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Partnership Officer for Africa

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Girls Not Brides is seeking a Partnership Officer for Africa within our team in Nairobi, Kenya.

 Girls Not Brides is the only global partnership entirely focused on creating and sustaining a worldwide movement to end child marriage, and ensuring that this movement leads to tangible change for the girls at risk or affected by the practice. We are a network of more than 1,200 civil society organisations in over 100 countries, all committed to working in partnership to end child marriage. Our vision is a world without child marriage where girls and women enjoy equal status with boys and men, and are able to achieve their full potential in all aspects of their lives.

Our members are diverse. They vary in size, location, and the type of work they do. They include groups focused on research and advocacy as well as programme implementers and service providers working directly in their communities. Our members address the issue of child marriage from various perspectives, including health, women’s and girls’ rights, child protection, education, economic empowerment and general development.

The global partnership is supported by the Girls Not Brides secretariat with teams in UK (London), Mexico, Kenya and India. The secretariat coordinates and supports the activities of the Global Partnership in line with our 2017-2020 strategy, which was developed in consultation with 500 members and partners.

Salary: Circa £35,000, depending on experience, plus a generous benefits package

 Overview

  • Build and provide critical support to strengthening Girls Not Brides National Partnerships and other networks and alliances at national level in Africa.
  • Support the implementation of capacity building approaches and tools for National Partnerships and other networks and alliances and contributes to developing capacity building products for the wider Girls Not Brides
  • Contribute to strong knowledge management processes for National Partnerships, capturing and disseminating lessons learned and best practice.
  • Facilitate effective sharing of learning between Girls Not Brides member organisations.

Accountability

Line-managed by the Head of Africa Engagement with a matrix management relationship with the Interim Head of Partnership Development

Main duties and responsibilities

  1. Responsible for building and providing critical support to strengthening Girls Not Brides National Partnerships and other networks and alliances at national level in Africa.
  • Act as primary liaison for a range of Girls Not Brides National Partnerships and coalitions in selected countries in Africa, ensuring the cultivation of strong relationships between National Partnerships and the Girls Not Brides
  • Support the effective two-way flow of information between National Partnerships and coalitions and the Girls Not Brides
  • Help to identify and respond to the priority capacity building needs of assigned National Partnerships or evolving coalitions.
  • Contribute to the provision of/co-ordination of technical support in key areas, including collective working, strategic planning and programme development.
  • Working alongside the Partnership Team, support National Partnerships with coalition management, member engagement and leadership, including facilitating and supporting leadership change.
  • Support National Partnerships and coalitions to link up with strategic actors and opportunities at national and international level in pursuit of furthering common objectives.
  • Working alongside the Partnership Team, support National Partnerships and coalitions to leverage funding – by inputting into funding proposals.
  • Support members to engage in collective action and campaigns led by the Girls Not Brides
  • Support the development of strategic plans on how Girls Not Brides engages in different countries
  1. Contribute to the effective capturing and dissemination of learning from Girls Not Brides National Partnerships and facilitate effective sharing of learning between Girls Not Brides member organisations on partnership working
  • Support the Interim Head of Partnership Development on the implementation of the National Partnership Strategy and development of new National Partnership engagement strategies.
  • Support the documentation of best practice or lessons learned from National Partnerships – e.g. via case studies, reports.
  • Support the implementation of a National Partnership monitoring, evaluation and learning framework.
  1. Contribute to the capacity building of member organisations
  • Working alongside the Partnership Team, contribute to the planning, implementation and delivery of capacity building for the broader Girls Not Brides membership, including community based organisations.
  1. Actively contributes to the broader work of the Africa Team and Partnership Team
  • Monitor policy developments and identify advocacy opportunities relating to child marriage in assigned countries, including through regular updates with members and other key actors in-country as well as desk research.
  • Work closely with Girls Not Brides members, engage directly with governments and/or country-level institutions to provide technical and strategic support (when relevant and useful).
  • Represent Girls Not Brides at external meetings and events, as required.
  • Help ensure meaningful member engagement and that capacity building of members across Africa.
  • Conduct a membership outreach in assigned countries/regions, as necessary.

