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Politics & Public Affairs Adviser
Save The Children
2.1km | London, UK
role reference:  wyw_#00135
Location
2.1km | London, UK
Salary
Annual
£32,725 - £38,500
Contract Full-time
Industry Non-Profit Organisation
Hours 37.5 - 37.5 Hours
  • Non-Profit Organisation
  • PUBLIC AFFAIRS
  • DOMESTIC POLICY
  • ADVOCACY CAMPAIGNS
  • POLITICS
Description:

The role of a Politics & Public Affairs Advisor is visible and influential

  • Do you have experience of working to influence structures, processes and trends in the UK political system?
  • Do you have a track record of building a strong network of relationships with Parliamentarians?
  • Are you motivated by our vision of creating a world where every child doesn't just survive, but thrives, and can go on to change the world?

If the answers to these questions are yes, we would love to hear from you!

About Us

Save the Children UK believes every child deserves a future. In the UK and around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children's unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach.

Job Purpose

Reporting directly to the Head of Public Affairs, you will be  responsible for playing a critical role in building relationships with Parliament and holding the government to account. They will support SCUK's government relations and external affairs work across Save the Children UK's strategic priorities, covering international and domestic policy.

As a rights-based organisation, we are committed to anti-racism and actively opposed systemic oppression of any form. The role holder will also support our commitment to celebrate diversity, challenge inequality, and build an inclusive environment for every one of our employees so we can better represent the children we protect.

Main Accountabilities

The Politics & Public Affairs Advisor's key duties will be to:

  • Build and maintain relationships with Parliamentarians and raise Save the Children's profile in Westminster in order to build awareness of the issues we work on among a wider political audience
  • Provide clear political intelligence to inform Save the Children's campaign strategies to deliver policy change for children across domestic and international issues
  • Develop political influencing strategies for specific campaigns, collaborating with colleagues to ensure that campaigning and advocacy are integrated, and providing sound political judgement to inform policy positions
  • Develop and deliver written and oral briefings to MPs, peers, government officials and other decision makers on key policies and campaigns
  • Work with policy and programmes colleagues to summarise and communicate complex data (scientific, technical, economic) and policy ideas to deliver tailored messaging for political audiences 
  • Establish and maintain effective systems for tracking advocacy, including mechanisms for monitoring and evaluating parliamentary activity 
  • Represent Save the Children externally, actively networking and building constructive relationships with parliamentarians, political parties, NGOs and media to support Save the Children's influencing and profile building
  • Project manage and deliver political events with key stakeholders
  • Support colleagues in Policy, Advocacy & Campaigns to develop reactive and proactive media statements to ensure consistent and appropriate political communications
  • Contribute to the success of SCUK's mission teams, by providing support and technical expertise to the missions
  • Track and monitor our engagement with parliamentarians, recording the impact we are making and maintaining a thorough stakeholder engagement process
  • Perform other tasks and responsibilities as may be required in order to ensure the smooth running of the team, the department and organisation; and deputising for senior team members as required

Person Profile

Experience: 

You must have successful experience in all of the following:

  • Experience of working to influence structures, processes and trends in the UK political system 
  • Track record of building a strong network of relationships with Parliamentarians 
  • Strong interest and understanding of domestic social policy, and some understanding of or interest in the international environment including the countries in which Save the Children works
  • Experience of developing effective working relationships with colleagues and working collaboratively in multi-disciplinary project teams
  • Demonstrable excellence in organising events
  • Commitment to Save the Children's goals, mission, values and approach

Ability:

You must have the ability to:

  • Ability to apply influencing techniques and tactics to ensure Save the Children stands out from the crowd in Westminster, Whitehall, and with other key political stakeholders
  • Ability to plan work and meet deadlines when working under pressure on a number of projects
  • Ability to effectively manage and work within networks and coalitions for lobbying and advocacy purposes 
  • Ability to operate within a predominantly self-servicing administrative environment
  • Demonstrably strong verbal and written communication, presentation and persuasion

Aptitude:

  • A demonstrable commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion and their practical application and integration in the work environment
  • A commitment to Save the Children UK's aims and core values of accountability, ambition, collaboration, creativity, and integrity

Save the Children UK is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work both external and internal. We strive to be an inclusive employer and particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups such as returning parents or carers who are re-entering work after a career break, people who are LGBT+, from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, with a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition, with caring responsibilities, from different nations and regions, and from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.

 Remote Working:

The majority of SCUK employees are currently working remotely within the UK in line with UK Government guidance. Commencing July 2021 we will transition to flexible and hybrid ways of working (i.e. a mixture of remote/home and office-based working) as social distancing restrictions ease.

We are happy to discuss flexible working options at interview.

Key skills:
  • Non-Profit Organisation
  • PUBLIC AFFAIRS
  • DOMESTIC POLICY
  • ADVOCACY CAMPAIGNS
  • POLITICS
Annual
£32,725 - £38,500

CONTRACT

INDUSTRY

Role Type

37.5 - 37.5 Hours
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