West and Central Africa Regional Advocacy Director

The role

As a member of the West & Central Africa (WCA) Senior Leadership team, the Campaigns, Communication, and Advocacy (ACCM) Director will have shared accountability for Save the Children’s international development and emergency programming in the region of approximately $248 million (2021) through an region employing around 2,500 people. The ACCM Director will take shared responsibility for the delivery of Save the Children’s 2030 ambition and strategy. He/she will be the public face of Advocacy Campaign efforts and drives excellence in Media and Communications regarding our policy and advocacy plans. He/she will represents Save the Children at a senior level to key regional stakeholders.

The ACCM Director provides overall leadership, strategic direction and management to the campaigns and advocacy work of Save the Children across the West and Central Africa region. While the majority of the Campaign and advocacy activities are delivered nationally in the nine countries to be specifically supported (Nigeria, DR Congo, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Liberia), regional opportunities exist to advocate for child rights with regional bodies, requiring close cooordination with the Regional Programming Unit (RPU), East and Southern Africa (ESA) Region and the AU Pan Africa Advocacy Office. 

He/she coordinates with global advocacy, campaigns, communication and media efforts and manages the regional advocacy, campaign, communication and media team to ensure the high-quality delivery of Save the Children’s efforts to influence and bring about change in the awareness, attitudes, behaviours and policies related to the rights of children in WCA.  The focus is on ensuring child rights are upheld and to contribute to the positioning of Save the Children as a leading child-focused campaign and advocacy organisation.

His/ Her first responsibility will be to undertake advocacy, campaigns, communication and media work to advance Save the Children’s policy positions and influence decision-makers, at the national, regional and global levels. He/ she will support countries to shape and ensure the delivery of high quality outcomes for children including ensuring operational planning and resources are in place.

He/she is also responsible for creating an enabling internal environment for campaigning and advocacy by leveraging resources, building partnerships, strengthening capacity and capability of Country Offices and engaging with Save the Children Members. He/she supports the development and delivery of strong national advocacy and campaign plans backed by media and communication strategies. He/she ensures effective risk mitigation and safeguarding when we speak out boldly for children


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field
  • More than 10 years’ experience in a senior management role
  • Strong background in advocacy leadership at a senior level, including policy development and the ability to link programmes with advocacy work.
  • Experience in engaging the public in campaigns, including the ability to identify “campaign able” objectives within the policy goals, and to plan and evaluate campaign activities
  • Experience in leading the creation and implementation of a strategy, demonstrating the ability to identify the necessary steps towards an ambitious goal.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in French and English to motivate influence and negotiate both internally and externally.
  • Sound understanding of the major economic, social development and poverty issues in Africa.
  • Experience of building, leading and developing colleagues and staff with different backgrounds and expertise. Cultural sensitivity, with highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching. 
  • Experience of working within a complex and matrix organisation structure.
  • Experience of building personal networks at senior levels.
  • Commitment to Save the Children values.
  • Experience of travel, and a willingness to travel in a broad range of African countries and more widely, sometimes at short notice

Contract length: 2 Years

Location: Dakar, Senegal with up to 50% travel.

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard. 

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. 

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

Applicants are advised that Save the Children International does not require any payment or expense during the entire recruitment process. Any request in this direction should be immediately reported as contrary to the values and practices of our organization.

Job description:

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Date advertised: 11 Nov 2021

Closing date: 2 Dec 2021 - 23:59 GMT

Location: Dakar, Senegal

Department: Advocacy, Campaigns and Policy

Type: Fixed-term contract

Schedule: Full-time

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