Advocacy, Campaigns, Communications and Media (ACCM) Director

Save the Children

Save the Children has been operating in Nepal since 1976. Our programs to improve the lives of children in Nepal are guided by the National Plan of Action for Children and the UN Millennium Development Goals. As the largest child-focused organization in the Nepal, we cover a wide geographical area with multiple programs that support our vision for all children…

Job Information

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    Duty Station Kathmandu
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    Type of Appointment Full time
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Salary Negotiable / Monthly
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    Job Level : Mid-Level
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    Job Experience : 10+
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    Job Category NGO | INGO | Charity
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    Job Qualification : Related Field
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    Posted Date : Nov 16, 2022

Job Description

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In Nepal and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and future we share. Save the Children expects that anyone associated with it abides by its Safeguarding and other Zero Tolerance Policies.

The job holder is responsible for leading and overseeing the policy, advocacy, campaign and communications and media work of Save  the Children in Nepal to catalyze lasting change in the lives of children. He/she is responsible for building the profile and capability of Save the Children to become the strongest and most influential voice for and with children by bringing about changes in the policies, programs, systems, and practices of duty bearers and stakeholders both in development and humanitarian settings, and by mobilizing public support and engaging constituents and advocates.

As a member of the Senior Management Team, he/she will lead the development of advocacy, campaigns, communications and media (ACCM) strategies and plans. He/she has the overall responsibility for managing government relations. He/she will also be responsible for team targets and performance.

The job holder should be an expert at achieving effective policy change for children using various mechanisms including working with champions and allies within the sector, policy makers and decision-makers at both the national, sub-national and local levels, and the media. He/she is expected to have an understanding of the importance of policy engagement and public facing advocacy campaigns that engage the Nepali public to participate in action that will influence government policy for children’s rights. Demonstrable experience in donor relations and engagement will be an added advantage.

The job holder is expected to position Save the Children in Nepal at the forefront of new and traditional media opportunities including social media platforms, making use of modern technology in building Save the Children’s brand in Nepal, and building understanding on children’s rights. In addition, he/she also shares in the responsibility of supporting the strategic focus of Save the Children in Nepal, engaging private sector, and in supporting and complementing new and innovative initiatives.

Lastly, the ACCM director should participate in program design and development to scope and integrate advocacy, campaign, communications and media opportunities in upcoming projects and programs.

Key Responsibilities

The post is accountable to the CD for the following:

  • Policy development on prioritised issues
  • Building Save the Children’s reputation and brand
  • Developing advocacy, campaign, communications and media strategies, plans, products and messages that will help Save the Children effect positive change for children, especially those who are most deprived and marginalized
  • External representation of Save the Children, including at all levels of Government, with the media, highly strategic networks, and alliances, and at regional and global Save the Children meetings
  • Managing a highly motivated and capable ACCM team
  • Media and government relationship management
  • Collaborating well with a range of internal stakeholders including other members of the Senior Management Team, Programs Teams including humanitarian staff to raise the public profile of SC in Nepal in the country
  • Managing reputational risk to Save the Children

SPECIFIC DUTIES:

  • Develop and implement Save the Children in Nepal’s Advocacy, Campaign, Communications and Media plans.
  • Direct and oversee the development of high quality, evidence-based policy research and reports that can influence government policy for children.
  • Raise the public profile of Save the Children in Nepal through integrated public facing campaigns.
  • Position Save the Children Nepal as the country’s leading child rights organization and support the generation of opportunities for marketing, fundraising and campaigns to engage the Nepali public in a meaningful way.
  • Represent Save the Children in Nepal and communicate its views and perspectives on children’s rights and development and humanitarian issues to a wide range of actors, including government, regional institutions, civil society organizations and the media.
  • Identify opportunities for partnerships with other organizations that will enhance the organization’s advocacy, campaign and media work.
  • Lead on ensuring that Save the Children Nepal is represented with government officials at all levels of government and other key internal and external stakeholders
  • Consistent representation of Save the Children in Nepal in media events. Ensure the ACCM Department maintains effective relationships with government officials and policy makers at national and sub-national levels in coordination with the Programs Department.
  • Help manage any reputational risks to Save the Children in Nepal
  • Effectively manage a highly motivated team to effect positive change for Nepali children.
  • Help Save the Children in Nepal achieve visibility across the entire global Save the Children movement
  • Assume other tasks as deemed necessary by the Country Director

