Title: Advocacy & Policy Advisor
Location: New York City
Reports to: ChildFund Alliance Secretary General
The Advocacy & Policy Advisor will
advance our mission to advocate for children throughout the world,
with a particular focus on ending violence against children (EVAC).
This accomplished professional will play a key leadership role in
developing and executing global EVAC Campaigns, based on their
proven expertise in the sector.
About the Organization
ChildFund Alliance is a global network of 12 child-focused
development organizations working in 70 countries, with an annual
expenditure of more than US $580 million. We help nearly 23 million
children and their families overcome poverty and the underlying
conditions that prevent children from achieving their full
The Alliance supports long-term community development, promotes
children’s rights and child protection, prepares for disasters and
responds to humanitarian emergencies. Our work is carried out
within the framework of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
and in support of the Sustainable Development Goals, which are laid
out in Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable
Development. We work in partnership with children and
their communities to create lasting change, and the participation
of children themselves is a key component of our approach.
The day-to-day operations of the Alliance are managed by the
Office of the Secretariat, headquartered in New York. The
Secretariat develops and works with members to implement
Alliance-wide strategy, standards and policies, and represents
members at international forums including the United Nations and
the European Union. The Secretariat is located in New York City in
close proximity to the United Nations, and our European Office is
located in Brussels.
Background on Ending Violence against
We believe every child has an inherent, universal right to survive
and develop, in a life free from violence, abuse, exploitation and
neglect. Yet today, more than one billion children — more than half
of the world’s children — are exposed to violence each year.
In September 2015, the United Nations unanimously adopted
World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a set
of universal goals, targets and indicators to frame the global
development agenda for the next 15 years. The Agenda includes a
stand-alone target (16.2) on violence against children: End
abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against
and torture of children. ChildFund Alliance worked assiduously
for the inclusion of SDG 16.2 in the global agenda through its
from Violence and Exploitation Campaign and in partnership with
For the past several years, the Alliance has focused its
activities on ending violence against children through the
implementation of three strategic priorities identified in Toward a Safe World for Children: Five
Year Strategic Plan 2016-2021, approved by the ChildFund
Alliance Board of Directors in May 2016.
Effective 1 July 2021, the Alliance will embark on a new four
year strategic plan (FY 2022-25) also focused on Ending Violence
against Children (EVAC). Building on the foundation of Toward a
Safe World for Children, the new plan will focus on the
development and implementation of two EVAC campaigns, the first of
which is on the On-line Safety of children.
Advocacy & Policy Advisor:
As the Alliance embarks on its new strategic plan for fiscal
years 2022–2025, the Advisor will have a unique opportunity to
shape the future direction of the Alliance’s campaign strategy.
S/he will work closely with the Alliance’s Secretariat team, and
with the Alliance’s Advocacy Task Force, which includes
representation across the Alliance’s 12-member organizations. S/he
will help to conceptualize and implement the advocacy and policy
components of the strategic plan’s EVAC campaigns. This will
include developing the policy advocacy framework for the campaigns,
working with in-country teams to build the capacity of staff to
influence national and global policy, monitoring research trends to
inform the campaign direction, and collaborating with the United
Nations Representative (based in the Office of the Secretariat) to
identify opportunities for influence at the global level. S/he will
have a demonstrated commitment to child rights with a focus on
child protection and participation. S/he will remain alert to
opportunities for engaging children in the global campaigns, with a
focus on listening to their concerns and proposed solutions.
Advocacy Coordination and Support
- Provide leadership and collaborates with the Secretariat team
on all advocacy and programming related activities.
- Oversee the development of an advocacy monitoring, evaluation
and learning framework.
- Develop, in consultation with the Secretariat team, resources
to support advocacy efforts at the national, regional, and global
- Develop, in consultation with Member offices, a framework to
obtain timely information from the field that can inform our
advocacy. Support flow of relevant information from member offices
to the UNHQ level through the Secretariat and from the Secretariat
to member offices.
- Regularly inform the Secretary General of key developments and
opportunities that relate to the role as Chief Advocate for the
- Support the Secretary General in assessing emerging
opportunities to participate in joint initiatives and provide
support for initiatives, meetings, and events.
- Coordinate and support the development of global position
statements to advocate for children in crisis and to advance child
rights and child protection.
- Support engagement with other child-focused coalitions such as
Child Rights Connect and Joining Forces, which are relevant to
- Lead the Advocacy Task Force (ATF) on the development and
implementation of all Alliance wide advocacy efforts
- Guide and coordinate advocacy and research for the EVAC
campaigns across the membership.
