Ethiopia: Education and Humanitarian Advocacy Officer

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Organization: Save the Children
Country: Ethiopia
Closing date: 12 Jan 2018

Internal/ External Vacancy Announcement

INTRODUCTION

Save the Children has a small global advocacy office in Addis Ababa (alongside offices in Brussels, Geneva, and New York) that is registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the name of “Pan African Office”. The office has responsibility for (i) engaging with international and regional institutions such as the African Union Commission and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, and (ii) providing support to Save the Children programmes across the African continent. The office also hosts a number of technical advisors who are focused on a full sub-Saharan Africa portfolio.

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 organization 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 behavior towards children both in their private and professional lives.

Save the Children offers sound employment conditions with opportunities for personal growth and development. If you are interested to work in an organization that is determined to achieve dramatic change for the most vulnerable children, we encourage you to look through the job profile below.

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Job Title: Education and Humanitarian Advocacy Officer

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Place of Work: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Program/Unit: Global Advocacy Offices

Monthly Salary: Based on the organization scale

Length of Contract: Two Years

No. of Position: 1(one)

Job Summary:

The role holder will work as a member of the Save the Children International Africa Union (AU) Liaison and Pan Africa Office team based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. S/he will support the Humanitarian and Education Advocacy theme in the delivery of projects on the promotion of the rights to education for children affected by humanitarian situations; including children affected by armed conflict (CAAC), children on move, and the overall advocacy for the protection of the rights to education for refugee children in Africa at the AU level.

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY

  • With a focus on education and the right to protection for children affected by humanitarian situations in Africa, especially conflicts. The program officer will:
  • Support the developing of an AU and Pan Africa annual advocacy work plans and messaging for AU events and used in Save the Children International Offices and other civil society organizations(CSOs) working at country level in providing education for refugee children and those migrating and/or in transition.
  • Build functional relationships with regional level economic blocks including IGAD, ECCAS, SADC, and ECOWAS as well as civil society organizations working with them to prioritize education for children affected by humanitarian situations on the continent.
  • Support the develop a reference document on strategic engagement at the AU Commission humanitarian events by the Departments of Political Affairs, Peace and Security Council and Human Resources Science and Technology; including advocacy tactics and actions for engaging bilaterally or collectively within particular AU missions who have made commitments on providing refugee education at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul and UN General Assemblies on refugees.
  • Map AU, Regional and National level opportunities and develop an action plan and influencing plan for prioritizing refugee in targeted countries.
  • Produce ongoing progress reports on monthly and quarterly basis,
  • Organize regular meeting either virtually or face to face with partners to coordinate activity and to contribute to engagement plans.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

Essential

  • Masters or Degree Undergraduate degree in Law, Social Sciences or Education. A Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum 2 years of policy research and/or advocacy experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communication in English. Working knowledge of French is an advantage
  • Experience working on humanitarian and education issues at Pan Africa, Regional or National levels within an NGO, AU or UN agency.
  • Have a demonstrated strong understanding of the AU’s education, migration and refugee frameworks, as well as human rights instruments, are highly desirable.
  • Proven experience in producing high-quality evidence-based policy positions and briefings
  • Demonstrated experience in policy research, analysis,
  • Experience organizing high-level events.
  • Experience of external representation and effective relationship building at a senior level and a consultative, collaborative approach will be essential.

Added value:

  • Commitment to understanding Save the Children aims, values and principles.
  • Ability to speak and write in French
  • Experience working with Civil Society Organizations, Governments and the African Union will be an added advantage.

Skills and Abilities:

Accountability:

  • Holds self-accountable for following through on agreed tasks, managing Save the Children’s resources efficiently and achieving and role modeling Save the Children values
  • Takes shared responsibility, together with the line manager, for personal and professional development, and for following through on the learning and development plan.

Ambition:

  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and strives to perform to a high standard shares their personal vision for Save the Children and works collaboratively with colleagues in the Campaign team and other teams
  • Is future orientated and can think globally.

Collaboration:

  • 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.

Creativity:

  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks.

Integrity:

  • Honest encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity.

How to apply:

Interested applicants who met the MINIMUM requirements should send the following through diriba.hurisa@savethechildren.org and michael.lumor@savethechildren.org by January 12, 2018. Please write Education and Humanitarian advocacy job application on the subject line.

a. A CV (not more than 3 pages)

b. A cover letter (not more than one page)

c. A one-page table summarizing your educational background, work experience, technical skills and competencies to facilitate the screening process. Refer the vacancy announcement while doing this.

Please DO NOT SUBMIT copies of transcripts, academic degrees or recommendation letters with the application. You will provide them upon request.

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU STATE THE CODE OF THE VACANCY ON THE SUBJECT OF YOUR EMAIL.

Save the Children is committed to ensuring that all our personnel and programmes are absolutely safe for children. We undertake rigorous procedures during the recruitment process including background checks to ensure that only people suitable to work with children are allowed to join our organization and all candidates will, therefore, be subject to this scrutiny.

In the selection of its staff, Save the Children is committed to gender balance and diversity without distinction as to race, sex or religion, and without discrimination of persons with disabilities.

Note: All travel costs should be covered by the applicant if invited for written exam or interview. ;margin-bottom:W

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