New Job: Advocacy Advisor

Title:  Advocacy Advisor

Hiring Company: Save the Children (Redd Barna)

Company Description:  Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organization for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfill their potential. We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

Since our founding in 1919, Save the Children has responded to the needs of children in crisis around the world. In 2015, Save the Children was involved in 68 responses worldwide in 47 countries targeting more than 7 million children with vital humanitarian assistance. Save the Children Norway (Redd Barna) is engaged in Save the Children Internationals delivery of humanitarian response, both at operational and policy level. This includes emergency responses as well as protracted crisis, Disaster Risk Reduction and programming for longer term solutions for the affected populations.

Education is Save the Children Norway’s main focus area. In order to meet growing demand for Education in Emergencies specialists we are currently expanding our Education in Emergencies team with a Roving Education in emergencies Advocacy advisor who will be deployed to support Save the Children Country Offices on new or longer-term emergency responses worldwide.

Application Link:

Location: Oslo, Norway

Industry: NGO, Humanitarian Aid

Job Type: 2 year contract

Application Deadline:  August 5, 2016

Application with resume should be completed through our electronic application system online. Please follow the link to complete your application. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates may be contacted for an interview before the final deadline.


The Advocacy Advisor will support country offices in strengthening advocacy for Education in Emergencies. The aim will be to increase the attention and ultimately the prioritization and increased funding to quality education in emergencies.

Activities will include:

  • Supporting the development and implementation of national Education in emergencies advocacy strategies
  • Support development of education policy analysis, including analysis of barriers for increased funding of quality education
  • Support capacity building of country office staff and national education government officials
  • Development of country specific advocacy messages on education and communication (briefs, leaflets) products to raise awareness in existing coordination systems
  • Conduct training and provide mentorship on advocacy and policy development

While not deployed, the EiE Advocacy Advisor will work closely with both the policy and advocacy team as well as Humanitarian and Education teams in Oslo. He/she will support global education in emergencies advocacy, integrating advocacy into program development, backstopping programs in the field and contributing to SCNs key strategic initiatives for EiE.

This is an exciting opportunity to work with a large and growing organization with significant professional development opportunities.

Timeframe: 2 year contract

Deployment: This role involves significant travel worldwide to SCI responses. The position will be 40% Oslo-based and 60% field-based.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Academic qualification in a related field.
  • Excellent knowledge of and experience in advocacy and the education in emergencies sector
  • Ability to analyze information, evaluate options and to think and plan strategically
  • Experience in developing and conducting trainings
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills and the ability to lead and motivate others
  • Commitment to and understanding humanitarian principles, the convention on child rights and the Cluster approach and relevant standards (Sphere and INEE)
  • Good knowledge of cross sectoral linkages with education and willingness to engage with other sectors (child protection, health and nutrition, livelihoods, etc.)
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills and ability to develop complex arguments
  • Experience and understanding of working with donors and other relevant stakeholders
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written
  • Competency in French an asset
  • Commitment to Save the Children values
  • Willingness and availability to travel

What we offer:

  • Enriching and meaningful work in a dynamic international organization with huge global reach
  • Exposure to a wide variety of humanitarian contexts
  • Good career and personal development opportunities
  • Positive and exciting work environment
  • Terms and conditions will be discussed during the recruitment process

If you would like more information regarding the position, please contact Humanitarian Director Gry Ballestad +47 90806543 or Head of Political Advocacy section: Gunvor Knag Fylkesnes +47 92098325

How to apply:  Apply via company job portal.

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