Strategic Advisor, Civil Military Engagement Job in Kenya

The Opportunity

Save the Children International has an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as the Strategic Advisor, Civil Military Engagement in Centre –London, UK or any existing Save the Children International Regional or Country office worldwide.

Role Purpose:

As a member of Save the Children’s Unit for Civil Military Engagement and Access, this role supports frontline and regional teams in negotiating access for services and protection activities. Through advising on humanitarian negotiations, the role contributes to Save the Children’s efforts to protect children in conflicts and complex crises. This work includes advice on structuring dialogues with parties to conflict for humanitarian outcomes for children and communities including access for education, health, child protection and complementary activities. This direct support informs and is guided by policies, procedures and principles of humanitarian action. The Strategic Advisor works with the Unit and others to provide expert insight and advice for strategic decision-making including developing solutions and potential changes to policies and practices across the domain of humanitarian negotiations.

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the Strategic Advisor will be expected to contribute to additional Humanitarian Team priorities including work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.


Reports to: Head of Unit, Civil Military Relations and Access 

Staff reporting to this post:  0

Budget Responsibilities:  Likely involvement in specific awards supporting Relations with Armed Actors, Access and Negotiations, global readiness and support to country offices.

Role Dimensions: Significant engagement with Regional advisers and staff in field locations, with Context Analysis and Foresight Unit, Policy and Advocacy, Legal, and Safety and Security teams and various experts (e.g. Safe Schools, Centrality of Protection, CPiE, Healthcare and Nutrition)

Skills & Experience


  • Demonstrated commitment to the Save the Children mission and values
  • Higher level education degree, Masters or above, in a relevant field (e.g., IHL, IHRL, Protection of Civilians, humanitarian action)
  • Direct experience working at country or regional level humanitarian structures including focus on humanitarian negotiations including access for services and protection activities
  • Has led negotiations processes, and can advise on aligning priorities in their organisation and maintain a clear mandate in complex environments
  • Demonstrated technical knowledge of relations with armed actors, humanitarian civil-military coordination, humanitarian negotiations, humanitarian access, as well as some or all the sectors that Save the Children works in, particularly Child Protection, Protection, Education and Healthcare and Nutrition
  • Ability to work across networks of internal and external stakeholders to build a common vision and coordinate actions and align priorities
  • Understands changing environments and positions, develop multifaceted strategies for multiple stakeholders and how to leverage competing sources of influence for humanitarian outcomes
  • Demonstrated experience mobilizing resources for humanitarian or development programming, including developing concept notes to full proposals. Experience of project management, including establishing systems and processes to promote consistent implementation and timeline follow-up to deliver in scope, on time, and within budget
  • Experience working as part of team to drive high performance and results, and a supportive and positive work environment both remotely and in person
  • Significant ability to work in a fast-paced environment and adapt work plans depending on external opportunities and demands; ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple tasks while maintaining high-quality standards
  • Willingness to travel to high-risk environments with ongoing humanitarian response, as needed
  • Fluent spoken and written English and one or more additional languages


  • Additional languages including French, Spanish, Russian and/or Arabic

How to Apply