Parliament and Advocacy Officer

Save the Children UK, London, United Kingdom

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
17th October, 2017

Job Description

We are seeking a Parliamentary and Advocacy Officer to support work to build the profile, influence and credibility of Save the Children’s work with UK politicians, political parties and opinion formers, in order to bring about policies and practices that deliver immediate and lasting change to children’s lives in the UK and abroad.

Working in more than 120 countries, we do whatever it takes to create breakthroughs in the way the world treats children. Our Policy, Advocacy, and Campaigns department is where we drive political agendas at national and global levels. We’ve integrated lobbying, policy, research and campaigning into one agile, powerful engine for change. Together, we save children’s lives, fight for their rights and help them fulfil their potential.

As Parliamentary and Advocacy Officer you will respond to strategic lobbying opportunities in parliament whilst enabling colleagues to exploit them fully, through the use of innovative and creative tactics that help Save the Children stand out in a crowded arena. You will coordinate systematic monitoring, analysis and dissemination of UK political intelligence to inform advocacy and deliver the influencing strategies in support of Save the Children’s campaigns. Other responsibilities will include:

  • Developing and providing regular written or oral briefings to MPs, peers, government officials, and other decision makers on key policies and campaigns
  • Collaborating with other colleagues to summarise and communicate complex data (scientific, technical, and economic) and policy ideas in ways that are suitable for political audiences
  • Establishing and maintaining effective systems for tracking advocacy, including developing mechanisms for monitoring and evaluation of parliamentary activity e.g. select committee inquiries.
  • Maintaining a database of political contacts and an advocacy calendar for accurate targeting, ensuring all political contact is recorded systematically

To be successful you will have a keen interest in Westminster politics and the political landscape, as well as instinctive political nous and analytical skill. You will be a motivated,enthusiastic and able to take the initiative to drive parliamentary engagement with Save the Children’s UK campaign. You will also:

  • Communicate clearly and confidently to engage and influence; understanding how to deploy different techniques to deliver messages, and build confidence and trust
  • Understand how to work collaboratively to achieve shared goals and effective cross-boundary working
  • Have the ability to innovatively and creatively apply influencing techniques and tactics to consistently make Save the Children stand out from the crowd in Westminster and Whitehall
  • Effectively manage and work within networks and coalitions for lobbying and advocacy purposes.

At Save the Children we are committed to the safeguarding and protection of children in our work. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those who are suitable to work with children are recruited to work for us. This post is subject to a range of vetting checks including a criminal records disclosure.


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