Monday, May 21, 2012

Global Coordinator, Girls Not Brides, London, UK - Last Week To Apply

Global Coordinator, Girls Not Brides, London, UK  - Last Week To


Girls Not Brides is seeking an experienced, energetic and committed
Global Coordinator to lead a small team in supporting and coordinating
the Partnership's global drive towards a world without child marriage.
Closing date for applications: 6pm GMT on Monday 21 May 2012
An exciting opportunity to lead a dynamic global initiative

Initiated by The Elders, Girls Not Brides brings together a broad range
of non-governmental and civil society organisations from across the
world working to address child marriage at the grassroots, national and
global levels. The Partnership works to empower those seeking to end
child marriage, to raise awareness of the harmful impact of this
practice and potential solutions, and to call for urgent global action.

The Global Coordinator will lead a London-based secretariat of five
people in their work with Girls Not Brides members to accelerate efforts
to reduce and ultimately end child marriage. The successful candidate
will play a pivotal role in the growth of Girls Not Brides and its
impact on this neglected issue.

Every year, an estimated 10 million girls worldwide are married before
they turn 18, usually with no say in when or whom they marry. Child
brides are almost always forced to leave school when they marry, cutting
their education short and trapping them and their children in poverty.
Child marriage also threatens girls' lives and health through early
pregnancy and childbirth.

Since Girls Not Brides launched in September 2011, more than 100
organisations from over 30 countries have joined the Partnership, with a
shared commitment to help girls at risk of child marriage realise their
full potential. The Partnership has helped to build considerable impetus
on child marriage, including increased media attention and greater
inclusion of child marriage on the agenda of high-level meetings on
development-related issues.

The ideal candidate will have experience with taking an overlooked
global or policy issue to higher visibility and generating
results-oriented action. S/he will have the instincts, sensitivity and
know-how to encourage diverse people and groups to coalesce around a
cause and join forces for demonstrable change. The candidate will need
to be equally at ease with marshalling the substance of global advocacy
strategies and interacting with grassroots change-makers. S/he will be
able to ensure that the work of the Girls Not Brides continues to expand
and have impact, often working behind the scenes with Partnership
members and others.

Girls Not Brides is member-driven and has a simple structure. The work
of the Global Coordinator and secretariat will be guided and supported
by an Advisory Committee representing Partnership members. Funding for
the early phases of Girls Not Brides' work has been raised by
Partnership members. As Girls Not Brides and its work continue to grow,
the Global Coordinator will need to renew and mobilise new resource
commitments to sustain and expand the effort.

•       Develop and implement the Girls Not Brides' strategy and campaign
plans in collaboration with members;
•       Liaise with Girls Not Brides members to identify strategic
opportunities and coordinate and support advocacy efforts, including
convening meetings of members;
•       Build, support and drive joint advocacy and campaign activities to
increase public and political support for ending child marriage, by
harnessing the complementary expertise, talents and resources of
different Girls Not Brides members and partners;
•       Work with the secretariat to facilitate learning networks and
information-sharing throughout the Partnership;
•       Solidify and expand national and regional Girls Not Brides networks,
with an emphasis on leadership from those regions most impacted;
•       Communicate information about Girls Not Brides to external actors
(such as government officials, journalists, international organisations,
and donors);
•       When appropriate, represent Girls Not Brides in meetings with external
•       Identify and facilitate the involvement of potential new members,
partners and donors;
•       Further strengthen the Partnership's structure as an independent and
self-sustaining entity, including ensuring on-going funding;
•       Supervise and provide day-to-day guidance to the secretariat, which
includes a Communications Officer, a Programme Officer, a Partnership
Adviser for Africa and two interns. Recruit and manage consultants and
other additional capacity as required; and
•       Forge new alliances and create champions for ending child marriage
across the public, private and NGO sectors, and across organisations
working in different areas (health, education, livelihoods, etc.).
•       Demonstrated experience and qualifications in political science,
public policy, sociology, anthropology, international development or
another relevant field; an understanding of child marriage and/or gender
policy issues is desirable;
•       Demonstrated ability to develop and manage effective international
policy initiatives and advocacy strategies; campaigning experience is a
•       Demonstrated experience and expertise in working with and building
coalitions, particularly across regions in Asia, Africa and/or Middle
•       Keen political antennae, agility across cultural environments, and
diplomatic finesse;
•       Interpersonal skills and qualities that enable her/him to empower and
inspire others to greater effort, commitment and action;
•       Awareness of the importance of media messaging and media relations;
prior experience in using communications as a tool for social change is
•       Experience working with minimal supervision and delivering the utmost
with a small staff team;
•       A keen eye for accuracy and detail;
•       Highly effective administration skills including computing and budget
management; fundraising and events planning experience is a plus;
•       Excellent written and spoken English; proficiency in another relevant
language, such as Arabic or French is highly desirable;
The Girls Not Brides secretariat is currently based in the London office
of The Elders. A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered
to the successful candidate.

How to apply

Please send a concise CV and one page cover letter demonstrating how you
meet the criteria for this position to, clearly
stating "Global Coordinator" in the subject line. Due to the large
number of applications expected, only short-listed candidates will be
Closing date for applications: 6pm GMT on Monday 21 May 2012.

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