Senior Policy & Advocacy Advisor

Join a global and successful organization with a powerful mission.

date_rangeCloses Friday, February 17

hourglass_topFull Time - Permanent

placeWellington or Auckland


Our organisation

UNICEF is the global authority on children's rights. No other organisation has our experience, expertise, and influence. We fight for every child's right to survive and thrive into adulthood. Our mission is to create a better world, by advocating for the protection of children's rights. To do this, we bring people together: governments, donors, humanitarian agencies, businesses and children themselves. This is what we do, every day, for all children around the world.

We are on the lookout for a professional and committed Senior Policy & Advocacy Advisor to join our team.

About the role

Overall, you’re responsible for supporting and advocating UNICEF Aotearoa’s response to emerging child rights policy issues and trends in New Zealand. You’ll also be leading projects and implementing the organisation’s advocacy strategy to influence domestic policy and resource allocation to drive positive change for children in New Zealand and globally.

Day to day the role includes:

Leading policy and advocacy projects and workstreams.

Monitoring the local and global political environment and maintain oversight of emerging policies, funding, trends, risks and other developments in relation to child’s rights.

Critically using data, evidence, and information from multiple sources to develop policy advocacy via a range of products.

Actively identifying opportunities to promote and engage children and young people’s voice and advocacy leadership.

Developing proposals for research to fill evidence-gaps in the organisation’s priority areas.

Supporting trainings, meetings, briefings, and discussions on child rights.

Evaluating and reporting on policy and advocacy initiatives and effectiveness and identifying opportunities for improvement.

Building team capability through coaching, mentoring, and providing intellectual leadership.

Contributing to team performance and development through peer review and quality control on other team members’ projects and tasks.

As the successful candidate, you will have:

A passion for making positive change for the benefit of children and young people in Aotearoa NZ and globally.

A tertiary level qualification in a relevant field e.g., public policy, law, public management, international development, community development or similar.

Minimum 5 years professional experience that includes providing policy research/analysis/advice within a complex organisation, advocacy/lobbying, diplomatic relations, working in a strategic context, and influencing policy change.

Experience building capability of others in a professional context through coaching or mentoring.

Expert knowledge of child rights debates and policy issues in Aotearoa NZ and globally.

Proven experience incorporating the voice of children and young people into policy and advocacy work.

Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Advanced research and analytical skills.

Ability to build solid stakeholder relationships and work collaboratively.

About us What we offer

We celebrate our differences, embrace diversity and value each other. You will work with colleagues who share the same values and goals and are motivated to do their utmost for children. We are offering flexible working, a competitive salary, a fully funded health insurance plan, and a range of other great benefits. This role is based in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch. Full time and part time applicants will be considered, so please specify your preferred hours of work per week in your cover letter.

How to apply

The successful candidate will be required to apply for a criminal check. We have a COVID-19 policy that requires staff to verify vaccination status to safely carry out their role. You can download a position description from this website. Please contact Frances Cox-Wright on email [email protected] if you have any questions. Applications should be submitted via Seek.