Research and Policy Officer

Girls Not Brides
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    May-04-2017
  • Posted
    Apr 12

Position description

The Global Partnership to End Child Marriageis seeking a Research and Policy Officer who can build, gather and synthesise research on child marriage, generating best practice on solutions needed to end child marriage, and support members and National Partnerships to use evidence in their work.

This role sits within the Learning team. The Learning team works to build understanding of how child marriage happens, and what needs to be done to address it, by sharing the latest research and evidence about what works, identifying and building consensus about solutions needed, and using this to support Girls Not Brides members’ work.

Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of more than 700 civil society organisations from over 90 countries committed to ending child marriage and enabling girls to fulfil their potential. Members are supported by a global secretariat with staff based in the UK and individual team members based in Dakar, Delhi and Nairobi.

Stronger together, Girls Not Brides members bring child marriage to global attention, build an understanding of what it will take to end child marriage, and call for the laws, policies and programmes that will make a difference in the life of millions of girls.

Earlier this year, Girls Not Brides launched an ambitious four-year strategic (available online). The Partnership has grown rapidly in recent years and is looking for candidates enthusiastic about amplifying recent successes.

Based in the Girls Not Brides office in London, the successful candidate will be a key member of the Learning team and their key responsibilities will be to:

  • Encourage and enable synthesis of solutions and build consensus on actions needed by conducting desk research, identifying and collating research, and generating analysis and recommendations to inform national-level change
  • Inform and encourage new research in collaboration with Girls Not Brides members and partners, share existing and new research, track major research initiatives, and build relationships with researchers
  • Facilitate learning about approaches to end child marriage, identifying platforms, forums and events where Girls Not Brides could be making an impact or generating benefit for members
  • Develop initiatives and materials to increase the capacity of members to use research, evidence and learning in support of their work
  • Contribute to the overall work of the Learning team, and the whole secretariat.

We are looking for candidates with a strong academic background or professional experience in public policy, development, international relations, human rights or gender issues with experience of using evidence for advocacy. We require someone with significant experience of intepreting, synthesising, understanding and presenting data and evidence from multiple sources in a compelling way. A strong understanding of dynamics on gender and/or development issues, and an understanding of child marriage, is desirable.

We are specifically looking for candidates who can:

  • Assemble data, synthesise, draw out themes and issues, and turn the evidence into intelligence and conclusions
  • Interpret and understand the value and shortcomings of different research methodologies to make informed conclusions
  • Identify gaps in evidence, and influence partners and members on choice of new research.
  • Present synthesis and conclusions in a compelling and accessible way with attention to accuracy
  • Lead and manage technical projects and engage ownership for these projects within own team and other teams in the secretariat
  • Move comfortably between taking initiative and managing own tasks as well as following instructions and delivering to the plans of others
  • Strike the balance between supporting the work of Girls Not Brides member organisations and advancing the strategic agenda of the global partnership to make progress towards endind child marriage
  • Operate to a high level of impact and quality, whilst also remaining agile, flexible and collaborative within and across the secretariat team
  • Interact with people from very different backgrounds and cultures with ease and effectiveness.
  • Facilitate discussions among diverse partners and generate consensus as needed
  • Comfortable using a wide range of modern office software suites and project management tools, and has ability and willingness to learn new ones
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of French, Spanish, Portuguese or Arabic.

At Girls Not Brides we are committed to the wellbeing, empowerment and rights of children, and to safeguarding children from harm in all of our activities. Girls Not Brides aims to promote an environment of trust and understanding where the welfare of children is paramount. You will be expected to adhere to the Girls Not Brides Child Safeguarding Policy and its Code of Conduct and report any concerns relating to the safeguarding of children in accordance with agreed procedures.

Application instructions

We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. To apply, please send your CV and a brief cover letter demonstrating how you meet the criteria for this position to [email protected] by 23:00 GMT on Thursday 4 May 2017 clearly stating“Research and Policy Officer” and your name in the subject line. We regret that due to the large number of applications anticipated, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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