January 14 - 7:00
Child Rights International Network (CRIN)

Strategic Campaign Advisor - Job description

Child Rights International Network (CRIN) is accepting applications for a Strategic Campaign Advisor for a project focused on sexual abuse and exploitation by UN peacekeepers, UN police, civilian and humanitarian staff.

About CRIN

CRIN is a creative think tank which produces new and dynamic thinking on human rights issues, with a focus on children’s rights. We defy the status quo with bold ideas because many things need to be changed for the better.

What we’re fighting for

Our long term goal is to not exist anymore. We imagine a world in which we are no longer necessary because children have the means and opportunities to fight for their own rights. Until societies, institutions and governments recognise this most urgent reform, we will do our best to fight for their rights by using the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child as our starting point. Our immediate role is to fight for a world where children's rights are recognised, respected and enforced, and where every rights violation has a remedy.

What we do

We work on many issues, from sexual violence, voting rights, inhuman sentencing, and the right to bodily integrity, to the survival of the planet, the rights to privacy, expression and information, and on assisted reproductive technologies. The list grows every day.

We lobby international institutions like the UN, as well as governments and professionals. We undertake legal research and analysis and propose better policies where these are lacking. We do not shy away from controversies and we know that many of the ideas we are proposing today seem impossible to many. But all progress begins with an idea.

Through humour, artwork and our vision for the future, we also encourage people to think differently about the world we live in.

About the project

Allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse against children continue to surface in peacekeeping operations established by the UN, carried out by UN-mandated military personnel, UN police, and civilian and humanitarian staff. It is pervasive and widespread, yet reform, accountability and redress are either non-existent or far too slow for those affected.

Strategic discussions between experts who have been working on the issue of sexual exploitation and abuse in UN peacekeeping (and related fields) are needed to explore more collaborative ways of working on this issue in the future.

Over the next 12 months, CRIN will coordinate efforts to build a constituency of actors involved in seeking to strengthen the response to cases of sexual abuse and exploitation in peacekeeping missions. This project will engage a range of actors and organisations, including international and local experts, human rights organisations, activists, and legal experts. We intend this to lead to a growing number of actors challenging sexual abuse and exploitation of children in the UN system through various methods, including through national and international litigation.

About the role

The main role of the consultant is to develop a campaign strategy that can guide the collective work of actors involved in working to end sexual exploitation and abuse of children by UN peacekeepers, UN police, and civilian and humanitarian staff. The development of this strategy will include undertaking a comprehensive power analysis and establishing a pathway to change.

Key tasks:

Campaign strategy development:

  • Develop a comprehensive campaign strategy to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse by UN peacekeepers, UN police, and civilian and humanitarian staff, undertaking a comprehensive power analysis and establishing a pathway to change;

  • Identify activities and advocacy opportunities needed to tackle impunity for crimes committed by UN peacekeepers, UN police, and civilian and humanitarian staff, focusing on sexual abuse and exploitation;

  • Follow relevant news and policy developments on this issue, focusing on opportunities to exert influence;

  • Identify how, and where capacity needs to be built among those working on this issue in order to achieve impact;

  • Develop and maintain contacts with key targets, including UN and government officials, NGOs, journalists and activists;

  • Present the campaign’s strategy to key stakeholders;

  • Work in close collaboration with the senior communications advisor when required.

Guidance and support to CRIN staff:

  • Provide support to CRIN staff on campaign strategy development and building a constituency;

  • Provide guidance to CRIN staff on strategic advocacy opportunities, effective messaging, positioning and tactics to reach key audiences;

  • Provide support to CRIN staff in mapping key stakeholders relevant to this issue, including within the UN system, NGOs, and other external policy-makers.

Person specification:

  • Fluent in English, both written and spoken; another UN language, in particular French, would be an advantage;

  • Substantial and in-depth experience in project and campaign development;

  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills, both written and spoken;

  • Experience of working with and managing small international teams;

  • Experience building campaign coalitions/networks;

  • An excellent understanding of the UN system and experience of how to navigate it;

  • An excellent understanding of the issues around the allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN peacekeepers, UN police, and civilian and humanitarian staff would be an advantage;

  • Demonstrable knowledge of children’s rights issues;

  • Strong interpersonal and organisational skills;

  • Experience of conducting training or capacity building activities.


Closing date: As soon as filled

Location: Home-based, with no more than 3 trips to either London, New York or Geneva

Duration: 48-72 days (dependent on negotiation)

Remuneration: Competitive (commensurate with a management/senior advisor position)    

How to apply

Please email your application materials to [email protected] as soon as possible. In your email, please include an up-to-date CV and brief cover letter with the following components:

  • Clearly describing how you meet the consultant profile and any previous experience with the UN

  • Approximate remuneration expectations

  • Contactable references

  • Preferred working arrangements (Full-time or part-time)

CRIN is a registered UK Charity no. 1125925

For more information about our work, visit our website: www.crin.org