Save the Children South Africa: Action/2015 Campaign Coalition Coordinator

Save the Children South Africa
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Saturday, 10 January, 2015
Opportunity type: 
Employment

The action/2015 Campaign Coalition Coordinator will help drive the strategic direction and delivery of the South African action/2015 coalition. This is a high-level position which will play a key role in building a broad based national action/2015 coalition and in supporting the design and delivery of the coalition’s action/2015 campaign. Please note; we are ideally looking for a candidate for this role for a one year contract but short-term consultancies will also be considered. The post is being recruited by Save the Children for the South African action/2015 coalition but will report directly to the national coalition.
The year 2015 is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for progress. Two UN processes – the UNFCCC climate negotiations and the post-2015 sustainable development agenda – culminate within months of each other. For good or bad, successful outcomes from both these processes will make a real difference to the future of our people and our planet. To get ambitious outcomes requires strong leadership from key global decision makers. But we won’t see ambitious leadership without public mobilisation on an unprecedented scale around the world.
 
action/2015 will capture the imagination through mass public mobilisations, creative products, events, films, concerts and other activities in the run up to the two summits, all of which will put pressure on decision makers. action/2015 will amplify existing initiatives and help build a bigger and broader movement demanding decisive and ambitious action to tackle the root causes of inequality, poverty and climate change. 
 
The global coalition has already signed up hundreds of organisations from around the world and from different sectors. Action/2015 national coalitions are operational in over 40 countries with activity being planned in line with both nationally agreed plans as well as in line with the globally agreed campaign timeframe. The campaign will officially launch in January 2015,
 
Key Accountabilities:

  1. Coalition development and outreach
    1. To develop a broad-based coalition of actors, including civil society, communication partners etc that reflects the breadth of the campaign and can engage and mobilise the mass public;
    2. Act as a key point person for creative agency supporting the delivery of the campaign.
  2. Support delivery of a high-profile launch in January 2015
    1. Work with coalition members to deliver engaging and inspiring activities at launch including securing media coverage, public engagement and delivery of inspiring visuals;
    2. Track impact and reach and ensure this information is communicated to the global action/2015 hub
  3. Support the development of a national action/2015 strategy and timeline and drive the delivery of campaigning activity.
    1. Facilitate the coalition’s development of a national action/2015 strategy and an action plan that is aligned with the globally agreed action/2015 strategy.
    2. Ensure delivery of campaign action in line with key national and global moments, ensuring strategic coherence and good ways of working across the coalition.
    3. Provide leadership and logistical support for the organisation of meetings and campaign events. Ensure clear roles and responsibilities across the coalition.
  4. Ensure effective communication across the national action/2015 coalition, and between the national action/2015 coalition and the global campaign (including Global Hub)
    1. To be the principal point of contact for all organisations and interested parties for the campaign.
    2. Ensure excellent communication, flow of information and ideas across the coalition, particularly between civil society and creative elements.
    3. Act as main interface with the Global Hub and Regional Action/2015 coordinators (where applicable) to ensure strategies are aligned and that all global action/2015 developments and communications are effectively shared across the national coalition.
  5. Design and implement systems and processes to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of campaigning activity
    1. Design and implement efficient planning systems in line with campaign objectives;
    2. Design and implement monitoring and evaluation systems to ensure progress against objectives.

Person Specification
 
Essential

  • Significant experience of working with and facilitating the development of large coalitions;
  • Track-record of successful project management, including design of planning processes;
  • Excellent organisational and logistical skills. Ability to organise own work efficiently, prioritise tasks, and deliver tasks to deadlines;
  • Strong national network of contacts across civil society and other key sectors;
  • Strong strategic and excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Experience in delivering high-profile events and securing media coverage;
  • Political awareness and ability to handle sensitive issues with diplomacy in many different settings;
  • Ability to respect and work well with people from different backgrounds and disciplines;
  • An ability to work effectively within and across teams. Including experience of working in a team that requires virtual collaboration;
  • University degree in a related field, preferably with an international focus;
  • A strong understanding and experience of using public campaigning to create change;
  • Strong command of the English language;
  • A high level of computer literacy (Microsoft Office, Excel, PowerPoint, Word);
  • Commitment to action/2015’s mission, values and approach.

To apply, submit a cover letter and comprehensive CV to dhopwood@savethechildren.org.za.

Location: 
South Africa

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