Mothers’ Union is a Christian membership organisation with 4 million members in 83 countries and our members have been empowering communities to combat poverty, speak up for social justice and improve wellbeing of those around them for more than 140 years.
Mothers’ Union has always been active in campaigning for social justice, and in recent years has had a particularly strong focus on Gender Based Violence (GBV), for example, through being an accredited NGO for UNCSW, and by members participating each year in the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence. In 2019, the Worldwide Board approved “Gender Justice” as the overarching area within which MU wanted make an impact through Policy and Advocacy. The onset of the pandemic in 2020 revealed domestic violence in particular as being the “shadow pandemic” around the world, and this became the particular area of focus for MU, which coincided with the Domestic Abuse Bill progressing through the Houses of Parliament in the UK.
Globally, MU was able to attract funding in 2020 specifically to address the issue Domestic Abuse on the ground in Uganda, Myanmar, DRC and Tanzania. The work in Uganda was used as a practical example as part of UNCSW65. In 2021, MU is aiming to develop this work further into longer term, transformational work in 3 countries.
MU is looking for an expert in the field to be able to help Mothers’ Union shape the longer term direction, particularly in Britain and Ireland, as well as working with current staff and member-volunteers to take the “next step up” in engagement in 2021
Mothers’ Union objectives:
- First and foremost, to work towards a world where everyone can thrive, because they live in safety, in an environment of mutual respect
- Secondly, to uplift the voices of our membership to make a real difference, locally, nationally and globally
- Thirdly, by being more visible and proactive, to attract more members and supporters.
This is a 6 month, full-time assignment, with the following deliverables:
Primary focus – Britain and Ireland
- To assess the current situation within MU, and propose and implement a plan for 2021 which is practical in the timescale and enables a campaign across all members as part of 16 Days of activism, as well as a targeted pilot programme for a longer-term approach to begin in a small number of Dioceses/parishes.
- To work with the CEO, Communications and the Steering Group of members to develop an outline strategic and operational plan for the next 3 years (this is likely to be in parallel with the above).
- To assess partner options for campaigning, materials and training, and make recommendations on how these should be used for both short and longer-term actions.
- Either personally or as arranged through partners, to equip members as a whole to be prepared and engaged for the 16 Days of Activism in November, 2021.
- If it is agreed to undertake a pilot project, to scope this out, and work with the CEO to identify participants and set up any necessary training and a process for delivering with the membership.
- To highlight to the communications team opportunities for external messaging (for example aligned to the IC Change campaign)
Secondary focus – Worldwide
NOTE: Engagement in this area will depend on the workload to deliver the Britain and Ireland priorities.
- To help to prepare the October submission for UNCSW66, and to liaise with partners to assess and recommend an engagement strategy for 2022, including possible side and parallel events. This will require engaging also with the Development Team to understand where MU has stories and insights to share.
- To engage with the Development Team to help to shape the outcomes for programme work, when funded and linked to GBV.
- To provide expert support to the Global Advocacy and Policy Advisory group.
Skills & Experience
- Experience of running a programme for change in behaviours in a Church community in the area of VAWG.
- Excellent understanding of the issue of domestic abuse, and a proven ability to advocate against it.
- Strong understanding of the Church and key players in Britain and Ireland.
- An established network of individuals and organisations working in the field of VAWG, both for policy/advocacy and practical work on the ground.
- Commitment to the MU staff values.
- Willingness to work with the MU network of member-volunteers as well as staff to advocate for change.
This role is primarily based at our head office in Central London. However, due to the current restrictions on movement, home working option is temporarily made available. Mothers’ Union is looking at a hybrid working solution where staff will be required to work a minimum two days from office in the future. However, there will be occasions where staff will need to work from office for more than the 2 day minimum due to operational requirements of Mothers’ Union.
How to Apply
If you are interested in this position, please apply by sending your CV and a Cover Letter via Charity Jobs. The Cover Letter should clearly outline how your skills match the main responsibilities of the role.
The closing date for applications is 04th August 2021. Due to the number of applications we receive, we may not be able to individually respond to each applicant. If we do not get in touch with you within 4 weeks from the application deadline, then unfortunately you have not been shortlisted for this position.
Mothers’ Union is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to create an inclusive environment for all employees.
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