Advocacy Lead, WV Afghanistan

International Role - Yes
1-2 Years

*Please submit your CV in English.


Reporting to the National Office Director, you’ll lead WVA’s humanitarian and development advocacy and external engagement work, with a view to influencing the policy and practice of duty bearers, powerholders and relevant international institutions as well as within the WV Partnership.

You’ll develop strategic policy and advocacy products, as well as engage in direct lobbying to engage and influence key stakeholders including donor government, the media, and the broader international community. You’ll further focus on embedding advocacy capacity at programme level across WVA’s areas of operation.

You will manage a team of Communications and Advocacy staff.


Strategy & Planning:

  • Lead the development, review and implementation of the WVA advocacy strategy and associated work plan, in close cooperation with the SLT and in line with regional and WVI global advocacy priorities.

  • Develop with the support of the National Director, a WVA External Engagement plan.

  • Co-chair the Advocacy Response Group with GCDM and support effective management of the ARG coordination space on MS Teams.

  • Produce policy and decisions to highlight gaps in the response environment to achieve required national and international change.

  • Lead and manage a team of two advocacy and communications specialists.

Internal & External Engagement:

  • Identify and engage partners and coalitions to support effective child focused advocacy.

  • Represent the Response team on relevant INGO, Technical Cluster and donor Working Groups in close coordination with the Response Director and National Director, as well a support their external engagement with messaging, analysis, and set up of meetings.

  • Lead planning and preparation for events and engagements, as well as support senior leaders.

  • Establish and strengthen strategic advocacy networks and alliances. Be abreast of local, regional and international advocacy initiatives on Afghanistan relative to WVA. Actively engage with coalition advocacy work on Afghanistan and support the WVA National Director in engagement with the international community, humanitarian actors including Afghanistan civil society, and de-facto authorities.

Advocacy and positioning materials:

  • Develop and disseminate Advocacy messaging on key context issues aligned to IASC guidance, leadership priorities and WV global policy positions, and update when there are changes in context.

  • Support the partnership’s need for information, positioning, and messaging on Afghanistan to facilitate other WV offices’ advocacy engagements on Afghanistan.

  • Produce timely and regular advocacy products such as briefing notes, fact sheets, talking points, research papers, and where appropriate, support field staff in the production of comms products, in line with country and regional priorities.

  • Provide evidence, messaging and action items to external stakeholders on WV advocacy positioning and priorities for Afghanistan Support research and learning for the consolidation of evidence to be used for advocacy and comms purposes.

Advocacy & Policy Technical Support:

  • Develop and deliver Staff Training on Humanitarian Advocacy.

  • Ensure national policy guidelines are aligned with regional / global policy, especially on humanitarian issues, standards and assist in contextualizing them.

  • Lead the Advocacy Strategic Measures reporting process.

Programming & Proposal Development:

  • Collaborate with resource development and program teams to ensure integration of advocacy activities in program design and proposal development.


  • Master’s degree in Law, Humanitarian Aid, International Development, Journalism, Public Relations, Communications, Social Sciences or related field.

  • Understanding of both humanitarian relief and recovery work and principles in fragile contexts.

  • Excellent networking, relationship building and people management skills.

  • Excellent spokesperson; research, policy analysis and writing skills, as well as understanding of the role of the UN in humanitarian emergencies, its agencies and ways of working.

  • Ability to work in difficult, insecure and stressful conditions.

  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically, manage to plan and meet deadlines.

  • Proven ability to manage staff, ability to work with partners.

  • At least five years of progressive work experience in advocacy and international exposure/external engagement on humanitarian emergencies or fragile country contexts.

  • Experienced in external engagement/lobbying with high level stakeholders.


  • Outstanding English written and verbal fluency required.

  • Solid knowledge in Microsoft Office.

  • Prior experience with World Vision i.e. its programs, operations, structures, policies, etc. is desirable.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position is based in Herat (Afghanistan) – pending visa and other access issues.

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically The position requires occasional international travel.