Save the Children Advocacy Coordinator Jobs in Kenya

Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners. Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH.


In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined the programmes of SC UK, SC Canada and SC Finland to create a single operation in Kenya. In February 2014, we completed a second transition, which saw us join forces with the British INGO, Merlin, and merge their health and nutrition programmes with our own. Save the Children now has an operational presence in Bungoma, Dadaab Refugee Camp, Garissa, Mandera, Nairobi, Turkana and Wajir.

We work through partners in many other parts of the country. We have a staff complement of around 300 staff and an operating annual budget of approximately US$16 million in 2018.

Role Purpose:

The Advocacy Coordinator provides overall advocacy support to the ongoing humanitarian response and development work in Kenya. He/she, in liaison with the Head of Communications, Advocacy and Campaigns and the Kenya Response Team Leader, will be required to provide strategic direction to Save the Children's humanitarian and developmental advocacy work in Kenya.

The role will be responsible for guiding development and implementation of advocacy strategies that will influence government authorities, key donors, Save the Children members and other key stakeholders of the humanitarian response and long term development work to achieve positive and lasting changes to fulfil children's rights.

The role will interact with the Humanitarian Advocacy Working Group (HAWG) and represent Save the Children in country.

The function will be a focal person for advocacy enquiries in the Country Office / Response Team. The function will involve national advocacy leadership on the ongoing response, and related longer-term issues. This function will work closely with the response and operations teams in order to ensure that key advocacy messages and strategies are informed by the response and long term development work, and shaped in close consultation with the team leaders.

The Advocacy Coordinator will seek clarification on any politically sensitive matters which may impact upon programme operations and

seek appropriate sign off (e.g. Country Director level) on any messaging or products.

Qualifications and Experience

  • A minimum of 5 years' advocacy experience in a corporate or an NGO environment, with experience in successfully leading the development and implementation of advocacy strategies preferably with both humanitarian and long-term development advocacy experience.
  • Good knowledge of the humanitarian structures and systems.
  • Experience in leading the creation and implementation of a strategy, demonstrating the ability to identify the necessary steps towards an ambitious goal.
  • Experience of a range of campaigning and advocacy techniques and approaches.
  • Experience in influencing government, donors, and other organisations through representation and/or advocacy.
  • Demonstrable creative ability in accessing new opportunities, expertise and ideas.
  • Demonstrable track record of leading change which has led to significant results for the organisation and their stakeholders.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing and negotiation.
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mind-sets.
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner.
  • Strong research and policy development skills, good capacity to develop policy briefs and papers.
  • Experience of building networks, resulting in securing significant new opportunities for the organisation.
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in.
  • Knowledge of children's rights key international agreements and conventions.
  • Commitment to Save the Children values.
  • Excellence in written and spoken English.

    How to apply

    Please apply in English saving your CV and covering letter as a single document, including your salary expectations for this role. For more information and job application details, see; Save the Children Advocacy Coordinator Jobs in Kenya

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