TITLE: Advocacy Advisor
TEAM/PROGRAMME: Middle East and Eastern Europe LOCATION: Egypt. Up to 5% travel within the region
GRADE: 2 CONTRACT LENGTH: One Year
Level 2: either the post holder will have access to personal data about children and/or young people as part of their work; or the post holder will be working in a ‘regulated’ position (accountant, barrister, solicitor, legal executive); therefore a police check will be required (at ‘standard’ level in the UK or equivalent in other countries).
The North Africa region is characterized as an area of origin, transit (departure) and destination for mixed migration flows from West Africa, the Horn of Africa and the Middle East. As European Union (EU) member states seek to reduce migration flows on the more monitored routes, alternative routes consistently emerge and mutate across the North African (NA) region, affecting Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. As a result, Morocco became the ‘first’ country of departure for migrants from Africa in 2018, while Spain became the most important gateway to Europe through the Western Mediterranean Route. Child refugees/migrants and their families who transverse North Africa are vulnerable to exploitation, violence and abuse and national systems are not adequately resourced to provide either prevention or response support either for those in transit or for those whose journeys are halted along the way.
The Middle East and Eastern Europe Region is looking for support to increase the depth and scope of our engagement in North Africa, particularly with regards advocacy and representation on migration issues.
Migration and displacement will be a key area of focus for the region in this strategic period, looking at recent developments and potential scenarios in Europe, Middle East and North Africa. Save the Children – given our scale and footprint – is well-placed to lead the coordination of efforts to ensure the needs of children moving across regions are understood, recognized and prioritized both locally and globally.
There is complexity and a political environment that is pushing against norms we are trying to uphold regarding refugee/migrant children. Protecting the interests and addressing the needs of children on the move requires a concerted, joined-up effort around external engagement and advocacy. Across the region, we have growing programmatic work in this area, from Morocco, Libya and Tunisia (North Africa Migration Initiative) to Egypt (East African Migration Routes Project), there is a need to ensure we have capacity to elevate the advocacy components of these projects.
To this end, we are looking to hire an advocacy adviser to be based in Egypt, to lead on advocacy and policy issues related to migration and displacement across North Africa.
• The position will support the North Africa region (North Africa Migration Initiative based in Tunis, East African Migration Routes Project based in Egypt and other regional initiatives) in developing their long-term advocacy strategies and campaign plans with a focus on national and cross sub-regional themes;
• Advocacy Advisor will provide vision and strategic direction to the North Africa region to optimize the impact of advocacy work across the sub-region;
• Continuously promote child participation and child campaigning by supporting its sustained implementation and impact on influencing policy changes, supporting system strengthening with evidence-based knowledge sharing.
• The position will ensure alignment of the global COVID-19 advocacy strategy, objectives and plans across the region and cross sharing experience and learning.
SCOPE OF ROLE:
• Reports to: Egypt Country Director with strong dotted lines to Regional Advocacy, Media and Communications Director (Amman) North Africa Migration Initiative Director (Tunis). The position will also coordinate closely with the East Africa Migration Route Project Director (Cairo)
• Staff reporting to this post: None
• Budget Responsibilities: None
• Role Dimensions: Primarily focused on North Africa region but also includes the wider Arab region as needed.
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY :
• Development of a National and regional advocacy strategy to achieve systemic/policy change for improved protection and quality of services for children on the move in North Africa, including promotion of durable Solutions for migrant and refugee children.
• Collaboration and engagement with interagency and coordination efforts for rights based research and advocacy for children on the move in and across North Africa
• Engagement with European advocacy for protection-centred external migration policies
• Building a network of stakeholders, including with high-level officials in the North Africa governments, the League of Arab States and other key players within the policy community;
• Ongoing context analysis and monitoring of EU and Arab foreign policy relating to North Africa and Europe migration as well as other key policy objectives as needed; this include interfacing and acting as advocacy focal point for the SC global and regional advocacy working groups such as EMAG and the HPAC.
• Producing briefings (private and public), context analysis, impact studies and reports to ensure visibility and continued monitoring and engagement on North Africa at capital levels, as well as regional and national.
• Link and integrate advocacy and policy work across North Africa with the broader regional strategies and initiatives, in close collaboration with the Regional Office AMC team.
• Ensuring child participation in key regional and national decision-making processes, including consulting with children and raising their voices to decision makers.
• Work with communications staff on media strategies and outreach on related issues including on supporting reactive and proactive media and communication work including producing impact studies, success stories and case studies to showcase ongoing work in North Africa.
• Provide guidance to COs to practice effective community entry and local leader’s advocacy to create trust and prepare a base for COVID-19 response as well we supporting developing guidance and learning beyond the preparedness phase. This should include but not limited to guidance for mapping out and identifying partners and key influencers, existing children’s
• groups/networks who may want to support and collaborate together on information sharing, advocacy, campaigns and actions related to COVID-19.
• Lead on the assessment of low cost/high impact advocacy initiatives for the North Africa region to showcase leverage influence with little resources. Evaluate, monitor and report about policy impact on children and policy gaps to be addressed.
• Utilize established networks to push strategic advocacy issues into broader agendas.
BEHAVIOURS (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 their team to do the same
• widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
• future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.
• 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; demonstrates highest levels of integrity
• Education to Master’s level, preferably with a qualification in international development, social sciences or other relevant field.
• Excellent verbal and written skills in English are essential.
• Work experience in North Africa context (Middle East experience and knowledge is desirable)
EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
• A proven experience record in leading advocacy sector with an international or national non-profit organization;
• Demonstrated experience of strategic thinking and ability to see things from a global perspective;
• Extensive experience in engaging with state and non-state actors. Experience of creating networks of influence and lobbing;
• Ability to manage diverse professional relationships, to speak and communicate effectively, and to tailor messages to different audiences;
• Ability to work and communicate across cultures as part of geographically dispersed team and across organizations and stakeholders;
• Experience of leading and managing people, including providing guidance and oversight and empowering team members to deliver;
• Attention to detail and the ability to follow tasks and ideas through to completion
• Ability to work and write in English and Arabic
• Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills
• Commitment to Save the Children’s values
• Experience with INGO/NGO leading advocacy in North Africa.
• French language
Additional job responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.
The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.
We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.
Safeguarding our Staff:
The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy
Health and Safety
The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.
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