Unicef UK

Director of Advocacy

Unicef UK
Stratford and New Town, London (Greater)
Competitive Salary
03 Oct 2019
21 Oct 2019
Full Time
Contract Type

Permanent; will consider flexible working requests

Unicef ensures more of the world’s children are vaccinated, educated and protected than any other organisation. We have done more to influence laws and policies to help protect children than anyone else. We get things done. And we’re not going to stop until the world is a safe place for all our children.

As Unicef UK’s Director of Advocacy, you will be accountable for our policy positioning, our engagement with government, parliament, devolved administrations and international institutions, and you will oversee the mobilisation of tens of thousands of supporters and effective lobbying activities to deliver real change for children. You will marshal the talents of a dedicated team of policy and advocacy experts, campaigners and advocates with a fierce commitment to making children’s voices and priorities heard at the highest levels of government, and throughout the international system.

At the same time, you will continue to drive progress towards incorporation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, both by central government and by devolved administrations. You will also work with the wider development sector to mount a proud, proactive and robust defence of UK aid as a force for good. You will do this as both leader and part of a team, making sure Advocacy is fully integrated with the rest of the organisation and assuming wider responsibility as part of the Senior Leadership Team, contributing fully to Unicef UK’s overall success. Alongside this, you will make ensure UK advocacy efforts are coordinated with, and strengthened by, Unicef UK’s role as a key part of a global organisation.

You will do all this while ensuring Unicef UK navigates ongoing political turbulence, both at home and abroad, and deploying strategies and tactics that resonate with the public and deliver results for children. You will therefore be able to demonstrate sound political judgement. 

If you believe that positive change in law, policy, systems and attitudes can make the world safer for children and allow them to flourish, you should consider this role.

If you believe that children should be prioritised in political decisions, if you believe in multilateralism, and if you believe that campaigns can change the world, you should consider this role. 

If you have significant experience leading multi-function advocacy campaigns and possess a detailed understanding of development and humanitarian policy, along with a good understanding of issues around business and human rights, you should consider this role.

Act now and visit www.unicef.org.uk/jobs to apply online.

Apply by: 5pm, Monday 21 October 2019.

Interview date: Thursday, 31 October 2019.

We particularly welcome applications from black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates, LGBTQ+ candidates, candidates with disabilities, and from men, because we would like to increase the representation of these groups at this level. We want to do this because we know greater diversity will lead to even greater results for children.

Unicef UK promotes equality, diversity and inclusion in our workplace. We make employment decisions by matching business needs with skills and experience of candidates, irrespective of age, disability (including hidden disabilities), gender, gender identity or gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.

We are happy to talk about flexible working, personal growth, and to promote a workplace where you can be yourself and achieve success based only on your merit.

The successful candidate will be required to apply for a criminal records check. A criminal record will not necessarily bar you from working with us. This will depend on the nature of the role and the circumstances of your offences.

We only accept online applications as this saves us money, making more funds available for us to help ensure children’s rights. CVs will not be accepted.

If you require support in completing the online form or an application form in an alternative format, please contact Supporter Care on 0300 330 5580 during office hours.

If you do not hear from us within 14 days of the closing date, please assume your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. Please note that we only provide feedback to shortlisted candidates.

Registered Charity Nos. 1072612 (England and Wales) SC043677 (Scotland)

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