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Head of Policy and Campaigns


Employer: ActionAid
Work Type/s: Full Time
Classification/s: Advocacy & Campaigns, Legal & Human Rights, International Aid & Development, Policy & Research, Executive & Senior Management
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Sydney

Job posted on: 16 May, 2019.
Applications close: 03 June, 2019.

The Organisation

ActionAid Australia is a women’s rights organisation, working to advance the rights of women living in poverty in communities around the world. ActionAid works in more than 45 countries.

The Role

The Head of Policy & Campaigns is a member of ActionAid Australia’s Leadership Team and is responsible for building our people power and driving campaigns and advocacy strategies that amplify the voices of the women we work with around the world. This includes management of a small and dynamic team focused on policy, campaigns and community organising that are focused on driving forward ActionAid’s strategic priorities of economic justice and climate justice for women, and their rights in emergencies.

Key objectives of the role include:

  • To build the engagement of ActionAid’s activist network and online supporter base to drive campaigns, engage Australians on priority issues and build solidarity with women around the world;
  • To drive campaigns on strategic priorities that seek to expose global injustices facing the women we work with and result in changes in government policy and corporate practice;
  • To oversee policy and research that contributes credible alternatives to the systems and practices we are challenging; and,
  • To provide strategic oversight and management of the Policy and Campaigns team promoting a strong culture of collaboration and integration and in line with feminist leadership principles, AAA’s Team Charter, values and HR policies and practices.

Skills and competencies required:

  • A commitment to ActionAid’s mission, including women’s rights and global justice
  • Tertiary qualification in a relevant field.
  • Significant experience developing campaign strategy, using a collaborative and analytical approach, both independently and working with alliances and partners.
  • Previous experience executing effective campaigns that deliver tangible change, using a range of tactics that include policy, research, lobbying, digital campaigning, and community organising.
  • A solid grasp of digital campaigning platforms and best practice
  • A sound knowledge of community organising best practice and experience working collaboratively with volunteer networks to deliver campaigns.
  • Exceptional political analysis, research and campaign strategy development skills with a solid understanding and analysis of Australia’s political system, institutions and environment
  • Strong experience developing policy positions and submissions, and coordinating and developing research for campaigns.
  • Experience of leading and developing dynamic teams and a commitment to feminist leadership.
  • A track record of successful project management for complex projects. Ideally this experience will come from campaign leadership.
  • An extensive network in Australian and experience in building coalitions.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills with strong experience writing and editing copy for campaigns.
  • A high degree of initiative and self-drive.
How to apply for this job

Please submit a copy of your CV and a cover letter responding to the broad requirements of the role to hr@actionaid.org, using the subject line: Head of Policy and Campaigns application via EthicalJobs.

Applications close at 9:00am on Monday 3 June 2019. Unfortunately, due to the number of applications we receive, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

ActionAid is an equal opportunities employer, and is always actively looking for applicants from a diverse range of genders, cultures, language groups, abilities, and experiences to apply. To be eligible to apply for this position you must have an appropriate Australian or New Zealand work visa or be eligible to apply for one.

Secondment from other ActionAid offices will be considered.

Supporting materials  Head of Policy & Campaigns May 2019.docx