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Save the Children Canada is a member of Save the Children International, a federation that works in more than 119 countries worldwide delivering programs focused on health and nutrition, education, child protection, child poverty, humanitarian response, and child rights governance. As the world’s leading independent organization for children, Save the Children’s vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development, and participation. The primary purpose of this position is to play a critical role in leading the direction, design and implementation of a cross-functional advocacy strategy and plan to achieve advocacy goals within the organizational priorities of Save the Children Canada (SCC). Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, with a dotted line to the Chief Operating Officer, the Head of Policy and Advocacy leads on SCC’s policy contributions, ensuring our policy and advocacy work is evidence-based and conducted with rigour. The Head of Policy and Advocacy holds primary responsibility for influencing government policy, and works in close collaboration with the Programs Team to provide evidence from research and programs as to what works in different policy areas, helping to position the organization as a leading partner to implement relevant areas of child-focussed Canadian government policy. The Head of Policy and Advocacy also works in close collaboration with the Media and Communications team to design and deliver integrated campaigns, strengthening the organization’s voice and external profile on priority policy issues. The position is based in Ottawa.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

• In close collaboration with International Programs and Communications, lead on the design and delivery of Save the Children’s policy and advocacy strategy in Canada, ensuring synergy with global advocacy priorities and contributing to achievement of impact for children, profiling with the Canadian Government, and organizational policy influence.

• Liaise with global advocacy colleagues, inputting into global policy, advocacy and campaign strategies, ensuring strategies are relevant to Canada and are aligned with Save the Children Canada’s priorities of gender equality, humanitarian crises, and child rights.

· Remain abreast of federal and provincial government policy and budget decisions, including analyzing impacts to Save the Children and recommending action plans for organizational response.

· Ensure appropriate organizational representation at key government forums and with members of Parliament and government officials.

· Lead on agency participation in advocacy-themed external sector coalitions, forums, conferences, round tables and panels, ensuring alignment of resources and impact against organizational priorities, in close collaboration with the International Programs, National Reconciliation Program, and Communications teams.

· Support the Communications team in contributing to external profiling of leaders and subject matter experts, strengthening Save the Children’s position as a thought leader, policy influencer, and desired partner on implementation of child-focused policy.

· In coordination with the Chief Operating Officer, and supported by the Director of Business Development & Program Impact, and Heads of Gender Equality, Humanitarian Affairs, and Awards Management, proactively seek out and create opportunities to profile evidence of what works for children in our programs, positioning Save the Children as a partner of choice to implement international assistance policy.

· Advise colleagues in International Programs as to strategic priorities of the Government of Canada within foreign policy and international assistance, including collecting and disseminating relevant information that could support advancement of primary priorities for Save the Children Canada.

· Drive the advocacy and policy elements of Integrated Campaigns, in close collaboration with the Head of Communications, Media and Public Relations and the Director, Direct Marketing.

· Provide recommendations to Head of Communications, Media and Public Relations opportunities to profile the organization as these relate to relevant emerging policy issues impacting on children.

· Act as spokesperson on Policy and Advocacy.

· Set clear team and individual performance expectations for productivity, quality, and success; providing direction and support as needed.

· Manage and monitor operating budget spend to approved targets.

· Mentor and coach to support professional development.

Qualifications & Competencies (include but are not limited to):

• Master degree in Political Science / International Development / Public Policy / Human Rights / Gender Studies/Humanitarian Studies or related field.

• Minimum 8 years’ progressive experience designing and executing strategic advocacy initiatives.

• Fluently bilingual in English and French.

• Experienced advocate with significant knowledge and expertise in advocating on human rights issues with Canadian government, UN agencies, and/or other multilateral agencies, with preference for child rights, humanitarian affairs and/or gender equality.

• Experience building and managing relationships with senior government officials and policy makers.

• Demonstrated partnership building, relationship management, and coalition leadership experience.

• Expert knowledge of Canadian Government UN structures, Sustainable Development Goals, and Canadian and iNGO landscape.

• Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills to develop strong working relationships across cultural and organizational boundaries with internal and external stakeholders, and managing through influence

• Strategic big picture thinker, with the ability to translate vision and strategy into tactical operational plans and results.

• Political and policy analysis research skills.

• Previous people and budget management experience required.

• Ability to travel internationally, to complex environments, on occasional basis and potentially for extended periods of time.

• Adhere to Save the Children’s Child Safeguarding policy and protocols.

• Police check vulnerable sector screening.

How to Apply

  • If you are interested in this position, via this link:  https://vacanciesincanada.ca/ngojobs  and submit your resume and cover letter by June 7, 2020. Internal candidates, please apply by 5 pm on May 25. 2020. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. **
  • To help us track our recruitment effort, please specify (on the application form & in your cover letter) where you saw this job posting.

*SCC is committed to providing accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (‘AODA’). If you require accommodation for disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please notify Human Resources (416) 221-5501 ext. 262**.***

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