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Advocacy Advisor

Employer
ActionAid
Location
Farringdon, Central London
Salary
£35,608 - £36,685 per annum
Closing date
3 May 2021
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Job Details

ActionAid are recruiting for an Advocacy Advisor to support the organisational influencing efforts and to sustain strong parliamentary and government relationships to advance our advocacy to make change happen for women and girls in international development and humanitarian policy and practice.

ActionAid is an international charity that works with women and girls living in poverty. Our dedicated local staff are ending violence against women and girls and helping change lives, for good. We won’t stop until women and girls are out of danger, out of poverty and on track to create the future they want.

As Advocacy Advisor, you will support the development and implementation of advocacy strategies and identify key influencing targets for ActionAid’s policy, advocacy and campaigning work.

A key focus of your work will be to support in the building of ActionAid’s credibility, influence and relationships with UK Parliamentarians in support of advocacy strategies on our priority issues. You will ensure that these priority issues have a strong profile in UK Parliament and Government.

In order to succeed within this role, you should be able to demonstrate experience of successfully influencing stakeholders in UK Government or Parliament.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate a strong understanding of UK parliamentary process, and realistic opportunities for influencing within it (as well as a recognition of the challenges of UK advocacy in this current political context).

The Advocacy Advisor should also show a broad understanding of the UK political context in relation to international development and women's rights, and an understanding of AAUK's feminist principles.

We are keen to receive applications from those with experience of working collaboratively across teams (who may have varied objectives) in order to identify a shared purpose.

If you meet this criteria and also have experience of advising senior colleagues on key political issues and an ability to condense complex information into succinct briefings and analysis, we are keen to receive your application.

Please note that this role will be offered as a 12 month fixed term contract.

ActionAid is committed to driving improvement through digital channels, tools and ways of working.  We will ensure that we provide the technology and the training to enable all staff to perform their roles to the best of their abilities. In return, we ask that all staff are committed to continually improving their digital skills and knowledge within the working environment. Our recruitment processes will evaluate the digital skills of all applicants. 

ActionAid is committed to supporting flexible working. If you would like to discuss flexible working options, including the possibility of a job share for this role, there will be space to do so during the interview process.

Company

ActionAid is an international development charity which works in 45 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Founded in 1972, ActionAid is an international federation and has offices in Johannesburg, Nairobi, Rio de Janeiro, Bangkok and Washington DC, as well as London.

ActionAid UK is part of the international federation and almost all of the people and partners who run ActionAid programmes are from the developing world. This means its staff are on the ground, experiencing poverty at first hand. They see day-to-day how poverty affects people’s lives, and are uniquely placed to give a voice to the women and children who suffer most.

ActionAid’s work has several different components, unified by a commitment to place women and girls at the centre of its work. The charity aims to end hunger by giving millions of people in extreme poverty the skills they need to grow sustainable food, and campaigns to address the causes of hunger.

ActionAid also responds to emergencies and conflicts. It provided emergency assistance to more than 600,000 people in 2015 and trained nearly 46,000 others to protect lives and prepare for emergencies. In total the charity responded to 27 emergencies around the world last year.

Improving access to education is another facet of its mission. 59 million children, more than half of them girls, were out of school in 2013. ActionAid works with more than 5,000 schools across Africa, Asia and Latin America to help over a millions girls and boys get the free, quality education they are entitled to.

Women’s rights and gender equality informs all of ActionAid’s activities. The charity works with communities against female genital mutilation, gender-based violence and forced early marriage.

ActionAid also campaigns for tax justice, fairer wages and more effective aid which can tackle the roots causes of poverty. It estimates that poorer countries lose around $200 billion a year from tax dodging by companies.

A variety of different roles are available at ActionAid including policy adviser, fundraising offer and HR manager. Employee benefits are plentiful, encompassing the opportunity to develop new skills, a pension scheme, childcare vouchers and free advice services.

ActionAid also supports selected UK employees to travel to host countries in order to gain first-hand experience of its in-country work. Frequent secondments, whereby employees work, for a period, in another department or different country in the federation, take place. The charity encourages job shares.

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