of a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

Save the Children is an organization for talented people with different backgrounds and perspectives. We are proud that our people are representative of the children we work with and we thrive on our diversity. We are an equal opportunity organisation dedicated to our core values of Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity and Integrity. Our culture is embedded in these values, along with a strong commitment to our Child Safeguarding Protocol, ensuring that all representatives of Save the Children demonstrate the highest standards of behaviour towards children both in their private and professional lives.

In Uganda, we implement programmes in five thematic programme areas of Child Protection, Child Rights Governance, Education, Child Poverty, Health and Nutrition in Development and Emergency contexts. Save the Children delivers programs in over 36 districts in the North, Rwenzori, North-Eastern, West Nile and Central regions of Uganda, Currently, Save the Children has a staff complement of 300 persons. We save children's lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential.

Role Purpose:

The Head of Advocacy and Communication (HAC) is responsible for the development and implementation of SCUG overall Advocacy Strategy and Communications Plan, in promotion of children's rights and driven by child participation. Based on SCUG programming priorities, he/she support the identification of key issues for advocacy and communications, preparing and implementing strategies and messages. The HAC ensures adequate documentation of evidence and good practice. The HAC will lead the Communications team in gathering and developing effective visual and written material that voice the gaps in fulfilment of children rights, effectively explain SCUG interventions and engage external stakeholders and donors in our work. She/he will succeed in establishing strong and strategic partnerships with like-minded organisations in advancing the rights of children. The HAC oversees traditional media and related external communications activities and leads in developing effective online social media strategies to engage the wider public. In addition, The HAC will build capacity of Technical Specialists and Regional Area Managers in undertaking advocacy activities in line with the SCUG Advocacy Strategy.

Qualification and Experience;

Essential

  • Minimum of Bachelor's Degree or higher in social science, human rights, development, international relations, journalism/mass communication.
  • Masters or post graduate degree in communications and media will be an added advantage
  • At least 6 years experience in undertaking major advocacy, media and communication initiatives in humanitarian and development contexts, preferably with focus on child rights issues.Desirable
  • Proven experience in analysing the situation of children using the child rights programming/ principles framework
  • Proven track record of policy influencing with partners, government and civil societies/key stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically, to analyze complex information and offer creative, practical and effective solutions
  • Excellent influencing skills, including an ability to deal with people at all levels with credibility, tact, and diplomacy
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, and an ability to produce good quality documents, information for a variety of audiences and communicate good practices
  • Experience in policy and practice analysis and implementing strategic advocacy initiatives aimed at bringing changes in these areas
  • Experience with online and social media communications strategies.
  • Strong interpersonal skills such as networking, negotiation and communication.
  • Willing and able to travel time to upcountry locations to support field teams as security permits
  • Strong computer skills to produce advocacy documents and document and communicate good practices.
  • High level of fluency in English, both verbal and written, required.
  • Commitment to Save the Children International values.

Source:https://www.savethechildren.net/jobs/job-details/4696


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