Farringdon, Greater London
£45,900 - £54,000
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Save the Children has an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, influential and experienced political operative to join us as Head of Politics and Public Affairs, a challenging and highly rewarding senior role, where you will lead and develop a team of strategic political experts to develop and deliver high-impact change strategies.

 

  • Are you a highly organised and strategic individual with significant operational experience of UK political structures, processes and trends in Westminster, Whitehall and beyond?
  • Do you enjoy forging strong relationships with a wide range of political stakeholders, finding ways to appeal to people of differing political values?
  • Are you committed to helping to lead and manage a high-performing team of colleagues?
  • 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?

 

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

 

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

As the Head of Politics and Public Affairs, you will identify lobbying opportunities, enable colleagues and partners to exploit them fully using powerful evidence, trusted relationships, and innovative and creative tactics, and to build high-value relationships with key players across Westminster and Whitehall. Plus, you will manage political risk for the organisation and support senior leaders in having impact for children.

 

About the division

Save the Children UK's (SCUK's) Policy, Advocacy & Campaigns Division exists to influence debates, policies and practices in favour of children's rights. The evidence bases and thought leadership positions developed through our research and our programming support for children in the UK allow us to build advocacy strategies to ensure local partners, national governments and multilateral bodies know about the problems we have identified and the solutions available.

 

Main Accountabilities

  • Lead Save the Children's relationships with the UK government and soft-power institutions, and lead on monitoring and mitigating political risk
  • Represent Save the Children externally, actively networking and building constructive relationships with multilateral institutions, government ministers, special advisers, priority parliamentarians, senior officials, political parties, opinion formers and media
  • Maintain (and share with other teams and our partners) an ongoing strategic overview of political trends
  • Lead an engagement strategy with key UK soft power institutions
  • Lead and manage a high performing team to operate as a centre of excellence on analysing power and politics for the rest of the organisation and our partners
  • Contribute to the success of Save the Children UK's mission teams, by ensuring that resource and technical expertise is provided to missions
  • Forge new and innovative partnerships for influence and build effective relationships with other civil society organisations and political actors
  • Ensure support and guidance is provided to regional and country programme staff
  • Manage the team budget effectively

 

 

Person Profile

  • Ability to think and plan strategically, with evidence of securing significant policy changes through the successful design and execution of lobbying strategies in the UK and in multilateral organisations
  • Significant operational experience of UK political structures, processes and trends
  • Holding a wide range of external contacts – covering special advisers, ministers, parliamentarians, senior civil servants and national media.
  • Significant experience of executing integrated change strategies covering research, advocacy, policy rebuttal, public mobilisation, insight work and media planning
  • Proven ability to set clear direction, effectively prioritise a large and complex workload, plan and implement influencing strategies, and manage varied expectations and deadlines.
  • Experience of line managing, mentoring and supporting high-performing teams
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
  • A professional, flexible and highly organised approach to your work
  • A firm commitment to Save the Children's mission, values and approach (includes child focus, equal opportunities)

 

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.

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.

 

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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Refreshed on: 14 January 2022
Closing date: 06 February 2022
Tags: Policy/Research, Senior Management