Consortium for Street Children

Consortium for Street Children


Advocacy Assistant

Job Description

SALARY £18,000 to £20,000 per annumpro rata (depending on experience)

3 days per week

Job Summary

The Consortium for Street Children (CSC) is the leading internationalnetwork dedicated to realising the rights of street children. With over 60 members in 130 countries we are committed to creating a better future for some of the most disadvantaged children by working together to share knowledge, conduct research, influence policy and take action. We are Louder Together.

We are currently seeking a part-time (3 days a week) Advocacy Assistant to support CSC’s Advocacy Director and Executive Team. The Advocacy Assistant reports to the Advocacy Director, and is based in London (SE1).

The Advocacy Assistant will support the ongoing advocacy initiatives of CSC, to ensure that the issues facing street children are represented at the highest policy levels. This will include working in areas such as policy, research and campaigning at both national and international levels.

Specific Areas of Responsibility includes:

  • Support the coordination of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Street Children, including building and maintaining contact databases, organising meetings and events, and compiling media monitoring updates to parliamentarians.
  • Monitor consultative and legislative initiatives within UK Parliament, write briefings to incoming and outgoing parliamentary delegations, and submit responses to parliamentary consultations and enquiries.
  • Monitor the sessions of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, work with CSC’s network to submit Shadow Reports and ensure appropriate action and dissemination of the concluding observations and recommendations.
  • Represent CSC at external meetings, events and working groups, and maintain good working relationships with various stakeholders where appropriate
  • Provide an efficient interface between CSC’s advocacy initiatives and the CSC network, and support members as appropriate in their advocacy and campaigning initiatives.
  • Work in partnership with colleagues in CSC’s Executive team, supporting the communications and network engagement, including workshops and provide administrative supportas and when required.
  • Assist Advocacy Director in providing advocacy input to the International Day (including securing policy maker support for the Day, development of advocacy messages and dissemination of International Day information to policy makers
  • Account manage portfolio of network members

Person Specification:


Applicants must be educated to degree levelin a relevant field, such as political science and international development


  • Ability to work flexibly and proactively within a small team
  • Ability to organise own work, to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Understanding of the functioning of UK Parliamentary processes and mechanisms.
  • Knowledge of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and commitment to child protection and safeguarding.
  • Excellent analytical and organisational skills
  • Confident verbal communicator and networker
  • Excellent written communication skills and attention to detail
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications


  • 1-2 years work experience, or proven interest, in the fields of policy/research/campaigning
  • Experience of the not-for-profit sector, preferably in an international development organisation


CSC is committed to ensuring equal opportunities throughout the organisation and its activities, so that no-one receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of national or ethnic origin, religious practices or beliefs, gender, age, disability, HIV status, marital status, sexual orientation or any other similar factor. Unfortunately our offices are not fully wheelchair accessible.

To Apply :
All applicants must send the following by 20th November 2011, preferably by email:

  • A full curriculum vitae
  • The name and addresses of two referees
  • A covering letter setting out their reasons for applying and how they consider that they meet the criteria for this post

Applicants shortlisted for interview will be contacted by 25th November 2011, and first round interviews will take place during the week commencing 28th November 2011.


Louise Meincke, Advocacy Director,
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