Director of Advocacy and External Engagement

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 11 November 2020

Job Description

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian, development and advocacy organisation devoted to improving the lives of children, families and their communities around the world. Our over 37,000 staff members working in nearly 100 countries are united through our ethos, mission and shared desire for all individuals, especially children, to overcome poverty, inequality and injustice.

Here’s where you come in:

As Director of Advocacy and External Engagement you will provide leadership and support in the development and execution of advocacy strategic framework supporting World Vision’s policy, advocacy and campaign work in East Africa. You will ensure policies on issues affecting children are addressed to contribute to child well-being and will lead coordination and implementation of the advocacy and campaigns strategy for East Africa Regional Office, including engagement with the African Union and other strategic regional partnerships.

You will ensure that the regional sector programmes and National Offices can access adequate technical support in influencing policy formation that affects the well-being of children. The Regional Advocacy function will support the development of advocacy strategic guidance and integration of evidence-based advocacy approaches into field programs that will strengthen World Vision’s voice to advocate issues concerning children at local, national and regional levels.

You will also support Field Offices and the region in successful delivery of advocacy project models, Sustainable Development Goals, World Vision’s flagship campaign “It Takes a World to end violence against children” and social accountability. This will involve providing strategic input, support and direction to ensure the campaign is integrated across all sectors and functional areas at the national level as well as ensuring campaign implementation meets quality standards defined by the Global Center.

Requirements include:

  • Master’s degree in social sciences, communication, public policy, management etc.
  • 10 years of experience in advocacy and campaign work in developing countries.
  • In-depth knowledge of advocacy, social accountability and child Protection issues in the Africa region.
  • Experience managing field-level programs.
  • Experience in programme management.
  • Excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills, particularly in a cross-cultural environment.
  • Experience in Africa, mainly East Africa and programming in fragile contexts.
  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 30% of the time.

Is this the job for you?

World Vision is dedicated to our team members’ development and their success. We aspire for all employees to be fulfilled through their work and their contributions to an organisation working to provide long-term sustainable solutions to the world’s most vulnerable people.

Find the full responsibilities and requirements for this position online and apply by the closing date 23 NOV 2020. For more information on World Vision International, please visit our website:

Due to the number of applications received, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

About the Organization

The World Vision Partnership is a global community of people passionately committed to improving the lives and futures of the world’s most vulnerable children.

We believe that every child is a precious gift to the entire world and that their well-being concerns us all. We will not rest while children suffer in situations that can be changed. We are looking for people who share our beliefs and our passion.

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