Senior Coordinator

Elevate Children

in Brussels, Belgium, Deadline:11th Jul

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Organisation Type: International Organisation

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Elevate Children

Elevate Children is a consortium of funders dedicated to building strong families and a life free from violence for all children. Ultimately, their vision of society is one where all sectors and constituencies prioritise solutions to prevent violence and family separation. In order to achieve this vision they recognise the need to bridge the gap between evidence based solutions, policy and practice across our target areas. They do this by:

  • Supporting the development and use of evidence to learn about what works to prevent violence and family separation
  • Strengthening the position of leaders addressing these challenges
  • Leveraging new funding commitments for children

The group of independent funders working with programme implementers is able to offer a focused and unique contribution to advocacy efforts to support policy reform by the gathering of evidence, the identification of gaps and funding initiatives to address these gaps. The group’s contribution is unique in that it is able to:

  • Make targeted use of our flexible funding
  • Use patient capital to invest longer-term
  • Invest in new ideas and unheard voices
  • Bridge the divide between social policy, businesses, civil society and governments

In doing so the group aims to give the child protection sector as a whole a global voice, a more compelling message, stronger leadership, greater financial backing and a more solid evidence base (both scientific and programmatic) in order to find systemic solutions to addressing key challenges facing children and youth more effectively on a global level.

 

The Elevate Children Funders Group has recently moved to a permanent home within the Network of European Foundations in Brussels. It now seeks an experienced and highly motivated Senior Coordinator to lead the group into our next phase of development as we seek to increase both the size and diversity of our membership, and our contribution as a significant voice within the field. Reporting to the Elevate Children Funders Group Chair.

Specific duties will include:

  • Development of growth strategy and oversight of all group expansion plans, including strategic outreach to prospective members
  • Identification and exploration of potential areas of synergy and collaborative work amongst group members, including through targeted information gathering initiatives
  • Supporting members to define the scope and procedures of future joint initiatives
  • Coordination of regular engagement and dialogue between funders, programme implementers, academics, inter-government organisations, governments and wider civil society and other actors
  • Organisation and convening of annual group meetings and other subgroup meetings/conference calls/webinars, as appropriate – Coordination of all group communication issues, including oversight of the group’s online sharing tools (grant map, website, members’ forum etc.)
  • Supporting the activities of the steering group by, for instance, setting up regular conference calls, setting agendas, preparing minutes, etc. – Recommendation and supervision of consultants for specific projects as required
  • Oversight of the group’s budget, spending and financial reporting

Desired profile
We are seeking an entrepreneurial candidate who is passionate about our core mission and able to lead the group to its next level of development.

The following skills and competencies are desirable:

  • Seven to ten years of relevant work experience (e.g. social change, child protection, violence prevention, alternative care)
  • Strong management experience, including experience of both programme and network management
  • Working knowledge of the key actors involved in the sector, notably funders (and more specifically private foundations)
  • Experience in networking and reaching out to a variety of multi-stakeholders
  • Expertise in policy formulation and advocacy – A history of building strong relationships, with the ability to engage skilfully in collaborative work
  • Strong analytical capacity; political intuition; public speaking and writing skills (fluency in English is essential)
  • Ability to self-manage, work independently and as a member of a small team
  • Excellent IT skills, including MS Office applications and social media platforms

Conditions

  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience
  • Desired start date: September 2014
  • Initial 12 month contract, subject to renewal
  • Location negotiable, but Brussels preferred. Please note that some travel, mainly within the EU and USA, will be required as part of the role (no more than 20%).

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