Liaison Advisor, KRI Syria Response
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
This position will support the implementation of the WV Iraq Response Plan in alignment with the Regional One Syria Response Humanitarian Advocacy and Communications strategies. It will re-enforce WV’s ability to credibly engage with the public, the government of KRI, the UN, international donors and decision makers, helping WV leverage its presence, results and brand to ensure the following:
Improved access for children to short term and longer-term humanitarian and protection assistance.
Improved coordination for response to children’s needs (among government, donors, multilaterals, and NGOs).
Increased funding for programs to assist children.
Empowerment of children and their host communities to build peace and to understand their rights to access assistance.
External Strategy Development Objective:
Gather and distil information and create analysis on relevant external actors, strategies, funding and actions to offer insights for WV KRI leadership, strategy processes, grant-yielding and partnership opportunities.
WV KRI strategy and funding leverages the partnerships of peer agencies, governments and donors to scale services and programmes for Iraq’s citizens, especially boys and girls.
WVI Representation in External Forums Objective:
Represent WV KRI in dialogue with external stakeholders such that WV KRI’s positions, programming and capacities are known to relevant actors and leveraged by externals for the benefit of Iraq’s citizens, especially boys and girls.
Relevant actors (Donors, UN, local governments) call on WV KRI as a partner and peer, and offer assistance to support WV KRI’s activities. [Resource Mobilisation, Partnering, Influencing Humanitarian Policy].
Advocacy & Policy Engagement Objective:
Provide evidence, messaging and action items to external and internal stakeholders on WVI’s CAT III Policy priorities, namely child protection and well-being, protection of civilians, the effectiveness of the humanitarian response, and effectiveness of transition management (from crisis to recovery). In the scope of WVI’s global campaign, It Takes a World, provide evidence, programmatic results, and messaging that focuses on solutions to reduce violence against boys and girls in the context of our programming.
WVI’s externally facing actors (SOs, RO, Geneva, NY, EUREP) speak on behalf of WV KRI’s humanitarian context, programming needs, and beneficiaries to donors and political actors of influence.
Communications and Media Objective:
Pre-plan and host visitor trips (with support from Administration Department) including journalists and/or celebrities; provide case studies, photos and short films from the field for WV Support Offices to use with donors, WV websites, and media/ social media; write stories and spokesperson briefs, with support from Syria Crisis Communications Director, as appropriate; brief and update spokespeople ahead of media interviews.
KNOWLEDGE,SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Post graduate qualification from internationally recognized tertiary institution.
At least 5 years working in relief/Aid or development work.
Previous experience of INGO work.
Experience working with IDPs, Refugees and conflict-affected persons.
English, Kurdish/Arabic communication skills (oral and written).
Strong interpersonal, liaison and negotiation skills within cross cultural context.
Passion for and strong understanding of advocacy theory, process and practice.
Demonstrated high level research and analytical skills.
Excellent English skills - oral and written (including high level comprehension skills and ability to write for mixed audiences).
Strong capacity building and facilitation skills.
Ability to undertake duties independently with minimal supervision.
Strong knowledge of UN cluster system, NGO/INGO, JCCC/GEC and government structures.
Understanding of interagency standards such as Sphere Humanitarian Standards, IASC, Core humanitarian standards.
Knowledge of and adherence to the Red Cross and NGO Code of Conduct.
Extensive Middle East experience preferred.
Travel up to 50% of the time including to the field and to high risk areas (only as required / approved by WV KRI Security Team).