Current Employment Opportunities:


Job Title: Senior Advocacy Advisor
Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Closing Date: October 28, 2019

Contract Length:  One year fixed term contract. Possible extension pending availability of funds.


GCPEA is currently recruiting for a Senior Advocacy Advisor to join our team. The position will based in the Save the Children Advocacy Office in Geneva.

In this role you will support the process of promoting the endorsement and implementation of the Safe Schools Declaration and the Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military Use during Armed Conflict. You will conduct high level advocacy with government representatives and influence UN and intergovernmental processes related to the Safe School Declaration.  You will also provide technical support and expertise to members of the coalition at the national level and play a key role in the effective implementation of donors’ grants related to the Safe Schools declaration.

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone with energy, commitment, and talent, to help ensure positive and lasting change in the lives of the most marginalised and vulnerable children
Reports to: Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) Director and the Director and UN Representative in the Save the Children’s Geneva Advocacy Office.
Staff reporting to this post: None. 
Key internal relationships: The Senior Advocacy Adviser will work closely with the Geneva-based GCPEA Advocacy Officer and with the Military Use Working Group (MUWG) representatives to increase endorsement of the Safe Schools Declaration, and to support deeper implementation of the Declaration and the Guidelines.
Budget Responsibilities: The budget is managed by the GCPEA Director and Save the Children Geneva Advocacy Office Director, with support from the Senior Advocacy Advisor, the Finance Officer of the Geneva Advocacy Office, and others.
Role Dimensions: 
Responsible for shaping and delivering work, which has a significant impact on Save the Children and GCPEA public image - at national and international level - and requires sensible judgments, working within Save the Children policy and procedures
Represents GCPEA to external contacts and deals with influential senior stakeholders
Coordinate the development and implementation of complex strategies which require to work with members of the coalition
High level of expertise in advocacy and policy, especially in the field of education in conflict situation
Achieves goals by influencing external agenda/policies through using high quality advocacy work
Requires to operate to tight deadlines, using independent judgement within clear parameters
Supporting GCPEA and its member and partner organisations in encouraging states to endorse and implement the Safe Schools Declaration, including by:
Coordinating GCPEA’s working group on military use of schools (MUWG), which gathers relevant members, including UN and INGO actors, engaged in advocacy around the Safe Schools Declaration and the Guidelines, including by:
  • Identifying new advocacy opportunities for endorsements, proposing tailored advocacy strategies, providing briefings, background information, and substantive input to MUWG member and partner organisations ahead of advocacy meetings and events;
  • Ensuring that members are kept abreast of all developments in relation to endorsements and implementation of the Safe Schools Declaration and the Guidelines, and supporting them in the integration of advocacy messages on the Safe Schools Declaration and the Guidelines as much as possible in their own relevant activities;
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with advocacy partners in Geneva, New York, Brussels, Addis Ababa, and other locations as needed;
  • Maintaining regular communication with the missions of Norway and Argentina in Geneva, members of the Core Group in Geneva, and other member states as required in order to support and strengthen state engagement and leadership in the promotion and implementation of the Safe Schools Declaration;
  • Conducting direct advocacy to state representatives, including by leading and coordinating advocacy meetings with state representatives in Geneva and, as needed, at capital level to explain the content of the Guidelines and of the Safe Schools Declaration and encourage support for them;
  • Providing substantive support and participating in roundtable meetings, core group meetings, and events with states, UN agencies, and NGOs, including the next international conference on Safe Schools;
  • Preparing meeting minutes, reports, advocacy documents, and correspondence in support of advocacy at global, regional or national level;
  • Maintaining an overview of state positions, advocacy contacts, mobilisation or campaigning activities at global, regional and national level, and sharing that information as relevant with the MUWG, the missions of Norway and Argentina or other leading states, and with other external advocates;
  • Drafting and editing communications materials, including briefings, press releases, articles, and other documents as needed, and maintaining the Safe Schools Declaration webpage on the GCPEA website;
  • Developing, maintaining and updating information databases and distribution lists, and carrying out mailings of letters and documents as appropriate.
Supporting the implementation of the Guidelines, including by:
  • Recording endorsements by states and commitments to implement the Guidelines
  • Recording and coordinating requests from States and armed non-State actors for technical support on the implementation phase; 
  • Ensuring coordination and collaboration between the MUWG and other GCPEA working groups, in particular to advocate for the implementation of commitments not directly linked to the Guidelines, which are also contained in the Safe Schools Declaration;
  • Outreach to country offices of GCPEA member organisations, including through visits, to mobilise nationally-led action on implementation of the Safe Schools Declaration, and provision of technical guidance on such actions through, for example, providing feedback on terms of reference, workshop programmes, action plans, etc.;
  • Providing substantive support to the organization of implementation workshops for representatives from Ministries of Defence from endorsing states at regional and national level;
  • Supporting GCPEA in the development of training tools and other materials to support implementation by providing input, facilitating and coordinating expert input into the documents, and coordinating the design, translation, and dissemination of such documents;
  • Support relevant partners in promoting the implementation of the Guidelines by non-state armed groups;
  • Compile and disseminate examples of good practice on the implementation of the Guidelines by state and non-state actors;
  • Conducting other tasks as appropriate in the process of promoting the implementation of the Guidelines.
Strengthening mobilisation of civil society actors to support the Guidelines, including by:
  • Actively liaising with key partners engaged in civil society mobilization and identifying new opportunities for civil society engagement; 
  • Maintaining an overview of mobilisation or campaigning activities at the national level and providing resources and support to national civil society actors;
  • Ensuring that there is coordination between GCPEA partners’ advocacy initiatives with civil society at the national level.
Funding management:
  • Leading and supporting the development of concept notes and funding proposals;
  • Supporting the GCPEA Director and Save the Children Geneva Advocacy Office Director to manage the project budget;
  • Preparing donor reports;
  • Maintaining a relationship with the donor;
  • Master’s level degree in a relevant field.
  • A minimum of 8 years advocacy experience in a corporate or an NGO environment, with experience in successfully leading the development and implementation of advocacy strategies;
  • Experience in leading the creation and implementation of a strategy, demonstrating the ability to identify the necessary steps towards an ambitious goal;
  • Experience of a range of campaigning and advocacy techniques and approaches;
  • Experience in influencing government, donors, and other organisations through representation and/or advocacy;
  • Demonstrable creative ability in accessing new opportunities, expertise and ideas;
  • Demonstrable track record of leading change which has led to significant results for the organisation and their stakeholders;
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing and negotiation;
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures;
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mindsets;
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner;
  • Strong research and policy development skills;
  • Experience of building networks, resulting in securing significant new opportunities for the organisation;
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in;
  • Knowledge of children’s rights key international agreements and conventions;
  • Proven experience in project management, and a demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize;
  • Strong sense of responsibility coupled with teamwork skills;
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills;
  • Excellence in written and spoken English. Ideally, good knowledge of French and/or Spanish (spoken and written);
  • Strong computer skills including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint;
  • The legal right to work in Switzerland;
  • Availability for some international travel.
  • Commitment to Save the Children values.

HOW TO APPLY: Please submit applications via Save the Children by clicking here


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