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Job description
Salary is dependant on country location. Please see attachment for the salaries for specific CA locations.

This role may be offered on permanent contract depending on the location and context where the successful candidate will be based.

About us

Christian Aid is an international development charity that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty, and for this to happen unequal power relations need to be challenged and changed.

We work in partnership to eradicate extreme poverty; dismantle its root causes across the world; and enable the voice and agency of the poor and marginalised to be fully realised. We deliver humanitarian assistance, in the wake of disasters and conflict, development programmes and policy, advocacy and campaigns so that poor and marginalised children, women and men, of all faiths and non, can achieve equality, dignity and justice.

This role sits in the Programme Policy, Research and Learning team (PPRL); and leads our strategic advisory hub. This is a new team which supports staff across the organisation to enable them to interpret, apply and make meaningful the key elements of Christian Aid's analytical framework (based on poverty, power and prophetic voice). As with all roles in PPRL strategic advisors both provide thought leadership on their key expertise areas, as well as creating spaces and mechanisms to collaborate with staff across the organisation to develop new ideas and learn from practice. For example, strategic advisors create spaces for discussion and debate, and provide guidance and resources to ensure that Christian Aid is developing and delivering programmes in line with organisational strategy. And they find different ways to capture the learning and good practice from our programmes to ensure it can inform organisational thinking and wider sector understanding. They also provide leadership and innovative ideas on how we can push our understanding and practice further, for example through using participatory research approaches to listen and learn from people living in poverty on their perspectives and experiences of poverty and the development visions they have; enabling us to deepen our understanding of power and what it means to shift power.

About the role

In addition to leadership of the hub (which includes line management of our Poverty and Inequality Advisor; and the Partnership and Civil Society Engagement Advisor), this role is leads our thinking, understanding and action in relation to 'power'. This includes helping the organisation think through how power works in different ways in different spaces, strengthening our ability to analyse and engage on issues of power, and develop strategies to challenge and transform unjust power relations, and create new possibilities to work positively on power to eradicate poverty. This could include building organisational capacity on different types of power analysis (for example political economy analysis, or gender and social inclusion) and to build power sensitive programmes which are implemented at different levels in different contexts. It could also include posing some of the difficult questions INGOs are dealing with, such as our role in decolonising development, and challenging historic injustice, or how we can work to shift structural power.

About you

We are looking for an exceptional individual who is passionate about power and how understanding and engaging with power in different ways. You will be great at facilitating organisational conversations and supporting the transition of ideas into practice, building ownership of strategy and making potentially abstract concepts meaningful. You will have experience of working on policy and programming and feel comfortable engaging with teams working in both areas. You will enjoy building capacity, but also take a learning approach, enabling people to share their experiences and build from their practice; you will know which debates we should be engaging in and how we can deepen our understanding across the key issues in our analytical framework in order to strengthen our impact. You will also be interested in participating in external debates, bringing our learning and experiences to the wider sector to provoke new and different ways of thinking. Equally important will be your interpersonal skills, your ability to build strong relationships and work across different departments, appreciating a diversity of cultures, workstyles and perspective. You will thrive on learning and developing with others, enjoy facilitation and creating space to promote critical thinking and learning from practice. You will be confident at team leadership, at managing your own workload and competing priorities.

Further information

This role requires applicants to have the right to work in the country where this position is based.

We value diversity and aspire to reflect this in its workforce. We welcome applications from people from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, colour, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

Christian Aid is committed to providing a safe and trusted environment for every person connected to the work we do; and to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour including sexual harassment and exploitation, abuse, and financial misconduct. Any candidate offered a job with Christian Aid is expected to share and demonstrate our values and adhere to Christian Aid's Safeguarding policy and sign Christian Aid's Code of Conduct.

You can expect a wide range of rewards and benefits, including a generous holiday allowance and flexibility that will ensure you enjoy a good work/life balance.

Competency questions

As part of your application you will be asked to demonstrate your suitability by giving answers to the following questions as part of your supporting statement:

-Can you tell us about a time when you worked with a diverse group of people to build a shared vision of how something should work in practice?

-Please describe how you would work with a programme manager to help them integrate power analysis into their programme of work?
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Posted on: 27 October 2020
Closed date: 18 November 2020
Job ref: 3062
Tags: Advocacy