Location: Kathmandu with travel to districts
Reporting to: Humanitarian Policy & Advocacy Manager
CHILD SAFEGUARDING Level 3 The responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people.
Save the Children International is a 'dual mandate' organisation and as such equal priority will be given to both humanitarian and development work. This is the only way we will be able to ensure that some of the fundamental rights that we believe children have, such as survival, safety and constant access to protection and education can be guaranteed. As part of a commitment to work with children through humanitarian interventions Save the Children will support programmes in both sudden onset and chronic emergency situations.
Save the Children Nepal Country Office is intending to provide humanitarian response to the earthquake affected areas. Save the Children has chosen its priority districts as Gorkha, Dhading & Lamjung (Cluster 1); Sindhupalchowk, Kavrepalanchowk, Dolakha & Ramechhap (Cluster 2); Kathmandu, Bhaktapur & Lalitpur (Cluster 3) and Nuwakot & Rasuwa (Cluster 4). In this context, SC is seeking to recruit dedicated and qualified candidates as the short-term staff with different expertise to response to these affected areas in various sectors.
BRIEF POSITION DESCRIPTION
The Humanitarian Policy/Advocacy Coordinator will play a leading role in strengthening the quality and impact of Save the Children’s humanitarian advocacy through informed policy analysis, and supporting Save the Children in influencing key humanitarian, rehabilitation and reconstruction policy issues in earthquake affected areas and at the national level.
The initial contract will be for six months with possible extension pending funding.
- Lead public policy work on Save the Children’s approach to humanitarian, rehabilitation and reconstruction in earthquake affected areas and at the national level
- Lead policy analysis on key policy issues related to the different phases of the response to the earthquakes, with a strong focus on child sensitive recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction
- Undertake and/or commission researches on specific issues to support Save the Children’s advocacy related to the earthquake response
- Undertake analysis of qualitative and quantitative evidence from Save the Children’s programmes on priority humanitarian issues so as to inform and guide our influencing and positioning work on response, recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction.
- Monitor the positions of key institutions involved in the rehabilitation and reconstruction (Relevant national-level government Ministries/Departments/Structures, local government structures, Asian Development Bank, etc…) to identify and recommend issues requiring Save the Children’s influence as well as potential threats to child sensitive rehabilitation and reconstruction.
- Develop and maintain key relationships within the relevant national institutions involved in earthquake rehabilitation and reconstruction
- Support Save the Children’s efforts to influence policy decision-makers and help develop public policy positions to inform the communications and advocacy activities of Save the Children. This involves working closely with programme, advocacy and communications staff to develop a coherent and consistent approach to Save the Children policy and advocacy work
- Produce policy briefing papers, policy position statements and public communication related to key humanitarian advocacy issues
- Prepare high-quality briefings, letters and other written material for internal and external use
- Build and maintain a strong network of policy makers, academics, practitioners and independent policy analysts engaged on issues related to the earthquake response, ensuring that Save the Children is informed and involved in relevant debates and events.
- Ensure that children’s voices are heard and children’s opinions are reflected in each key recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction processes led by the Government of the Nepal or/and the UN
- Undertake other appropriate duties and tasks assigned by the Humanitarian Policy/Advocacy Manager
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
- Strong experience of policy analysis on humanitarian issues
- Expertise on disaster recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction policy issues in Nepal or other similar situations
- Experience of humanitarian advocacy, representation and communications with evidence of impact or influencing policy makers
- Experience of coordinating and analysing evaluations, research and policy analysis
- Excellent analytical skills, both quantitative and qualitative
- Proven records of developing policy papers
- Strong research, policy development and writing skills
- Experience of working with research institutions and consultants
- Experience of managing or coordinating projects, including budget management
- Experience of children’s participation in policy making processes
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills, including experience and confidence in public speaking
- Good representational, influencing and networking skills and strong negotiation skills
- Knowledge of children’s rights key international agreements and conventions
- Commitment to Save the Children values
- Excellence in written and spoken English
SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)
- Holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
- Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved
- Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
- Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
- Future orientated, thinks strategically
- 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
- Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
- Willing to take disciplined risks
- Honest, encourages openness and transparency
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
Masters degree in Political Science, Development Studies, Sociology, Human Rights or Law (preferred)
6-8 work experience with 5 years relevant work experience in similar field.
- The position holder is expected to be ready for the deployment in any of the affected district(s) at short notice. S/he will often work unusual hours and are often working in stressful and insecure environments.