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Policy Advisor - Women’s Protection and Empowerment


Location: London, UK

Organization: The International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Our European headquarters, IRC-UK, were established in London in 1997 to support the organisation’s global activities and particularly to diversify its donor base and be able to better advocate with European policy-makers on behalf of the people we serve. Since its establishment IRC-UK has grown rapidly and is now acknowledged for its high quality project management, technical expertise in governance and rights and economic recovery, and innovative thinking on early recovery and gender based violence. IRC-UK comprises approximately 100 staff across five departments.

The IRC also has offices in Brussels, Berlin, Bonn, Geneva and a sister organisation in The Hague, as well as programme offices in the Balkans, Greece and Italy, in addition to Germany.

The Policy & Advocacy Department

The P&A team is a small, dynamic team located in London, Brussels and Berlin. The core purpose of the Policy and Advocacy (P&A) department is to increase the IRC’s influence and profile in Europe, and to establish the IRC as a thought leader that can drive transformational change in the humanitarian sector.

The Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) team is part of the wider Violence Prevention and Response Unit, supporting 32 country programs to facilitate the safety of vulnerable populations and the healing, dignity and self-determination of women and girls who have experienced violence.

The Purpose of the Role

This is a strategic position which is instrumental in driving IRC’s policy and advocacy work in London, Berlin, Brussels and selected other European capitals.

Skills, Knowledge and Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in public policy, law, international relations, gender studies or a related field or equivalent experience
  • Extensive experience in policy and advocacy in Europe and globally
  • Deep understanding of humanitarian policy.
  • Deep understanding of women’s rights and gender equality in humanitarian contexts.
  • Excellent writing skills and the ability to translate complex material and data into clear and concise policy and advocacy briefings and resources.
  • Excellent communications and presentation skills.
  • Strong networking skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to work in close collaboration with team members and remote field offices
  • Good analytical skills, and first-class attention to detail
  • Commitment to team work – working in a collaborative manner and contributing to a positive team environment
  •  Highly motivated self-starter
  •  Flexible and able to shift quickly to changing priorities
  •  Able to plan and prioritise activities to meet deadlines

See the full job description

How to apply:

Apply online

The closing date for application is 9am on 22nd February 2019. Interviews will take place on 6th or 7th March 2019


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