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Senior Officer, International Programs Policy and Advocacy
|Sector:||Advocacy & Government Relations|
|Location:||US - DC -Washington, DC|
|Employee Category:||Full Time|
Background: Over the past 80 years, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has developed unparalleled expertise in responding to emergencies and helping uprooted communities to rebuild. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster.
The IRC is on the ground in more than 40 countries, providing emergency relief, relocating refugees and rebuilding lives in the wake of disaster. Through 26 offices in cities across the United States, the IRC also helps refugees and other immigrants resettle in the U.S. and become self-sufficient. The IRC is committed to a culture of bold leadership, innovation in all aspects of our work, creative partnerships and, most crucially, accountability to those we serve. The IRC is a tireless advocate for the most vulnerable.
The Policy and Practice Department is a dynamic team combining the IRC’s Communications, Policy and Advocacy, and Technical Unit expertise. Its core purpose is to develop the IRC as a thought leader and drive transformational change in the humanitarian sector, and specifically to dramatically increase the productivity of humanitarian aid and its ability to achieve outcomes for people living in and displaced by conflict and crisis.
Job Overview: The International Programs Policy and Advocacy Officer will work closely with the Senior Director to lead the five-year vision whereby the IRC aims to become an outspoken implementer that shapes humanitarian policy and practice to achieve better outcomes for the people we seek to assist. This will be achieved by pursuing organizational strategic objectives through several streams of work focused on the removal of roadblocks to the delivery of aid, and securing long-term solutions for displaced people.
Specifically, the Officer will implement policy initiatives and work to: support country teams in removing acute bureaucratic, political and other barriers that prevent or impede program delivery; speak out in capitals on the realities encountered in our day-to-day work on a maximally credible basis in order to deliver our policy recommendations; and leverage IRC’s footprint to advocate for long-term solutions for displaced peoples as they move from conflicts to camps or urban settlements, resettlement, or repatriation. The Officer will engage in high level direct advocacy with government officials and international leaders. It is anticipated that for the first 12-18 months the Officer will focus primarily on Syria and Iraq conflicts and their humanitarian consequences.
Key Working Relationships:
Position reports to: Senior Director, International Programs Policy and Advocacy
Position directly supervises: NA
Other Internal and/or external contacts: Coordinates as appropriate with Policy and Advocacy colleagues (in the Syria Response Region, Washington, DC as well as NY, London, Geneva, Brussels and other capitals) as well as Policy and Practice departments (Technical Units and Communications), International Programs Department, U.S. Programs Department, Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit
Demonstrated skills and competencies:
Working Environment: Standard office work environment. Up to 10% travel required.
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