Advisor, Communications (External Engagement)

International Role - No - Only National applicants will be considered.
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.


Reporting to the Director for Impact Communication, the advisor will build World Vision’s reputation as a leading child-focused development, advocacy and disaster management agency by evidencing our field impact and expertise across our core technical sectors, and by promoting our thought leadership.

Working primarily with the Disaster Management team, he/she will be working to secure an increase in grants and private partnerships income, to maximise our influence on policy, and to advocate for children and communities affected by disasters, poverty or other vulnerabilities.


Reputation, profile and positioning for income growth and policy influence:

  • Develop and lead implementation of targeted external engagement and communications plans for pre-positioning with key global funding and policy bodies, and other powerholders, to create appropriate environment for resource development and humanitarian and development policy.

  • In collaboration with a variety of teams in Global Centre Marketing and Communications, as well as other World Vision offices, design and drive communications strategies and annual plans for key moments to reach powerholders.

Identify and manage reputation risk:

  • Work closely with World Vision's risk advisors to plan proactive and reactive communications plans to address potential risk scenarios associated with the contexts in which Disaster Management works.

  • Equip and support external engagement, media and social media teams to identify, manage and mitigate key disaster management-related risk issues.


  • Work with Disaster Management staff to ensure World Vision's technical expertise has a compelling, comprehensive, engaging digital presence.

  • Deploy to field and/or travel key external fora.


  • Masters level qualifications in Strategic Communications, Organisational Development, Business Administration, Journalism, Marketing or equivalent.

  • Ten years’ experience in marketing, or communications fields with minimum five years at a senior management level.

  • Three years working in humanitarian or emergency response industry.

  • Effective in written and verbal communication in English.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Strategic approach to reputation, positioning and communications planning and knowledge of audience engagement.

  • Demonstrated success in understanding audience and stakeholder needs and channel management.

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills to deal with the highest level of organisation/business representatives.

  • Knowledge of a second language such as French, Arabic or Spanish.

  • Advanced knowledge of communications theory and application.

  • Knowledge of internal and change-related communications.

  • Field-based or virtual deployment for an emergency response in a senior communications role.

  • Demonstrable success in designing and managing engagement campaigns.

  • Demonstrable success in managing large scale, multi-faceted and cross-function projects.

  • Experience in strategic planning and implementation of communications projects in line with organisation objectives.

  • Experience in advising senior management on communication, reputation and marketing related issues.

Work Environment/Travel:

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

  • Flexible worldview, emotional maturity and physical stamina.

  • Ability to live an exemplary lifestyle as interpreted in specific or local contexts.

  • Must be resilient and able to persevere in the face of disappointment and be able to function effectively in contexts of ambiguity.

  • Able to deploy to field in a communications or grants-related role up to four weeks per year.

  • Able to manage multiple tasks and functions effectively in high-pressure environments, while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.