Farringdon, Greater London
£45,900 - £54,000 per year
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Fixed term contract for 12 months

Do you want to play a key role in an organisation which stands up for children? Join us as our Head of Child Poverty (maternity cover) and help us to change outcomes for children experiencing the injustice of poverty in the UK.

Every child has the right to have their basic needs met, and to receive the support to ensure they can reach their full potential. The greatest barrier to this in the UK is poverty and inequality. 

Our UK mission is to make a sustainable reduction in the number of children growing up in poverty, and to narrow the learning gap between those children and their better-off peers.  

We believe this future is possible. It requires more money to be put back into the pockets of parents and carers, decent jobs, more opportunities for young children to play and learn, and policies and services which centre children and families' needs, reduce discrimination, and that are designed to help children to flourish by preventing difficulties at the earliest possible stage: in pregnancy, at birth, in the crucial first 1,001 days of life and throughout childhood.

We work closely with the communities we aim to support. We recognise their diversity and strengths as well as the challenges they face, and we aim to reflect their diversity and experiences in our UK staff team.

This role is situated in the UK Impact Department within our Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns Division. We integrate lobbying government, research, policy, media and campaigning and organising into one agile, powerful engine for change. It's fundamental to how we do things that we alongside families who know what poverty feels like.

As Head of Child Poverty, you will lead Save the Children's child poverty work to influence the UK government. You will work with minimal supervision, leading a multi-disciplinary team to drive change for children in poverty, alongside families on low incomes and other organisations. You'll also line manage the child poverty policy team, consisting of a senior policy adviser and adviser. You'll be able to hit the ground running quickly, spot how we can respond quickly to new opportunities in a fast moving environment, while keeping focused on how we can maximise impact for the long term.  You'll have significant experience of leading teams and enabling staff to be their best, developing high impact partnerships and collaborations, and applying your strategic thinking to develop campaign approaches that build public and political support. Understanding of the child poverty policy landscape is also desirable.

You will:

  • Further develop and drive Save the Children's UK child poverty strategy 2021 - 2024, reporting to the Director of UK Impact and working with colleagues across the 4 nations
  • Lead a multi-disciplinary team of policy, campaigns, media and public affairs specialists, including two direct line reports and matrix management of the rest of the team
  • Oversee the development our stakeholder engagement and management strategy for our child poverty work, and for leading on relationships with key external stakeholders in line with this strategy, ensuring that we always keep a focus on how our work can support and amplify that of others for greatest impact
  • Accountable for the delivery of our UK child poverty strategy and using learning to continue to develop and refine it
  • Contribute to the strategic leadership of all of our work to help children and families in the UK as a member of our UK Leadership team


To be successful you will have / be:

  • Strong knowledge and understanding of the child poverty policy context, or expertise in a similar field
  • Demonstrable strategic thinking skills and political nous, which enables you to develop effective plans for change, working with others
  • Experience of leading multi-disciplinary teams to achieve significant public policy changes and engage the public, as well as some line management experience
  • Experience of ensuring that children and families from low incomes are meaningfully involved in policy and strategy development, and in advocacy and campaigning
  • Experience of working with external stakeholders from a variety of sectors to maximise impact, based on establishing a shared vision and values
  • Experience of creating a learning culture to develop and improve strategies and campaigns, and to enable all members of the team to learn and develop their skills and knowledge
  • Solutions-focused with a creative problem-solving approach
  • Comfortable taking risks, in order to learn, grow and develop
  • A strong team player with an empowering and collaborative working style, and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Positive, resilient, and committed to improving the lives of families on low incomes across the UK, demonstrating positive leadership behaviours to others


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.

At Save the Children we are committed to the safeguarding and protection of children in our work. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those who are suitable to work with children are recruited to work for us. This post is subject to a range of vetting checks including a criminal records disclosure.

If you share our belief in the power of children, join the fight. It takes relentless determination, creativity, and a commitment to real change. Because every child should be able to make their mark on their world and help to build a better future. We look forward to hearing from you.

Closing date: 25th April

Interviews will take place w/c 3rd May

For more information and to apply please visit our website. 

Please note - whilst this role is advertised as office based, Save The Children UK will remain a remote-working organisation until at least 30 June 2021.

We particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities, Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, LGBT+ and from different socio-economic and educational backgrounds, as these are underrepresented at Save the Children UK.

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Refreshed on: 16 April 2021
Closed date: 25 April 2021
Tags: Policy/Research, Advocacy