Senior Advocacy Officer

Senior Advocacy Officer

WRC - Women's Refugee Commission

New York, United States

As a member of WRC’s advocacy team, the Senior Advocacy Officer contributes to the design and implementation of the organization’s advocacy strategy and work plan, provides strategic guidance to program team members on the integration of advocacy considerations into their initiatives, and helps identify funding opportunities for the organization. The Senior Advocacy Officer is expected to provide vision and leadership on cross-cutting organizational priorities and may also lead or participate in field missions on humanitarian issues central to the mission of WRC. This position reports to the Senior Director of Advocacy and External Relations.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • In consultation with WRC leadership and program staff, lead WRC’s advocacy efforts in New York with UN agencies, member state missions, other international and non-governmental organizations, and policy makers;
  • Further strengthen relationships with the diplomatic and humanitarian communities in New York. Identify new supporters for WRC’s work and new opportunities to promote WRC initiatives;
  • Ensure WRC’s active participation in key policy fora, including the Commission on the Status of Women and the ECOSOC Humanitarian Segment, and in processes related to the development of new refugee and humanitarian policies;
  • Represent WRC at high-level meetings, conferences and other public events;
  • Take a leadership role in New York-based non-governmental organizations or inter-agency coalitions, such as the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security and the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Gender Reference Group;
  • Play a key role within WRC on the advancement of its organizational strategic priorities related to gender equality and resilience;
  • Work closely with WRC’s communication and program staff to develop strategies and advocacy materials for target audiences and design public events to promote WRC’s recommendations on humanitarian policy and practice;
  • Support WRC field missions as needed, including in the design of such missions and as the lead or participant in the missions.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Minimum 10 years of progressive work experience on international humanitarian issues and advocacy, to include field-based experience in humanitarian contexts;
  • Master’s Degree in international affairs, political science, law or related field strongly preferred;
  • Demonstrated experience designing and implementing advocacy strategies for multiple audiences, including the UN system;
  • Strong understanding of the humanitarian system, protection issues and women’s rights issues;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills: proven ability to communicate effectively with multiple audiences and to produce persuasive advocacy materials for a range of audiences;
  • Good diplomatic skills: must be able to manage a variety of internal and external relationships in a cross-cultural professional environment, and represent the organization with senior level diplomats and other policy makers;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with minimum supervision.

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