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Save the Children

Save the Children


Position: Advocacy Office Intern
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Contract
Place of Work: Addis Ababa - Ethiopia
Posted date: 2 years ago
Deadline: Submition date is over

TYPE OF CONTRACT: Fixed Term – 6 Months


Level 2: either the role holder will have access to personal data about children and/or young people as part of their work


This role has been created as an opportunity to expand the knowledge and understanding of children's rights and well-being of African young people and develop their advocacy and policy research capacity.

 The role holder will work as part of the African Union Advocacy Office team based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. S/he will support the development and delivery of advocacy content and messaging in coordination with the advocacy team. S/he will provide the office with policy research support, draft advocacy briefs, and talking points on priority issues in coordination with the advocacy office staff. S/he will also be expected to participate in, and on other occasions represent the office in external information gathering and lobby meetings. 

 A work plan, as well as a learning and development plan, will be agreed upon with the fellow during the induction period.


 Reports to: Advocacy Officer

 Key internal relationships: Advocacy Office Director and other staff; advocacy staff in Africa regional and country offices; Save the Children members program staff in Africa. 


  • Advocacy • Support our engagements with the AU human rights mechanisms especially, with the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) concerning child marriage, children, and armed conflict, and child health
  • Assist with timely and tactical lobbying, influencing and sustaining alliances with key targets in the African Missions, AU, UNECA, (at regional and national levels) on key priorities
  • Support engagements with other CSO groups advocating for the joint implementation of both frameworks and the establishment of a Pan African accountability mechanism.
  • Assist in advocacy platform and event planning and tracking annual advocacy work plans
  • Assist advocacy unit’s admin and procurement-related activities including liaising with suppliers.  

Policy Research and Other Outputs

  • Draft policy briefs on key advocacy priorities
  • Draft advocacy briefs before key advocacy events in coordination with the advocacy team
  • Assist in the documentation of policy case studies, lessons learned, advocacy campaigns, and project reporting in support of the Addis Advocacy Office activities
  • Provide support for meetings, training sessions/workshops organized or attended by Save the Children staff
  • Compile the quarterly AU Liaison and Pan Africa Office Newsletter and monthly advocacy updates

 External Representation

  • Represent Save the Children in external fora and with other agencies, in coordination with the staff of the advocacy office.   



  • Holds self-accountable for following through on agreed tasks, managing Save the Children’s resources efficiently and achieving and role modeling Save the Children values
  • Takes shared responsibility, together with the line manager, for personal and professional development, and for following through on the learning and development plans.


  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and strives to perform to a high standard sharing their vision for Save the Children and works collaboratively with colleagues in the Campaign team and other teams
  • Is future-orientated and can think globally.


  • Builds and maintains effective relationships with their team, colleagues, Save the Children Members, and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity and sees it as a source of competitive strength
  •  Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.


  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined and calculated risks.


  • Honest, punctual, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates the highest levels of integrity. 


  • Essential • Undergraduate degree in Law, Social Sciences, Education, or equivalent work experience in research, writing, and dissemination of key messages in the African context. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication in English
  • Experience in working with civil society organizations, African Union, governmental and non-governmental bodies particularly on issues related to children. 
  • Minimum one year of policy research and or advocacy experience
  • Experience working and supporting the organization of policy forums/meetings. 


  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children's aims, values, and principles.
  • Ability to speak and write in French
  • Experience working with Civil Society Organisations, Governments, and African Union will be an added advantage


The post holder is required to carry out the duties following the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Health and Safety

The post holder is required to carry out the duties following SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

Additional job responsibilities

The job duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the Post holder may be required to carry out additional duties within a reasonable level of skills and experience including support to the administration unit.