Purpose of Post
The purpose of the role is to provide policy analysis and advocacy support to priority areas of
advocacy for Unicef UK.
For around the first 12 months, the post holder will work closely with the Senior Policy and
Advocacy Adviser for Health, Nutrition and Environment to support the delivery of two major
cross-organisational campaigns: the first on air pollution and child health in the UK; the second
on malnutrition and pneumonia internationally. In the longer term, the Policy and Advocacy
Adviser will have the opportunity to support a range of our highest priority policy areas.
The main function of the Policy and Advocacy Adviser is to work in collaboration with Senior
Policy and Advocacy Advisers and colleagues across the Advocacy team on the development
and communication of compelling policy analysis and public policy asks.
Evidence-building and public policy development
Create a strong evidence base for Unicef UK’s advocacy work on domestic and global
issues affecting child rights – with a particular focus in the first 12 months on child health
and nutrition, and on the environment;
Undertake research to help develop public policy positions in close collaboration with
Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisers;
Support the development of compelling and relevant asks to deliver change for children
through influencing the UK Government (and devolved governments where appropriate);
Write and edit a range of external policy publications and briefings in addition to drafting
and providing senior staff with clear briefings to undertake high-level influencing;
Support in the commissioning and management of external research and analysis of the
Provide policy advice and support to other teams within Unicef UK;
Keep abreast of policy and political developments and trends to ensure Unicef UK’s
policy and advocacy work is responsive and relevant, including to critical emerging
Relationship management and advocacy
Work with the Government Relations team to influence Ministers and Parliamentarians,
respond to government consultations and parliamentary inquiries, and support other
influencing activities as required;
Work with the Youth Engagement team to support the meaningful participation of
children and young people in the organisation’s advocacy work and to reflect their views
in Unicef UK policy analysis;
Represent Unicef UK in, and contribute to, advocacy coalitions on relevant issues, as
appropriate, building networks of allies to help achieve our policy and advocacy
Organise Unicef UK’s involvement in policy/research events focused on relevant issues.
Play an active role in the Advocacy team, including contributing to the development of
the workplan and advocacy priorities through collaboration across teams, and providing
support and advice to other colleagues;
Support the integration of policy analysis into the work of other parts of the Advocacy
team, attending Campaigns meetings and collaborating in the development of
Campaigns asks to reflect policy asks and positions;
Contribute to regular team reporting.
Some evening and weekend working may be required;
Some short-duration domestic and international travel may be required.
This section details the skills, behaviours and experience required for the role. All criteria in the
Person Specification are essential.
Conveys complex ideas using a variety of methods to engage
an audience and win understanding and support. Anticipates
and responds to the needs of an audience, adapting content,
style and language to delivery maximum clarity.
Consults others and shares expertise, know-how and ideas with
colleagues for best results. Values diversity, respecting and
drawing on colleagues’ different perspectives, skills, experience
Nurtures professional relationships with colleagues at all levels
and with external contacts and partners to support the
achievement of objectives. Reflects on own thoughts, feelings
and actions, being aware of own impact on relationships.
Demonstrates flexibility and adaptability to working in new
scenarios. Focused on achieving outcomes for children. Shows
a solutions-focused approach to overcoming the barriers to
Evidence base: developing detailed and evidence-based policy positions on issues that affect
child rights; reviewing existing literature to identify gaps in knowledge and opportunities for
Unicef UK to add value to public policy discussions. Knowledge and experience of achieving
change through policy and advocacy.
Adaptable working: working in a multi-disciplinary environment, rapidly picking up new issues
and demonstrating the use of transferable skills to deliver high-quality outputs.
Demonstrable experience of development and/or public policy/advocacy in an academic or
Writing for policy: Excellent written
and oral communication skills,
including experience in tailoring
policy messages to different
Understanding of one or several of the policy areas
covered by the Policy and Advocacy Adviser, at domestic
and/or international level: child health and nutrition;
environment and climate change; child protection; children
in humanitarian settings and migrant children; child
trafficking; education; and/or child rights.