World Vision International

Regional Advocacy & External Engagement Manager, Asia Pacific

Job Description

*Position location to be determined by home country of successful candidate within the Asia Pacific region where WVI is registered to operate.

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

The position is responsible for providing technical support and guidance to National Offices to implement advocacy and external engagement plans according to the country context and is aligned to WV partnership strategy - Our Promise 2030 - policies, standards and priorities, to achieve the well-being of most vulnerable children in the Asia Pacific Region.

Assist in embedding advocacy with other lines of Ministry in alignment with partnership policies, strategies and standards to enhance field offices can achieve strategic objectives through advocacy and external engagement as defined in the Partnership Strategy- Our Promise 2030.

Serve as a technical resource person for the Advocacy & External Engagement Line of Ministry to ensure program quality in the successful delivery of advocacy project models, Sustainable Development Goals, WV flagship campaign It Takes a World to end violence against children and social accountability.

Provide technical support in the development and implementation of advocacy programmes in Asia and Pacific Region through coordination of capacity building events and managing research information and resources.

The Asia Pacific region is made up of 18 country offices located in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), India, Indonesia, Lao Peoples Democratic Republic (PDR), Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste and Vanuatu. The role of the Asia Pacific Regional Office (APRO) is to provide direction, guidance and technical support in the effective implementation of the regional strategy to achieve the child well-being aspirations of WV.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Strategy Management:

  • Support the Advocacy and External Engagement Director, Asia Pacific Region, in development, implementation and monitoring of the Advocacy and External Engagement plan in Asia Pacific Region.

  • Assist in the development of regional advocacy capacity building strategies, priorities and business plans ensuring alignment with regional and global advocacy priorities.

  • Support the development of regional guidelines and standards relating to advocacy and support and embedding into systems and structures.

  • Contribute to the development of global policies guidelines and standards and assist in contextualizing them within the Asia region.

  • Ensure successful implementation of the global advocacy campaign (It Take A World) and external engagement initiatives in the Asia Pacific Region.

  • Coordinate with regional and national communications teams on localizing models to influence behaviors and implementation of behavioral change communications (BCC).

  • Provide quarterly updates on advocacy standards and practice alignment in the region.

Operational & Technical Support:

  • Support in integration of advocacy and external engagement priorities in all thematic priorities identified under the national and global strategies to enhance child wellbeing in the Asia Pacific Region.

  • Support NOs in implementation of Child Protection Advocacy (CPA) plans.

  • Provide technical support and guidance to National Offices for design, implementation and monitoring of advocacy initiatives, and effective integration of project models as part of technical programs and grant projects, in alignment with national strategy.

  • Work with National Offices to leverage field evidence to influence national policies.

  • Work closely with the child protection focal points to collaborate on child protection advocacy strategy / practice.

  • Support National and Regional Office in responding to emergencies and disasters (in the area of children in emergencies) in collaboration with HEA and Security advisor.

  • Develop Terms of Reference for consultancies related to advocacy priorities in the region.

  • Participate in / facilitate relevant advocacy events at National, Regional and Global Center as required by Advocacy and External Engagement Director.

Capacity Building:

  • Support the development and implementation of an integrated regional advocacy capacity building plan according to national advocacy priorities, global strategy.

  • Coordinate training, forum or workshops related to advocacy aligned to regional capacity building plan.

  • Share / facilitate access to advocacy resources and appropriate learning and support opportunities for National Offices. These may include active involvement in training, engagement of trainers, establishing institutional links,

  • identifying opportunities for staff exchange or mentoring and organizing online learning sessions.

  • Conduct Advocacy Competency Assessment to assess the capacity of the National Offices’ advocacy leads.

  • Support Advocacy & External Engagement Director in the management of request for support from TSOs.

Knowledge Management:

  • Support the continuous learning through documentation of advocacy programs and models that best support the mission of World Vision.

  • Documenting good practices contributing to regional newsletters, publications and documentation.

  • Enable National Offices to share good practice or access online recourses.

  • Facilitate the formation of regional advocacy forums/ networks that contribute to strategic action and promotes learning.

  • Contribute to mutual learning between National Offices within the Asia Pacific Region and between regions by disseminating evidence-based practices in advocacy.

  • Support learning reflections of advocacy response and implementation that will contribute to the development of advocacy models that is integrated with the HEA and Development to enhance the well being of children.

  • Participate in research and analysis to build evidence to support areas of advocacy and policy engagement within the East Asia region.

  • Coordinate data collection and reporting on Partnership Strategic Measures and other reports aimed to ensure quality of advocacy initiatives.

  • Support Advocacy and External Engagement Director in preparation of advocacy reports, position papers and concept papers on Child Wellbeing issues that can contribute to policy dialogue.

Quality Assurance:

  • Support National Offices in ensuring adherence to WV Partnership policies, protocols and standards related to advocacy.

  • Collaborate with the regional program quality specialist and technical teams in adopting and integrating DME policy, LEAP framework and tools to integrate advocacy and monitor impact.

  • Support the A&EE Director in addressing quality issues and needs in National Offices.

  • Follow up with NOs to implement recommendations and plan of action related to advocacy suggested in the PSM Report, CWB report and other global and regional assessments of the national office programs.

Internal Liaison & Coordination:

  • Participate and actively contribute to the partnership forums, working groups and networks related to advocacy as deemed necessary by regional leadership.

  • Work with other members of the Ministry Impact & Engagement team to ensure that advocacy is understood and integrated within the broader ministry of World Vision in the region and embedded into regional grant-funded projects.

External Relations:

  • Support active engagement with international organizations, government agencies, media, partners and communities to enhance World Vision’s influence and credibility on advocate issues to improve wellbeing of children and promote

  • advocacy messages.

  • Provide support to National Office advocacy teams in partnering with external agencies.

  • Maintain good external relations with partner agencies to foster collaborative relationships and network during collaborative advocacy programs in the region.

  • Support the development of external coalitions at national and regional levels on advocacy issues that WV would like to support.

General:

  • Contribute to the effectiveness of the Ministry Impact & Engagement team and other functions within the region promoting mutual learning, support and accountability.

  • Participate in devotions and other activities that enrich and develop mutual growth in Christ.

  • Perform any other tasks assigned by the Advocacy and External Engagement Director.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Bachelor’s degree qualifications and/or professional qualification in Social Science or relevant field.

  • Knowledge of Humanitarian industry, Child Rights, Child Development.

  • High level understanding of advocacy approaches and social accountability models.

  • Understanding WV vision, mission, Development and HEA standards.

  • Strong analytical, organizational, problem solving, collaborative, facilitation and time management skills.

  • Able to work with minimal supervision.

  • High level of awareness of global and regional socio-economic, political and environmental issues.

  • Cross cultural and facilitation skills.

  • Competent in the use of Microsoft Office computer programs including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • At least 3- 5 work years experience with INGO.

  • Direct experience in implementation of advocacy strategy, capacity building training and conducting research.

  • Experience in dealing with INGO, IO, UN and Embassy representation and coalition building.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 30% of the time.