- Conceptualize and implement the advocacy and policy components
of the strategic plan’s EVAC campaigns.
- Provide assistance to co-chairs in leading bi-weekly ATF
- Work with the co-chairs and ATF members to set clear and
realistic goals and timelines for Alliance member support and
- Develop and implement tools to advance national and regional
- Assist with preparation of ATF policy briefs related to EVAC
and other pressing global issues.
- Representation and engagement in UN processes, global
coalitions and key partnerships.
- Support members to participate in official SDG review processes
including the High-level Political Forum, Regional Forums for
Sustainable Development, and the Voluntary National Reviews.
- Collaborate closely with the Secretariat’s UN Permanent
Representative to represent the Alliance as needed at the United
Nations and its related agencies, including UNICEF.
- Monitor UN sessions that are relevant for ChildFund’s advocacy,
in consultation with the UN Permanent Representative. In
consultation with the Secretariat, facilitate engagement of
representatives of member offices (as appropriate) in relevant UN
sessions and processes.
- Identify and participate in meetings, briefings and events that
contribute to ChildFund Advocacy objectives and prepare timely
updates on meetings and events for members. These may include
monthly meetings of the Child-Focused Agencies, the Civil Society
Organization (CSO) Forum to End Violence against Children, and the
NGO Committee on UNICEF.
- In consultation with the Alliance’s Strategic Communications
Advisor, produce or contribute to varied collaterals, including but
not limited to:
- Collateral associated with the FY22-25 Strategic Campaign
- Messaging on advocacy initiatives
- Free from Violence newsletter (issued quarterly)
- Content for relevant sections of the Alliance website
- Q & A documents
Summary of Role
The Secretariat seeks a dynamic and experienced Advocacy
& Policy Advisor to join our team in New York City.
The Advocacy & Policy Advisor will report to the Secretary
General to advance the Alliance’s mission to advocate for children,
with a particular focus on ending violence against children. S/he
will work to develop and implement our EVAC campaigns, the first of
which is On-line Safety and to strengthen advocacy capacity across
the Alliance, with a focus on the national level. S/he will lead
policy research related to identified campaign topics and will
monitor progress toward our policy goals. S/he will represent and
engage in UN processes, global coalitions and key partnerships.
S/he will identify opportunities or initiatives to advance the EVAC
campaigns and/or the profile of ChildFund.
- Demonstrated commitment to the Alliance vision, mission
and strategic priorities.
- Highly motivated, energetic and
- Optimistic and resilient and
maintains a positive attitude in all settings. Is
able to manage change and setbacks well.
- Five to ten years’ consistent experience in government
relations or advocacy, particularly in an international
NGO. Experience in child protection is a plus.
- Solid campaign development skills.
- Proven expertise in country level advocacy
with strong knowledge of global development issues and human rights
and child rights in particular.
- Understanding of influence. Strong networking
and partnership management skills. Possesses asophisticated
understanding of global advocacy, understands the UN System and
points of intervention for influence and change.
- Coalition building skills.Experience working
with coalitions to advocate for global policy change and resource
- Excellent communication and organizational skills with
a meticulous attention to detail.
- Excellent research and writing
skills.Experience in preparing briefs on complex issues
and the ability to deliver technical presentations in public
settings. Demonstrated ability to write policy briefs,
research papers, opinion pieces, etc.
- Excellent interpersonal skills. Listens and
respects the views and expertise of others, is empathetic.
- Team player.Works well with others and
appreciates the impact of teamwork. Willingness to work well within
the Alliance leadership structure, respectful of the global
decision-making process, and adept at taking initiative to achieve
- Effective at managing multiple tasks concurrently. Can think
and position strategically, handle ambiguity and work well in a
- Fluency in oral and written
English. Basic knowledge of Spanish and/or French is
- Legal and personal ability to work in the USA.
- Ability to travel abroad.
- Understands the need for flexibility to
accommodate needs of members in multiple time zones.
The employee will perform all tasks in line with the
ChildFund Alliance’s Child Safeguarding Policy
Bachelor’s degree required and a Master’s in Advocacy and Social
Justice; Social Sciences; Gender Studies; International Relations;
Human Rights; or Social Work is preferred.
Employment with ChildFund Alliance will be subject to
pre-employment checks prior to start date:
- Satisfactory police record check to include a Disclosure and
Barring Service (DBS) check and/or an International Criminal Record
Check (if applicable);
- Receipt of satisfactory references;
- Proof of eligibility to work in the United States;
- Range of pre-employment checks in conformity with ChildFund
Alliance’s child safeguarding policy.