Advocacy, Campaigns, Communications and Media (ACCM) Coordinator

  • Full Time
  • Lusaka, Zambia
  • Applications have closed

Save the Children International

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organization for children. Our Vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation.  In Zambia, Save the Children works in the following Thematic areas: Education, Health & Nutrition, Child Protection, Child Rights Governance and Child Poverty; including Humanitarian response.  Save the Children wishes to invite qualified individuals to apply for the position of Advocacy, Campaigns, Communication and Media (ACCM) Coordinator- (x 1 Position)

DUTY STATION: Lusaka-Zambia with occasional field travel

TEAM/PROGRAMME: Programs Development and Quality

GRADE: 3

CONTRACT LENGTH: 2 years, renewable

CHILD SAFGUARDING:

Level 3:  the role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (once a week or more) or intensively (four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.

ROLE PURPOSE: The Advocacy, Campaigns, Communication and Media (ACCM) Coordinator is responsible for the development and implementation of Save the Children’s overall ACCM Strategy and Plan, in promotion of children’s rights and driven by child participation.

Based on SCI in Zambia programming priorities, he/she identifies key issues for advocacy, campaigns and communications, preparing and implementing strategies and messages across all of our humanitarian and development work. The ACCM Coordinator ensures effective documentation of evidence and good practice. The ACCM Coordinator leads gathering and developing engaging visual and written material that voices the gaps in fulfilling children’s rights, effectively explains our work and engages a wide range of external audiences in our work. S/he succeeds in establishing strong and strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations in advancing the rights of children. The ACCM Coordinator oversees all media and related external communications activities and leads in developing effective online social media strategies to engage the wider public. In addition, the ACCM Coordinator builds capacity of Technical Specialists and Program Managers in undertaking advocacy activities in line with the Country Strategic Plan and Advocacy Strategy.

REPORTS TO: Technical Specialist-Child Rights Governance with a dotted line to the PDQ Director

STAFF REPORTING TO THIS POST:

Direct: Communications and Campaigns Assistant/Officer

Indirect: Sponsorship Info-Communications Officers

BUDGET RESPONSIBILITIES: The role holder has no direct budget holder responsibility but oversees budget lines for all advocacy, campaigns, communications and media activities across projects

DIMENSIONS: Save the Children works throughout the country and our ACCM work covers both development and humanitarian activities. The ACCM Coordinator oversees all SCI ACCM work, both through direct and remote management of staff and activity implementation. The role holder oversees appropriate and effective use of the SCI brand and is accountable to the PDQ Director for strategic leadership of the ACCM work

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY: 

Strategic leadership.

  • Lead the development/revision and implementation of the Country program ACCM strategy (and operational plan) that aligns directly with the Country Strategic Plan and the SCI global advocacy agenda. *Work closely with Business Development and technical specialists to develop new projects and ensure that ACCM interventions are strategically incorporated and adequately resourced and budgeted for in new proposals.

Advocacy.

  • Support project teams to effectively deliver advocacy and campaign activities within program areas – more specifically on Education, Child Protection, Child Rights Governance, Health & Nutrition, and Child Poverty.
  • Lead the implementation of evidence-based and child-led advocacy initiatives that aim to have evidenced impact on the lives of children and their families.
  • Develop core national-level campaigns on ending violence against children and access to quality and safe education.
  • Lobbying and relationship-building with policy makers, officials and other key stakeholders.
  • Develop talking points, messages, speeches, briefing papers and other advocacy material.
  • Conduct stakeholder analysis, map out the work, interests and plans of other stakeholders in respect to identified area of advocacy and ensure effective collaboration with like-minded organizations.
  • Represent SCI in Zambia at relevant external meetings, platforms, working groups and fora, with a range of stakeholders including government, line ministries, donors and partners such as the Joining Forces Alliance.
  • Position Save the Children nationally as the leading advocate on children’s rights in Zambia.

Communications and Media.

