Job Title

 Senior Advocacy Consultant 

Contracted days

 Part time (negotiable)

Contract term

 Initially July 2017 – April 2018, with potential for extension

Rate

 Rate commensurate with experience

Location

 New York City, with possible travel to London and Geneva

About Child Soldiers International

Child Soldiers International is an international human rights organisation based in London dedicated to ending the military use, abuse and exploitation of children. We work to prevent the recruitment of children by all types of military forces and to enable the safe and effective reintegration of children who have been recruited by them. 

We work to build resilience to recruitment among children and affected communities, and to persuade governments and armed groups to end child recruitment. Our work is based within a human rights framework, as we consider child military recruitment to be both a form and a consequence of human rights violations.

Purpose of the role

Child Soldiers International’s new strategic plan for 2017-20 incorporates a focus on the prevention of recruitment by state armed forces. Within this context, the Senior Advocacy Consultant will assist in the delivery of our international advocacy plan in New York, which consists in galvanising international support for a global standard of 18 as the minimum age for all military recruitment. The role includes supporting the coordination of an event in February 2018 to celebrate the 18th anniversary of the entry into force of the Optional Protocol to the Convention of the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict (OPAC). 

The consultant will be based in New York, managed by our Acting Director of Programmes, and supported by our programmes team in London. As a new role, the position offers an exciting and flexible opportunity for a dynamic advocacy professional, with potential for expansion beyond April 2018. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Relationship building:  Promote and build support for Child Soldier International’s advocacy objectives amongst NY-based UN officials, diplomatic missions and NGOs; develop and maintain an informal network of child rights and child protection agencies working together to prevent child recruitment;
  • Advocacy: In consultation with the Director of Programmes in London, conduct direct advocacy with senior diplomats, high-level UN representatives and other relevant stakeholders regarding efforts needed to combat child recruitment; identify and act on advocacy opportunities as they arise;
  • Event management: Working closely with Child Soldiers International’s team in London, generate support and assist with logistics for an event marking the 18th anniversary of OPAC in February 2018 in New York;
  • Communications: With the support of Child Soldiers International’s team in London, represent the organisation to external stakeholders, including: UN, government and inter-governmental agencies, NGOs, donors, the media, think tanks and academic institutions as needed.

Person specification

Experience:

  • Knowledge and experience of human rights advocacy with the UN New York system, including the Children and Armed Conflict sphere;
  • Deep understanding of human rights frameworks and procedures;
  • Proven experience of establishing rapport, credibility and collaborative relationships with key stakeholders;
  • Experience of using different forms of media and publicity to communicate complex issues effectively.

Skills:

  • Able to express complex concepts both verbally and in writing;
  • Capable project manager; able to coordinate activities to a strict timeline and budget; proactive;
  • Able to demonstrate a high level of political awareness;
  • Credible advocate who can engage successfully with senior diplomats and UN staff; strong networking and relationship-building abilities.  

To apply, please submit your CV to info@child-soldiers.org.