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Head of Advocacy and Communications


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Country: Uganda
Organization: Save the Children
Closing date: 27 Jun 2020

The Head of Advocacy and Communication (HAC) is responsible for the development and implementation of Save the Children Uganda’s (SCUG) overall Advocacy Strategy and Communications Plan, in promotion of children’s rights and driven by child participation. Based on SCUG programming priorities, he/she identifies key issues for advocacy and communications, preparing and implementing strategies and messages across all of our humanitarian and development work. The HAC ensures effective documentation of evidence and good practice. The HAC leads gathering and developing engaging visual and written material that voices the gaps in fulfilling children’s rights, effectively explains SCUG’s work and engages a wide range of external audiences in our work. S/he succeeds in establishing strong and strategic partnerships with like-minded organisations in advancing t he rights of children. The HAC oversees traditional media and related external communications activities and leads in developing effective online social media strategies to engage the wider public. In addition, the HAC builds capacity of Technical Specialists and Regional Area Managers in undertaking advocacy activities in line with the SCUG Advocacy Strategy.

* Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree or higher in a relevant subject such as social science, human rights, development, international relations, journalism/mass communication.
* Masters or post graduate degree will be an added advantage
* At least 8 years of experience in undertaking major advocacy, media and communication initiatives in humanitarian and development contexts, preferably with focus on child rights issues.
* Proven experience in analyzing the situation of children using child rights programming/principles framework
* Proven track record of policy influencing with partners, government and civil societies/key stakeholders
* Demonstrated ability to think strategically, to analyze complex information and offer creative, practical and effective solutions
* Excellent influencing skills, ability to deal with people at all levels with credibility, tact, and diplomacy
* Excellent written and verbal communications skills, and an ability to produce good quality documents, information for a variety of audiences and communicate good practices
* Experience in policy and practice analysis and implementing strategic advocacy initiatives aimed at bringing changes in these areas
* Experience with online and social media communications strategies.
* Strong interpersonal skills such as networking, negotiation and communication.
* Willing and able to travel time to upcountry locations to support field teams as security permits
* Strong computer skills to produce advocacy documents and document and communicate good practices.
* Experience with graphic design software is an added advantage
* Good photography or video skills is an added advantage

The Organisation
We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realize the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:
* No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
* All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
* Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:
Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at

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.

Application closes on 26th June 2020 at midnight Uganda time.

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified talent, persons with disabilities and female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents

How to apply:

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