Advocacy and Policy Director

Posted 14 days ago by World Vision
Location Job Type Sector Closing Date
Erbil Permanent 2023-10-01

​World Vision International is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision - Iraq Office is looking for a highly qualified and motivated person for the position of Advocacy and Policy Director – Erbil.


While living in radically different contexts, children in Iraq and Afghanistan face complex and mutually

compounding challenges related to food insecurity and precarious family livelihoods, lack of access to

essential services, exposure to protection risks and other threats to well-being. Both contexts bear the

marks of recent conflicts that have caused immeasurable visible and invisible harm, and both are

increasingly impacted by climate change. Moreover, in both contexts, resources that would enable

children to begin to secure their rights and meet their most fundamental needs are woefully inadequate.

Both countries are at a crossroads, where proper resourcing for appropriate interventions could create

a virtuous cycle of relief and resilience, while ongoing failure to support relief and resilience will increase

the number of children requiring that dwindling emergency support and further entrenching structural


At this critical juncture, the successful candidate will hold key positions in World Vision Afghanistan and

Iraq, acting internally as a thought leader who shapes messaging that advocates for evidence-grounded

policies that help secure children’s rights and protection and strengthen responses across the

Humanitarian, Development and Peace Nexus. Internally they will harmonise the representation of WV

Afghanistan and WV Iraq through colleagues’ in-country engagements with decision-makers. They will

be responsible for ensuring that a shared approach to advocacy across each office is at once responsive

to audiences and authentically expressive of the respective identities of these national offices.

Reporting to the National Directors, the Advocacy and Policy Director will shape an advocacy strategy

for each office, help to create a sense of shared ownership over this strategy across the two national

office teams, and oversee the implementation of this strategy, through a combination of in-country

and/or remote work.

In this role, the successful candidate will identify opportunities and seek to influence policy and practice

of humanitarian actors, key duty bearers, power holders and relevant international institutions, working

collaboratively with World Vision Afghanistan and Iraq team members through whom much of this

advocacy will be delivered.

The successful candidate will be deeply committed to principled humanitarian action and adherence to

key humanitarian law and policy, especially as it pertains to access to affected populations, children’s

rights and protections, addressing humanitarian needs, and promoting access to basic services,

economic recovery, resilience and development. Moreover, they will be passionate about the cultural

resources that Iraqis and Afghans, not least children most affected by recent and ongoing crises, bring to

the table, seeking every opportunity to give their experiences a voice.

Moreover, the successful candidate will be capable of engaging with, commissioning and contributing to

the design of research that informs policy as it impinges upon World Vision Afghanistan and World

Vision Iraq’s operational environments.

Time in the country will enable the development of a firm understanding of each office’s programming

portfolio and team capacity, while creating the opportunity to support colleagues by harmonizing and

maximizing the impact of external messaging at all levels.

This role consists of building internal policy and advocacy capacity across World Vision Afghanistan and

World Vision Iraq’s programs and operations teams, as well as the following core areas of work:

 Leading the design, internal adoption and implementation of World Vision Afghanistan and

World Vision Iraq’s advocacy strategies

 Developing a policy and advocacy identity for both offices

 Expressing these through the development of appropriate proactive and reactive messages

 Overseeing the development of tools and products that foreground children’s experiences,

needs and voices.

 Identifying gaps in World Vision’s available evidence base that inhibit policy engagement, and

conducting, commissioning or engaging with new research to inform policy positions, in dialogue

with MEAL teams

 Identifying opportunities for influencing stakeholders, including by liaising with relevant

humanitarian coordination mechanisms, networks and platforms in Afghanistan and Iraq, and in

regional contexts

 Engaging, or appropriately delegating engagement, with key in-country and global stakeholders

to advance collective and bilateral advocacy agendas

 Providing support, advice, and technical assistance to WVA’s senior leadership and other WV

entities to advance the fulfilment of children’s rights and needs in Afghanistan and Iraq,

especially for the sake of securing positive engagement from governments and multilateral

institutions via WV Global Capitals and Support Offices

 Harmonizing advocacy messaging to influence duty-bearers' policy and practice across sub-

national, national, regional and international levels, ensuring the consistent expression of

distinctive World Vision Afghanistan and World Vision Iraq’s identities, grounded in our

programming experience and relationships with affected communities, for the sake of the

children we seek to support

 Line managing heads of Communications in both teams


Thought leadership

 Support both office’s external engagement with context-specific, timely and relevant messaging,

talking points, policy positions or pertinent statements and evidence.

