ROLE PURPOSE: The Director of Advocacy, Communications, Campaigns and Media (ACCM) leads the function responsible for Save the Children Myanmar’s influencing, public engagement and visibility strategy, in line with achieving the country programme’s strategic plan.
Under the current humanitarian response, the Director of ACCM will especially focus on the development and implementation a domestic and internationally focused humanitarian advocacy agenda that supports our broader CAT 2 Myanmar Coup Crisis response. This will complement our programmatic priorities of protecting children impacted by the crisis, supporting their education needs and ensuring that the impact of the crisis on children remains a global priority across our advocacy network. The post-holder will also serve as key focal point for Rohingya crisis advocacy for the Myanmar Country Office.
As well as leading the country office’s Advocacy function, the ACCM Director will line manage and support both Communications & Media and Campaign functions, ensuring that they are aligned with country priorities and supporting the day to day operations of the country office.
As a member of the Myanmar Country Management Team (CMT), the ACCM Director will work in close collaboration with senior leaders across functions, but especially with the National Director (Myanmar), Programme Director and thematic leads. The ACCM Director will also ensure that Myanmar’s ACCM strategy is aligned with regional and global priorities - and will use this network to maximise our impact for children in country.
SCOPE OF ROLE:
Reports to: National Director, Myanmar Country Office
Staff reporting to this post: 3-4 staff:
Communications Manager, Campaigns Manager, Advocacy Coordinator/Manager (TBC) and Info/Comms coordinator (Myanmar CAT2 response)
· Financial approval
Role Dimensions: (e.g. complexity, relationships, communication with stakeholders)
· The Director of ACCM oversees the ACCM team and carries responsibility for the design and implementation of ACCM activities, in order to support the delivery of the country strategic plan, as well as our response to any major humanitarian crisis.
· The post-holder works closely with the National Director, Programme Director, the wider CMT and Technical Specialists to ensure that ACCM work is integrated with other program functions, reflects organizational priorities and is evidence-based.
· The ACCM Director maintains relationships with MST ACCM support team, as well as RO ACCM teams.
· Member of Myanmar CO Country Management Team (CMT)
· Interpersonal contact regular and varied in both oral and written. Negotiation and representation with senior level representatives including government level decision makers, donors, wider SC community**
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY :
Priority 1 – Coup crisis
· Lead on the formulation and implementation of the Myanmar CAT 2 Humanitarian advocacy Strategy, with a strong focus on the impact of conflict and displacement on children, as well as the underlying causes and longer-term impacts (PCIC/SWOC). This strategy will be aligned with the HAWG Rohingya Crisis and Myanmar PCIC/SWOC strategies and Centrality of Protection Action Plan.
Priority issue 2 – Rohingya
· Ensure the integration of Myanmar ACCM priorities and activities into the wider Rohingya advocacy strategy implementation, in close coordination, in close collaboration with HAWG-colleagues, Myanmar Country Office and Regional Office advocacy counterparts.
For these two focus areas, the following responsibilities apply:
- Define key advocacy opportunities and targets at national, regional and international levels and lead, mobilize and coordinate national, regional and international advocacy colleagues to influence these, as appropriate.
- Provide analysis of issues affecting displaced and conflict-affected Myanmar children, particularly education and child protection, as well as of other factors such as accountability and justice, child/human rights, humanitarian access, UN coordination, funding, security and addressing root causes of crises in Myanmar.
- Liaise with field-based staff, key INGO, UN and other interlocutors in-country to ensure Save the Children has up-to-date information and policy analysis on the humanitarian and human rights situation and response, with a focus on humanitarian and human rights issues facing conflict-affected children, accountability, humanitarian access, funding, coordination and other issues.
- Support the Country Office to update and monitor advocacy risk assessments for the activities and objectives in the Myanmar/PCIC and HAWG Rohingya Crisis Advocacy Strategies.
- Ensure that all response related advocacy messages, documents and strategies are evidence-based, of high quality, authorised by the National Director when necessary signed-off according to the Save the Children sign-off procedures
- Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.
Communications & Media
Oversee Communications team function to complete the following, in line with day to day office functions, donor requirements and country strategic plan:
· Production of accurate, clear and consistent information and communications outputs that highlight the development and Humanitarian situation in Myanmar including case studies, feature stories, and blogs
· Produce visually appealing and brand**-**aligned external marketing materials that support our campaign, advocacy and programmatic priorities.
· Ensure all materials are printed and designed according to Save the Children**’**s brand guidelines.
