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Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised $2 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, ensuring that they are able to survive, learn and be protected whatever their circumstances, including in times of humanitarian crisis.

2016 is a time of change and growth at Save the Children. As part of our new strategic plan ‘Every Last Child’, we have made it a global priority to build humanitarian, advocacy and campaigning capability, to become truly global – driving stronger and more diversified funding, and to maximise the use of our knowledge, systems, capacity and culture. We are doing whatever it takes to reach the world’s most excluded children. With your help we can ensure the world puts children first, and that we can tackle the barriers that prevent them from surviving and thriving. We won’t stop until every last child survives and fulfils their potential.

SCOPE OF ROLE:

• Reports to: Director of External Relations, Advocacy & Communication
• Staff directly reporting to this post: Information and Communication Officer(s), Communications Assistant (TBD), etc.

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:

Strategic input to Country Programme

·         Lead on the development of a Communications strategy and support the SMT to develop Media and Advocacy strategies, in liaison with the programmes team – within both the emergency and development contexts.

·         Lead on the assessment of risk related to more public media presence and communicating in the current context – and advising the SMT on these issues.

·         Lead on the design and the management of the Every Last Child Campaign Country Kick-off and operations.

Building and maintaining effective relationships

·         Develop and maintain good internal relationships with the Regional Office and SCI members.

·         Develop and maintain good external relationships with our partners, the media and the government.

·         Work with members and Country Office staff to ensure appropriate resourcing and timely delivery of agreed deliverables.

Communications

·         Lead on the delivery of high quality communication materials for all programmes.

·         Conduct content gathering visits to project activities/events, to collect high quality case studies, photos, etc.

·         Liaise with the regional office to ensure sign off, following specific guidelines, on all Syria refugee crisis materials for external use.

·         Support communications for the development programme and identify opportunities for maximising exposure of their projects.

·         Ensure that the branding and communication guidelines of Save the Children are uniformly and consistently followed across the Turkey Country Office.

·         Build capacity and provide training for programme staff on communications skills and policies.

·         Support the development of project communications plans and provide advice for programme staff.

·         Develop and deliver a clear and effective system for internal communications.

Media

·         In line with agreed media protocols, support the development of a media profile for Save the Children in Turkey through the production of high quality, well researched, and well written products (in a variety of mediums) reflective of the dual mandate.

·         Liaise and maintain contact with the Regional Office and members to implement communication activities, including facilitating media visits and working within incoming media & communications surge support during emergencies when necessary.

·         Respond quickly and appropriately to external requests for information.

Advocacy

·         Support the development of an advocacy strategy for the Turkey Country Office. Support programme leadership to articulate their top priority advocacy objectives in line with the Country Strategic Plan.

·         Identify key opportunities and events for Save the Children Turkey to position itself as the leading organisation for children’s issues in Turkey.

Staff Management, Mentorship, and Development – Media, Communications and Advocacy

·         Ensure appropriate staffing within Media, Communications and Advocacy Unit.

·         Manage Media, Communications and Advocacy team; define expectations, provide leadership and technical support as needed.

·         Ensure the recruitment, training, and promotion of staff as appropriate and ensure availability of appropriate professional development opportunities for staff.

·         Incorporate staff development strategies and Performance Management Systems into team building process.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • BA/MA in communications, International Relations, Journalism or related field from a reputable university; with sufficient experience.
  • At least 5 years of related work experience in the field.
  • Substantial experience on campaign and / or CSR project management.
  • A general appreciation of the issues concerning the development/civil society sector with an in-depth knowledge of communications, marketing, politics, international relations and/or fundraising.
  • Substantial experience in a corporate or an NGO environment, with experience in successfully leading the development and implementation of communication and campaign strategies.
  • Highly developed intercultural/interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching.
  • Experience of collecting and producing communications materials, such as case studies and photo stories.
  • Strong results orientation.
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner.
  • Familiarity with child protection and safeguarding issues, including experience with vulnerable populations.
  • Experience of building personal networks, resulting in securing significant new opportunities for the organisation.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English and Turkish.
  • Ability and willingness to work under pressure.
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis.
  • Commitment to Save the Children values.

CHILD SAFEGUARING POLICY:

Any employee, consultant, contractor or the supplier undertaking an activity on behalf of SCI must sign the Child Safeguarding – Declaration of Acceptance  Form] and comply with the SCIs Child Safeguarding Policy which is a statement of SCI’s commitment to preventing abuse and protecting children with whom it comes into contact.

This extends not only to children with whom SCI and its partners work directly, but also includes children whom staff are responsible for.  SCI believes that the situation of children must be improved through the promotion of their rights supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children International’s Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to.

Benefits Package provided to National Staff:

  • Salary commensurate with the pay-grade of the position.
  • Annual leave
  • Inhouse Medical Facility, Accidental and Life insurance.
  • Transportation allowance
  • A motivating work environment

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Please apply in English by sending your up to date CV with a cover letter as a single document explaining your salary expectations to turkey.recruit@savethechildren.org and mention the position that you are applying on the subject section. The advertisement will be closed on January 3rd 2018 at 5:30 PM (Turkey local time).

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