Job Title: Deputy Director of Advocacy
Organisation: Action Aid
Location: London, United Kingdom
Closing Date: 05 April 2021
Salary: £56,903 - £58,625 per annum
Contract Type: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Sponsors international candidates? Not Stated
The Deputy Director will ensure that AAUK is connected with and being informed by trends in the UK political environment and sector and is well aligned with and supportive of the Federation’s global advocacy work.
They will act as a senior level advocate and media and public spokesperson for cross-cutting issues and for women’s rights.
They will work as part of the PAP Deputy Management Team to maintain strategic oversight of AAUK’s political advocacy work, assess and assure risk and work closely with colleagues to ensure an integrated approach to influence, promoting AAUK’s brand and leading our political identity and positioning.
They will role-model feminist behaviours to support the development, alignment and collaborative delivery of the broader organisational strategy, to achieve impact and help change the world with women and girls.
Role and Responsibilities
Act as a senior leader in the international development/ humanitarian arena in the field of women and girls’ rights, ensuring our advocacy work prioritises the needs of ActionAid International country programs to donors and participating in high level policy and practice forums- staying ahead of relevant global policy and practice decisions.
Support the development and implementation of an influencing strategy, which aligns policy, political advocacy and programme resource mobilisation objectives and is integrated with public engagement.
Lead organisation political risk management- appraising senior leadership and, on request, AAUK board on trends and recommending risk management action.
Act as the most senior leader of a talented group of advocates - bringing vision, cohesion and authentic intellectual dialogue together to create a collaborative culture of delivery.
Develop and expand relations with political decision-makers and their influencers and build and maintain ActionAid’s profile with key UK political, private sector and opinion-former audiences for the purposes of advancing our advocacy and campaigning priorities.
Provide regular briefings to the Executive Director, the Director of Policy, Advocacy & Programmes and the Senior Leadership Team, and provide support and advice to the Executive Director in their influencing role.
Lead the development of political and other engagement strategies. Lead, coordinate and oversee the implementation of stakeholder relationship or engagement strategies.
Ensure AAUK public policy messages and advocacy materials are coherent, of a high quality, build on targets’ concerns and consistently promote women’s rights issues and perspectives.
Work with the Digital Media and Campaigns team to align ActionAid’s media positioning with influencing objectives and assure the credibility and relevance to global and UK political debate, so that our public statements support influencing objectives.
Act on behalf of Director during periods where the Director is traveling or on leave. • As agreed with the Director, the Deputy Director will represent ActionAid UK to donors, academics and policy makers to align resource mobilisation with strategies.
Ensure AAUK contributes to development and delivery of ActionAid International’s influencing strategy and contribute to global advocacy and communications through influencing the UK’s role with international actors such as the EU, G8, G20 and UN.
Maintain open and professional relations with team members, building a high performing team and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions.
Continually seek out ways to coach the Advocacy team to learn and grow, thereby enhancing performance and building the capacities of the program team members, individually and collectively.
Ensure that detailed, realistic and feasible project implementation plans are developed, and modified as needed.
Manage a budget.
Experience, Skills and Qualifications
Strong political judgement and proven senior experience of high level policy influencing/lobbing work.
Detailed knowledge of decision-making processes and influencing opportunities in the UK government, and at least one of the international bodies of which it is a member.
Extensive knowledge and experience of policy and advocacy work on women’s rights issues.
Extensive experience of networking and contact building in Whitehall, Westminster, political think-tanks.
Experience of working to influence company behaviour on national/ international issues.
Experience of management of staff, budgets and projects.
Extensive experience of media-based advocacy and of being a media spokesperson in both broadcast and print media.
Experience of designing and steering political influencing work at a comparably senior strategic level.
Strong presentational skills, especially the ability to digest large amounts of information, and present complex issues clearly and concisely to a variety of specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Excellent negotiation and communication skills, including demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in teams.
Proven initiative, flexibility and enthusiasm in responding to changing priorities and tight deadlines.
Excellent writing skills.
Willing and able to travel.
Experience of living and working in a developing country.
Knowledge of one other language other an English.
Social media skills and experience (esp., blogging, tweeting).
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