Communications and Advocacy Manager - Yemen Response

14264-15G06012
Amman
29-Aug-19
International Role - Yes
1-2 Years

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

The purpose of the position is to manage and co-ordinate field communications for World Vision Yemen and World Vision Jordan; to provide support and resource to enable the World Vision partnership to appropriately engage with its various public engagement audiences in order to raise funds and profile for both countries.

The main focus of the work will be on Yemen (70%) with provision of communications support to WV Jordan on issues of resilience and Syrian refugees (30%).

Also, to support World Vision’s advocacy efforts, while protecting and promoting WV’s work to re-enforce World Vision’s ability to credibly engage with the UN, local authorities, international donors, partners, and decision makers engaged in humanitarian response, helping WV leverage its eventual programming, focus on child protection and ending violence against children.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

Representation and Engagement:

  • Establish one year communications plan for Yemen including internal/external audience mapping, measurement system, editorial, broadcast and social media plan, and risk mitigation outlook.

  • Advise WV Yemen Senior Leadership Team (SLT) on issues of importance regarding humanitarian communications and policies.

  • Contribute to the crisis management team as required.

  • Support the response team, regional and national emergency response communications staff and relevant World Vision partnership stakeholders (media, social media, marketing, advocacy, leadership, etc.) on key communications and risk issues, initiatives and messaging.

  • Map out and participate in advocacy coalitions and initiatives related to Yemen.

  • Develop and maintain partnerships with peer agencies, governments and donors to scale advocacy and programmes for children affected by the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

  • Represent World Vision in dialogue with external stakeholders on core humanitarian concerns requiring advocacy engagement, including (but not limited to) issues of child protection, protection of civilians, civil/military engagement, humanitarian access, etc.

  • Build relationships with relevant actors (Donors, UN humanitarian, local actors) who reach out to World Vision for inputs and opinion as a valuable expert on matters of protection of children and civilians.

Advocacy Communications:

  • Work in tandem with Regional Advocacy Team to produce and implement a public engagement strategy for the response.

  • In conjunction with Regional Advocacy, establish overarching messaging for WV’s response in Yemen, support in distributing messages.

  • Support the production of advocacy reports with resources and review, with particular emphasis on giving children a voice.

Coordination:

  • Build productive working relationships with key UN and INGO partners, as well as donors, in Amman and Yemen for positioning and coordination.

  • Work with UN and INGO colleagues on strategic interagency initiatives.

  • Convene and lead World Vison Advocacy Response Group on Yemen.

  • Supervise the provision of communications training for non-communications staff.

  • Contribute to the recruitment and use of freelance and consultant capacity to produce the resources above where needed.

Resource/Report Production Management:

  • Coordinate with programme information officers or their equivalent in each office to ensure the delivery of key World Vision partnership and Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs leadership information needs.

  • Source content in the form of video, photos, stories related to children’s needs, and so on from inside Yemen. (Potentially using communications staff in partner organisation).

  • Manage the production of unedited and finished multimedia resources, both through field level and partnership level support.

  • Manage the production of written materials including stories and reports.

  • Ensure materials produced contribute to the positioning of World Vision Yemen and have meaningful child participation, wherever possible.

  • Ensure the timely production of external reports, accountability materials and situation reports.

Media and Social Media Relations:

  • Act as spokesperson for the regional response.

  • Clarify, prioritise and service key World Vision partnership and Support Office media and social media objectives and expectations in coordination with Partnership communications colleagues.

  • Establish internal connections with relevant Support Offices to promote international media engagement.

  • Oversee the development of local media response strategies and media sensitization projects at country-level, for positioning, humanitarian outcomes and risk mitigation.

  • Coordinate and screen journalist / vlogger and blogger field visit requests regarding timing, approvals, logistics, issues, security, etc. Ensure the strategic positioning of the response via VIP, government and media visits.

  • Co-ordinate visits by WV leaders and delegations, including required approvals, scheduling, photo opportunities, media interviews, coordination with Support Office media teams, video production and messaging etc.

  • Ensure the delivery of social media content for use on Support Office and World Vision partnership platforms, including Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.

  • Support to produce visitor welcome packs and other relevant materials.

Advocacy & Influence:

  • Develop World Vision’s advocacy strategy on Yemen considering the phased intervention and partners’ portfolios, World Vision’s global brand and campaign on ending violence against children, and the regional metanarrative on fragility and children on the move.

  • Provide technical support for rights-based protection mainstreaming and programming and support research and learning on protection issues, needs assessments and evaluation of programmes.

  • Provide evidence, messaging and action items to external stakeholders on World Vision priorities for Yemen, namely child protection, violence against children, protection of civilians, the effectiveness of the humanitarian response, fragility, and the humanitarian-development-peacebuilding nexus.

  • Contribute to humanitarian advocacy and protection training particularly in areas of International Humanitarian Law, humanitarian principles, child protection, and humanitarian coordination.

Programming & Proposal Development:

  • Collaborate with resource development and programme teams ensure integration of child protection and participation, research and evidence, and campaign objectives in programme design and proposal development.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Master Degree in International Development, Journalism; Public relations or other relevant field or a Bachelor’s Degree with relevant work experience.

  • 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.

  • Strong journalistic skills, ability to facilitate the collection of photo, video, story and social media resources.

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

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

  • Proven ability to lead a team, ability to work with partners.

  • Full adherence to WV’s Child Protection, Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policies.

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

  • At least three years of progressive work experience with international exposure/external engagement on humanitarian emergencies or fragile country contexts.

  • Experience developing and leading coalitions and global advocacy efforts.

  • Proven field communications experience in emergency settings and/or fragile contexts.

  • Excellent English and presentation skills.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • 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.

  • Arabic language skills.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • Position location: Amman, Jordan with possible relocation to Jemen.

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 35% of the time.