Save The Children Advocacy Adviser – Humanitarian and Education Jobs in Ethiopia

Save The Children Advocacy Adviser – Humanitarian and Education Jobs in Ethiopia

Role Dimensions

  • Addis Ababa is home to the African Union and other regional institutions that play a critical role in shaping African children’s lives and helping to ensure their rights are fulfilled.

  • Save the Children’s ability to engage and influence the AU is central to our aim of creating lasting positive change for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable children.

  • The post holder will therefore work effectively with AU Peace and Security Architecture, the Human Resources Science and Technology Department targeting relevant institutions and bodies in the AU to influence decision-making that enhances better protection of the rights and welfare of children in humanitarian settings, especially those affected by armed conflicts in Africa.

    Key Responsibilities


    Strategy development and implementation

    Lead the development and implementation of an ambitious strategy inspired by:

  • the emerging trend of violation and abuse of the rights and welfare of children affected by armed conflicts in Africa. In particular, prioritize the protection of education from attack by armed groups

  • the demand for sustained investment for humanitarian education

  • the humanitarian advocacy capacity needs of Save the Children Country Offices in Africa
    an analysis of the key and influential actors in the African Union

    Humanitarian and Education Unit in AULPAO

  • Protection of Education and Safe School Advocacy- Safe School Guidelines Advocacy, Policy Reforms & implementation

  • Protection of Education and Safe School Advocacy- Safe School Guidelines Advocacy, Policy Reforms & implementation
    Humanitarian Child Protection Advocacy-children affected by natural disasters, children participating in armed conflicts (victims), sexual abuse of children during armed conflicts

  • Humanitarian Education Investment Advocacy-Resource mobilization and sustained investment in Refugee Education advocacy

    Deriving internal synergy

  • Establish a mutually supportive relationship with the Child Rights Governance function in the AULPAO

    Engaging with Advocacy Offices in Geneva, Brussels and NY

  • Motivated by opportunities for accessing global information, technical support and funding opportunities, build and sustain mutual relationships with key contacts in these offices.

    West &Central as well as East and Southern Africa Regions

  • Building relationships with the Regional Advocacy key contacts to enable Country-
    Office Regional Office–Continental level advocacy engagements

    Humanitarian Advocacy Working Group (HAWG)-SCI UK

  • Engage with the group for information sharing and technical support by participating in the weekly meetings and/or through engaging individual members.

    Education Global Initiative-SCI

  • Engage collectively and/or bilaterally with the global team based on an analysis of where to access strategic technical support as well as for AU-Global level information sharing and learning.

    Save the Children, Members

  • Identify and engage selected contacts based on their interest of contributing to the achievement of the humanitarian and education strategic objectives in Africa.


    Advocacy at the Africa Union

    Engaging at the AU Peace and Security Architecture

  • Promote a closer collaboration between the PAO and the Committee of Experts through establishing a working relationship with the Secretariat to further leverage CAAC issues in Member States, especially ensuring safe schools in CAR and South Sudan.

  • Establish a working relationship with the Peace Support Operations Division (PSOD) that promotes knowledge and inventory on policy decisions/outcomes on safe schools and identifies policy gaps for a possible review.

  • Collaborate with the Defence and Security Division of the PSOD in creating awareness among Member States on the Safe School Guidelines.

  • Identify and collaborate with key initiatives/projects in PSOD that have the potential of protecting the rights and welfare of children affected by armed conflicts in The Regional Initiative on LRA and the Office of the Special Envoy of Women (Children) ,Peace and Security.

    Engaging at the Political Affairs Department

  • Advocate for the promotion of inter departmental collaboration that promotes policy outcomes on the protection of education from attack during armed conflicts

  • Actively participate in cluster meetings to advocate for the prioritization of child protection in the Protection of Civilians agenda

    Engaging at the AU Human Resources Science and Technology/Education Department

  • Identify and target Education cluster platforms to influence policy decisions in favor of quality learning outcomes for children in Africa

  • Actively
    participate and influence policy platforms in favour of: sustained and more investment in education and especially during emergencies; protection of education from attack during emergencies; stronger inter -departmental collaboration between education and the humanitarian divisions for ensuring safe schools policy outcomes and implementation in Member States

    Engaging at the AU Commission

  • Strategically target the Office of the Chairperson and/or other Commissioners, informed by an analysis that assures the best use of time and the greatest advocacy opportunity.

    Collaboration with NGOs/CSOs working with the AU

  • Identify child focused and like -minded Humanitarian/Education NGOs and establish a workable mechanism of collaboration that ensures relevant information sharing and facilitates joint advocacy actions during key moments/ opportunities at the AU level; ensuring that this relationship also re-enforces partnerships at local-national-RECs levels, if possible.

    The Advocacy Advisor will

  • Advocate for change with key AU policy makers and decision makers on humanitarian, peace and security and education agendas (and on the interface between these issues)

  • Build and maintain advocacy networks with influential allies, within the AU and among civil society, recognizing that we cannot achieve the change we want by ourselves

  • Deliver ambitious plans to engage and influence the AU on humanitarian and education agendas, in line with agreed organisational objectives, and provide strategic insight to help shape wider Save the Children advocacy efforts in these areas

  • Build profile and credibility for Save the Children, by being a convincing spokesperson for the organisation, a source of knowledge and analysis, and through personal commitment to our values and mission

  • Be a strong member of the Addis team, actively participating in building a strong global advocacy office that is networked within the wider organisation and has strong links to Africa Country Offices, the other advocacy offices and members

    Skills and Behaviours


  • holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values

  • holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.


  • sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same

  • widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
    future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.


  • builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
    values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.


  • develops and encourages new and innovative solutions

  • willing to take disciplined risks.


  • honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity

    Job Requirements


  • Education to degree level – an academic background in a directly relevant field s desirable.

    Experience and Skills

  • Proven record of advocacy success and ability to develop and implement strategy, preferably at the regional level in Africa.

  • A background in influencing African national governments and engaging civil society partners in the region

  • Experience of creating networks of influence, and an ability to manage diverse professional relationships, thereby securing significant new opportunities for the organisation

  • Proven ability to speak and communicate effectively, and to tailor messages to different audiences

  • Experience of successfully operating in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in.

  • Demonstrated understanding of development and humanitarian issues, including in education.

  • Knowledge and understanding of the AU, and its role in development, human rights and humanitarian issues.

  • Commitment to Save the Children’s values.

  • Experience of, and willingness to travel widely, often at short notice and in conflict- and crisis-affected settings

  • Ability to work in English and French essential.

  • Other official AU languages would be an advantage.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Save The Children Advocacy Adviser – Humanitarian and Education Jobs in Ethiopia

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