Fixed term contract for 1 year (Maternity Cover)
Do you want to play a key role in an organisation which stands up for children? Join us as a Senior Public Affairs Adviser and deliver high-impact change political strategies, building and holding relationships with Government, parliament and political stakeholders.
In our Advocacy, Policy and Campaigns Department, we fight for children’s rights every single day. We drive political agendas at national and global levels. We integrate lobbying, policy, research and campaigning into one agile, powerful engine for change. We go the extra mile - and we don't rest until the work is done.
If you grew up in a family with a low income, with experience of the care system or in any other way have experience of life at the sharp end we really want to hear from you. We are also looking to diversify our workforce in other ways; therefore we want to hear from people of colour, those that identify as working class, disabled and LGBTQIA. If it would help, you can chat to the hiring manager before applying for this role – as a large organisation with a competitive interview process, we know it can be daunting. We are here to help you through the process and get the best from you.
As Senior Public Affairs Adviser you will lead political influencing and develop advocacy strategies for Save the Children's work. You will identify lobbying opportunities, providing strategic political insight and ensuring systematic monitoring, analysis and dissemination of political intelligence. As a representative of SCUK externally, you will build constructive relationships with parliamentarians, advisers, officials, political parties, think tanks, NGOs and media, as well as providing technical expertise to SCUK's mission teams. In addition, you will:
• Maintain a strategic overview of political trends, UK government, parliamentary and political party relations relevant to Save the Children's work
• Draft high-level briefings and correspondence and develop and deliver regular written and oral briefings to MPs, Peers, Government officials, and other key decision makers on key policies, campaigns, and programme work
• Manage SCUK's contact with ministers, and senior civil servants; identifying and creating opportunities to influence processes through lobbying, consultations, inquiries, bills and other mechanisms.
To be successful you will be a strategic thinker, with significant operational experience of structures, processes and trends in the UK political system, as well as a track record of achieving political change. You will have knowledge of the welfare system, UK poverty and child rights. An excellent communicator, you will be able to summarise and persuasively communicate complex information in written form to a range of target audiences. Additionally, you will have:
• Demonstrable ability to develop and deliver flexible and innovative lobbying strategies to achieve challenging advocacy asks
• Demonstrable understanding of, and experience in managing, political risk and an understanding of the operating environment for charities, particularly around challenges to charity campaigns and advocacy
• A track record of delivering innovative political events, including at party conferences
• The ability to effectively build, manage and work within networks and coalitions for lobbying and advocacy purposes
• A proven ability to rapidly analyse and master policy
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.
This post will need to be able to come to London / Westminster roughly once a week, but we are also open to hearing from people outside London.
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.
For more information and to apply please visit our website.
Closing date: Friday 10th July