UN Child Rights Advocacy Advisor Jobs in Ethiopia

Role Purpose:

Addis Ababa is home to the African Union, a regional institution with global impact which plays a critical role in shaping children’s lives and helping to ensure their rights are fulfilled.

The AU has a direct role in helping to safeguard the rights of children in Africa who are vulnerable, marginalized, socially excluded and affected by poverty.

Save the Children has a small global advocacy office in Addis Ababa (alongside offices in Brussels, Geneva and New York) that influences the AU institutions on issues that affect children’s rights and wellbeing in Africa.

The role holder will play a central part in ensuring that Save the Children has credible and visible presence in Addis Ababa and will also have an active role in cross-organisational advocacy activities.

Areas of Accountability:


  • Advocate for the implementation of and accountability for the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child including by supporting the mandate and activities of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC)
  • Strengthen civil society’s capacity to engage with AU bodies on child rights issues
  • Co-lead our EVERY LAST CHILD campaign, on hardest to reach children especially at the AU by engaging directly with the AU Commission and member states, and by facilitating a platform of champions for Mother New-born Child and Adolescent Health and the AU Campaign to End Child Marriage
  • Undertake timely and strategic advocacy and sustaining alliances with key stakeholders at the AUC, African missions during Special Technical Committee and ministerial meetings
  • Provide monthly and quarterly updates to relevant targets within SCI
  • The job duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the post holder may be required to carry out additional duties within their level of skills and experience.

    Project Management

  • Prepare narrative plans and reports in line with grant requirements
  • Responsible for the management of the Local to Global and the African Children’s Charter Project grants within the implementation framework of the Addis Advocacy Office

    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


  • A Master’s degree or equivalent in human rights, law, international relations, economics, politics or a related policy field is desirable.

    Experience and Skills

  • A minimum of 7 years of substantial advocacy experience preferably with the AUC or other African regional bodies in child rights, child health, child protection or another relevant area
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of the child rights mechanisms and structures at the AU
    Knowledge and understanding of the AU institutions, and their broader role in development and humanitarian issues
  • Experience of creating networks of influence, and an ability to manage diverse professional relationships, thereby securing significant new opportunities for the organisation
  • Experience of working through and together with others, and with providing technical assistance in a respectful manner.
  • Demonstrated experience of writing funding proposals
  • 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.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English. Working knowledge of French, added advantage

    Commitment to Save the Children’s values

  • Equal Opportunities
  • The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

    Health and Safety

  • The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

    How to apply

  • Interested candidates should apply online by 15th August, 2018

  • For more information and job application details, see; UN Child Rights Advocacy Advisor Jobs in Ethiopia

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