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Coordinator Advocacy & Policy

Colombo - 09
International Role - No - Only National applicants will be considered.
2+ Years

World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision is dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people regardless of their religion, caste, gender or ethnicity. World Vision has been in Sri Lanka since 1977 working in relief and development projects in 20 districts across the country.

At World Vision we are passionate about children and are committed to bringing fullness of life to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. Every day for forty years, that is what our team at World Vision has been doing.

We are looking for dynamic individuals to join us on our journey of caring

Vacancy - Coordinator Advocacy & Policy

Location – Colombo

Job Profile

The Advocacy Lead, shares in the overall responsibility for the direction and coordination of the WVL National Office advocacy program and leads the policy influencing that the organization undertakes.

He/She will have the ability to coordinate the design and implementation of social accountability and advocacy interventions, and related capacity strengthening to achieve positive and lasting changes to fulfil childrens rights.

Major Responsibilities

  • Promoted local level advocacy, including social accountability mechanisms to priorities key advocacy issues that affect the local communities and equip the National Office in scaling up their engagement, guidance & monitoring of the Citizen Voice Action (CVA) Plan.

  • Provide technical leadership in the implementation of citizen participation programs and monitoring of service delivery work Ensure AP level technical project baseline survey is established & effective monitoring system in place for quality assurance

  • Lead / assist in the development of WVL Advocacy Strategy in meeting organizational goals relevant to the local context & integration into the field operations work plan in line with the Technical Program deliverables

  • Organize training and technical assistance to internal staff members as well as to selected civil society partners on a need basis.

  • Build /maintain advocacy related external relationships and enhance collaborative relationships, with internal and external stakeholders in raising the profile of WVL in advocating on issues affecting children

  • Coordinate the “It Takes a World to End Violence against Children” campaign working with all stakeholders in lobbying for child rights issues , research & monitor emerging legislation on violence against children in the local context

Required qualifications, experience & competencies

  • A degree in Development Studies, Social Science, Law, Public Policy or equivalent.- Masters level qualification in a related field would be an advantage.

  • A minimum of 3 years advocacy related experience, with experience in successfully leading the development and implementation of advocacy strategies

  • Experience in influencing other Civil society organisations, government, donors, through representation , influence and advocacy.

  • Experience of working with local partners and District Local Government, (e.g. Child Rights Governance, Health, Nutrition, Education, )

  • Influencing, negotiation, coaching and communication skills.

  • Strong analytical skills, and planning abilities & documentation skills.

  • Availability and willingness to work extra hours during times of humanitarian responses.

  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English & Sinhala and/or Tamil preferred.

  • Willing & able to travel domestically & internationally up to 40% of the time

World Vision Lanka offers a competitive remuneration package based on individual competence and skills. If you meet the required criteria and wish to apply for this or any of the available vacancies, select the position you wish to apply for & submit your on-line application with your CV and details of three non-related referees on or before the given closing date.

Closing Date: 30th June, 2018

Only short listed candidates will be notified.

World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.

This offer of employment is made contingent upon the successful completion of all applicable background checks, including criminal record checks.

World Vision is committed to the protection of children and does not employ staff whose background is not suitable for working with children