Farringdon, Greater London
£31,960 - £37,600 per year
Contract, Full-time
Job description

1 year Fixed Term contract 

The job of a Save the Children’s UK Public Affairs Advisor is influential and fulfilling.

  • Do you have a strong track record of working to achieve political change?
  • Are you skilled at creating and delivering communications for political audiences?
  • 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

Reporting directly to the Head of Public Affairs, the Public Affairs Advisor is an active member of the Public Affairs team that is responsible for influencing external decision makers to deliver change that results in immediate and lasting impact on children’s lives.

The Public Affairs Advisor will play a critical role in building relationships with parliament and holding the government to account. This will be done by supporting Save the Children UK’s government relations and public affairs work on our strategic priorities including protecting children in conflict, making the case for aid, child survival, and tackling child poverty in the UK.

Key duties will include implementing the Save the Children UK public affairs strategies and activities, identifying opportunities to influence policy development, legislation and service provision in line with our objectives and delivering aspects of the parliamentary and political events programme to advance our goals.

As a rights-based organisation, we are committed to anti-racism and actively opposed systemic oppression of any form. The Media Manager will also 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 Public Affairs Advisor will represent Save the Children to the external world to support Save the Children’s ability to influence domestic and international policy change by:  

  • Raising our profile in Westminster with the aim of building awareness of the issues we work on to a wider political audience


  • Developing and delivering written and oral briefings to Members of Parliament, peers, government officials and other decision makers on key policies and campaigns


  • Ensuring our presence at key political party events 


  • Actively networking and building constructive relationships with parliamentarians, political parties, NGO’s and the media


  • Tracking and monitoring our engagement with these external and analysing the impact made


  • Developing political influencing strategies for specific campaigns whilst ensuring that campaigning and advocacy efforts are fully aligned and integrated


  • Supporting the Programme and Policy, Advocacy & Campaigns teams in the development of communications tailored specifically for political audiences


Person Profile


  • Experience of working to influence structures, processes and trends in the UK political system


  • Experience of effectively building, managing and working within networks and coalitions for lobbying and advocacy purposes


  • Strong track record of building relationships with Parliamentarians


  • Demonstrable excellence in organising and delivering innovative political events




  • Demonstrably strong verbal and written communication, presentation and persuasion


  • Experience of developing effective working relationships with colleagues and working collaboratively in multi-disciplinary project teams


  • Ability to plan work and meet deadlines when working under pressure on a number of projects



  • Ability to apply influencing techniques and tactics to ensure Save the Children stands out from the crowd in Westminster, Whitehall, and with other key international stakeholders





  • A demonstrable commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion and their practical application and integration in the work environment


  • A commitment to Save the Children UK’s aims and core values of accountability, ambition, collaboration, creativity, and integrity



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: Wednesday 6th Jan

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Closed date: 19 March 2021
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