Local Government Engagement Officer – Jigawa – Save the Children

Job Description
The Local Engagement Advocacy Officer will under the supervision of the State Advocacy Officer support Save the Children’s efforts to influence and bring about change in the awareness, attitudes, behaviours and policies related to the rights of children in the country programme with special focus on Vaccine, Health workers and Nutrition.

The post holder will possess a high degree of analytical skill, political acumen, ability to facilitate change, ability to influence, and ability to communicate key advocacy messages effectively and convincingly to a diverse audience at local, state and national levels.
A degree in Health, Nutrition, Communications or related social science field.
Substantial experience in advocacy and policy development / research in the development context.
Good understanding of the possibilities and tactics for influencing decision and policy makers, politicians, donors, and other key actors.
Knowledge of the media and its role in raising awareness and shaping public policy.
Good understanding of strategies for achieving sustainable child Health and Nutrition policies through participatory processes, and the links with gender, diversity and other aspects of identity.
Excellent conceptual and analytical skills and demonstrable ability to think strategically, innovatively and practically to ensure achievement of desired change objectives.
Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences at local, state and national levels.
Ability to build and maintain relationships with partner agencies and key contacts in the government, NGO, civil society (coalitions) and media sectors.
Strong organizational skills and ability to effectively handle multiple tasks and meet strict deadlines.
Excellent interpersonal skills, flexibility, adaptability and ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
Good computer skills (word processing, spreadsheets, email / internet) and ability to be self-supporting in most administrative tasks.
Fluent English language skills (written and verbal).
Commitment to the values, mission, aims and policies of Save the Children.

Experience in training others in advocacy techniques and influencing tactics.
Prior work experience in advocacy in Nigeria.
Knowledge of the policies, functions, structures and decision-making processes of key national institutions with regard to child Nutrition.
Experience working with children on Health and Nutrition will be an added advantage.
Local language skills (Hausa).

Application Closing Date
28th July, 2015.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their C.V’s and qualifying statements to: Nigeria.AdvocacyVacancy@savethechildren.org explaining why you are suitable for the position you are applying for. State position clearly in the subject field as applications without appropriate subject will be disqualified. Also, applications received after the closing date above will not be considered.

Note: Applications will be treated as they are received and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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