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Senior Manager External Engagement & Advocacy

Job Description

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 Senior Manager External Engagement & Advocacy

Location – Colombo

Job Profile

The incumbent will lead in developing and implementing external engagement strategies in order to strengthen WVLs position locally and increase its brand recognition. He or She will contribute to the development and implementation of the national advocacy action plan for World Vision Lanka in alignment with the national office strategy. Additionally, he or she will explore ways of creating new opportunities for the external parties to engage with World Vision Lanka.

Major Responsibilities

Lead the development of the External Engagement Strategy for WVL

  • Supports and advances the organization in government relations and advocacy agenda at the local, and national levels WVL is represented in critical external and public engagement opportunities.

  • Develop collaborative relationships with senior level policy makers and government ministers, while engaging INGO, NGO, UN agencies, local NGOs, churches, educational institutions and other civil society groups;

Lead national office advocacy strategy and annual plan of action.

  • Provide required support & training/capacity building of staff & ensure Policy Advocacy support for child wellbeing

  • Field operations are able to integrate advocacy strategy in their annual work plan & the Technical Program Advocacy targets are integrated into national plan

  • Promote WVL as a leading NGO in creating positive policy change

  • Track legislative & other policy initiatives relating to child centered issues of interest to the organization

Lead the External Engagement of World Vision Campaign It takes the world to End Violence Against Children (EVAC).

  • Enhance EVAC advocacy initiatives through external representation, partnerships & coalitions

  • Improved policy and legal frameworks are in place at the National & Local level for ending violence against children

Strategic Media relations for Advocacy

  • Coordinate well organized media /stakeholder tours, story angles & narratives for advocacy issues that warrant exposure

Effectively manage the performance of direct reports & submission of monthly management reports

  • Conduct regular performance discussion and annual appraisal for direct reports

  • Submission of timely & accurate public engagement monthly reports & monitor budgets/program expenses of Dept.

Required qualifications, experience & competencies

  • Advanced Degree in Social Sciences, Development Studies, Law or related filed.- Masters level qualification in a related field would be an advantage. OR Degree with 8-10 years experience in a similar role in the Development sphere

  • 3-5 Years’ experience in relevant field, preferably in a leadership role; journalism, media, communications or development.. Degree in journalism or communications/external relations/marketing;

  • Experience in campaign management & roll out with experience in relief or advocacy field, developing policy papers & networking at national level preferred

  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills in English and Sinhala /Tamil

  • Good research, policy analysis & report writing skills

  • Fluency in computer programs (Word, Excel, Power Point);

  • Solid knowledge in media relations, understanding of mass media developments in the country;

  • Excellent press release, media advisory, spokesperson skills.

  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures

  • 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