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Humanitarian and Protection Advocacy Advisor - DRC Response

International Role - Yes
1-2 Years


World Vision has been delivering relief, rehabilitation and development programs to conflict, disaster-affected and poverty-stricken populations in DRC since 1984. Currently, WV operates in 14 out of 26 provinces, with programming in protection, health, nutrition, water and sanitation, food aid, food security, peacebuilding and emergency relief reaching almost 2.5m people as direct beneficiaries in 2015. We are the World Food Programme’s (WFP) biggest partner in country, distributing food to nearly 1 million people.

World Vision has been responding to a series of isolated protracted crisis in country, including Kasais (Cat III Global) since June 2017 and Ebola in North Kivu (Cat II) since August 2018. Under a new sustained humanitarian response, World Vision DRC seeks to improve child well-being through humanitarian protection, education and food & cash programming in Kasai, Beni, Tanganyika, & North-West. The role of Humanitarian and Protection Advocacy Advisor will work across all four responses to re-enforce WV DRC’s ability to credibly engage with the UN, local authorities, international donors and decision makers engaged in humanitarian response, helping WV DRC leverage its presence, results and



This position will be responsible for managing humanitarian advocacy for DRC, with particular focus on humanitarian protection as part of World Vision DRC’s Protracted Emergency Response.



  • Leverages partnerships with peer agencies, governments and donors to scale advocacy for improved protection, services and programmes for children affected by the humanitarian crisis of the DRC.

  • Represents WV DRC in dialogue with external stakeholders on core humanitarian concerns requiring advocacy engagement, including (but not limited to) issues of child protection, protection of civilians, civ/mil engagement, humanitarian access, IHL, humanitarian principles, and community engagement.

  • Builds relationships with relevant actors (Donors, UN humanitarian, MONUSCO, local governments) who reach out to WV DRC for inputs and opinion as a valuable expert on matters of protection of children and civilians.

  • Leads and actively participates in humanitarian advocacy initiatives of the INGO Forum, supports WV DRC ND engagement with the INGO Forum, Chef de Mission Forum, Comite Regional Inter-Organisations, and UN humanitarian actors in Kinshasa as necessary.

Advocacy & Policy:

  • Provides evidence, messaging and action items to external stakeholders on WV DRC priorities for the response, namely child protection, protection of civilians, the effectiveness of the humanitarian response, and effectiveness of transition management (from crisis to recovery and links to resilience and peace building).

  • Within the scope of WVI’s global campaign, It Takes a World, manages the campaign implementation in the Response. Provides evidence, programmatic results, and messaging that focuses on solutions to reduce violence against children in the context of our programming.

  • Mobilizes and effectively leverages WV’s global partnership (SOs, RO, Geneva, NY, EU) to amplify advocacy with donors and actors of influence on key WV DRC humanitarian concerns through timely provision of key messages, context analysis and policy products.

  • Provides humanitarian advocacy and protection training for staff particularly in areas of International Humanitarian Law, humanitarian principles, child protection, humanitarian coordination (cluster coordination, Level 3 leadership and accountability) and civil military relations as necessary.

Resource Acquisition, Proposal Development and Financial Management:

  • Consistently works with CIE on project proposals to ensure integration of campaign objectives in programming.

  • Mainstreams child protection, protection and advocacy into grants as appropriate in collaboration with GAM team.

Safety and Security:

  • Abide by the security policies and procedures and report any incidents or breaches to line manager and / or security manager.

  • Actively contribute to a positive security culture.


  • Master Degree in International Development or another relevant field or a Bachelor’s Degree with relevant work experience.

  • At least 3 years of progressive work experience in protection, child protection, advocacy and international exposure/external engagement on humanitarian emergencies or fragile country contexts.

  • Experience writing grands and developing proposals for protection related programming.

  • Excellent research, policy analysis and writing skills.

  • Excellent understanding of the role of the UN in humanitarian emergencies, its agencies and ways of working.

  • HEAT or SAINT security training.


  • Experienced in protection, external engagement/lobbying with high level stakeholders (SRSG, RC/HC, Ministerial, Ambassadorial).

  • Experiences in networking and building coalitions.

  • Experience in resource acquisition.

  • Good understanding of World Vision, its programs and policies.

  • Excellent English and French.

Working Environment/Travel:

  • Work environment: Office-based with frequent travel to the field.

  • Travel: 50% travel within country to various responses is expected (Beni, Bukavu, Kalemie, Gbadolite, Kananga).