Job Purpose and Key Responsibilities
Reporting to the Head of Policy and Advocacy, the role will be responsible for developing and delivering high-impact parliamentary engagement and campaigns, building and holding relationships with those with political influence, and advising senior staff on political affairs.
The role will also involve working closely with coalitions and INGOs including BOND, GADN and GAPS to coordinate for greatest impact. It will involve being part of CARE’s work with Helen Pankhurst (Great Granddaughter of Emmeline) to host an annual event on International women’s day #March4Women that engages thousands of UK public in support of women’s rights.
In working to address women’s rights this role will be responsible for representing organisational values of anti-racism and feminism. In addition, CARE seeks to work in ways that reflect understanding of intersectionality, and the interconnected nature of race, class, and gender and how societies perceptions of those classifications can create overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.
Duties will include:
- Work with the Head of Team to develop CARE International UK’s parliamentary and government strategy to achieve policy and advocacy objectives, with a particular focus on retaining UK government as a champion for gender equality and supporting aid commitments for women and girl’s development and emergency programming.
- Identify opportunities to support delivery of CARE International UK’s advocacy priorities in Westminster, devolved governments and with UK stakeholders as identified.
- Write briefings, parliamentary submissions, or letters as relevant and deliver parliamentary engagement events and activities on CARE International UK advocacy priorities working closely with policy colleagues to further campaign objectives for women and girls worldwide.
- Work with teams across CARE (Including Comms and Supporter Engagement) to ensure a coordinated approach to UK campaigns that engage the public with UK Parliament or Government.
- Track impact as part of CARE’s systems for monitoring and evaluating engagement in Parliament.
- Actively build and maintain relationships with parliamentarians, researchers and other political contacts including other UK public bodies as relevant.
- Build effective advocacy relationships with other civil society organisations, politically influential organisations and networks, and represent CARE International UK in coalitions, as appropriate.
- Keep abreast of latest political developments and parliamentary activity to inform advocacy strategies.
Why work for us?
At CARE International UK we are passionate about fighting poverty and injustice, particularly focusing on the role and importance of working with women and girls. The UK has a long history as a committed leader on gender equality and a champion for women’s and girls’ rights, but over the last two years, policy decisions by the UK government risk undermining significant achievements and the UK’s leadership on development, humanitarian response and gender equality. Can you help us ensure our priorities are heard and supported in government and parliament?
As a development and humanitarian agency with programmes and partnerships in over 100 countries worldwide CARE brings its experience of working in crises like Ukraine, Yemen, South Sudan, DRC, Afghanistan to policy-makers to inform decisions. Can you help us ensure the evidence and insight from CARE programmes and partners on the ground informs UK government international development strategies and emergency response? For example evidence shows that COVID-19 has had a significant impact on gender equality and women’s rights, and when intersecting with other crises, like climate change and conflict, risks rolling back hard-earned gains by a generation. Our campaigning and influencing work focuses on the importance of effective investments in women and girls and addressing gender inequality to ensure it remains a priority for the UK government.
Some of the areas that this role will focus on in the coming year include:
- the UK governments new International Development Strategy and how it will deliver on the UK’s commitment to spend 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) on overseas aid and focus on helping the world’s poorest people and how it will use UK aid and global leadership to make progress on the biggest challenges facing the world, such as gender inequality, climate change and humanitarian crisis.
- The UK government’s FCDO-wide Women and Girls Strategy, how it addresses the economic and structural barriers to gender inequality and how it includes an intersectional approach that includes an understanding of the needs faced by women and girls facing intersecting inequalities.
- The government’s focus on preventing sexual violence in conflict, the proposal for a summit and a convention that supports progress on the issue and how this is integrated with wider strategies on prevention of violence against women and girls more broadly.
- Informing and influencing accountability at key parliamentary and government moments like autumn and other budget announcements, G7 meetings, PSVI Conference, Party conferences, donor conferences.
- And coordinating with the sector to participate in or lead at public campaigning moments, including #March4Women; #Wednesday4Women; Wave of Hope; Great Big Green Week; 16 Days of Activism on GBV.
We are seeking a Government & Parliamentary Officer that can work with the team and our INGO colleagues to engagement government and parliament as part of a joint strategy to carry out this important work. This is a critical role that offers someone with knowledge and get up and go the chance to really shape policy debates and ultimately impact the lives of many thousands of people. If this sounds really exciting to you then we can’t wait to hear from you!
The Government and Parliamentary Officer will have a strong understanding of UK Parliament and current parliamentarians and experience of the best strategies to influence and engage key stakeholders. You will understand political parties and how they play out in Westminster. You will understand the best ways to communicate the work of a humanitarian and development organisation with a focus on women and girls and how to work in collaboration across the sector to influence global summits and legislative processes.
Ideally you will have experience working in cross-organisational campaigns to deliver a shared influencing goal. You will relish the opportunity to work with a team of passionate and expert colleagues both in the advocacy and policy team and across CARE’s communication and supporter engagement teams.
Please Note that there are 2 contract types being offered : one permanent and the other 2-3 months Fixed Term contract
CARE International is one of the world’s leading humanitarian and development charities. We fight poverty and injustice in the world’s most vulnerable places. We save lives in disasters and conflicts. We stand with women, girls and their communities to achieve lasting change for a better future.
Diversity and Inclusion Statement
CARE International UK is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, respectful and safe work environment where all persons are treated fairly, with dignity and respect. We are committed to dismantling harmful and oppressive structures of power and accordingly centre gender equity in our work to save lives, fight poverty and achieve social justice. The post holder agrees to promote and uphold these principles.
CARE International UK operates fair, transparent and non-discriminatory recruitment practices and actively encourages applications from candidates from a variety of backgrounds, and with a range of skills and experiences. We are particularly interested to hear from candidates from Black and minoritised communities, LGBT+ candidates and disabled candidates.
CARE International UK is a disability confident employer. As part of our commitment to disability inclusion we guarantee interviews to disabled candidates who meet the essential criteria for the role. To be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme please complete the relevant section in the online application form. If at any stage of the recruitment process you require reasonable adjustments, including a copy of the recruitment pack in large print or an alternative format, please contact HR team
CARE International UK has a zero-tolerance approach to any harm to, or exploitation of, a vulnerable adult or a child by any of our staff, representatives or partners. Recruitment to all jobs in CARE International UK includes, in particular, criminal record checks and the collection of relevant references. Safeguarding our beneficiaries is our top priority in everything we do.
To apply, please click on the apply button to be redirected to our career page. Also, download and read the Government and Parliamentary Officer Candidate Brief, which includes the Job Description and Person Specification. Applications are completed online. If you require a copy of the recruitment pack in large print or an alternative format, please contact HR team Please note, Curriculum Vitae’s (CVs) will not be accepted.
Closing date for applications: 23:59 Sunday 5 June 2022
Interview date: W/C Monday 6 June 2022
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