Cardiff (On-site)
Edinburgh
Farringdon, Greater London
Manchester, Greater Manchester
£27,200 - £32,000 pa
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

The job of a Save the Children UK's Child and Youth Participation Officer is to make sure we are listening to children's voices across our work.

 

  • Do you have experience working with diverse groups of young people?
  • Do you have strong facilitation skills including knowledge of inclusive facilitation techniques?
  • Have you got experience in designing and delivering activities and materials for children and young people?
  • 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!

 

Note:

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 a  vacancy 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

Reporting directly to the Head of Child and Youth Participation, you will work across a range of participation projects with groups of children and young people, including the Youth Advisory Board, the Scouts, schools, diaspora community groups and young campaigner networks.

You will be involved in key projects both within the Child and Youth Participation team and with other colleagues working through our cross-organisational multi-disciplinary teams known as squads, where you will be responsible for contributing child/youth participation expertise and advising on and adhering to participation best practice.

 

Your experience does not need to come from the charity sector, and we're keen to hear from people with a background in education, social work, youth programmes or any other child and youth engagement setting.

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 Child and Youth Participation Officer's key duties will be to:

  • Help develop, deliver and project manage discrete projects involving children and young people including campaigns, events and workshops to support and enable their full and meaningful participation in Save the Children's work

 

  • Working with colleagues in the Child and Youth Participation team, and in cross-organisational teams (Agile squads) to support the development of plans and strategies for specific children's audiences including the Youth Advisory Board, the Scouts, schools, diaspora community groups and young campaigner networks

 

  • Contribute to developing and delivering high quality, relevant and engaging activities, workshops and materials for an audience of children and young people

 

  • Ensuring projects adhere to safeguarding best practice and all relevant Save the Children policies, managing processes including risk assessments

 

  • Managing communication with children where appropriate and relevant for a project including managing shared inboxes, obtaining fully informed child and adult consent to take part and gathering feedback to continuously improve ways of working

 

  • Supporting on the development and delivery of internal training sessions and materials to build the organisation's skills and understanding of child and youth participation best practice

 

The role and responsibilities will be carried out 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 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

Technical Skills

 

  • Experience working with diverse groups of young people (in a professional or voluntary role) in a campaigning, fundraising or education setting.
  • Experience developing and designing activities and materials for children and young people
  • Strong facilitation skills with good knowledge of a range of inclusive facilitation techniques appropriate for working with youth people.
  • Commitment to supporting children to use their voices to make change (in an organisational, community, political or other context), and broader interest in understanding how change happens
  • Knowledge and understanding of applying youth participation best practice and safeguarding requirements
  • Clear commitment to intersectional approaches when working with young people

 

Personal Skills:

 

  • Ability to manage projects and meet deadlines when working under pressure on numerous projects
  • Ability to collaborate with and influence a wide variety of stakeholders both in and outside of the organisation to deliver agreed outcomes
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and an ability to tailor written and verbal communications to a wide range of different audiences including young people
  • Self-sufficient and organised approach to administrative tasks
  • Commitment to Save the Children's mission, values and approach. In particular, a commitment to empowering and elevating the voices of children and young people

 

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.

Remote Working:

The majority of SCUK employees are currently working remotely within the UK in line with UK Government guidance. Commencing July 2021 we will transition to flexible and hybrid ways of working (i.e. a mixture of remote/home and office-based working) as social distancing restrictions ease.

We are happy to discuss flexible working options at interview.

 

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion: 

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. 

 

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Posted on: 21 June 2022
Closing date: 21 July 2022 at 23:59
Tags: Campaigning, Advocacy