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Senior Advisor, External Engagement Communications

International Role - Yes
2+ Years

*Preferred location: United Kingdom. Other locations to be determined by home country of successful candidate within Europe where WVI is registered to operate.

*Candidates must be legally authorised to work in Europe. No Relocation Assistance available.


Reporting to the Director of External Engagement Communications, with a dotted line management to the Senior Director, Disaster Management External Engagement and Resource Development, this advisor globally positions World Vision priority sectors, specifically our Disaster Management work, as an expert voice, to maximise our influence on policy, and to advocate for children and communities affected by disasters, poverty or other vulnerabilities.

The advisor will solidify World Vision’s reputation as a leading child-focused development, advocacy and disaster management agency through the evidencing of our field impact across our core technical sectors, and thought leadership, to increase our resource income through grants and private partnerships.


  • 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.

  • Identify and manage reputation risk in key areas such as localisation, digitalisation, cash-based programmes, faith in humanitarian action, preventing sexual and financial exploitation and abuse, misappropriation of funds/funding and/or supporting armed or terrorist groups.

  • Manage key global external engagement communications projects and priorities.

  • Working with the external engagement communications team, international communications team, global branding and global campaigns teams, design and drive communications strategy for priority sectors, and annual plans for key moments to reach powerholders.

  • Lead networks of leaders doing sector EE and EE comms to improve global reputation, positioning and communications with regional leaders and global centre functions in line with I&E strategy and Global Programmes Framework.


  • Masters level qualifications in Strategic Communications, Organisational Development, Business Administration, 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 40% 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 six weeks per year.

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