  • Lead the development/revision and implementation of the country program Communication Plan.
  • Produce engaging materials (stories, audio-visual material, brochures, factsheets etc.) to communicate our work to a wide range of audiences including donors, media, government and partners.
  • Engage with national media and develop media products and relationships.
  • Manage SCI in Zambia’s website, social media channels and online communication.
  • Work with program and technical teams to develop effective ways to communicate evidence of the impact of our approaches, good practices and lessons learned, in order to influence policy and practice among communities, partners, donors and the general public.
  • Advise on and develop messaging and approaches for community-level influencing and social behavior change.
  • Lead media/communications responses to new crises and emergencies.
  • Oversee internal communication to build awareness and cohesion among staff.
  • Ensure Save the Children branding guidelines are known and adhered to by all staff/programs
  • Manage and coordinate visits of Save the Children global member offices (photographers, journalists, ambassadors, supporters and other content gatherers).
  • Develop media strategy to guide the engagement of the Country office with media.
  • Actively cultivate media contacts and appropriately establish proactive and beneficial relationships with media houses that can help in advancing children’s rights at policy and program levels as well as identify opportunities to profile Save the Children’s work.

National Campaigns.

  • Lead and coordinate the delivery of the country office campaign initiatives under the 2022-2024 strategic campaigns.
  • Support the program teams in implementing campaign activities taking advantage of key moments to deliver on the country office campaign objectives.
  • Work closely with Program teams in public mobilization and engagements, creating moments and opportunities for campaigning.
  • Build and maintain effective, collaborative relationships with Save the Children’s regional and global campaigns teams ensuring consistent approaches, common messages and effective campaign events.
  • Support SCI in Zambia’s engagement in regional and global campaigns through contribution of stories, videos, photos etc. to highlight Country office achievements within such initiatives

Internal alignment and capacity building.

  • Ensure all SCI in Zambia’s ACCM efforts are aligned to and contribute to the ACCM strategy and plans.
  • Work in close collaboration with Technical Specialists on sector specific ACCM actions.
  • Conduct ACCM training for program teams, management, technical specialists and partners.
  • Represent the Country Office in regional and global ACCM working groups.
  • Ensure all creative content (photos, stories and videos) have informed consent forms and are in line with child safeguarding policies.

People Management, Mentoring and Development.

  • Direct supervision of ACCM staff. Manage their performance and oversee that all direct staff proactively build and maintain their technical skills and competencies required.
  • Support the development of an organizational culture that reflects our mandate and values, promotes accountability and high performance, encourages a team culture of learning, creativity and innovation, and frees up our people to deliver outstanding results for children and excellent customer service for our members and donors.

MONITORING EVALUATION ACCOUNTABILITY & LEARNING.

  • With support from regional and member communications and campaign staff, develop and put in place systems to monitor and measure the impact of the Kenya Country Office’s communication and campaign initiatives, as well as systematically sharing these achievements in the most appropriate way with Country office Senior Management Team.
  • Share success stories and learning related to Communication and Campaign initiatives spearheaded by the Kenya country office with regional and global working groups and/or communities of practice.

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)

Accountability.

  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved

Ambition.

  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically

Collaboration.

  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to

Creativity.

  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks

Integrity.

Honest, encourages openness and transparency

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

Qualifications.

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant subject such as social science, human rights, development, international relations, journalism/mass communication.
  • Masters or post graduate degree will be an added advantage.

Experience and skills.

  • At least 4 years of experience in undertaking major advocacy, media and communication initiatives in humanitarian and development contexts, preferably with focus on child rights issues.
  • Proven experience in analyzing the situation of children using child rights programming/principles framework
  • Proven track record of policy influencing with partners, government and civil societies/key stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically, to analyze complex information and offer creative, practical and effective solutions.
  • Excellent influencing skills, ability to deal with people at all levels with credibility, tact, and diplomacy.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, and an ability to produce good quality documents, information for a variety of audiences and communicate good practices.
  • Experience in policy and practice analysis and implementing strategic advocacy initiatives aimed at bringing changes in these areas.
  • Experience with online and social media communications strategies.
  • Strong interpersonal skills such as networking, negotiation and communication.
  • Willing and able to travel time to upcountry locations to support field teams as security permits
  • Strong computer skills to produce advocacy documents and document and communicate good practices.
  • High level of fluency in English, both verbal and written, required.
  • Commitment to Save the Children International values.
  • Experience with graphic design software is an added advantage.
  • Good photography or video skills is an added advantage.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Monday 21st November 2022. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Save the Children reserves the right to re advertise if suitable applicants are not found.

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.

ABOUT US
The Organization
We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard. We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

· No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
· All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
· Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:
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 www.savethechildren.net/jobs We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.


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