Non-profit Careers – Advocacy Specialist at Save the Children International

Organisation: Save the Children
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
About US:
Save the Children is the
world’s leading independent organization for children and has program presence
in over 120 countries in the world. Save the Children envisions a Uganda in
which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and
participation. Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world
treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. We
strive to create impact for children by delivering our Programmes through
partnerships, by being innovative, by acting as the voice for and of children,
and by achieving results at scale.  In
Uganda, we implement programmes in six thematic programme areas of Child Protection,
Child Rights Governance, Education, Livelihoods & Food Security, Health,
Nutrition and HIV/AIDS in development and emergency contexts. Save the Children
delivers programs in over 36 districts in the North, Rwenzori, North-Eastern
and Central regions of Uganda, Currently, Save the Children has a staff
complement of over 200 persons. We save children’s lives. We fight for their
rights. We help them fulfil their potential. In 2014, we reached over 143
million children through our work around 52m directly and 91 million indirectly
around the world.
Job Summary:  The Advocacy
Specialist will support Save the Children in the provision of direction and
coordination of the Country Office program particularly in leading policy and
political influencing. The role provides overall senior leadership, management
and strategic direction to the advocacy work in Uganda. He/she is responsible
for the development and implementation of advocacy strategies that will
influence government and other institutional policies and practice to achieve
positive and lasting changes to fulfil children’s rights.
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The
    ideal employee for the Advocacy Specialist should preferably hold a degree
    in Development Studies, Social Sciences, Law, Public Policy or equivalent.
  • At
    least seven years’ advocacy experience in a corporate or an NGO
    environment, with experience in successfully leading the development and
    implementation of advocacy strategies
  • Past
    exposure and experience of a range of campaigning and advocacy techniques
    and approaches
  • Significant
    experience in influencing government, donors, and other organisations
    through representation and/or advocacy
  • Excellent
    track record of leading change which has led to significant results for
    the organisation and their stakeholders
  • Past
    exposure and experience of working with local partners and District Local
    Government in Child Rights Governance, Health, Nutrition, Education,
    HIV/AIDS or Child Protection is an added advantage.
  • Excellent
    analytical skills and strategic planning abilities.
  • Ability
    to establish and maintain conducive collegial relations and perform
    effectively as a member of a team.
  • Computer
    literacy and excellent documentation skills are a must.
  • Willingness
    to travel and work in hard-to-reach areas, occasionally under strenuous
  • Availability
    and willingness to work extra hours during times of humanitarian
  • Highly
    developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international
    environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Ability
    to intervene with crisis management or troubleshooting as necessary.
  • Exceptional
    interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation
    and coaching.
  • Excellent
    time management and planning capacity.
  • Availability
    and willingness to work extra hours during times of humanitarian
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified
candidates are encouraged to send their application letters with detailed CVs
indicating three referees, two of whom should have been direct supervisors
should be submitted to:
addresses to:
The Director of Human
Resources & Administration,
Save the Children,
Plot68/70, Kira Road,
Kampala. Uganda.
  • Testimonials/certificates
    should not be attached to applications.
  • Hand
    delivered applications will not be accepted and are therefore not
    considered during the shortlisting process.
Deadline: 26th June 2015.
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