Save the Children Regional Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy Manager Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Save the Children International

Job Title: Regional Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy Manager

Team / Programme: Advocacy and Campaign

Location: Based in Nairobi

Grade: 2

Contract Length: April 2020 – April 2021 (12 months fixed term with possibility to renew)

Child Safeguarding: Level 3 – The role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.

Role Purpose: The Regional Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy Manager is responsible for leading the development and implementation of a regional humanitarian advocacy strategy and commissioning policy in coordination with national, regional and global stakeholders to influence decision-makers to uphold and protect children’s rights.

In line with Save the Children’s commitment to the Core Humanitarian Standard and the Grand Bargain, the role holder will engage with regional stakeholders and shape movement-wide policy development on accountability to affected populations, localization and humanitarian-development coherence. In situations of protracted and/or emerging armed conflict, he/she will support country offices to deliver advocacy and campaign strategies to protect children’s rights.

As a member of the regional humanitarian leadership team, he/she will provide advocacy and policy support to country offices delivering humanitarian responses across the region and will deploy to large-scale rapid-onset and/or protracted crises as part of the response team.

He/she will support the Regional Head of Advocacy, Campaigns, Communications and Media and Regional Humanitarian Director to represent Save the Children in external decision-making and networking fora across the region.

The Manager will be responsible for delivering humanitarian advocacy capacity building initiatives to strengthen regional capacity to advocate effectively for children’s rights in emergencies.

He/she will be a member of Save the Children’s global Humanitarian Advocacy Working Group (HAWG) and is accountable for ensuring that members and Advocacy Offices have access to timely and contextually relevant briefing material to influence positive change for children.

Scope of Role:

Reports to: Regional Advocacy and Campaign Director with a dotted line to the Regional Humanitarian Director.

Number of direct reports: None

Key Areas of Accountability:

  • Design and implement a regional humanitarian policy and advocacy strategy in coordination with the Regional Head of Advocacy, Campaigns, Communications and Media and Regional Humanitarian Director, country and regional offices.
  • Commission and deliver context specific humanitarian policy and advocacy products, including briefings, reports and key messages to support national, regional and global advocacy on children’s rights.
    Deploy to both rapid-onset emergencies to lead humanitarian advocacy in the first phase of the response and support country offices in delivery of advocacy as an integral part of the response strategy (approximately 30% per year).
  • Represent Save the Children in external fora at regional level and develop networks with key stakeholders in national and regional civil society organisations, UN Agencies and regional bodies.
  • Support movement wide capacity building initiatives on humanitarian advocacy at regional level through training, mentoring and peer-to-peer networks.
  • Monitor and document the outcomes of humanitarian policy and advocacy initiatives to support continuous improvement and to assess their impact (including Save the Children’s contribution to changes)
  • Identify and manage potential risks associated with Save the Children’s public positions and design strategies to mitigate the risks that have been identified.

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

Qualifications and Experience


  • Knowledge of children’s rights key international agreements and conventions
  • A minimum of five years advocacy experience in an NGO environment, with experience in successfully leading the development and implementation of advocacy strategies
  • Experience of working in humanitarian contexts and knowledge of key trends in the humanitarian sector
  • 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
  • Commitment to Save the Children values
  • Excellence in written and spoken English.

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.

Equal Opportunities: The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Child Safeguarding: 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.

Health and Safety: The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should CLICK HERE to view the profile and apply for this position online.

The advert will close on 27th February 2020

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Updated: February 16, 2020 — 1:09 pm