Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy Advisor

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The Opportunity

Save the Children International has an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as the**- Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy Advisor at any existing Save the Children office location.**

Role Purpose:

We’re seeking internal applications for a Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy Advisor to join us as part of the Policy and Advocacy team. This is a full-time parental leave cover role commencing November 2021 and concluding August 2022, and can be based in any location.

Where you come in:

Reporting to Simon Henderson, Head of Policy, you’ll lead Save the Children Australia’s humanitarian advocacy work, with a view to influencing the policy and practice of the Australian government and relevant international institutions. You’ll develop strategic policy and advocacy products, as well as engage in direct lobbying to engage and influence key stakeholders including the Australian Government, the media, and the broader Australian community. You’ll focus particularly on protecting children in conflict, with special attention to priority crises which include Syria, Myanmar, Yemen, and Afghanistan.

You will make an impact by:

  • Identifying, analysing, and communicating key humanitarian policy issues pertaining to agreed focus areas, and identifying and capitalising upon opportunities at the national and international level
  • Producing high quality and strategic policy and advocacy products (letters, research reports, policy briefs etc), targeting the Australian government or other stakeholders as necessary
  • Representing Save the Children Australia and contributing to policy dialogue with high-level stakeholders including parliamentarians, the Australian government, the Australian Council for International Development, and other government and non-government actors
  • Engaging with program staff (Australia-based and international) to ensure that advocacy reflects programming and advocacy priorities identified by country programs

Does this sound like you?

You have an in-depth understanding and proven experience in using an array of advocacy tools to influence change, including private and public advocacy. You have high-level and robust policy analysis skills, paired with an ability to engage both critically and constructively with government and partners on current and emerging humanitarian affairs, along with the confidence and good judgement to make difficult decisions in complex and fast-moving policy areas.


This role requires:

  • Higher degree in international relations, development, or related field
  • Significant experience in humanitarian programming, policy, and/or advocacy, including significant experience in conflict-affected or fragile environments
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of humanitarian policy issues
  • Strong advocacy skills, including the ability to develop strategies to influence change, identifying opportunities to advance Save the Children Australia’s humanitarian advocacy priorities
  • Excellent written and expressive communication skills, including the ability to adapt writing style for a range of audiences and products
  • Demonstrated experience in policy analysis and advocacy

We can offer circa £45,000 per annum (If based in UK) with an option of flexible working hours. If the role is based outside of the UK, National T&C (including pay) will apply.

This role can be based in (Location) or any existing Save the Children office location on approval, provided the successful candidate has proof of eligibility to work from the preferred location.

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The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

Save the Children does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

How to apply

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