All staff members must:

  • Commit to the mission and vision of Girls Not Brides, putting these at the forefront of all planning, work and actions.
  • Uphold the core values of Girls Not Brides in all areas of work and interactions with colleagues, members, partners and other stakeholders.
  • Comply with Girls Not Brides policies and processes, with particular note for safeguarding, the code of conduct and data protection.
  • Ensure that internal databases and monitoring information are kept fully up-to-date.
  • Commit to ongoing personal development and learning.
  • Fulfil any other reasonable requests for the advancement of the Girls Not Brides.

Requirements

Essential

  • Graduate qualification in relevant area (such as development studies, international relations, human rights or gender) or proven experience of working directly with civil society actors, including time spent working for a civil society organisations in Africa.
  • Direct experience of engaging with coalitions, alliances or networks and an understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities presented by coalition working
  • Direct experience of working on advocacy initiatives and advocacy strategy development in a developing country context; policy analysis skills
  • Sound understanding of the policy and advocacy dynamics around gender and/or development issues in Africa;
  • Strategic thinker, capable of connecting member engagement issues with other areas of work, including communications, advocacy and learning
  • Experience of capacity building NGOs and designing training workshops
  • Experience of supporting the development of projects and programmes in developing country contexts
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to work with a diverse range of actors from different cultural contexts
  • Ability to build strong relationships while working remotely with civil society organisations
  • Strong project management skills
  • Willingness to travel extensively – sometimes at short notice.

Desirable

  • Understanding of child marriage and of the key players in the women’s and children’s rights fields in Africa
  • Proven track record in institutional fundraising
  • Experience of working on national policy change initiatives in a developing country context.
  • Fluency in written and spoken French and/or Arabic

How to apply:

To apply, please send your CV and a brief cover letter demonstrating how you meet the criteria for this position to recruitment@GirlsNotBrides.org by 23:00 GMT on Friday, 6 September 2019 clearly stating “Partnership Officer for Africa” and your name in the subject line.

We regret that due to the large number of applications anticipated, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Media and Communications Officer

Cierre de postulaciones 6 September Descargar la descripción del puesto

Girls Not Brides is seeking a Media and Communications Officer to join its global secretariat.

Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of more than 1000 civil society organisations from over 100 countries committed to ending child marriage and enabling girls to fulfil their potential.

Members are supported by the global secretariat with staff based in the UK Africa, Asia and Latin America. Stronger together, Girls Not Brides Members bring child marriage to global attention, build an understanding of what it will take to end child marriage, and call for the laws, policies and programmes that will make a difference in the life of millions of girls.

In 2017, Girls Not Brides launched an ambitious four-year strategy. The Partnership has grown rapidly in recent years and is keen to scale up efforts to support the generation and use of evidence on what works to end child marriage and ensure this is accessed by our in-country Members, particularly community based organisations.

Girls Not Brides also is committed to ensuring that global thinking on effective approaches to end child marriage is informed by community level perspectives. As a thought leader in child marriage, Girls Not Brides is committed to learning from the experiences of our Members and partners on what works to end child marriage.

Accountability: To the Head of Communications
Salary range: £33,000-£37,000, depending upon experience, plus a generous benefits package
Closing date: 6 September 2019

Key responsibilities

Based in the Girls Not Brides office in Central London, the Media and Communications Officer will work closely with and report to the Head of Communications. You will play a lead role in media outreach, running the press office function as well as proactively developing media strategies and campaigns to support and highlight the work of Girls Not Brides Members and the secretariat.

You will secure quality, in-depth media coverage of the issue of child marriage and what can be done to address this global problem. An enthusiastic media relations professional with a nose for a good story, you will be part of a small, four member
communications team and will help deliver on an integrated communications plan.

