Humanitarian Advocacy & External Engagement Tech. Dir.-COVID19

International Role - No - Only National applicants will be considered.
1-2 Years

*Preferred position location: United Kingdom. Other locations to be determined by home country of successful candidate in a jurisdiction (US state or country) where WVI is registered to operate.

*Please submit your CV in English.


In line with the WVI Disaster Management Standards for global emergencies this position fills an essential function of Advocacy & External Engagement for World Vision’s Global Response to Covid-19 (COVER). The position will sit within the Global Centre (GC) Disaster Management (DM) External Engagement and Resource Development Unit, reporting to the Sr Director with a dotted line to the COVID-19 Emergency Response Coordinator. This role is critical to providing continued advocacy & external engagement guidance, capacity tools, reporting and direct support to 70 countries as national responses to COVID-19 are integrated into Field Office programs, as well as for spikes in COVID-19 expected to continue for at least another 12 months, and that may require surge support.

This role will be responsible for overseeing implementation of one of the four strategic objectives of the global COVER Response - COLLABORATE AND ADVOCATE TO ENSURE VULNERABLE CHILDREN ARE PROTECTED, specifically focusing on advocacy and external engagement.

The incumbent will be responsible for implementing long term and/or time-bound, intensive and targeted influencing strategies to achieve shifts in international policy towards children and families affected by COVID-19, with a focus on fragile contexts. Specifically, this will focus on strengthening protection of children’s rights during COVID-19, on addressing operational constraints to ensure World Vision can reach the most vulnerable children with humanitarian assistance, and ensure alignment of the COVER response with the global campaign on ending violence against children as necessary.

She/he will have strong representation, negotiation, policy knowledge and influencing skills, as well as a well-developed network of external industry contacts. The external engagement aspects of this role will be contributing towards positioning World Vision with key stakeholders to grow response income from UN/other multilaterals (current target US $320 million), as well as increase World Vision’s influence on the international COVID-19 response, and strengthen existing partnerships. S/he will be responsible for providing direction to and supporting World Vision’s COVID-19 external engagement with Tier 1 and 2 stakeholders in coordination with sector leads, global capitals, regional and field

leadership. S/he will identify influencing opportunities, lead planning and preparation for events and engagements, as well as represent World Vision externally. They will support senior leaders and other World Vision staff to do the same.

This role will manage critical internal coordination mechanisms, such the COVER Advocacy Response Group, which brings together advocacy experts from across the World Vision Partnership (field, global, regional, fundraising offices) and coordinates closely with A&EE. It will likewise lead inputs on COVID-19 into World Vision Partnership External Engagement coordination mechanisms, such as the External Engagement Advisory Group. The role will also engage with the COVER Grants Advisory Group and track with financing trends for advocacy and influence. This role will be responsible for reporting on advocacy and external engagement impact, as well as ensuring appropriate internal communication and knowledge management at the global level on advocacy and external engagement related to COVID-19.


Strategic Leadership:

  • Oversees implementation of one of the four strategic objectives of the global COVER Response - COLLABORATE AND ADVOCATE TO ENSURE VULNERABLE CHILDREN ARE PROTECTED.

  • Provides direction and support to World Vision’s humanitarian advocacy representation to the UN in Geneva and New York, regional and national capitals, on COVID-19.

  • Initiates, contributes and/or leads development of global policies, reports, briefings and opinions on COVID-19, and works closely with the Humanitarian Director for research on research opportunities.

  • Advises Senior Directors in DM, NDs and Response Directors on major COVID-19 advocacy issues, implications of these on field operations and recommends strategies for addressing these.

Representation & External Engagement:

  • Represents World Vision on COVID-19 humanitarian issues to governments and donors in the UN, with academia, and NGOs.

  • Maintains a network of external senior-level humanitarian contacts and builds new networks to grow World Vision’s profile.

  • Ensure strong relationships, coordination and communication across Global Capitals and other relevant World Vision offices on COVID-19 policy engagements with external stakeholders.

  • Identifies and oversees preparation of external influencing opportunities for Senior Leaders from GC, NOs, and Response Offices.

  • Lead inputs on COVID-19 into World Vision Partnership External Engagement coordination mechanisms, such as the External Engagement Advisory Group.

Field Support & Impact Reporting

  • Co-leads the Partnership COVER Advocacy Response Group (ARG) and participates in the Partnership COVER Executive Team (PET).

  • Provides advocacy & external engagement guidance, capacity tools, and training to COVID-19 affected countries.

  • Ensures and supports advocacy & EE impact reporting by Field Offices on COVID-19, provides inputs into global reporting and supports COVID-19 related Advocacy Strategic Measures reporting.

  • Works closely with the Regional Advocacy Directors and HEA Directors to ensure COVID-19 advocacy objectives are integrated into Field Office strategies.

  • Deploys to COVID-19 affected contexts to help set up a surge functions for advocacy & external engagement, develop advocacy strategies and support operations.


  • 10 years relevant job experience, including in management, with significant time spent in active humanitarian response contexts.

  • A post graduate degree in a relevant field (equivalent of a Master’s in international or public relations, international development, or law).

  • Professional fluency in English.

  • An excellent understanding of International Humanitarian Law and the humanitarian sector and its derivate standards, guidelines and tools, with a well maintained network of external industry relationships.

  • In depth understanding of civil society leverage points in the global humanitarian community including strong familiarity with relevant UN and coalition processes across NY and Geneva.

  • Excellent writing skills and the ability to translate complex material and data into coherent narratives that resonate with policy makers and peers.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Professional-level fluency in a second UN language (esp. French or Arabic).

  • Management of multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, including virtual teams.

  • Excellent negotiation and collaboration skills with a demonstrated ability to think strategically, synthesize complex information and develop innovative influencing approaches.

  • Strong communication skills with a demonstrated ability to communicate successfully with players in all segments of the humanitarian field, including high level decision-makers.

  • Leads independently on fast-paced issues, tight deadlines and juggle competing demands.

  • Ability to travel internationally including support to field programmers in remote and challenging environments.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 25% of the time, including to humanitarian response environments.