Head of Zurich Resilience Alliance (Influence Lead)

United Kingdom | London, United Kingdom
Apply by 16 December 2017
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 23 November 2017

Job Description

Location Central London

Position Status Full-time, permanent*

Salary Level circa £50k, depending on experience

Reporting to Director, Policy and Advocacy

Travel Up to 25% (national and international)

The ‘Zurich Alliance’ is an alliance of ten organisations including international NGOs, private sector and research organisations, who have come together with the support of the Zurich Foundation to drive better policy and practice to reduce the negative impact of floods on people’s and communities’ ability to thrive. Over five years the partners will together implement a combination of pilot programmes, research, knowledge management and influence to persuade donors, policy-makers and practitioners to invest more and more effectively in flood prevention and preparedness.

Mercy Corps is leading the ‘influencing and advocacy’ work within the Alliance, as well as making substantial contributions to workstreams on knowledge management and learning, research and evidence, and piloting innovative field programming with communities, business and government. Inception work kicks off in December 2017. Alliance 2.0 will launch formally on 1 July 2018 and run for five years to 30 June 2023.

We are looking to appoint a Head of Zurich Resilience Alliance, who will be responsible for leading both Mercy Corps’ contribution to the Alliance (coordinating programmes, research and influence) and for leading the influencing workstream of the Alliance as a whole.

You will have:

  • Experience of successfully leading large, collaborative alliances or partnerships, and of internal management of donor funded initiatives;
  • A track record in the development of strategy to influence the policies and practices of national, regional and international institutions;
  • Demonstrable knowledge of resilience building, climate change, international development or a related field;
  • Strong academic and policy research credentials, and experience working with research partners;
  • Demonstrable team building, budget management and leadership skills.

An excellent communicator, and an engaging public speaker and private advocate, you will have a clear passion for the sector and the specific issues connected with this role. You will be skilled in understanding and assimilating complex technical and policy issues, and communicating them effectively to a wide range of audiences. Highly organised and able to deliver complex projects involving multiple partners to deadline, you will have the confidence, enthusiasm and experience to lead a small team and drive forward our messages.

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, please click on the apply link to see the role on our careers site.

*The post is tied to a 5-year grant from The Z Zurich Foundation.

About the Organization

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.