· Lead in the development of multimedia materials, including photos, videos, infographics, animations, etc**.**
· Support the development and production of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials for specific projects as required.
· Keep all social media and web site updated; actively participate in social media conversations
- Ensure high-quality internal communications materials across our internal channels. Working alongside HR and other teams, promote sharing, learning, and interactive dialogue among staff.
· Support the development of program proposals and budgets where they relate to communications activities.
· Ensure that all required communications outputs are achieved during humanitarian response.
· Manage media engagement strategy, including proactive and reactive, especially in line with advocacy and campaign priorities.**
Oversee Campaign team function to complete the following, in line with day to day office functions, donor requirements and country strategic plan:
· Identify opportunities for campaigning to meet our advocacy and/or programmatic priorities
· Ensure campaigning activities are budgeted for within programme proposals where relevant.
· Design, plan and deliver Save the Children**’**s campaign agenda via popular mobilisation events, high level advocacy events, online presence and media collaboration.
· Integrate Save the Children global campaigns and other global**/**regional campaigns where possible and relevant. Provide content and contributions to global and regional campaigns where possible.
· Undertake ‘Reactive Campaigning**’** in response to current events as required.
· In collaboration with the MEAL team and project staff, establish monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for campaigns and ensure that implementation and impact are effectively monitored and evaluated
Human Resource Management and Development
· Ensure regular coordination meetings are held across ACCM to ensure integration of strategy
· Facilitate collaboration between ACCM and programme teams
· Support Develop to Perform (DTP) process for all line managed staff, ensuring that all staff have development plans in place and are receiving support
· Set workplans of all line managed staff, with regular one on ones to discuss the progress of milestones.
- Build the broader advocacy capacity of Save the Children in Myanmar by providing technical support to programme teams and to the business development unit, especially through programme design phase.
- Ensure that advocacy positions and ACCM activities are written into all relevant program proposals and corresponding resources are allocated within budgets.
- Ensure quarterly reporting on advocacy and campaign funding KPIs.
Country Office Leadership and Representation
· Represent ACCM during regular CMT meetings
- Represent Save the Children at appropriate country-level working groups.
- Support the Country Director and other relevant Country Office staff in high-level humanitarian advocacy work towards relevant authorities, RC/HC, Humanitarian Country Teams, key UN actors and Agencies, Donors and other NGOs, as well as media, if necessary.
- Ensure coordination of advocacy messages and activities between the field offices, Country Office and the regional and international levels.
Child Safeguarding Responsibilities
Develop specific and contextual country level guidance to ensure that children who participate in media or communications work are protected from exploitation, increased vulnerability, or any form of harm or indignity
· Bachelor Degree in Communications/Public Affairs, Law or International Relations – or any other any related field **
Overseas experience is strongly preferred.
EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
· Significant prior experience working in advocacy on humanitarian issues, child rights, human rights, or development issues, preferably in emergency response contexts or fragile states
· Experience of influencing and advocacy work including lobbying, policy development and information provision in humanitarian issues at national, regional and/or international level
· Excellent skills in advocating towards government officials, humanitarian actors and UN agencies in developing countries
· Experience of and strong skills in developing and implementing advocacy strategies
· Experience using public engagement and mobilization to achieve advocacy objectives
· Experience developing highly engaging, creative and effective communications products to achieve advocacy objectives.
· Good attention to detail
· Understanding of UN and donor operations at country level and humanitarian response-planning cycles
· Demonstrated leadership skills and experience building teams
· Experience in working with other NGOs and coordinating inter-agency advocacy activities, strategies and products
· High-level analytical and strategic thinking skills and strong research skills
· Cultural awareness and ability to build relationships quickly with a wide variety of people
· Patience, adaptability, flexibility, and ability to improvise and remain responsive and to communicate clearly and effectively under pressure
· Excellent planning, management and coordination skills, with the ability to organise a substantial workload comprised of complex, diverse tasks and responsibilities
· Strong leadership skills with an ability to seek people’s views while also taking responsibility to determine the most appropriate course of action and to act decisively
· Strong communication (written and spoken), and interpersonal skills in English, with experience in managing multicultural teams
· Strong awareness and knowledge of the Myanmar context
· Prior experience working in an emergency response contexts or fragile states
· Proven skills in media work, including interviews on Radio and TV
Extensive knowledge of child rights and international humanitarian law
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. A copy of the full role profile can be found at https://stcuk.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=2100074V&tz=GMT%2B06%3A30&tzname=Asia%2FRangoon
Closing Date for Application: 8th October 2021 (Tuesday)
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