Syria Response Policy and Advocacy Director

International Role - Yes
1-2 Years


This position will create and lead the implementation of an advocacy strategy for WV’s Syria Response that aligns with WV’s Syria Response Strategy, WV’s field presence and its core focus and strengths as an organization. The strategy will consider key influencers and field level realities to determine objectives that advocate for and with Syrian children and children from host communities and leverage WV’s presence, evidence, brand and opportunities.

To accomplish this purpose, the successful candidate will develop policy analysis, positions and messaging on an ongoing basis that conforms to humanitarian law and standards and builds upon field-based evidence while managing the risks associated with the context. This position will also seek to look to the future and determine the type of advocacy approaches required to help develop a context appropriate resilience based approach to assisting Syrian children, families and host communities that can lead towards longer term post-conflict opportunities.

The position also requires significant and sophisticated internal and external coordination and communication efforts with WV offices and humanitarian cluster mechanisms so that WV’s Syria Response aligns its advocacy and policy engagement with WV’s broader external engagement, positioning, branding and child-focused mandate.


Strategy and Context Analysis:

  • Create and manage implementation of a Syria Response advocacy strategy which bridges issues of humanitarian protection, coordination, funding and access with emergent issues connected to WV’s sector-based programming and the evolving geo-political context.

  • Develop and maintain a simple tracking tool with the Advocacy Response Group (ARG) to show global progress towards advocacy strategy objectives.

  • Continually review the Syria Response advocacy strategy to determine reactive changes to the context and policy landscape.

  • In partnership with the Syria Response Security Director, provide ongoing context analysis to the Response Director, Response Managers, Regional Offices (RO), Support Offices (SOs) and the ARG.

Policy Influence and External Engagement:

  • Develop and update humanitarian and child rights policy positions and messaging on a regular basis in line with context changes and where strategic, in alignment with WVI’s It Takes a World Campaign.

  • Provide strategic guidance / support and assist with preparing senior leaders (Response Director, Response Managers, visiting CEOs/Regional Leads) for high-level external engagement and representation meetings, including the Youth Resolve Project.

  • Actively participate in humanitarian advocacy initiatives of the Syria INGO Response Forum, leading activities where appropriate to WV strategy and expertise.

  • Work with Syria Response and WV global sector leads to develop policy messaging on sector-specific issues that are critical to WV programming responses (including ending violence against children, as the WVI global campaigns theme and Youth Resolve Project).

  • Build strategic relationships with aligned policy and advocacy NGOs and civil society with a focus on children.

Team work and Coordination:

  • Actively participate in the Senior Leadership Team and keep abreast of response activities and issues by regularly attending Response Team Meetings and working closely with Operations and Programmes staff.

  • Participate in relevant WVI information sharing meetings/engagements to align Syria Response advocacy with WVI initiatives; and specifically:

  • 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 children in the context of response.

  • Act as lead convener for WV Syria Response Advocacy Resource Group (ARG) to coordinate and provide messaging and participate in events with WV Support Offices and Humanitarian Capitals.

  • Provide guidance to operations and programming to integrate advocacy actions into grants and projects; build evidence plans with Program Design Quality staff to ensure policy messaging is connected to response programming.

  • Work closely with Communications staff at local, regional and global levels to coordinate messaging and actions for public engagement purposes.

Staff Management and Development:

  • Provide Support to the WV Lebanon and WV Jordan Advocacy staff in their execution of Syria related advocacy initiatives.

  • Oversee the provision of humanitarian advocacy training for Response staff (programme design for empowerment, external relations, policy influence etc.) and provide on-going technical assistance in the implementation of humanitarian advocacy work.

Proposal Development and Financial Management:

  • Provide leadership for mainstreaming advocacy with Response Team Leaders and SMT teams across response offices.

  • Supervise the design and drafting of new proposals for advocacy, making sure they match with the program objectives and donors requirements.

  • Provide leadership for new grant initiatives (new projects, new donors) where aligned with advocacy strategy.

Safety and Security Responsibilities:

  • 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 Humanitarian Affairs or relevant field or a Bachelor’s Degree with relevant work experience.

  • At least 5 years of progressive work experience with international exposure/external engagement on humanitarian emergencies or fragile country contexts.

  • Excellent research, policy analysis and report writing skills.

  • Minimum 3 years policy and advocacy experience on humanitarian policy issues.

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

  • Experienced in external engagement/lobbying with high level stakeholders (SRSGRC/HC Ministerial Ambassadorial).

  • Experiences in networking and building coalitions.

  • Experience in developing systems to capture and measure impact of advocacy activities.

  • Excellent English with Arabic and French an advantage.


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

Work Environment:

  • Position requires willingness and ability to continue to function in unpredictable and potentially hostile environments.

  • At least 20% travel required.