South of England – based Farringdon, London (remote working until June 2021)
Do you want to play a key role in an organisation which stands up for children? Join us as a UK Partnership Lead and work closely with our early years partners, educational professionals, families and key community stakeholders to collaboratively address the impact of poverty on children’s early learning and development.
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.
As a Partnership Lead you will focus on our work in Margate. You will work directly with the local community and partners to drive locally owned strategies and generate learning and evidence as part of our national change strategy. You’ll be responsible for the delivery of our early years and child poverty work, including programme and project management and support for high impact implementation and training delivery. You’ll build strong relationships with children and families, engaging them in the development of local partnerships and national campaigns, and ensuring that our work promotes and reflects their voices and experiences. You will support influencing for local and national change, as well as developing relationships with donors. In addition you will:
- Facilitate and convene partnerships within communities, working from and as part of the local partnership area
- Inspire and co-ordinate innovation projects and practice development, to test and learn new initiatives and help facilitate partner engagement in this work
- Carry out data, research and evaluation tasks to support the generation of the evidence and learning required to fulfil the national change strategy
- Lead and project manage the delivery of programmes for families in Margate
To be successful you will be a creative, solutions-focused team player, with excellent communication skills and in-depth knowledge and experience of the early years and children’s sector. You’ll have excellent programme and project management skills, with an understanding of early child development and broad knowledge of the evidence about effective approaches. Capable of building and maintaining relationships with a variety of stakeholders, you will have a good understanding of the impact of poverty on children, families and neighbourhoods and the barriers that communities face in seeking to bring about positive change. Additionally, you will have:
- Experience of supporting partners to develop and deliver programme approaches
- Experience of training delivery – programmatic and broader improvement work
- Experience in engaging children and families and supporting them to share their experiences, and of co- developing approaches with practitioners, children and families
- Experience of developing or supporting monitoring and evaluation activity
- A strong understanding of systems change theory and approaches
- The ability to travel occasionally within the UK, including some overnight stays.
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.
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.
To help us attract and encourage applications from a wide range of people, we are also 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.
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.