ACCM Planning

  • Conceptualize and organize advocacy, campaign and media activities or events that will serve as platforms for highlighting specific issues of children, mobilizing public support and engaging children
  • Monitor major socio-economic and development issues and the policy and legislative environment to provide SC in Nepal with analysis to inform the development and refinement of advocacy and campaign strategies
  • Ensure the integration of policy advocacy in all aspects of programming both in development and humanitarian settings by providing support to staff and partners on policy advocacy and campaign
  • Actively participate in Save the Children discussions on policy advocacy and campaign, ensuring that the country office advocacy agenda is aligned with the global initiatives

Quality Assurance and Technical Support

  • Lead the planning, implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of the ACCM strategy
  • Ensure compliance of SC in Nepal to the Quality Benchmarks related to advocacy, campaigns and communication
  • Develop and write policy positions and briefing papers on key issues affecting children both in development and humanitarian settings, and ensures that these are coherent with current policy debates in the Nepal and internationally
  • Invest and/or conduct high quality policy researches and evidences that contribute and facilitate the implementation of better informed advocacy strategy and tactics
  • Develop and strengthen partnership with strategic networks, organizations and other actors that share Save the Children’s values and goals for children; and whenever possible lead and manage strategic networks
  • Mobilize and manage financial and other resources for ACCM
  • Ensure that the program/field offices, partners and children develop their capacities in influencing and engaging advocacy and campaign processes

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning

  • Produce quarterly reports for SMT, members and the movement
  • Participate in the review of the design and results of evaluation studies and learning sessions in order to identify possible policy agenda and generate evidence in support of the proposed policy change
  • Lead the identification, documentation, packaging and dissemination of best practices and lessons learned in policy advocacy suitable for advancing specific children’s rights and development issues
  • Present Save the Children’s experiences on policy advocacy priorities in local, national and international forums
  • Establish monitoring and evaluation processes on ACCM work and ensure that implementation and impact are effectively monitored and evaluated

Human and Financial Resource Management

  • Manage and supervise the ACCM staff and establish mechanisms for regular planning, assessment, updating and information sharing
  • Draw up budgets for ACCM and manages spending within budgets, and provide justifications for variances to the CD and Director of Finance
  • Manage interns, volunteers and consultants/service providers that may be assigned to do policy advocacy work, ensuring competencies and outputs meet SC in Nepal’s demands and expectations

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)

  • Commitment to Save the Children’s purpose and values.
  • Commitment to a change and growth agenda.
  • Strong leadership qualities and a personality which will command respect and encourage collaboration from others.
  • Strategic, entrepreneurial and innovative outlook.
  • Willing to take disciplined risks.
  • High integrity and commitment to accountability and transparency.
  • Courage to abide by and promote SC in Nepal’s values and behaviours across diverse stakeholders.
  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with the team/s, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters.
  • Values diversity sees it as a source of competitive strength.

Required Qualification & Experience

  • University degree in the social sciences, public policy, governance or any relevant field.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in development work with proven management skills in developing and implementing successful policy research, analysis and advocacy
  • Clear understanding and proven application of rights-based approaches including children’s rights and gender equality
  • Good understanding of Nepal development issues and how various social, economic and political issues affect children
  • Good knowledge of any of Save the Children’s thematic areas
  • Strong analytical and conceptualization skills and ability to think strategically especially in relation to advancing the advocacy, campaign and media / communications agenda of SC in Nepal
  • Ability to work on own initiative to build on and develop the job, combined with the ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Good interpersonal and communications skills; developed capacity for tact, diplomacy and negotiation
  • Highly developed writing skills; able to write policy, position or briefing papers, proposals, reports, etc.
  • Strong facilitation and presentation skills; ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner
  • Proven ability to develop relationships with other civil society organizations, networks, government and other actors
  • Ability to positively influence institutions and stakeholders
  • Excellent program management skills
  • Highly organized, with good attention to detail and developed ability to prioritize multiple tasks to meet tight deadlines and organize work
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to influence and challenge existing mindsets
  • Can work well in highly stressful situations

How to Apply

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.

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.

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