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Advocacy Officer

London (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) | united kingdom of great britain and northern ireland

  • Do you have knowledge of and a passion for the challenges faced around humanitarian and complex crises?
  • Do you have experience in either advocacy, policy, campaigns or experience of delivering relevant programmes in fragile or conflict affected settings?

We are looking for that special someone to join our Policy and Advocacy team in this newly created role who can identify, build and maintain relationships with key decision makers!

Position Status Full-time, Permanent

Salary Level circa £33-36k, depending on experience

Reporting to Senior Director, Policy and Advocacy

Travel Up to 20%

About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a leading global organisation powered by the belief that a better world is possible.
In conflict, in disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.
Now, and for the future.

Mercy Corps Europe (MCE) has grown rapidly in terms of volume of activity and complexity. With offices in Edinburgh, London and Geneva, we now attract over £90m in income, and employ around 100 domestic and expatriate field team members. The breadth and impact of our programmes makes Mercy Corps a unique and truly rewarding place to work. Our teams are proud of what we achieve in the field and we are always looking for talented individuals who share our passion and commitment.

The Role

MCE's Policy and Advocacy (P&A) team has ambitious goals to influence policy and practice in the UK and continental Europe around humanitarian aid, development and peace building. This means raising the profile of major complex crises, persuading governments to invest more, and more effectively, in ending conflict and violence, and ensuring humanitarian response helps people to become increasingly independent and resilient going forward.

We are looking for an exceptional advocate, with a demonstrable knowledge of, and passion for, the issues we are working to address. Ideally, you will have some experience of working in policy or advocacy on international development or related issues, or experience in delivering programmes. You will also have the organisation and planning skills to put in place effective systems for managing our policy and advocacy work.

We are looking for a full time Officer to lead and deliver our efforts to influence UK and European policy makers and institutions on a number of key themes and contexts, aimed improving humanitarian assistance and refugee response. Mercy Corps delivers innovative programmes in this area, supporting local markets, communities and individuals to ensure that those affected by conflict or crisis are able to recover, rebuild and become self-reliant as soon as possible. We are seeking to influence donors and policy makers to adopt these approaches at scale and to ensure this thinking is applied in particular crises.

The Officer will be responsible for:

  • Representing Mercy Corps internally and externally as our policy expert on these issues;
  • Working with staff across Mercy Corps to focus our key policy objectives around these issues and to develop and deliver a clear strategy to influence policy makers globally;
  • Producing or commissioning reports, briefs and other materials, and hosting events to disseminate our research, analysis and recommendations to a wide and influential target audience, including through the media;
  • Tracking and evaluating the impact and outcomes of our influence work on these issues.
  • Providing support to the entire policy and advocacy team in terms of maintaining a database of key policymakers and our engagement with them, and disseminating reports and materials.

We are looking for someone with knowledge and interest in the issues and challenges facing the world today around humanitarian and complex crises, and the key policies and institutions that affect them. We need an all-round exceptional communicator, who is able to represent the organisation and influence policies and decisions of government and other institutions.

You should have at least two years' experience either of advocacy, policy or campaigns experience, or of delivering relevant programmes in fragile or conflict affected settings.

The successful candidate will not only have the right experience on paper but also be someone who lives and breathes our culture and values, with a visible passion for the work we do and a desire to tell our story.

Essential Job Responsibilities

With the support of the Director of Policy and Advocacy, lead Mercy Corps' influencing work in Europe on selected contexts or issues:

  • Build and maintain deep understanding of selected policy issues and a select number of relevant contexts, Mercy Corps' work there
  • Understand and track relevant UK/European policies and processes
  • Draft reports, briefings and other products to support our influence objectives
  • Represent Mercy Corps at meetings and events on these topics.

Identify, build and maintain relationships with target decision makers and influencers relevant to Mercy Corps; influence priorities:

  • In support of the efforts of the whole team, develop and maintain a list of key influencers in our space with analysis of their positions and preferences, and track their activities and our interactions with them;
  • Support delivery of tailored communications to build our profile and communicate complex research, information and policy recommendations.

Plan and organise meetings and events:

  • Work with the team to design and organise bilateral meetings, roundtables, parliamentary briefings and major policy maker events, as well as securing Mercy Corps participation at other events

Support team planning and administration:

  • Manage dissemination of products, materials and communications internally and externally.
  • Support P&A team's internal communications across Mercy Corps, including identifying new ways of raising MCE P&A profile through a variety of communications channels, including podcasts, blogs, website and radio interviews**Organisational Learning**

  • As part of our commitment to organisational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organisations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
    Accountability to Beneficiaries

  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically
    to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Demonstrable knowledge of, and keen interest in, issues around humanitarian and complex crises and relevant policy debates. Ideally some experience of working in countries affected by conflict, crisis or fragility.
  • Ideally at least two years' experience either of advocacy, policy or campaigns experience, or of delivering relevant programmes in fragile or conflict affected settings.
  • Experience of working in an NGO, or in an agency working with NGO clients, is essential.
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience, with a good knowledge of government and policy making processes and institutions.
  • Some experience of meetings and events organisation desired.
  • Full proficiency with MS Office software (including Excel and PowerPoint) and GoogleDocs.

Success Factors

· Excellent communication skills, written, visual and verbal, including demonstrated ability to represent an organization at high level events, panels and conferences.

  • A strong eye for detail.
  • Ability to manage and deliver complex projects involving multiple partners to deadline.
  • Demonstrable research or analysis skills.

· Able to build and maintain effective internal and external relationships. Strong team worker.

· Able to cope with changing priorities, often at short notice, and work well under pressure.

· Proactive and solutions-based attitude.

· High levels of motivation, professionalism and resilience.

· Skilled in anticipating and solving problems and communicating issues, involving others as needed.

· An exposure to and interest in international development issues is important, along with an empathy for MC's mission.

The position is based in central London and will require some national and international travel.

MCE team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a short term assignment or trip to country offices. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all Mercy Corps locations.

Candidates must have the right to work in the UK at the time of appointment.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis by CV and cover letter. For more information and to apply, please see the role on our careers site.

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  • Organization: Mercy Corps
  • Location: London (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) | united kingdom of great britain and northern ireland
  • Grade: Junior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Political Affairs
  • Closing Date: 2018-09-15

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