Belfast, Belfast
London, Greater London
£38,250-£45,000 pa
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Based in any UK office (Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London or Manchester) or home based

Do you want to play a key role in an organisation which stands up for children? Join us as a Senior Policy Adviser 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.

This role is situated in the UK Child Poverty Squad within our Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns Division. We integrate lobbying government, research, policy, media and campaigning and organising into one agile, powerful engine for change. It’s fundamental to how we do things that we alongside families who know what poverty feels like.

As Senior Policy and Advocacy Adviser (UK Child Poverty), you will lead Save the Children’s UK child poverty policy work targeting Westminster / the UK government. You will work with minimal supervision, leading complex research and policy projects whilst always working effectively and collaboratively with others and demonstrating positive leadership behaviours. You’ll be comfortable with complex issues and working with experts. But you’ll also be comfortable synthesising insights from parents and young people and have strong political nous. You have a gift for simplifying ideas and policy solutions, making sure they make sense to others, and are practical and doable for decision makers.

You will:

  • Lead / oversee Save the Children’s UK child poverty policy development work and projects targeting Westminster / UK government, with minimal supervision from the Head of Child Poverty, developing credible policy proposals with input from colleagues across the 4 nations, and which resonate with parents, children and young people
  • Hold the evidence, practice and policy landscape and external stakeholders in England / Westminster on UK child poverty and its impact on children’s early learning, supporting the Policy and Advocacy Adviser to build and maintain their expert knowledge
  • Contribute to the success of SCUK’s UK child poverty mission by ensuring UK child poverty expertise is at the heart of our change strategies: primarily our UK / Westminster child poverty strategy, but also providing your expertise to multi-disciplinary teams across the 4 nations as needed, and to senior colleagues

To be successful you will:

  • Have in-depth knowledge and understanding of the evidence base around child poverty, and the impact on children’s learning, as well as the policy landscape and external stakeholders with a focus on Westminster
  • Experience of working with children and / or parents to develop research plans, policy proposals or advocacy strategies
  • Significant experience of using evidence from a range of sources to analyse policy challenges and develop creative, credible, salient policy solutions
  • Be solutions-focused with a creative problem-solving approach
  • Comfortable taking risks, in order to learn, grow and develop
  • A strong team player with an empowering and collaborative working style, and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Positive, resilient, and committed to improving the lives of families on low incomes across the UK, demonstrating positive leadership behaviours to others

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 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.




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Refreshed on: 24 February 2021
Closed date: 28 February 2021
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Tags: Policy/Research, Management