PURPOSE OF POSITION:
Today, nearly 50 million children have migrated across borders or been forcibly displaced. Every day and in every region, these children face a variety of rights violations, from exploitation and violence to being separated from their families, detained because of their migration status and deprived of essential protections and services. These abuses constitute a grave human rights crisis.
World Vision is uniquely placed through its child focus, significant global experience in humanitarian response, community development and advocacy to contribute to the well-being of “children on the move” who are often the most vulnerable, especially in fragile and humanitarian contexts. This includes working in partnership with global coalitions for, with and by children to raise awareness and drive courageous and effective changes in attitudes and policy.
We are seeking an excellent candidate to fill this position now because of the troubling scope of the situation of children on the move and because of key global processes taking place that can address the rights and needs of these children. In 2018 the UN will agree two “Global Compacts” on migration and on refugees. The Global Compacts will be developed through consultation and negotiation among UN Member States and will include the participation of civil society actors in their development.
The Senior Advisor, Children on the Move will work with colleagues in Disaster Management and Advocacy and External Engagement (Global Capitals and Global Campaigns teams) as well as with key CSO partners on policy and advocacy that will support engaging and advocating with Member States and other stakeholders for the rights of children in the Global Compacts, with a particular focus on the Global Compact on Migration. The purpose of these efforts are to influence the content of the Global Compact from the child rights perspective, particularly on the protection of the child. Further, this position will support the linkages between the two Compacts.
Consolidate and strengthen existing World Vision policy guidance and develop as needed to enable advocacy and influencing Member States on the rights and needs of children in the Global Compacts, particularly on the protection of the
Develop public messaging on children on the move, in support of our advocacy, including with partners in close collaboration with relevant internal stakeholders including Disaster Management and A&E.
Strengthen, collaborate and widen CSO and stakeholders relations and partnerships on children on the move.
Support and strengthen Children on the Move advocacy and policy objectives of the It takes a world… campaign.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Advanced university level degree (Bachelor or higher) in Migration studies or closely related social sciences: public policy, social policy, political science, migration studies, international development.
Excellent oral and written communications skills.
Proven knowledge and , experience in UN and Member States influencing, including lobbying.
Strategic, creative, pragmatic and innovative thinking.
Min 4 years’ experience in relevant field (external engagement, advocacy, human/child rights, international law and/or communications).
Significant and relevant experience in child rights including child protection and migration in the context of CSO and UN ecosystem.
Experience of working in a complex, international and cross-cultural environment.
Ability / experience working cross sectoral influencing people to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.
Proven team player including remote team work.
Fluency in English is a must. Spanish and/or French an asset.
Effective in written and verbal communication in English.
Capacity to work legally in the United States.
The position will be located in the New York UN Global Capital office. It will include close collaboration with A&EE and DM colleagues in that office, and with others in Geneva and elsewhere.
The position will require travel as needed (up to 3+ trips annually) to best engage in the Global Compacts process, including Geneva.