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Head Of Policy And Advocacy

21.8.2019, Full time , INGO
Company: Save the Children International
Job Category
INGO
No of Employees
1001-5000
Company description
Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children.Better ExperiencesSave the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. It is a dual mandate organization and focuses on development and emergency response. We are currently working in 120 countries around the world touching the lives of 125 million children. Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

Save the Children has been working in Myanmar since 1995. Our programmes include Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition, HIV/AIDS, WASH, Education, Food Security and Livelihoods, Child Protection and Child Rights Governance and Humanitarian Responses across the country.

Save the Children offers attractive salary including non-salary benefits which consists of paid medical benefits, various leave benefits, accident insurance, severance and other allowances.Good Environment and Good Teamwork

Job description
• Monitor the education decentralization process, as well as the peace process and education reforms to identify key advocacy opportunities for MEC and its partners, through participation in relevant Sub-Sector Working Groups and networking. Oversee the MEC team to conduct power mapping at all levels to identify the most strategic level of engagements. Engage MEC at the highest level with key influencers and decision-makers on basic education, in the planning and shaping of policy engagements and advocacy forums

• Ensure coordination and communication across all MEC teams and with partners on advocacy related programs and activities. Collaborate closely with Education and PMEL teams to ensure information and findings feedback onto MEC’s evidence-based advocacy strategy

• Oversee the development of advocacy strategies to raise MEC’s profile as a leader in the field of ethnic and monastic complementary education. Ensure issue-based findings from research and monitoring reports are distilled and disseminated to fill in the gap in information and awareness on ethnic and monastic education matters in Myanmar

• Facilitate participation of the community and especially children in communication and advocacy strategies. Ensure the voices of duty bearers and rights holders are captured and used to influence decision-making processes. Advocate for ethnic and monastic voices to be heard at the central level

• Coordinate partners’ capacity development to identify policy barriers to be removed to achieve their objectives. Provide strategic guidance to navigate the political space to achieve their policy goals through various advocacy paths. Identify key strategic interlocutors and forums/groups for partners to join and the evidence base available and required for this.

• With a broader alliance of education development partners, build a coalition with other actors working towards similar goals, especially regarding alignment and improvement of school quality frameworks, student transition, and teachers’ competency recognition. Support dialogue of all stakeholders, and advocate for partners’ interests in all relevant platforms

• Seek out external expertise as needed, to support MECs and partners’ work for instance on MTB-MLE or SIP, within the frame of the BBCD initiative

• Child Safeguarding Responsibilities: Ensure that child safeguarding and child protection mainstreaming are integrated into all M&E frameworks through measurable output and outcome indicators; and lead the process of piloting and scaling up local level beneficiary complaints’ mechanisms in relation to staff conduct, with an emphasis on the Child Safeguarding Policy and measure to prevent sexual exploitation of women and children.

Desired Skills and Expertise
• Master’s Degree in education or a related field. Ideally a Post Graduate qualification in a relevant field and/ or professional qualification in education or related field

Professional skills and experience:
• At least 8 years’ experience in working in education in Myanmar
• Proven experience with planning and carrying out Policy and Advocacy initiatives with government and partners at central and/or state/regional/district/township levels-
• Experience with developing, implementing and monitoring Communication activities related to the development and/or education reform.
• Understanding and experience of the Myanmar education system, ideally to include government and ethnic basic education providers or programs.
• Strong presentation and writing skills in both English and Myanmar. Ability to speak one or more ethnic languages is an advantage.

Management and Work Skills
• Experience in leading and managing a team and building capacity of staff.
• Fluency in written and spoken Myanmar, with strong oral and written communication and presentation skills.
• High standard of English, with the ability to articulate concepts and ideas related to the education field, make presentations and deliver quality written reports
• Ability to analyze information, evaluate options and to think and plan strategically.
• Excellent training, facilitation and communication skills
• Strong personal organizational skills, including time/task management and ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure
• Strong people management skills including mentoring and support

General Skills
• Experience and proven ability to create an environment which encourages team-working, including education team members with specific geographical and thematic responsibilities and the wider MEC team
• Willingness to travel frequently domestically, including to remote ethnic areas, as well as occasional international travel as required.
• Interest in and commitment to working alongside others within a dynamic, inter-disciplinary team and taking opportunities for learning and professional development.
• Commitment to and understanding of MEC and Save the Children’s aims, values, and principles.
• Willingness and capability to comply with all relevant Save the Children policies and procedures with respect to health and safety, security and equal opportunities, including the Child Safeguarding Policy

Language skills

We offer • Male/ Female.
• Attractive salary package
• Health Insurance package
• Non-Financial benefit

Work location No. 126 A, Damazaydi Road, Bahan Township, Yangon,Yangon, Myanmar
State/District: Yangon (Rangoon)

Job details Job Category: NGO, Charity & Voluntary jobs
Company Industry: INGO
Employment Type: Other
Full time: YES
Job posted: 21/8/2019

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