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National Partnership Officer (maternity cover)

Graduate at Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage

National Partnership Officer (maternity cover)

Graduate at Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage

  • LocationLondon, UK
  • Position levelGraduate
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  • Competitive£ 37,000.0 per year
Job Description

Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage, is seeking a bilingual (French and English) international development professional who can bring their technical expertise and professional experience to national civil society networks and alliances, in order to facilitate policy and advocacy change, enhanced collective working and support capacity development.

Girls Not Brides brings together civil society organisations from around the world. Stronger together, Girls Not Brides members bring child marriage to global attention, build an understanding of what it will take to end child marriage, and call for the laws, policies and programmes that will make a difference in the life of millions of girls.

This post will sit in the Partnership Team, which oversees the engagement of Girls Not Brides’ large network of 1000 civil society members in over 95 countries. The team co-ordinates the capacity building of members and ensures their meaningful engagement in the broad range of work of the global partnership – including advocacy, campaigning and knowledge sharing.

In several countries, Girls Not Brides members have come together with a desire to work collectively and have formed official Girls Not Brides National Partnerships, aligning their work with Girls Not Brides’ Global Strategy. Girls Not Brides supports National Partnerships through capacity development, connecting them with people and opportunities, and amplifying their profile. This is an exciting time to join Girls Not Brides as it deepens and expands its work with National Partnerships.

Ideally based in the Girls Not Brides office in London, your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Provide critical support to strengthening Girls Not Brides National Partnerships and other networks/alliances the organisation works closely with at national levels, particularly in Francophone countries;
  • Contribute to strong knowledge management processes for National Partnerships, capturing and disseminating lessons learned and best practice;
  • Facilitate effective sharing of learning between Girls Not Brides member organisations;
  • Contribute to developing capacity building products for the wider Girls Not Brides membership;
  • Actively contribute to the broader work of the Partnership team and wider member engagement work, particularly for Francophone countries.

We are looking for bilingual (French and English) candidates with a proven track record of working overseas to strengthen civil society actors and an understanding of how coalitions/networks work. Candidates must have a background in human rights, international development or another related field. We need someone with direct experience of capacity building, national advocacy, as well as programme development. A strong understanding of the dynamics around gender and development issues and knowledge of child marriage is highly desirable.

Requirements

Essential

  • Graduate qualification in relevant area (such as development studies, international relations, human rights or gender) or proven experience of working directly with civil society actors, including time spent working for a civil society organisation overseas;
  • Direct experience of engaging with coalitions, alliances or networks and an understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities presented by coalition working;
  • Fluency in written and spoken French and English is essential;
  • Strategic thinker, capable of connecting member engagement issues with other areas of work, including communications, advocacy and learning;
  • Experience of capacity building NGOs and designing training workshops;
  • Experience of supporting the development of projects and programmes in developing country contexts;
  • Direct experience of working on advocacy initiatives and advocacy strategy development in a developing country context; policy analysis skills;
  • A sound understanding of the policy and advocacy dynamics around gender and/or youth/child rights in an international context, including understanding of some of the key players in these fields;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to work with a diverse range of actors from different cultural contexts;
  • Ability to build strong relationships while working remotely with civil society organisations;
  • Strong project management skills;
  • Willingness to travel – sometimes at short notice.

Desirable

  • Understanding of child marriage and of the key players in this field of work;
  • Proven track record in institutional fundraising;
  • Knowledge of youth engagement best practice/direct experience of working with young people;
  • Experience of working on national policy change initiatives in a developing country context.

At Girls Not Brides, we are committed to the wellbeing, empowerment and rights of children, and to safeguarding children from harm in all of our activities. Girls Not Brides aims to promote an environment of trust and understanding where the welfare of children is paramount. You will be expected to adhere to the Girls Not Brides Child Safeguarding Policy and its Code of Conduct and report any concerns relating to the safeguarding of children in accordance with agreed procedures.

Practicalities

A competitive salary (£33,000-£37000) plus a generous benefits package will be offered to the successful candidate.

  • This is a fixed-term contract (7 months).
  • A degree (25%) of international travel will be expected.
  • Ideally this post will be based in Girls Not Brides’ London office, however for strong candidates who cannot relocate, a certain degree of flexibility will be offered.