United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Humanitarian Advocacy Advisor

By HelpAge International Organization: HelpAge International
Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Closing date: 27 Oct 2018

HelpAge International are recruiting for a temporary Humanitarian Advocacy Adviser who understands the global humanitarian system and who is passionate about advocating for transformative change regarding the rights of older people in crisis. The Humanitarian Advocacy Adviser will be responsible for leading on HelpAge’s global humanitarian advocacy strategy and priorities; and for working with country programmes, network members and partners on all aspects of their humanitarian advocacy.

It is a London based position with some travel. Please note that it may be challenging to satisfy relevant visa requirements and appointment will be conditional on the right visa being in place in time to start the role.

This will be a Fixed Term Contract, minimum of 9 months, with the possibility of an extension.

The organisation

HelpAge International’s vision is a world where older people fulfil their potential to lead active, dignified, healthy and secure lives. We are the secretariat of the HelpAge global network, bringing together more than 130 affiliates and 200 partners working with older people in over 80 countries.

Our employees have a wide range of benefits including 33 days holiday (including bank holidays), life insurance, enhanced maternity and adoption pay, and generous employer pension contribution. We also actively support our staff with a variety of flexible working arrangements to help balance work and home life.

Key responsibilities

The key responsibilities will include: reviewing and renewing HelpAge’s humanitarian advocacy and learning strategy; leading and coordinating our engagement with global humanitarian clusters (eg. Cash, food security, nutrition, protection); building strong relationships with a wide range of external stakeholders, with the ability to engage and influence people at senior level; advocate with donors regarding the inclusion and protection of older people in funding strategies and producing and /or ensuring the production of high quality policy guidance and briefs, technical papers and research reports.

The role will also require you to roll out HelpAge’s humanitarian advocacy strategy to staff of country programmes, network members and partners in order to build capacity to engage in effective advocacy across the network; provide advocacy training to staff of country programmes and maintain a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of our emergency programmes.

Essential skills, knowledge and experience

The ideal candidate will have an understanding of humanitarian policy, humanitarian coordination structures and current debates and processes. Experience of working in low or middle income countries on humanitarian programmes. They will be a confident, competent and experienced advocate, with the ability to influence decision makers at national and international institutions.

It is essential that you have strong interpersonal skills and the capacity to build good working relationships across diverse settings; and good team working skills and the ability to work collaboratively, strategically and analytically.

Closing date: 28th October 2018

Start date: January 2019

HelpAge International is an equal opportunities employer.

HelpAge International is committed to providing our staff with continuous professional development, flexible working and opportunities to thrive within an inclusive and diverse environment. As part of our commitment to promoting gender diversity, we are a member of the Business in the Community gender campaign.

How to apply:

Please apply on the HelpAge Website and click into the link below:

http://www.helpage.org/who-we-are/jobs/humanitarian-advocacy-advisor/

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