Humanitarian Emergency Affairs Policy Advisor

The Intersection of Calling and Career

World Vision is hiring a Policy Advisor for Humanitarian Emergencies to serve on the Advocacy and Government Relations team.

01 At a Glance
Role: Policy Advisor for Humanitarian Emergencies
Location: Washington, D.C. USA
Reports to: Director of Government Relations
Required experience: Bachelor’s degree, 5-7 years work experience
Work Authorization: Must be authorized to work in the U.S.A. for any employer.
Travel: Up to 10 percent of time both in development and fragile contexts.

02 The Job:
World Vision is looking for a Policy Advisor for Humanitarian Emergency Affairs to oversee policy, advocacy and government relations work on humanitarian emergencies, conflicts, disasters, and fragile contexts.

03 Your Responsibilities Will Include:
– Promoting justice for the world’s poor and oppressed people through advocacy among governments, global institutions, World Vision U.S. (WVUS) donors and the general public.
– Serve as department’s primary advisor and resource on assigned topic areas and help carry out our Christian organization’s mission, vision, and strategies.
– Personify the ministry of World Vision by witnessing to Christ and ministering to others through life, deed, word and sign.
– Serve as policy and advocacy focal point on humanitarian emergencies, conflicts, and disasters (rapid-onset and protracted) with Congress, the Administration, U.N. agencies and external coalitions.
– Coordinate with country offices, World Vision International, program management staff and humanitarian programs senior leadership around policy messaging, operational challenges, and pre-positioning for public and private funding opportunities.
– Identify legislation, support letters, and policy priorities for the organization on humanitarian issues.
– Position World Vision as a humanitarian policy and programming thought leader by developing events, briefings, and policy papers. – Identify and preposition for opportunities to testify before Congress and support the external engagement of senior leadership of the organization.
– Support efforts for advocacy mobilization of World Vision supporters and donors, including writing legislative summaries, blog posts and talking points.
– Serve as a spokesperson, as appropriate, with media outlets in coordination with the public engagement team.
– Support and understand compliance and access issues related to the ability to operate humanitarian programs, including an understanding of partner vetting, counter-terrorism policies, humanitarian principles and the IRC Code of Conduct.
– Support the development of country advocacy strategies, where appropriate, to support a humanitarian response or policy outcome. Deployment and secondment opportunities overseas will be available, although not required.
– Keep Christ central in our individual and corporate lives. Attend and participate in the leadership of devotions, weekly Chapel services, and regular prayer.
– Work collaboratively with other government relations team members to support integration of humanitarian messaging into other sector advocacy and policy efforts.
– Keep informed of organizational announcements, activities and changes via regular reading of the WVUS Intranet and other corporate communication tools.
– Perform other duties as assigned.

04 You Bring These Skills:
– Experience working in coalitions with diverse partners
– Experience initiating work across portfolios and departments within an organization: breaking silos, consolidating conversations/initiatives.
– Strong reading comprehension and writing skills
– Government relations experience with the Department of State, USAID, and/or Congress
– Ability to show discretion in handling sensitive information
– Ability to manage multiple tasks/issues and to set clear priorities
– Must have a mature faith demonstrated by a personal commitment to Jesus Christ and service to others

05 Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent (eight years) work experience. In addition to education or educational equivalent, requires work experience with humanitarian programs, policy or advocacy issues and interaction with the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government; 5-7 years.

06 Additional Skills We Are Interested In:
– Must have an understanding of humanitarian architecture and operations.
– Must be able to communicate effectively with external audiences, including the news media.
– Must have a mature faith demonstrated by a personal commitment to Jesus Christ and service to others.

07 Where This Job Could Take Your Career: You’ll be part of World Vision USA as well as part of the larger World Vision International Partnership. Globally, we have over 40,000+ staff working in nearly 100 countries (~1,000 staff with World Vision US).

08 About World Vision: We’re a global Christian humanitarian organization. We partner with children, families, and their communities to empower them as they reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. For nearly 70 years, World Vision has followed Jesus’ example to show unconditional love to the poor and oppressed. We serve every child regardless of faith.

09 Salary Range & Benefits: Your salary is important to you, so it’s important to us. Please share your salary expectations with us in the application process to get the conversation started. We also have a robust and comprehensive benefits package to round out our total compensation package.

10 What happens next? We review applications nearly every day assessing strength of fit for the role. If questions arise on our end, we will message you to learn more. Short-listed candidates are contacted for an initial phone conversation with our recruiting staff. Moving deeper into our selection process you can expect to interview 1:1 with a hiring manager. Finalists normally participate in a panel interview where the opportunity to connect with additional members of our staff lends itself to more of a 360-view of the role. Our goal is to fill this vacancy with the right person in the shortest amount of time. All interviews will be virtual at this time.

Job Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Position Type: Full-Time/Regular
Working Environment / Conditions: Standard/Professional office environment with regular visitation to executive and legislative branches of U.S. government offices and collaborating with NGO’s, donors, and other external audiences. Some international travel required.

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