Edinburgh
£31,960-£37,600 pa + excellent benefits
Permanent, Contract, 1 permanent role, 1 fixed term contract for 2 years, Full-time
Job description

Do you want to play a key role in an organisation which stands up for children and fights child poverty? Join us as Partnership Lead to develop partnerships, deliver programmes, test new approaches and share learning, and be part of our mission to reduce poverty and its impact on early childhood in Scotland. We have two roles available – one is permanent and one is a fixed term 2-year contract.

At Save the Children we believe every child has the right their basic needs being met, and to receive love, encouragement and help which enables them to reach their full potential. But poverty – families not having enough money to live on – prevents this from being a reality for more than 1 in 4 children in Scotland every year.

Not having enough money brings stress and anxiety for parents and children. Poverty can mean not getting to enjoy the same carefree, fun, joyous childhoods as others, and can create barriers for children to reach their full potential.

Our vision is a society free of poverty, where every child grows up in a family with enough money to live with dignity; that cherishes childhoods and supports every child to reach their full potential; and where every child is empowered to shape the world around them in communities, policy making and services.

No one organisation can tackle a problem of this scale alone. That’s why we work with many others – children, young people, parents, partners, community leaders, schools and local organisations working with families – to fight for families to have the money they need and reduce the harm that poverty and inequality causes to children.

This role is in the Scotland team which is part of the UK Impact department. Our work in Scotland is focussed on reducing the the number of children growing up in poverty and working to reduce the impact of poverty on children’s development in early childhood. This is a varied role, which will involve supporting programme delivery, alongside collaborating with others within and outside of our organisation, to spot gaps and test new approaches, with a constant focussing on finding out what works, sharing evidence and learning, and influencing policy and practice.

As Partnership Lead you will develop and maintain a range of partnerships, including working with schools, local authorities and other charities and community organisations. You’ll build strong relationships with children and families, engaging them in the development of partnerships and campaigns, and ensuring that our work empowers them. You’ll have responsibility for programme and project management, supporting high impact implementation and delivery.

In addition to this you will:

  • Work on innovation and practice development, helping facilitate partner engagement in this work
  • Design and carry out data, research and evaluation tasks, ensure that all work undertaken generates the learning and evidence that we can share with our networks,  
  • Work closely with policy colleagues to support influencing for local and national change
  • Support writing of bids to donors and oversee delivery objectives of funded work

To be successful you will be committed to improving the lives of children and families and have experience of engaging children, young people and families and supporting them to share their experiences, and of co-developing approaches with them. You’ll have excellent programme and project management skills and experience of working with partners to deliver projects and programmes and be capable of building and maintaining relationships with a variety of stakeholders. You’ll have an understanding of early child development, how poverty impacts on children, families and neighbourhoods and the barriers communities face in seeking to bring about positive change, and a broad knowledge of the evidence about what works to support children and families.

In addition, you will

  • Be positive, resilient, a strong team player with an empowering and collaborative working style and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Have outstanding communication skills with the ability to synthesise information for a range of audiences
  • Be able to deliver training for programmatic and broader improvement work.
  • Have experience of developing or supporting monitoring and evaluation activity

An awareness or knowledge in systems change theory and/or data driven approaches would also be beneficial.

As a large organisation with a competitive interview process, we know it can be daunting. We are here to help you through the process and support you to do your best, and are really interested in hearing from people with a range of transferable skills and experiences.  

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. 

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.

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: 17th August 2021.

Interviews will take place w/c 6th September – Please note that interviews will be for both roles at the same time, please confirm as part of your application preference for either the permanent or fixed term position.

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Posted on: 23 July 2021
Closed date: 17 August 2021
Job ref: 5240
Tags: Social Care/Development, Project Management