Fixed term contract for 12 months
Smallshaw-Hurst Children’s Community, Tameside, Manchester
Do you want to play a key role in an organisation which stands up for children? Join us as the Senior Partnership & Innovation Officer and help us to change outcomes for children experiencing the injustice of poverty in the UK.
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.
Children’s Communities are networks that aim to bring together local services and systems leaders to create and deliver an ambitious vision for local children and families. The aim to ensure that local services work together to meet the needs of children, across all aspects of their lives and all stages of their childhood, to give them a brighter future.
As Senior Partnership & Innovation Officer you will support the Executive Lead in the progression of the Children’s Community by developing and maintaining relationships with a wide range of people, organisations and networks across the Children’s Community, Greater Manchester and nationally. Together, we generate the learning and evidence required to fulfil the national change strategy, through the development and testing of effective and evidence-informed practice approaches that better support children and young people living in poverty. This includes:
- Contributing to our Local System Change ambition and innovation, ensuring that our work promotes and reflects local voices and experiences
- Influencing for local and national change, by capturing and sharing of our learning, driving local systems change work
- Developing and managing effective communication strategies
To be successful you will be a creative, flexible and a strong team player. Also, you will have experience of engaging and working with families to develop plans, proposals, and strategies, alongside experience of working effectively with partner organisations. This includes:
- Experience in managing multiple activities at once and to resolve conflicting priorities
- An understanding of the nature and impact that poverty has on children, families and neighbourhoods and the barriers that communities face in seeking to bring about positive change
- Experience in organising events, and developing case studies
- Well-developed IT skills and proficiency in using Microsoft Office and Social Media
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.