 Represent, and delegate where necessary, WV Afghanistan and Iraq engagement with strategic

advocacy networks and alliances in-country

 Represent, or support Partnership colleagues representing, WV by developing strategic and

sustained relationships with platforms, networks, and other NGO groups working on influencing

International actors such as interagency groups and UN agencies, funds, and programmes

 Work with each office’s SLT and the WV Partnership to prioritise and capitalise on new and ad hoc advocacy opportunities in-country and externally

 Represent WV Afghanistan and Iraq on all internal advocacy fora and meetings to ensure regular

positioning of advocacy work.

Capacity building and reporting

 Develop and deliver Staff Training on advocacy that increases their capacity to contribute to

their office advocacy strategy, and understand the relationship of the advocacy strategy to their

programming- or external engagements

 Lead the Advocacy Strategic Measures (annual reporting on the efficacy and effectiveness of

advocacy and policy) reporting process to the RO

 Engage collaboratively with field staff and partners to strengthen local advocacy capacity

 Collaborate with resource development and program teams to ensure the integration of advocacy

Activities in program design and proposal development

 Where appropriate, integrate policy and advocacy to grant proposals, in alignment with the strategy

and donor requirements.


1. Demonstrated ability to build evidence, develop advocacy products/research/policy

positions to influence humanitarian or development policy or practice, ideally with a focus on

WV Afghanistan and Iraq priority areas of intervention (child rights and protection, health,

WASH, food security and livelihood recovery, climate change, education)

2. Firm understanding of IHL, IHRL, IRL and child rights, humanitarian principles, humanitarian

architecture, humanitarian response and development in fragile contexts including the UN

system, with a passion to learn and develop this knowledge further

3. Master's degree in law, Advocacy, humanitarian policy, Child Rights, Child Protection,

Humanitarian Aid, International Development, Social Sciences or related field

4. Keen sympathetic attentiveness to context and cultural specificity

5. Proven research, policy analysis and writing skills.

6. Experience as a spokesperson in public and private briefing formats.

7. Experience leading or heavily contributing to strategic planning and delivery (e.g., Advocacy

strategy, country office strategy and plan, cluster strategy or work plan process).

8. Proven ability to self-manage collaborate and network superbly well with colleagues

and partners

9. Demonstrated ability to think strategically, proactively manage a plan and meet deadlines

10. Fluency in English is required, Arabic, Dari, Pashto or Kurdish are advantageous

11. At least five years of progressive work experience in advocacy and international

exposure/external engagement in humanitarian emergencies or fragile country contexts

12. Experienced in external engagement/lobbying with various levels of stakeholders

13. Experienced in the area and discipline of child rights or a relevant thematic area.

14. An energetic team player, capable of successfully managing their broad portfolio of

work, while demonstrating a keen eye for an opportunity to position successfully for


15. Dynamic, self-motivated, able to think creatively and proactively to seize initiatives to

pursue shared, agreed objective

16. Demonstrated ability to work and deliver independently if needed

17. Comfortable in research, listening posture as much as a representing, spokesperson


18. Understanding of and ability to integrate gender, age, and diversity considerations in

strategic decisions and daily work

19. A keen follower of all issues and updates related to the context and ability to adapt and react


20. Ability to work in difficult, insecure and sometimes stressful environments

21. Prior experience with World Vision i.e., its programs, operations, structures, policies, etc. is


Work Environment Requirement

 The position is offered on a Work from Home basis, with a preference for a location near a World

Vision Support Office, in Geneva or New York.

 Additionally, it requires ten weeks in total in-country per annum, including at least two weeks

per six months in each national office, permissions allowing

 The position requires the ability and willingness to travel domestically to the field locations across

World Vision Afghanistan and Iraq’s programmes within that ten weeks

 The position requires engagement with support offices and global capitals, with occasional

international travel.

Note: International & Local applicants are acceptable

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted

Mode of Application:

If you are interested in this position, to apply, please register at:

No information inquiries will be handled over the phone. Only short-listed candidates will be

notified of the interview. The deadline for application is 1 October 2023.

As a Child-focused organization, World Vision is committed to the protection of children and does not

employ staff whose background is not suitable for working with children. All employment is

conditioned upon the successful completion of all applicable background checks

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