  • Work with the Head of Communications to develop and implement a global media strategy that brings attention to the issue of child marriage across the world and highlights the work of Girls Not Brides and its Members; develop and implement regional media strategies for our priority regions.
  • Manage the press office function, connecting journalists to Members in response to media requests and proactively seeking relevant and newsworthy opportunities to raise the profile of Girls Not Brides as part of an integrated communications approach.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with influential traditional and emerging media to raise awareness of child marriage, Girls Not Brides and our Members.
  • Work with the Head of Communications to prepare all media outreach activities in support of Girls Not Brides initiatives such as drafting Op-Eds, quotes, press releases, media briefs, media pitches, and organising media engagement activities around events, country visits, Member meetings.
  • Brief and prepare staff and Girls Not Brides Members for media interviews and engagements, including developing talking points and advising on messaging, and arranging media training where necessary.
  • Prepare monthly media coverage reports, maintaining media coverage logs and other media related information in the Girls Not Brides database.
  • Conduct desk research as required to contribute to media pitches and collect case studies.
  •  Partner with the Senior Digital and Content Editor to creatively find the best traditional and new, innovative channels to reach our audiences.
  • Work with the Senior Digital and Content Editor to manage development and production of videos, audio materials and photography.
  • Conduct other communications support as required, including drafting copy for Girls Not Brides’ channels.
  • Support the Head of Communications in production of external content (briefs, reports) including copy-editing and proofreading, and liaising with consultants.
  • Commit to the mission and vision of Girls Not Brides, putting them at the forefront of all planning, work and actions.
  • Uphold the values of Girls Not Brides in all areas of work and interactions with colleagues, Members, partners and other stakeholders.
  • Comply with Girls Not Brides policies and processes, with particular note for safeguarding, the code of conduct and data protection.
  • Ensure that internal databases and monitoring information are kept fully up-to-date.
  • Commit to ongoing personal development and learning.
  • Fulfil any other reasonable requests for the advancement of the Girls Not Brides.

Person specification

Media relations

  • At least 5 years of working in a primarily media-focused communications role.
  • Strong news sense and an ability to spot newsworthy opportunities to raise the profile of Girls Not Brides and its Members.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement a successful media strategy at a global and regional level.
  • Experience preparing spokespeople for interviews, including drafting talking points, briefings and messaging frameworks.
  • Expertise in creating quality media content including a demonstrated ability to write engaging, clear and concise copy.
  • Proven experience of working with UK and international media contacts interested in global social issues and securing quality coverage.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and manage relationships with journalists, and consultants such as photographers.
  • Ability to organise and implement successful media field visits and media-focused events.
  • Experience of working on sensitive issues in a balanced way with a focus on solutions-driven messaging rather than sensationalism.
  • Some experience of working within a news/media organisation would be an advantage.
  • Willingness to travel to different regions when necessary, sometimes at short notice.

Communications skills

  • Excellent story-telling and media pitching skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven ability to write for different audiences.
  • A good eye for accuracy and detail and potential implementation challenges.
  • Experience of successfully developing story ideas and creative communications concepts.
  • Excellent written and spoken English; proficiency in another relevant language, such as French or Spanish is highly desirable.
  • Basic knowledge of photography / film making.
  • Experience using media monitoring systems such as Vuelio or Meltwater.

Personal skills and experience

  • Direct experience of working in a media-focused role is essential.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an inquisitive and analytical mind.
  • Willingness to work in a collaborative team and with diverse stakeholders, including an ability to work in different cultural environments, and work sensitively with Members from a wide range of backgrounds.
  • Highly reliable, organised, proactive and capable of independent judgement.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision to meet tight deadlines and juggle multiple priorities.
  • Experience in managing contractors, such as freelance journalists, media consultants, film producers, and photographers.
  • Experience of supporting high-profile individuals is desirable.
  • Experience of working in a media role for a membership organisation or secretariat is desirable.
  • An interest in or experience of working in international development is desirable.

At Girls Not Brides we are committed to the well-being, empowerment and rights of children and to safeguarding children from harm in all of our activities. Girls Not Brides aims to promote an environment of trust and understanding where the welfare of children is paramount. You will be expected to adhere to the
Girls Not Brides Child Safeguarding Policy and its Code of Conduct and report any concerns relating to the safeguarding of children in accordance with agreed procedures.

How to apply

We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. To apply, please send your CV and a brief cover letter demonstrating how you meet the criteria for this position to recruitment@GirlsNotBrides.org by 23:00 GMT on 6th September 2019 clearly stating “Media and
Communications Officer” and your name in the subject line.

First round interviews will take place in the week beginning 16 September and final interviews will take place in the week beginning 23 September in our London office.