Advisor, Humanitarian Policy


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The Advisor for Humanitarian Policy will advance Save the Children’s humanitarian policy and advocacy agenda within U.S. foreign policy and assistance and multilateral bodies as strategic to protect the rights of children living in humanitarian and emergency settings. The role will report to the Managing Director, Humanitarian Policy and will collaborate closely with global development and humanitarian advocacy colleagues within Save the Children US and across the Save the Children global movement, as well as with colleagues across Save the Children’s humanitarian business team.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

45% Lead the development and implementation of successful humanitarian advocacy strategies to support and advance Save the Children’s objectives in large-scale humanitarian responses and priority thematic issue areas to address the rights of children living in humanitarian and emergency settings.

20% Identify, cultivate and maintain relationships for Save the Children with key U.S. government officials, including with Congressional offices and committees, the White House, and U.S. foreign policy agencies, particularly USAID and the State Department. This includes leading, coordinating, supporting and participating in meetings with key policymakers, and managing meeting follow-up communication.

20% Conduct policy research, provide real time policy analysis, and develop tailored advocacy and campaigns resources for different audiences.

5% Independently assess risks to programming and reputation across issues and crises, supporting the Managing Director in managing high profile issues with sensitivities.

10% Play a strategic leadership, internal coordination, and co-creation role with relevant Save the Children U.S. and global movement departments, teams, and offices, including within the Save the Children U.S. Humanitarian Business Team.

Required Qualifications

Minimum of a Bachelor Degree or equivalent experience, plus at least 5 years of relevant experience Professional proficiency in MS Office suite Professional proficiency in spoken and written English Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with individuals and teams at all levels, both internally and externally Demonstrated commitment to fostering and maintaining an environment of diversity, inclusion, and belonging Strong project management skills and ability to juggle multiple work streams with competing deadlines Ability to adapt to a dynamic and fast-paced work environment with a learning mindset Demonstrated capacity to develop and execute a successful advocacy strategy. Experience influencing U.S. humanitarian policies and practice a plus. Experience establishing and maintaining relationships and networks with strategic policy stakeholders and leveraging coalitions and networks to advance policy and advocacy objectives. Preferred Qualifications

Substantive knowledge of, and/or demonstrated experience and proficiency in technical or policy based efforts focused on at least one of the following: civilian-military relations, prevention and accountability for gender-based violence in emergencies and gender-sensitive child protection in emergencies, and famine prevention and response. Demonstrated understanding of humanitarian principles, the global humanitarian architecture, international humanitarian law, and established global humanitarian standards, guidelines, and accountability mechanisms. Why you should join the Save the Children Team…

Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more.

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About Save the Children

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