Save the Children Job Vacancy: Advocacy Coordinator - Yangon, Myanmar

The role
We are currently looking for Advocacy Coordinator to be based in Sittwe, Rakhine State, Myanmar.

Rakhine State is one of the poorest states in Myanmar. Difficult geographic terrain, low levels of capacity, and a complex political environment have hindered economic development and left communities mired in a cycle of poverty. Longstanding limitations on movement and other restrictions have disproportionately affected the state's Muslim population, further limiting their economic opportunities and ability to access basic services. Intercommunal violence in 2012 led to the displacement of more than 100,000 people, many of whom remain displaced today.

INGO Rakhine Initiative
The INGO Rakhine Initiative (IRI) is an innovative advocacy project led by a group of six leading INGOs, including Accion Contre la Faim, International Rescue Committee, Norwegian Refugee Council, Oxfam, Plan International, and Save the Children. Based in Sittwe, Rakhine State, the IRI project is made of a small but dynamic team that is dedicated to generating useful and actionable information to drive policy and programming changes in the Rakhine State context. Its purpose is to develop an evidence platform on which to base advocacy efforts, with the goal of increasing access to health and education services and livelihood opportunities for communities across Rakhine State.

Advocacy Coordinator Role
The Advocacy Coordinator will play a key role in developing and driving IRI'a advocacy efforts. He/she will work closely with the Project Lead to design IRI's advocacy strategy by identifying key messages, targets, and avenues for advocacy, and pushing forward those efforts by building relationships with key partners and actors in Rakhine State. He/she will collaborate with the IRI Information Officer to design methodologies for data collection and conduct analysis of evidence gathered from field visits; when required, the Advocacy Coordinator will assist the Information Officer during field visits. Building on the analysis conducted of evidence gathered in the field, the Advocacy Coordinator will lead the drafting IRI's advocacy resources, which can include reports, briefs, policy notes, presentations, and speeches. These resources will be validated and disseminated to relevant partners; in tandem with the Project Lead, the Advocacy Coordinator will lead advocacy efforts at the Sittwe level, meeting with UN and INGO partners as well as visiting political and donor missions, in order to drive IRI's advocacy messages. In addition, when required, the Advocacy Coordinator will travel to Yangon and elsewhere around the country to support the Project Lead with advocacy efforts at the national level. He/she will be responsible for tracking progress towards the project's key advocacy goals. He/she is also in charge of managing three Project Officers who will provide logistical support to the IRI team.

Qualifications and experience

  • 3-5 years relevant experience working in Global South contexts, particularly on development, humanitarian or human rights projects.
  • Demonstrated experience in advocacy and/or communications in the fields of development or humanitarian aid.
  • Demonstrated experience in building coalitions and relationships with a wide range of actors, driving advocacy efforts through meetings with key advocacy targets and stakeholders.
  • Communications skills, including writing, editing, public speaking, and lobbying.
  • Familiarity with and understanding of the history and current political and social context in Myanmar, and in particular in Rakhine State
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Familiarity with qualitative research in conflict settings is a plus
  • Fluency in Burmese, Rakhine and/ or Rohingyan would be highly regarded
  • Master's degree in humanitarian aid, development studies, or other relevant subject
Contract length: 6 months (renewable)

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. A We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:
Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.

Closing date for this advert is 12 Sept 2017.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.