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- Senior Officer, International Programs Policy and Advocacy , DC, USA



Senior Officer, International Programs Policy and Advocacy

Location: USA – Washington, DC

Description –

Advocacy & Government Relations                    
Employee Type: Regular                     
Employee Category: Full Time

Background: Over the past 80 years, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has developed unparalleled expertise in responding to emergencies and helping uprooted communities to rebuild. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster.

The IRC is on the ground in more than 40 countries, providing emergency relief, relocating refugees and rebuilding lives in the wake of disaster. Through 26 offices in cities across the United States, the IRC also helps refugees and other immigrants resettle in the U.S. and become self-sufficient. The IRC is committed to a culture of bold leadership, innovation in all aspects of our work, creative partnerships and, most crucially, accountability to those we serve. The IRC is a tireless advocate for the most vulnerable.

The Policy and Practice Department is a dynamic team combining the IRC’s Communications, Policy and Advocacy, and Technical Unit expertise.  Its core purpose is to develop the IRC as a thought leader and drive transformational change in the humanitarian sector, and specifically to dramatically increase the productivity of humanitarian aid and its ability to achieve outcomes for people living in and displaced by conflict and crisis.

Job Overview: The International Programs Policy and Advocacy Officer will work closely with the Senior Director to lead the five-year vision whereby the IRC aims to become an outspoken implementer that shapes humanitarian policy and practice to achieve better outcomes for the people we seek to assist. This will be achieved by pursuing organizational strategic objectives through several streams of work focused on the removal of roadblocks to the delivery of aid, and securing long-term solutions for displaced people.

Specifically, the Officer will implement policy initiatives and work to: support country teams in removing acute bureaucratic, political and other barriers that prevent or impede program delivery; speak out in capitals on the realities encountered in our day-to-day work on a maximally credible basis in order to deliver our policy recommendations; and leverage IRC’s footprint to advocate for long-term solutions for displaced peoples as they move from conflicts to camps or urban settlements, resettlement, or repatriation. The Officer will engage in high level direct advocacy with government officials and international leaders. It is anticipated that for the first 12-18 months the Officer will focus primarily on Syria and Iraq conflicts and their humanitarian consequences.

Major Responsibilities:

Collaborate with highly-motivated Policy and Advocacy colleagues and program staff in the Syria Response Region, as well as colleagues in Europe, in the design and implementation of advocacy strategies for Syria Regional Response team and country-based priorities

Lead the development and implementation of a focused, evidence-driven policy agenda to raise awareness and influence decision makers to adopt effective solutions for identified operational challenges

Translate operational and country-specific concerns into global level priorities and advancing them in coordination with the regional and organizational strategy

Liaise closely with counterparts in International Programs and Emergency Preparedness and Response at the headquarters, regional and country levels to channel the data and knowledge generated by IRC’s diverse programs into solutions-oriented policy recommendations and substantive advocacy plans, developing strategies that are derived from an intimate and analytical understanding of IRC’s work with the populations we serve

Work across the organization to align policy and advocacy work with programs, communications and the organizational strategy

Create and leverage direct relationships and dialogue with high-level government policy and decision-makers and leaders within international organizations who have the power to change policy and influence practice

Develop and maintain active working relationships with policy and advocacy colleagues in IRC partner organizations and other INGOs, and explore formal or semi-formal partnership opportunities with policy and research institutions.

Represent the IRC at high-level policy-related meetings, committees and fora with donors and key policymakers

Write, speak and present as a contributor to IRC’s thought leadership in areas of influence

Key Working Relationships:

Position reports to: Senior Director, International Programs Policy and Advocacy

Position directly supervises: NA

Other Internal and/or external contacts: Coordinates as appropriate with Policy and Advocacy colleagues (in the Syria Response Region, Washington, DC as well as NY, London, Geneva, Brussels and other capitals) as well as Policy and Practice departments (Technical Units and Communications), International Programs Department, U.S. Programs Department, Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit

Job Requirements:


Graduate degree in relevant field such as Public Policy, Law or International Relations preferred

Work experience:

6-8 years of experience working on complex humanitarian and/or foreign policy issues, preferably in the area of forced migration, refugee protection and/or refugee resettlement

Demonstrated experience leading on the development, implementation and management of advocacy efforts in relevant organizations and contexts

Demonstrated skills and competencies:

Deep understanding of international relief and development, including financing and operational contexts, and ability to translate this knowledge into effective influencing strategies

Thorough understanding of foreign policy and diplomatic architecture, with experience influencing government officials and agencies in the U.S. and abroad

Ability to access and engage key decision-makers at high level of government, and serve confidently as a representative for the IRC in highly sensitive fora

Strong communication and writing skills, including the ability to distill complex and technical material into compelling narratives and briefs for high level officials

Fluency with key parts of the IRC’s strategy, including the aid community’s journey to become increasingly results and evidence-based

Ability to handle multiple tasks and projects simultaneously

Capacity to innovate and problem solve

Working Environment:  Standard office work environment. Up to 10% travel required.

IRC leading the way from harm to home.

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

If you need assistance in the application or hiring process to accommodate a disability, you may request an accommodation at any time. Please contact Talent Acquisitions at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . As required by law, the IRC will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with a known disability.

To Apply

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Posted on 17 May 2017
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