Head of Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy

Save the Children International

The Opportunity

Save the Children International has an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as the Head of Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy in Any existing SCI location


Humanitarian response represents roughly half of Save the Children International’s global portfolio. Typically Save responds to circa 100 global humanitarian crises each year. Building our humanitarian affairs, influencing and policy capability is at the core of our strategy to achieve immediate and lasting change for the most deprived children.

The purpose of this role is to ensure that the organisation leverages evidence and analysis on children’s rights to influence changes in policy and support the delivery of consistent high-quality advocacy in humanitarian crises.

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work and be available at short notice and beyond the normal working hours.


  • Higher level education degree, Masters or above, in a relevant field (e.g., International Development, International Relations, Peace building, or Security Studies)
  • At least 10 years experience in leading development of advocacy strategies and approaches; direct experience working at country or regional level humanitarian and development structures
  • Minimum of 5 years senior management experience driving results and impact, while fostering a supportive and positive work environment.
  • Significant experience in humanitarian affairs, advocacy and policy and knowledge of children’s rights
  • Strong track record in humanitarian response settings in policy or analytical roles in complex or rapid onset emergencies
  • Extensive knowledge of humanitarian policy trends, debates and issues and the place of INGOs in these debates
  • Proven ability to manage multiple and competing demands, work to tight deadlines and brief senior staff
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching
  • Excellent project management skills related to organisational development projects and international, cross-functional teams with a proven history of delivering results
  • Ability to work effectively in a complex networked organisation across functional and geographical boundaries, and deliver results
  • Exposure to and understanding of humanitarian field realities and an ability to work in demanding and fast-moving contexts
  • Willingness to travel regularly overseas, often at short notice, to security constrained environments and sometimes for periods of up to six weeks
  • Ability to work effectively in a culturally diverse setting
  • Understanding of and commitment to Save the Children’s mission, vision, values and ways of working

We can offer circa £60,000 per annum (If based in UK) with an option of flexible working hours. If the role is based outside of the UK, National T&C (including pay) will apply.

This role can be based in London or any existing Save the Children International office location on approval, provided the successful candidate has proof of eligibility to work from the preferred location.

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The Organisation

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 environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at www.savethechildren.net/careers/apply

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

Save the Children does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

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