Policy Advisor

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 2 September 2020
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 25 November 2020

Job Description

World Vision is hiring a Policy Advisor on our advocacy team to work on Food Security, Livelihoods, and WASH policy and legislation.

01 At a Glance

Role:  Policy Advisor (Food Security, Livelihoods, and WASH)

Location: Washington, D.C. USA

Reports to: Director of Government Relations

Required experience: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent (eight years) work experience. Requires work experience with policy and advocacy issues and interaction with the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government; 3-5 years. Must have work experience producing briefing papers, congressional testimony, letters and various media materials. Must have a mature faith demonstrated by a personal commitment to Jesus Christ and service to others.

Work Authorization: Must be authorized to work in the USA for any employer.

Travel: Up to 10% of time both in development and fragile contexts.

02 The Job: We are looking for our next Policy Advisor who will lead advocacy efforts focused on Food Security, Livelihoods, and WASH. In this role, you will:

  • Promote justice for the world’s poor and oppressed people through advocacy among governments, global institutions, World Vision U.S. (WVUS) donors and the general public.
  • Serve as department’s primary advisor and resource on assigned topic areas.
  • Help carry out our Christian organization’s mission and strategy. Candidates must be in agreement with and help to enhance World Vision’s Mission, Vision, and Values. Prior to applying, candidates should read World Vision’s Statement of Christian faith.
  • Personify the ministry of World Vision by witnessing to Christ and ministering to others through life, deed, word and sign.

03 You’ll Bring These Skills:

  • Serve as advocacy and government relations focal point on food security programs/policy (including Food for Peace, Feed the Future, McGovern Dole, and the World Food Program) and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) with Congress, the Administration, U.N. agencies and external coalitions. Be knowledgeable about World Vision food security and livelihoods and WASH programs in both development and humanitarian contexts. Develop/promote policy positions for the organization on food security issues, including impacts of climate on food security.
  • Coordinate with country offices, World Vision International, program management staff and food security and livelihoods/WASH program senior leadership around policy messaging, operational challenges, and pre-positioning for public and private funding opportunities.
  • Identify legislation, support letters, and policy priorities for the organization on food security and livelihoods/WASH issues and manage them through the internal approval processes.
  • Participate in relevant external working groups and roundtables, including at InterAction.
  • Position World Vision as a food security/WASH policy and programming thought leader by developing events, briefings, and policy papers. Identify and preposition for opportunities to testify before Congress and support the external engagement of senior leadership of the organization with Congress and the Administration.
  • Support efforts for advocacy mobilization of World Vision supporters and donors, including writing legislative summaries, blogs and talking points. Provide legislation and policy information to the Advocacy Mobilization team and collaborate around opportunities for advocate engagement.
  • Serve as a spokesperson, as appropriate, with media outlets in coordination with the public engagement team. In collaboration with the media team, write press statements and press releases on relevant policy issues.
  • Support the development of country advocacy strategies, where appropriate, to support a humanitarian response or national level policy outcome related to food security/WASH. Deployment and secondment opportunities overseas may be available, although not required.
  • Work in collaboration with the Senior Policy Advisor for Humanitarian Emergencies to provide country-level advocacy support for humanitarian responses, particularly those with a focus on emergency food security/WASH programming. This will include participation in internal World Vision Advocacy Response Groups and in country working groups at InterAction.

04 Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent (eight years) work experience. Master’s degree a plus. In addition to education or educational equivalent, requires work experience with policy and advocacy issues and interaction with the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government; 3-5 years. Must have work experience producing briefing papers, congressional testimony, letters and various media materials. Must be able to communicate effectively with external audiences, including the news media. Must have a mature faith demonstrated by a personal commitment to Jesus Christ and service to others.

05 Additional Skills We Are Interested In:

  • Experience working in coalitions with diverse partners
  • Experience initiating work across portfolios and departments within an organization: breaking silos, consolidating conversations/initiatives
  • Strong reading comprehension and writing skills
  • Ability to break down complicated information and communicate effectively with different audiences, both orally and in writing
  • Government experience with Department of State, USAID, and/or Congress preferred
  • Understanding of U.S. Government Food Security/WASH programming
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and to independently initiate work based on organizational priorities
  • Experience with external engagement

06 Where This Job Could Take Your Career: You’ll be part of World Vision USA as well as part of the larger World Vision International Partnership. Globally, we have over 40,000+ staff working in nearly 100 countries. You’ll get to make a difference in the world as you help us shape legislation to protect the world’s most vulnerable.

07 About World Vision: We’re a global Christian humanitarian organization. We partner with children, families, and their communities to empower them as they reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. For nearly the last 70 years, World Vision has followed Jesus’ example to show unconditional love to the poor and oppressed. We serve every child regardless of faith.

08 Salary Range & Benefits: Your salary is important to you, so it’s important to us. Please share your salary expectations with us in the application process to get the conversation started. We also have a robust and comprehensive benefits package to round out our total compensation package. Click here to learn more.

09 To Apply: Click the Apply box in the lower left corner. Contact Kylie Abegg, Senior Talent Acquisition Partner for International Programs, at kabegg@worldvision.org for any questions.

10 What happens next? We review applications nearly every day assessing strength of fit for the role. If questions arise on our end, we will message you to learn more. Short-listed candidates are contacted for an initial phone conversation with our recruiting staff. Moving deeper into our selection process you can expect to interview 1:1 with a hiring manager. Finalists normally participate in a panel interview where the opportunity to connect with additional members of our staff lends itself to more of a 360-view of the role. Our goal is to fill this vacancy with the right person in the shortest amount of time. All interviews will be virtual at this time.

Job Location
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Position Type
Working Environment / Conditions Standard/Professional office environment with regular visitation to executive and legislative branches of U.S. government offices and collaborating with NGO’s, donors, and other external audiences. International travel required.

About the Organization

World Vision is an international partnership of Christians whose mission is to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice, and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God.

Visit https://www.worldvision.org/about-us to learn more.