Lumos is an international children’s charity founded in 2005 by children’s author J.K. Rowling to end the harmful practice of institutionalisation of children. Lumos’ mission is to fight for every child’s right to a family by transforming care systems around the world. Our vision is for all children to grow up in safe and loving families.
Despite clear evidence of the harms of institutionalisation, an estimated 5.4 million children worldwide continue to live in institutions. Separated from their families and communities, these children are deprived of the love, attention, and opportunities they need to thrive. We’ve made important progress in closing harmful institutions and reuniting children with their families. And where children are unable to live with their birth families, we promote alternative family-based care, such as kinship care and quality foster care. Thanks to our tireless efforts alongside many other champions of care reform, the harms of institutionalisation are now more widely understood. A global movement is underway and the UN, the EU and some large development agencies have joined individual countries in pledging to change how they care for vulnerable children. We are committed to ensuring that global policy commitments are translated into local action, leading to sustainable change for vulnerable children.
Over the past 15 years Lumos has worked directly in different countries around the world to demonstrate that it is possible to change systems of care and fulfil children’s rights. Building on our heritage and direct experience of systems reform, our new strategy focuses on sharing learning with others to reach more children and amplify the impacts of our work on children’s lives. Our new strategy has three priorities:
Building Global Expertise: We’ll use our knowledge and experience to support those responsible for reforming care systems in their own countries. This will include providing technical support, evidence, and guidance to help design and run better care systems, as well as learning exchanges where they can share experiences and challenges.
Catalysing Change: we’ll use evidence to motivate and press governments to reform the way they care for children. This will involve leading targeted research and advocacy campaigns to identify and tackle the drivers of institutionalisation, promoting accountability by tracking and highlighting progress, and influencing international funding, programmes, and policy.
Demonstrating & Innovating: Building on our heritage of successful programmes showing how care systems can be reformed, we’ll use what we’ve learnt in the past to support partners with their own reform efforts. Over the next two years, as we complete our current country demonstration work in Eastern Europe, we’ll identify programmes in new regions – building expertise and evidence of what good care reform looks like in new and challenging contexts, particularly for those children that typically get left behind.
Lumos has a strong track record in undertaking evidence-based advocacy and campaigning to ensure that the needs of children in institutions are recognized and prioritized in national, regional, and international policy and practice. Lumos aims to ensure that key global decision makers commit to transforming care so that children are supported to live in families, not institutions, and that policies, funding and practices shift away from institutions to strengthening families and communities.
As part of Lumos’ Global Evidence, Advocacy and Campaigning Group, the EU Senior Advocacy and Campaigns Advisor plays an integral role in delivering Lumos’ advocacy strategy.
The position will support the development and delivery of Lumos’ evidence, advocacy and campaigning strategy to increase the motivation for, and overcome the barriers to, national adoption of care reform, through original targeted research, advocacy and campaigns.
The EU Senior Advocacy and Campaigns Advisor will be responsible for the preparation and day to day delivery of Lumos’ EU advocacy objectives, representing Lumos at senior EU levels, providing management of Lumos’ EU Liaison Office, and co-ordinating its work.
Key advocacy focus areas of the Evidence, Advocacy and Campaigns Group that this role will contribute to include:
The role will require some international travel, both to other Lumos offices and to strategic events and conferences.
Leadership and strategy
Partnerships and stakeholder management
Lumos recognises that the rights of safety and security are aligned with its core mission of ending institutionalisation. Effective and robust safeguarding sit at the heart of our mission and values, and accordingly, Lumos is committed to ensuring the safety and protection of children and vulnerable adults in all its work. We expect all staff, associates, and volunteers to share this commitment. Lumos will carefully screen all applicants and any offers of employment are subject to appropriate employment and background checks, as well as suitable references from previous employers.
Lumos is committed to ensuring the safety and protection of children and adults at risk in all our work. All staff and associates must:
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