Eurochild is seeking to hire an external consultant to support development of a Europe-wide campaign on Early Childhood Development (ECD). Working in partnership with other key networks and UNICEF, the campaign will operate at EU and national levels. It aims to leverage EU funding and policies to catalyse national reforms and public investment, ensuring that all families with young children, and in particular the most vulnerable, get the right kind of support at the right time.
It takes a holistic perspective on Early Childhood Development, building on the Nurturing Care Framework developed by UNICEF and WHO. In this sense it aims to influence policies and services in the fields of social welfare, pre- and post-natal health care, early education and care, parenting and family support and child protection. The unique characteristic of this campaign will be to combine EU and national advocacy. It will establish national coordinators who are supported via the campaign to advocate at a national level, harnessing the opportunities provided by EU political and funding processes. The campaign is supported by the Open Society Foundation – Early Childhood Programme.
About the Strategic Campaign Advisor
The Strategic Campaign Advisor will support Eurochild to set up the campaign, advising on the partnership, the advocacy strategy and an optimal internal structure to operationalise the campaign. With regards partnership, it is envisaged Eurochild host the campaign, with close involvement of the International Step by Step Association, the European Public Health Alliance, and the Roma Education Fund. The advisor will work with each partner to identify how the campaign can support achievement of each network’s strategic goals and harness our respective strengths. He/she will advise on criteria for selection of countries and the organisations who will coordinate the campaign at national level. He/she will conduct a mapping of allies and experts who can enhance our impact and help drive positive change. We expect the campaign to work in close collaboration with UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia Early Childhood Development Programme. With regards to advocacy strategy, the consultant will work with partners to clarify achievable yet ambitious targets for ECD in EU policy making and funding processes and recommendations on how to support national level advocacy.
With regards to internal structure, the consultant will advise on responsibilities, competences and key performance indicators for the coordination team and help map skills requirement with existing human resources in the Eurochild team in collaboration with the Secretary General. He/she will also explore and advise on different governance structures for effective oversight and partners’ ownership of the campaign.
Eurochild is a network of organisations and individuals working with and for children throughout Europe, striving for a society that respects the rights of children. We influence policies, build internal capacities, facilitate mutual learning and exchange practice and research. Our work is underpinned by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
Our vision is a society where children and young people grow up happy, healthy and confident and respected as individuals in their own right. Our mission is to promote the rights and well-being of children in policy and practice through advocacy, membership exchange and research.
Our unique contribution is that:
We influence relevant EU legislation, policy and funding programmes so that they have a positive impact on policies and practices nationally and sub-nationally. We build the capacity of member organisations to strengthen the grassroots child rights movement and to enable members to influence and harness relevant EU legislation, policies and funding in their advocacy towards national (and sub-national) governments.
Profile of the Consultant:
The selected candidate will have the following skills and competences:
- Established expertise on early childhood development and policy analysis in an international and/or European context
- Knowledge of policy making and the role of civil society in advocacy, ideally with experience related to the European Union
- Demonstrable experience in campaign development and building networks/coalitions
- Demonstrable experience in setting up & managing teams & optimising internal structures
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Fluent written and oral English, other languages an advantage
Activities & deliverables:
The selected candidate will be expected to participate in 2-3 partners meetings and an advocacy workshop (provisionally scheduled for 20 June 2019). He/she will be invited to facilitate and contribute to the discussions. He/she will draft an internal report with clear recommendations regarding the 3 areas of advice (partnership, advocacy strategy and internal structure) by mid-September 2019. The consultancy agreement is expected to end before 31 October 2019.
The recommendations of the advisor and a parallel internal review of the Eurochild secretariat are expected to feed into a recruitment process of a senior staff member in the latter half of this year, to which the consultant (if interested and if fitting the required profile) will be eligible to apply.
- Location: Home-based, with an estimated 3 trips to Brussels & possibly Geneva
- Duration: 60-90 days (dependent on negotiation) from mid-April to end October.
- Remuneration: Competitive (commensurate with a management/senior advisor position)
How to apply:
Please email your application materials to email@example.com by 25 March 2019. In your email, please include an up-to-date CV and brief cover letter with the following components:
- Clearly describing how you meet the consultant profile & expectations of the position
- Approximate remuneration expectations
- Contactable references
- Preferred working arrangements (Full-time or part-time)
The provisional date for interviews is 4 April 2019.