London, Greater London
Manchester, Greater Manchester
£45,900 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Do you want to be part of an organisation which stands up for children? If so, join us as a Senior Health Advocacy and Policy Adviser (Immunisation)   

About Us
We are Save the Children. For a century, we’ve stood up for children’s rights and made sure their voices are heard. We stand side by side with children in the toughest places to be a child and we do whatever it takes to make sure they survive, get protection when they’re in danger, and have the chance to learn. We are constantly finding new ways to reach children who need us most, no matter where they’re growing up.

As Senior Health Advocacy and Policy Adviser (Immunisation)   you will have the opportunity to directly impact on Save the Children’s Survive Breakthrough which aims to ensure that no child dies before their fifth birthday by 2030. You will work to influence key global and national policy makers to achieve policy and system change, focusing particularly on immunisation. You will lead the immunisation advocacy portfolio and oversee work relating to routine childhood immunisation as well as the equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines in low and middle income countries.

This is a fantastic opportunity to own professional relationships and grow your network, getting to know the development sector and architecture, including direct work with the UK and other governments, multilateral stakeholders, civil society organisations, and children and young people.

You will be responsible for high-level advocacy and policy to ensure that international commitments to access to vaccines will be fulfilled, with a focus on international institutions such as Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, COVAX, the World Health Organisation and the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. Our goal is to ensure that the most marginalised and vulnerable children and their families have access to the appropriate vaccines based on their needs and not on their ability to pay or the country they live in.

Health, and immunisation, is a significant priority for the organisation and therefore will position you well for future career and personal development opportunities

Key Accountabilities
In addition to the above, you will:

  • Design, lead and deliver complex policy, advocacy, research or MEAL strategies and products, to a high standard and with minimal supervision
  • Identify policy and research needs and influencing opportunities in your thematic area, at the country level and/or internationally
  • Maintain and develop very high-level knowledge and expertise in your specific area and advise colleagues across the global movement, including at a senior level, as well as senior external stakeholders
  • Deepen and expand relationships with key high-level external experts, partners, donors and advocacy targets
  • Represent the organisation externally including in high-level meetings and events and with donors and other key stakeholders


Person Profile
To be successful you will be an enthusiastic and experienced policy advocate, motivated by a desire to make children’s rights a reality for all and address inequality. An academic qualification at post-graduate level/equivalent in international development or a related subject or equivalent experience is also essential. You will be a team worker, thriving on collaborating with others to achieve shared objectives within dynamic and agile teams. In addition you will have:


  • Expertise in the field of global health and ideally have worked on global immunisation policy or in national vaccine distribution and allocation decision making and policy
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills, coupled with technical expertise in immunisation and access to pharmaceutical commodities and the ability to conduct policy research and write clearly and concisely for different audiences
  • A proven track record of carrying out first-class research, policy and/or advocacy
  • Strong networking skills and experience of participating in coalitions and working with civil-society actors to achieve change
  • Very strong written and oral communication skills
  • High-level knowledge of human rights, international relations, political analysis and the international humanitarian system


An ability and willingness to travel up to six weeks a year is also essential for this role.


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.

To apply please visit our website.

Closing date:  Sunday 11th April

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Refreshed on: 31 March 2021
Closed date: 11 April 2021
Tags: Intl Development, Advocacy