Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
SOS Children’s Villages International is the umbrella organisation for the global federation of SOS Children’s Villages. As a non-governmental social development organisation we support children without parental care and families in difficult living conditions through services in care, education, health and emergency relief, and we advocate for the rights of children and young people, in alliance with a great diversity of partners. We work in 134 countries and territories, reaching over one million children, young people, families and caregivers each year. To support us with this important responsibility we are now looking for a committed Head of Global Advocacy (f/m).
Commitment to the SOS Children’s Village vision, mission and programmes combined with the experience and ability in anchoring advocacy in the culture, structures and systems of a programme-based organisation;
Advanced University degree in Political or Social Science, International Development, Human Rights, or first level University degree combined with considerable experience;
Seven to ten years of progressive advocacy experience including at managerial level in a large child focused or social organisation i.e. international or regional level NGO with a setting in multiple countries;
General knowledge of the UN system, EU institutions and international NGOs and experience in influencing policy-making processes;
Direct work experience with children and young people without adequate parental care in alternative care or other settings is an asset;
Experience in capacity-building for advocacy in countries outside of Europe is an asset;
Knowledge of international trends, policies and programmes regarding children’s rights, development issues, sustainable development goals civil society and NGO advocacy;
Strong leadership, strategic management and communication skills;
Proven ability to manage a dynamic virtual team spread around the world as well as diverse federation stakeholders at differing levels of the organisation;
Positive outlook, persistent and ability to work under pressure;
Prepared/willing to travel monthly;
Working languages: Excellent spoken and written English as well as good level French required, German and/or Spanish an asset;
EU citizenship or labour permit for Belgium required.