12 month Fixed term contract
North of England, based Manchester
Do you want to play a key role in an organisation which stands up for children? Join us as a Policy and Practice Impact Adviser where you will develop and deliver policy and practice influencing strategies at a regional and country-wide level.
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.
As a Policy and Practice Impact Adviser you will build and maintain expert knowledge on the evidence, practice and policy landscape around early learning and child poverty in the North of England. You’ll work collaboratively in multi-disciplinary teams with internal colleagues and external partners to develop change strategies which will help to overcome the barriers that result in the Early Years gap for children living in poverty in England. Examples of your responsibilities include
Developing, managing and delivering advocacy strategies among officials, practitioners, charities, think tanks and research organisations
- Building and maintaining excellent external relationships in the policy and practice community, in order to gather intelligence and influence policy and practice change
- Working in partnership with children and families experiencing poverty to develop research proposals and reports, policy and practice solutions and influencing strategies.
To be successful you will be a strong team player, with excellent verbal and written communication skills and knowledge of the evidence, practice and policy landscape surrounding early learning and child poverty in England. A creative and flexible worker, you will have experience of working with families to develop research plans, proposals and strategies, alongside experience of working effectively with partner organisations to influence practice at a local or national level. Additionally, you will have:
- Experience of analysing policy and practice challenges and developing creative, credible solutions
- Considerable proven skills in producing high-quality literature, policy and practice reviews
- Experience of developing and managing research, policy or practice projects to strict deadlines
- The ability to manage multiple activities at once and to resolve conflicting priorities
Diversity & Inclusion
To help us attract and encourage applications from a wide range of people, we are holding an open information session so that you can find out more about working at Save the Children, the UK Impact team and our vision and mission for children in the UK.
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 real 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: 28 February 2021.