Senior Manager – Humanitarian Advocacy

Save the Children, Bangladesh
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Job Summary

Job Description

Save the Children invites applications for the above mentioned position. Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply. Minimum requirements will be flexible for the potential female candidates.

The role

The Senior Manager – Humanitarian Advocacy in his/her capacity is responsible for providing leadership to ensure excellence in our public and private facing Rohingya Crisis advocacy, while also providing support to Rohingya focused Media and Communications colleagues in Cox’s Bazar.

S/he will support the Cox’s Bazar Area Team to develop and implement the Bangladesh Rohingya Response advocacy work-stream, manage all advocacy initiatives and liaise with other stakeholders on behalf of Save the Children. The function will be a focal person for all advocacy enquiries related to the Rohingya crisis from Save the Children International and individual Save the Children members. The Incumbent will also be responsible for strategically positioning Save the Children in both Cox’s Bazar and Dhaka as a leading voice for Rohingya children. This includes ensure that Save the Children is actively engaged and represented in high level fora such as the Heads of Sub Office Group and the Cox’s Bazar Advocacy Work Group etc.

Working closely with the Cox’s Bazar Area Team (particularly with Programmes), the post holder will ensure that key advocacy messages and strategies are informed by the response and shaped in close consultation with the Bangladesh Country Director, Cox’s Bazar Area Office Director and the Director of Programme Development and Quality. The function will ensure that key advocacy messages are adhered to, and will seek clarification on any politically sensitive matters which may impact upon programme operations. The Senior Manager is also responsible for assessing and managing risk to the country office, in consultation with the Senior Management Team, especially when considering any public advocacy or communications initiatives and also will involve advocacy on the immediate crisis and response. It is the responsibility of the person in this post to ensure that all members of the SMT are up to date with current messaging, advocacy priorities and challenges that relate to the Rohingya crisis.

Qualifications and experience

  • Prior experience working in refugee response contexts
  • Significant prior experience (at least 7 years) working in advocacy on humanitarian, protection and refugee issues, child rights (including to education), in emergency response contexts, as well as on human rights and development issues
  • Experience of influencing and advocacy work including lobbying, policy development and information provision in humanitarian issues at national, regional and/or international level
  • Experience of and strong skills in developing and implementing humanitarian advocacy strategies
  • Understanding of UN and donor operations at country level and humanitarian response-planning cycles
  • Experience working and developing relationships with the media, including doing live broadcast interviews on both TV and Radio
  • Excellent skills in advocating towards government officials, humanitarian actors, donors and UN agencies in developing countries and emergency context
  • Extensive knowledge of child rights and international humanitarian law
  • High-level analytical and strategic thinking skills and strong research skills
  • Excellent planning, management and coordination skills, with the ability to organise a substantial workload comprised of complex, diverse tasks and responsibilities
  • Excellent communication (written and spoken), and interpersonal skills in English, with experience in managing multicultural teams
  • Strong leadership skills with an ability to seek people’s views while also taking responsibility to determine the most appropriate course of action and to act decisively
  • Master’s Degree, preferably in Social Sciences/Communication/English from reputed University

Contract length: 2 years with possibility of further extension
Job Location: Cox’s Bazar

The Organisation

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 realise 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.