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Director of Advocacy and Engagement – [Urgent]

Director of Advocacy and Engagement – [Urgent]

 

Baan Dek Foundation (BDF) is a non-profit, non-political and non-religious organization based in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. BDF supports access to essential services for more than 2,000 vulnerable children and their families living in construction sites and urban slums every year. Through tailored educational programs and flexible individual support, BDF protects at-risk children and enables families to become self-sustainable to provide opportunities for a better future.

 

The Director of Advocacy and Engagement plays a pivotal role in leading and implementing BDF’s Systemic Impact Strategy. The long term objective of this strategy aims to create sustainable change in the construction sector to ensure the well-being of workers and their children in collaboration with the construction sector and other key stakeholders. In order to address issues commonly faced by construction workers and their children, BDF and UNICEF Thailand developed the Chiang Mai Framework for Action (CMFA) after a rigorous grounded theory research study, Building Futures in Thailand in 2018. The CMFA proposes 12 key recommendations to companies, for them to support migratory communities with access to public services, information, and relevant life skills. BDF encourages the construction sector to adopt these recommendations and to facilitate this process, has developed -- through a collaborative process with companies and beneficiaries-- and piloted tools that operationalize the CMFA, which includes merging child protection mechanisms into a business model. BDF has also worked on developing a business case, Social Return on Investment (SROI) value and is actively exploring incentives of key stakeholders to amplify wider CMFA uptake in the sector. Building on this evidence, the Director of Advocacy and Engagement seeks to further develop the stakeholder engagement strategy for the Thai construction sector and other key players.

 

Job Description:

Job Title:                               Director of Engagement and Advocacy

Type of Contract: Full-time employment position for 1-year (with possibility of extension)

Department:                        Engagement and Advocacy

Location:                               Bangkok, Thailand

Expected Start Date:          ASAP or February 2022

 

Responsibilities of the advertised position:

Baan Dek Foundation is currently looking for a professional and dedicated locally-based Director of Engagement and Advocacy who will commit to contribute to BDF’s overall mission and provide specialized support for children and their families who reside in construction site camps. The position will work under the direct supervision of BDF’s Executive Director, working closely with BDF’s Senior Management Team. The main responsibilities of this role are provided below.

 

 

 

Role and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

 

  • Responsible for implementing BDF’s Systemic Impact Strategy, in full collaboration with the Impact & Innovation unit of BDF, toward the adoption of the CMFA in the Construction Industry sector.
  • Create, develop and manage working relationships with top management of the construction sector.
  •  Supporting data analysis and remaining up-to-date with current affairs and construction Industry sector trends to discuss these points at high-level and strategic meetings
  • Navigating through multilevel networks to implement, develop and strengthen BDF’s stakeholder strategy plan.
  • Lead team on the implementation of training services, field activities, supporting the integration of Child Protection mechanisms into business in full collaboration with the Impact & Innovation Team, building evidence-based approach and recommendations and creating community safe environments for children.
  • Contribute to capacity building of BDF team related to strategy (e.g. focus groups or workshops, training, knowledge management, etc.)
  • Closely follow BDF’s data analysis (M&E) for program and strategy development, and contribute to cultivating a learning culture by being a learning champion
  • Support network development through Construction Industry and public services related to Health care, Education and Child Protection.
  • Contribute to developing communication strategy.
  • Programmatic reporting, support to fundraising.
  • Closely support the service provided by BDF on Case Management and Access to school of children growing into construction site camps. This includes supporting the Team access relevant skill-building training, building partnerships with education authorities, between companies and child protection committees.

 

Partnerships

  • Lead on outreach, engagement and management of working partnerships with property developers and construction companies
  • Responsible for maintaining relationships with the construction sector, including activities such as presentations, regular reports and discussions with companies in piloting or interested in piloting the Chiang Mai Framework for Action (CMFA), manage working groups with companies, BDF staff, external advisors/ supporters in developing tools or systems for scale
  • Support fundraising and donor partnership management by helping the Program Manager to arrange partner field visits, and coordinate with Partnerships Team to arrange donor/ partner visits, ensuring construction companies consent to these external visits

 

Qualifications

Nationality:  Thai nationality

Language requirements:  Excellent verbal and written proficiency in Thai and English

 

Education/ Experience:  

  • Minimum 3 years of experience in developing, implementing advocacy strategies.
  • Graduate qualifications (or a combination of undergraduate and relevant work experience) in a related discipline – social and community development, social work, social sciences, law or a similar discipline
  • Strong understanding and experience of human/ child rights based approach and social development, experience of collaboration with the public sector is required.
  • Mandatory experience working with private sector and corporate, any specific experience in the construction sector is considered an asset. Knowledge on SDG’s, ESG’s, ROI, incentives for engagement of Private Sector is required.
  • Experience with non-profit organizations or in the humanitarian sector is an asset

 

 Other skills and competencies:

  • Demonstrated management and coordination skills, including the ability to plan and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrate strong leadership and management skills with the ability to gain credibility with Senior Executives while challenging the status quo ( knowledge needed on Incentives considered by the private sector related to ESG, SDG’s commitments, ROI…)
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively communicate, including experience in a cross-cultural environment and an international setting
  • Stakeholder engagement skills and ability to collaborate effectively, including in cross-cultural or multicultural environments
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Experience in project management or development is considered an asset
  • Experience as a social worker or experience related to development or social work
  • Ability to understand family situations and conduct assessments
  • Experience in interviewing, counseling, and case management is considered an asset

 

Working hours: Full time - Monday to Friday with occasional weekend and evenings

Salary & Compensation: Starting at 50,000 THB (to be defined based on experience and qualifications)

 

How to Apply:

Please send all applications in English (CV/cover letter/2 professional references) via email to: recruit@baandekfoundation.org.

 

In the subject line of the email, please write “Application for Advocacy and Engagement - Your Name”

 

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview in English. Baan Dek Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. The organization shall not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in advertisements for employment, recruitment and other conditions of employment, preventing discrimination against any job applicant or employee on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

 

To comply with BDF’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy, the selected candidate will be requested a copy of his/her criminal record. Adhering to BDF’s policies means to comply with our Child Protection and Safeguarding, PSEA Policy, Anti-Corruption Policy.

 

Candidate’s applications whose profiles do not match this vacancy’s criteria but match criteria for other current or future vacancies will be kept in BDF’s CV database and will be redirected accordingly.

 

Closing date for applications: 31 January 2021

Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will remain posted until a qualified candidate is selected.

 

More details on Baan Dek Foundation’s projects is available at www.baandekfoundation.org.

Contact : recruit@baandekfoundation.org


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