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Belfast, Belfast (Hybrid)
London, Greater London
£46,750 - £55,000 per year
Contract, Fixed term contract for 12 months, Full-time
Job description

UK Office (Belfast, Cardiff, London, Manchester or Edinburgh)

The job of a Save the Children UK's Head of UK Influencing/Squad Lead is collaborative and change focused.

  • Do you have proven leadership experience developing change strategies within international development, conflict or UK Poverty?
  • Do you have knowledge of agile methods of working?
  • Do you have experience running high impact projects within an organisation?
  • 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 – and of inspiring and leading others to do the same?

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

This is a 12-month Fixed term contract.


To avoid disappointment, you are advised to submit your application as soon as possible as we reserve the right to close the vacancy early if a high volume of applications are received. This is to ensure that we can manage application levels whilst maintaining a positive candidate experience. Unfortunately once avacancy has closed, we are unable to consider further applications.

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

This is a cross-organisational leadership role. You will lead a multi-disciplinary squad to design and deliver an ambitious UK change programme that delivers the squad's objective.

You will be fully accountable for their squad's objective and is expected to draw upon every relevant discipline across Save the Children UK to achieve it, working closely with colleagues from different divisions, particularly the Fundraising & Marketing Division, which will be crucial for delivering the mass-marketing activities that will support the squad's objectives.

Key characteristics for the successful individual include being a clear and inspiring communicator, a supportive and empowering leader and the ability to manage a diverse range of stakeholders (internal and external).

As a rights-based organisation, we are committed to anti-racism and actively opposed systemic oppression of any form. You will 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 Head of UK Influencing/Squad Lead's key duties will be to:

  • Lead development of the objectives and strategy for one of Save the Children UK's mission squads aimed at influencing policy, practice and/or attitudes in the UK
  • Lead a multi-disciplinary squad made up of staff from across policy, advocacy, campaigning and media disciplines (at a minimum), plus other relevant functions, to achieve those objectives
  • Develop and articulate a clear vision for what needs to be done to achieve the squad's objective(s), over a range of time horizons
  • Take responsibility for the impact of the squad and ensure the squad's work supports the achievement of the overall mission objectives and is in alignment with Save the Children UK's supporter-engagement and “world-class impact” strategies, including through a focus on the rights of the world's most deprived and marginalised children
  • Liaise extensively with stakeholders, including:
    • Proactively identifying the relevant internal and external stakeholders to shape the vision, objectives and definition of success
    • Defining the resources needed to achieve the objectives and working with the mission lead and departmental managers to secure these
  • Own and manage prioritised deliverables that realise the squad's objectives, including:
    • Making decisions on priorities based on overall mission and SCUK objectives and considering the needs of all key stakeholders
    • Building a deep understanding of dependencies to inform the sequencing and prioritisation of work
    • Continually updating the deliverables based on evolving mission/organisational needs
  • Attend relevant Supporter Engagement strategy and planning meetings and work closely with the thematic Campaign Manager, who will lead the public-engagement aspects of the squad's work
  • Support squad members to complete squad deliverables autonomously and in a way that leads to maximum impact, including:
    • Working closely with squad members to clarify the exact requirements
    • Proactively resolving or escalating issues to remove obstacles
    • Making decisions on whether squad deliverables are complete
  • Carry out the responsibilities of the role in a way which reflects:
    • Save the Children's commitment to safeguarding children in accordance with the Child Safeguarding Policy
    • A commitment to Save the Children's vision, mission, values and approach
    • A commitment to diversity and inclusivity and promoting equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work
    • A commitment to effective management of risk, by operating within the Charity's code of conduct, policies, procedures and controls and by carrying out the risk management and assurance responsibilities of the role as set out in the Risk Policy and Procedures.

Person Profile

  • Proven leadership experience in developing and driving change strategies, including working across the full theory of change and bringing together policy, advocacy, media, campaigning and public engagement
  • Knowledge of, or willingness to acquire knowledge of, agile methods of working
  • Good technical knowledge in the squad's thematic area of focus (e.g. international development, conflict, or UK poverty)
  • Practical experience working in a complex institution and proven ability to navigate effectively in such organisations
  • Experience of running high-impact projects within Save the Children UK or another organization
  • Practical knowledge and experience of relevant organisational processes
  • Practical knowledge and experience of using coaching tools and of team management

Behavioural and personal skills

  • Translates strategic objectives into clear deliverables
  • Proactively and accurately identifies needs and requirements of a wide range of stakeholders
  • Delegates tasks effectively and supports team members' autonomy, while simultaneously taking care to ensure high-quality outputs in line with agreed expectations
  • Continuously verifies assumptions and reacts well to unforeseen situations
  • Constantly develops new skills in ways of working and relevant technical fields
  • Explores new approaches and innovates in order to increase impact
  • Collaborates effectively between a wide range of colleagues in order to achieve the best results

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.

Ways of Working:

Remote First – The majority of our roles can be performed remotely, however you may work from the office as often as you wish. Whilst you will be predominantly  working from home,  we may require you to come to your contracted office up to 2-4 days per month or 6-8 days per quarter (Note: This will be agreed with your Line Manager and team) This is intended to be time spent on collaborating with colleagues and relationship building. 

On-site – There are certain roles that cannot be performed remotely and so your role will be based in an office location and you may occasionally be able to work from home.

Flexible Working - We are happy to discuss flexible working options at interview.

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion: 

Save the Children UK believes in a world that is fair, inclusive and equitable where all children have the opportunity to change their world. We apply this to our workforce and we are committed to developing and supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organisation where all employees have a sense of belonging and feel that they can be "Free to Be Me". We are not looking for just one type of person - we want to recruit people who can add fresh perspectives, innovative ideas or challenge that disrupts the risk of group think. 

We are especially interested in people whose childhood experiences - of life on a low income, of migration, of being in a racialised community, of the care system, of being LGBT+ or in an LGBT+ family or living with (or with someone with) a disability - help us to see things we might otherwise miss. Whatever your story is we want to hear it because we know that different voices, ideas, perspectives and knowledge, working together will enable us to better the lives of children around the world. This is the reason why we are all here. 

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Posted on: 12 August 2022
Closing date: 11 September 2022 at 23:59
Tags: Campaigning,Advocacy