SOS Children's Villages International (SOS CVI) is a non-denominational, not for profit, global federation with presence in 136 countries all around the world. One of the largest development and child rights INGOS, SOS CVI works with communities, governments and other partners to provide children with loving and supportive alternative care when they can no longer live with their families. As an organization we programmatically work with children, families, communities and states to prevent family breakdown and ensure that children's rights are met. SOS CVI advocates for the rights of the most vulnerable children and young people to be fulfilled and respected and works in alliance with a great diversity of partners.
The Liaison and Advocacy team is composed by a vibrant group of committed advocates with members based in Brussels, Vienna, Geneva and New York that work in coordination with a diverse group of advocacy professionals in SOS CV’s five regional offices.
The New York Office of SOS CVI manages the relationships and advocacy strategy with key partners and actors at and around the United Nations, including government representatives, UN Agencies, Civil society, private sector companies and other stakeholders in their UN engagement. Its main mission is to raise awareness on the needs and rights of children and young people without parental care or at risk of losing it and participate in UN processes to ensure this group is recognized and included in decision making proceses. The Office manages key strategic Global Partnerships and serves as a key advisor and coordination hub on the overall political trends that affect the target group and work of the organization.
Summary of Role
The Advocacy Advisor will work in the New York Office of SOS Children’s Villages International. Under the guidance of the Head of Strategic Partnerships and Representative to the United Nations the Advisor play a key role on a range of activities aimed at positioning SOS CVI target group within UN member states, UN Agencies and other partners’ agendas and focus of action. S/he will engage with external partners and manage relations with key internal and external actors issuing recommendations for strategic engagement and content development. S/he will work to strengthen advocacy capacity across the SOS CVI Federation. S/he will monitor existing and emerging trends and issues related to child rights and specifically children and young people living in alternative care and families at risk of breakdown. S/he will identify opportunities or initiatives to advance the advocacy goals and/or the profile of the organization and its target group.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible advocacy or policy experience in the international arena is required.
Has knowledge and sympathizes with the cause of child rights and inclusion of the most vulnerable
Understands the importance of fulfilling the rights of all children. Can work with children, young people and families in difficult situations and treats them with respect and understanding.
Professional understanding and experience with the UN System: First-hand knowledge of the UN system, especially the work and functioning of the UN General Assembly and it subsidiary bodies; knowledge of the main current developments at the UN system and topics in the agenda such as the SDGs and Agenda 2030. Experience advocating for groups of people in vulnerable situations.
Proven communication skills: Ability to synthesize detailed and technical information in clear and concise narrative form for external or non-technical audiences; Speak and write clearly and effectively; strong research skills and ability to elaborate partner mappings, situation assessments and information notes; Good knowledge of social media (especially Twitter).
Diplomatic skills and political acumen: Ability to operate in highly sensitive political environment. Can present topics and positions in a diplomatic way and to account for cultural and political sensitivities while ensuring straight forward and goal-oriented communication. Is able to keep confidentiality and manage sensitive information.
Ability to work and mobilize Partners: Has experience and enjoys taking the lead in alliances and coalitions and acting as a strategic partner. Excellent networking and negotiation skills and able to build trusting relationships and mutually beneficial partnerships.
Self-management and professionalism: Takes initiative, plans and executes work independently and manages conflicting priorities. Shows persistence and creativity when faced with problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Flexibility and capacity to adapt and re-plan in changing environments and circumstances; observes deadlines and sticks to commitments. Can work remotely and self-manage for when necessary.
Teamwork: Is open and comfortable to give and receive feedback and considers teamwork and open communication an essential part of effective work; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Is motivated to learn and contribute to moving the work forward. Strong sense of team spirit and collaboration capacity. Feels comfortable working with a mostly virtual team. Can adapt to different working styles and different cultures and communication styles.
Motivation and commitment: Is motivated by professional rather than personal interest and puts mission at the top of all priorities; shows respect towards the organization’s target group and is able to interact with them in a respectful and empowering manner.
Advanced University degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, law, public administration, international development or related fields. A first level university degree in combination with four additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of French, Russian or Arabic is desirable.
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