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Join a brilliant global team of campaigners, world-class researchers, dedicated advocates and programme experts working together to give every child their best possible start in life. Theirworld leads with the passion of an activist and mobilises with the skill and organisation of a strategist.  If you are ambitious, unwilling to settle for small wins, easy fixes or low hanging fruit, then we would like to hear from you.
Submit your CV and a covering email to [email protected] including the name of the role of interest in the subject line of your email.
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Policy and Project Lead, Early Childhood Development

Location: London or New York (with travel required)

Type:  3 days a week, one year fixed-term contract (with a view to extend).

Salary: Competitive (Subject to experience)

Starting date: January 2019

Purpose of the role:

  • Lead on and coordinate Theirworld’s policy research and development on its early childhood development (ECD) and pre-primary education workstreams

  • Undertake research and policy analysis on early childhood development for marginalized populations, particularly children in emergencies, with disabilities or impacted by HIV/AIDS

  • Monitor global policy, legislative and other developments relevant to ECD, pre-primary education and global education more widely, and identify implications for Theirworld and its work

  • Monitor domestic policy, legislative and other developments relevant to ECD in select countries

  • Work with academics, consultants, and other internal and external partners to ensure policy research is delivered to standard and deadline

  • Lead on the translation of research findings into practical and incisive policy recommendations, and on the presentation of these recommendations in compelling on- and off-line reports and briefings

  • Work with internal and external stakeholders to develop and implement impactful advocacy strategies that see Thierworld’s policy recommendations are translated into concrete action at sub-national, national and global levels

  • Build relationships within governments, international organisations, NGOs, academia, and with other partners, to support the development and promotion of Theirwold policy recommendations

  • Represent Theirworld, in a convincing and influential way, at high level meetings and in early childhood development and other affinity groups

  • Feed into funding and grant applications, and reports for current and potential funders and grantmakers, as required

  • Ensure learnings from Theirworld programmes around the world are appropriately reflected in policy and advocacy work

  • Advise the communications team in the development and delivery of key messaging as required

  • As requested, provide research and policy analysis support for other aspects of global education, in addition to early childhood development

Person specification

  • Masters/LLM in Health policy, Economics, Education, International Policy, International Development, or equivalent.

  • Minimum three years experience working in policy and advocacy with the global education/child development and/or child rights sector

  • Experience of having led on policy and advocacy work that has had an impact at the highest level

  • Strong understanding the political, policy and funding landscape around global education and ECD in particular

  • Familiarity with global funding mechanisms (such as the Multilateral Development Banks, Education Cannot Wait, Global Financing Facility, etc.), as well as bilateral aid funding.

  • Great analytical, research and communication skills (verbal and written), as demonstrated in high quality policy reports and briefings

  • Self-starter and experienced, organised project-manager, able to work both on their own and a leader/member of a team

  • Experience of representing organisations, and securing results, at high-level meetings

  • Experiencing of commissioning and managing the work of external consultants to deliver high quality work

  • Specific knowledge and experience of ECD, including an understanding of the science behind ECD interventions, would be a distinct advantage

The role will be based in the London office. 

Please submit your CV and a covering email to Fiona Duggan at [email protected], including the name of the role of interest in the subject line of your email.

Deadline: 18 November 2018

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