Advocacy Manager - Bangladesh Refugee Response

13539-15N02043
Dhaka
07-Jun-19
International Role - Yes
1-2 Years

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

Lead the efforts of the World Vision Bangladesh Refugee Crisis Response (BRCR) to advocate for the rights and needs of children and their families.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Build, staff and resource Advocacy unit to meet response needs.

  • Develop and implement the Advocacy strategy in conjunction with key stakeholders.

  • Write and produce advocacy materials on critical issues, updating as context changes.

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

  • Identify and engage partners (internal and external) and coalitions to support effective child-focused advocacy.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • A post-graduate degree or equivalent in human rights, development studies, international relations or a relevant field.

  • Minimum five years’ of demonstrated progressive experience of advocacy work within the international humanitarian sector, preferably related to refugee populations.

  • Proven track record of coordinating multi-faceted and complex projects related to policy change, including ability to anticipate issues, develop pro-active solutions, follow-up and meet deadlines and deliverables.

  • Proven ability to coordinate across multiple stakeholders with sensitivity to the political and policy dynamics, and familiarity with multilateral and bilateral partners in humanitarian aid

  • Superior writing and communications skills. Ability to compile and synthesize complex material and to research, write, edit and produce top-quality professional policy briefs, messaging, research documents and reports delivered on deadline.

  • Consultative and collaborative approach; comfort working across a large, complex international NGO on challenging policy issues

  • Demonstrated experience in delivering analysis and evidence-based advocacy, preferably in complex emergencies.

  • Proven management and capacity-building skills.

  • Strong interpersonal, representation, and negotiation skills.

  • Cross-cultural sensitivity and understanding of social and political environment.

  • Ability to navigate difficult advocacy conversations sensitively and confidently. 
Ability to work effectively under pressure in difficult, insecure and stressful conditions—both independently and as a team player.

  • Full adherence to World Vision Child Protection, Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policies.

  • Proven understanding of Humanitarian Principles.

  • Familiarity with international law and rights, including human rights, children’s rights, refugee law, and international humanitarian law.

  • Demonstrated ability to meet strict deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members in a cross-cultural environment.

  • Demonstrates cross-cultural sensitivity, flexible worldview, emotional maturity and physical stamina. Ability to exhibit exemplary lifestyle as interpreted in specific local cultural context.

  • Ability to maintain performance despite intense workload and work pace.

  • Committed to World Vision Core Values and Mission Statement.

  • Knowledge of and adherence to the Red Cross and NGO Code of Conduct.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Computer skills.

  • Working knowledge of programs/projects cycle management.

  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with all staff and other key partners.

  • Good planning and organizational skills.

  • Financial and program management skills.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • Work environment: Response Office based

  • Travel: 25% travel to refugee camps required.

  • On call: 80% (This is an emergency response.)

  • Willingness to travel and work extensively, sometimes at short notice, in difficult places and under long hours, according to a results-based approach.