-Develop and maintain a policy advocacy strategy in collaboration with key stakeholders (internal and external).
-Implement that strategy including direct engagement in advocacy with key stakeholders and decision makers.
-Stay abreast of key developments in the policy and political environment.
-Collaborate with relevant colleagues in to support effective advocacy of policy and child well-being issues related to refugees.
-Enhance the visibility and reputation of WVU as Uganda’s leading child-focused organization.
Local-level advocacy/social accountability
-Oversee effective implementation of WVU’s Citizen, Voice & Action (CVA) project model across all development programmes.
-Ensure strong linkages between field-based CVA work and WVU’s national policy advocacy agenda.
Campaigns & collaborations
-WVU’s major campaigns are well designed and implemented (notably It Takes a World and Joining Forces).
-WVU actively and effectively participates in selected awareness raising days (e.g. World Breastfeeding Week).
External engagement & representation
-Develop effective relationships with key stakeholders in government (including Permanent Secretaries and MPs).
-Develop and maintain effective collaborations with like-minded organizations and foster working relationships for enhanced effectiveness.
-Represent WVU in various fora as a senior staff member.
-In collaboration with the Learning & Evidence team, enhance WVU’s capacity to effectively monitor and build evidence around its advocacy work.
-Support the development process of the new National Strategy and related Technical Programmes to ensure that advocacy is appropriately and effectively included.
Team work and team management
-Provide effective management to child protection technical team.
-Contribute to the overall leadership of the Programme Quality division.
Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience
-Post-graduate degree in law, public policy, social sciences or other relevant field is a requirement.
-Academic and/or direct programming experience and expertise in the field of public policy and/or child rights advocacy.
-Minimum of 5 years’ experience in advocacy and/or public policy role.
-Experience in staff management
-Strong working knowledge of working with Ugandan Government (especially MoES, MoGLSD, and with parliamentary processes)
-Experience in working with child rights or child-focused issues a strong advantage
-Strong capacity in leadership, relationship management/networking, and coordination is essential.
-Proactive personality, self-driven and strongly motivated.
-Spiritual maturity, interfaith knowledge and a biblical worldview – ability to articulate and model our Christian identity and mission in an inclusive way.
-Demonstration of well-developed interpersonal skills, excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
-Proven conceptual & analytical skills, ability to take an evidence-based approach to programme design.
-Ensure a gender perspective in the scope of work.
-Proven facilitation skills.