Policy & Advocacy Manager

ROLE PURPOSE:

The purpose of the Policy & Advocacy Manager post will be to deliver innovative, coordinated and quality driven advocacy initiatives on behalf of and with MEC ethnic and monastic education partners. The post will support advocacy efforts to promote the importance of Mother Tongue Based – Multi-Lingual Education and the educational rights of all children and to strengthen the links between EBEP and monastic education providers and other stakeholders (including  MoE and donors) at central and local levels. The position will work closely with the MEC Education and Communication teams and will be involved in coordination of the network of partners and members for joint advocacy initiatives

SCOPE OF ROLE:

Reports to: Head of Policy & Advocacy

Director Report: Advocacy Capacity Development Officer

Key accountabilities

1.     Support partners to plan, implement, monitor and report on their activities related to policy advocacy. Ensure policy advocacy is properly addressed by our partners to strengthen to recognition of their systems from a conflict sensitive and peace promoting perspective.

2.     Prepare policy advocacy strategies around specific themes, including those related to Mother Tongue Based – Multi-Lingual Education approaches, the recognition of ethnic/monastic systems and the role of state level authorities in decentralized education decision making.

3.     Coordinate joint policy advocacy initiatives with partners. Engage closely with technical staff in ethnic and monastic partners to identify priority areas for policy advocacy. Help design joint strategies for engaging in various policy advocacy efforts within our partners (to influence senior decision makers within our partners) as well as to influence national and state level policy makers.

4.     Conduct assessment of partners’ advocacy capacity building needs and recommend technical assistance and training plan. Implement plan through direct assistance and local service providers. Design, implement and manage a programme for strengthening partner organisations’ capacity to carry out advocacy to inform civil society policy dialogue on education.

5.     Coordinate with government, NGOs, civil society, ethnic/monastic education and stakeholders to share information, to identify and promote a common policy agenda and to provide insights into the work of our partners.

6.     Manage and communicate a process to review and include feedback from partners' components such as pedagogy, curriculum and assessment.

  • Provide mentoring to members of the MEC team and partners as required.
  • Additional responsibilities as agreed with Education Director.

7.     Child Safeguarding Responsibilities

Ensure that child safeguarding and child protection mainstreaming are integrated into all M&E frameworks through measurable output and outcome indicators; and lead the process of piloting and scaling up local level beneficiary complaints’ mechanisms in relation to staff conduct, with an emphasis on the Child Safeguarding Policy and measure to prevent sexual exploitation of women and children. 

QUALIFICATIONS 

Bachelor Degree in education or a related field. Ideally a  Post Graduate qualification in a relevant field and/ or professional qualification in education or related field.

EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

·         At least 6 years’ experience in working in education in Myanmar. 

·         Demonstrated skills, experience, and knowledge in education, ideally including multilingual education, curriculum and pedagogy.

·         Understanding and experience of the Myanmar education system, ideally to include government and ethnic basic education providers or programmes.

·         Skills and experience in capacity development in education, including mentoring and training.

·         Skills to present well and to write concisely and quickly in both English and Myanmar. Ability to speak on or more ethnic languages is an advantage.  

Management and Work Skills

·         Fluency in written and spoken Myanmar, with strong oral and written communication and presentation skills. 

·         High standard of  English, with ability to articulate concepts and ideas related to the education field, make presentations and deliver quality written reports. 

·         Ability to analyse information, evaluate options and to think and plan strategically.

·         Excellent training, facilitation and communication skills.

·         Strong personal organisational skills, including time/task management and ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure.

·         Strong  people management skills including mentoring and support.

General Skills

·         Experience and proven ability to create an environment which encourages team-working, including education team members with specific geographical and thematic responsibilities and the wider MEC team.

·         Willingness to travel frequently domestically, including to remote ethnic areas, as well as occasional international travel as required.   

·         Interest in and commitment to working alongside others within a dynamic, inter-disciplinary team and taking opportunities for learning and professional development.

·         Commitment to and understanding of MEC and Save the Children’s aims, values and principles.

Willingness and capability to comply with all relevant Save the Children policies and procedures with respect to health and safety, security and equal opportunities, including the Child Safeguarding Policy.

Key accountabilities

 

1.     Support partners to plan, implement, monitor and report on their activities related to policy advocacy. Ensure policy advocacy is properly addressed by our partners to strengthen to recognition of their systems from a conflict sensitive and peace promoting perspective.

 

2.     Prepare policy advocacy strategies around specific themes, including those related to Mother Tongue Based – Multi-Lingual Education approaches, the recognition of ethnic/monastic systems and the role of state level authorities in decentralized education decision making.

 

3.     Coordinate joint policy advocacy initiatives with partners. Engage closely with technical staff in ethnic and monastic partners to identify priority areas for policy advocacy. Help design joint strategies for engaging in various policy advocacy efforts within our partners (to influence senior decision makers within our partners) as well as to influence national and state level policy makers.

 

4.     Conduct assessment of partners’ advocacy capacity building needs and recommend technical assistance and training plan. Implement plan through direct assistance and local service providers. Design, implement and manage a programme for strengthening partner organisations’ capacity to carry out advocacy to inform civil society policy dialogue on education.

 

5.     Coordinate with government, NGOs, civil society, ethnic/monastic education and stakeholders to share information, to identify and promote a common policy agenda and to provide insights into the work of our partners.

 

6.     Manage and communicate a process to review and include feedback from partners' components such as pedagogy, curriculum and assessment.

  • Provide mentoring to members of the MEC team and partners as required.
  • Additional responsibilities as agreed with Education Director.

7.     Child Safeguarding Responsibilities

Ensure that child safeguarding and child protection mainstreaming are integrated into all M&E frameworks through measurable output and outcome indicators; and lead the process of piloting and scaling up local level beneficiary complaints’ mechanisms in relation to staff conduct, with an emphasis on the Child Safeguarding Policy and measure to prevent sexual exploitation of women and children. 

Location: LOCATION: Yangon, Head Office, Myanmar

Permanent - Full-Time

Closing date: Wednesday 2 October 2019

All jobs close at midnight UK time on the date specified

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