Saferworld is an independent non-governmental organisation that works to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives. We work with civil society, governments and international organisations to encourage and support effective policies and practices through advocacy, research and policy development and through supporting the actions of others. Our 2017-2021 Strategic Plan focuses on five strategic objectives:
1: Strengthen people’s security and access to justice
2: Challenge gender norms that cause and perpetuate insecurity and violent conflict
3: Uphold and advance international norms and practices that support conflict prevention, arms transfer control and global peace and security
4: Ensure international engagement in conflict-affected contexts is sensitive to conflict dynamics and contributes to sustainable peace
5: Promote inclusive and just transitions to peace that address the drivers of violent conflict
The Policy & Advocacy Coordinator will join the Global Policy and Advocacy team within Saferworld’s Policy, Advocacy and Communications Division. Saferworld plays a significant role in global conflict policy processes (including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals), and regularly engages in debates on: gender, peace and security; counter-terrorism; migration; security and justice sector development; and governance and peace processes. The post holder will also work closely with Saferworld’s geographic teams on context-focused international advocacy and support organisational advocacy capacity building.
Lead Saferworld’s UK-focused advocacy to implement organisational global policy and advocacy strategies.
Provide support to Saferworld’s international policy and advocacy work with European governments and institutions, including EU member states and multilateral organisations.
Liaise with and support the development of advocacy efforts across Saferworld regional programmes.
Roles and responsibiities
Lead the design and delivery of Saferworld’s UK Advocacy Strategy, including developing influencing strategies based on sound power analysis and core advocacy messages for UK decision-makers and opinion-formers.
Build and maintain Saferworld’s relationships with key UK advocacy targets, including parliamentarians and their staff, civil servants and civil society actors, and represent Saferworld externally at relevant events.
Lead the drafting of policy briefings, letters, submissions and other advocacy products directed at UK priority targets.
Maintain Saferworld’s UK political analysis and keep others in the organisation, particularly the Policy, Advocacy and Communications division and the Regional Programmes informed of UK political trends and opportunities.
Monitor current debates particularly in the UK, and be aware of relevant European and multilateral developments on foreign, security and development policies, and identify opportunities to shape these policies.
Support as needed Saferworld’s international policy and advocacy work in the EU, member states, and with multilateral organisations.
Contribute to the development and delivery of advocacy and research uptake elements of PAC led-projects, including on peacebuilding responses to crises and threats and research into what works in conflict prevention.
Liaise with the global policy and advocacy team and relevant staff in other teams, to make the relevant connections between UK, EU, US, AU and China advocacy objectives.
Liaise with regional programmes, to ensure that Saferworld delivers timely and effective advocacy in the UK and European capitals on issues prioritised by Saferworld's geographic programmes.
Support regional programmes to develop their advocacy strategies, including by delivering advocacy training as needed to Saferworld staff, partners and beneficiaries in the UK and/or Saferworld’s country programmes and engaging with analysis and planning processes across Saferworld when requested.
Build and maintain contacts with relevant networks and opinion-shapers on security, development and foreign policy issues to encourage the widest possible uptake of Saferworld policy and advocacy messages by influential actors.
Lead the delivery of Saferworld advocacy events in the UK, European capitals and elsewhere and liaise with other actors as appropriate in their design and preparation.
Contribute where required to designing and developing policy and advocacy elements of Saferworld programmes and funding proposals.
Lead on monitoring, reflecting and lesson learning on the impact of our UK advocacy work.
A master’s degree or equivalent in a related field
A good understanding of UK political institutions and processes and how they link to
Saferworld’s core issues
A good understanding of the current discourse on arms control, security and conflict
prevention issues and the international and UK policy environments in which these issues
A good understanding of how to undertake successful strategic advocacy work in a variety
of relevant contexts
Good understanding of European and multilateral institutions and processes is desired
At least three-to-four years’ relevant experience of working with governments, parliamentarians and the media in order to bring about policy change
Experience of working in a conflict-affected or fragile contexts or on conflict prevention, governance, gender equality or human rights issues would be an advantage
Experience of communications work in multilingual environments is desired
Experience of delivering training would be preferable
Events management experience is desired
Ability to represent Saferworld in a variety of fora through high level communication skills, including experience of communicating effectively across cultures and with diverse audiences
Proven ability to write advocacy briefings and articles, with strong analytical skills
Proven negotiation and influencing skills
Excellent written and spoken English, and preferably one other language
Good interpersonal skills and proven ability to work as an effective team-player
Familiarity with use of social media platforms to communicate effectively Other
Willingness to travel overseas (for approximately three months in the year, typically not for more than 1-2 weeks per trip)
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