Ukraine Crisis Response (UCR) - Advocacy Director
World Vision
Bucharest, Romania
‎în urmă cu 23 ore

With over 70 years of experience, our focus is on helping the most vulnerable children overcome poverty and experience fullness of life.

We help children of all backgrounds, even in the most dangerous places, inspired by our Christian faith.

Come join our 34,000+ staff working in nearly 100 countries and share the joy of transforming vulnerable children’s life stories!

Employee Contract Type :

International Assignment - Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Job Description :

Position location : Ukraine

Application Deadline : We will be accepting applications until the right candidate is found.

Since the conflict in Ukraine started, our teams have been on the ground assessing and responding to the urgent needs of those searching for safety.

We are currently scaling up our multi-country response across three countries (Moldova, Romania, and Ukraine) and are recruiting for many key positions that will make a direct impact on the lives of people who have been caught up in conflict.


As the Advocacy Director , you will lead advocacy and policy for World Vision’s Ukraine Crisis Response (UCR), including strategy design and implementation.

You will consider key influencers, field level realities and World Vision’s strengths to determine objectives that advocate for and with Ukrainian children and children from host communities and leverage World Vision’s presence, evidence, brand and opportunities.

To accomplish this purpose, you will develop policy analysis, positions, messaging and reports on an ongoing basis and advocate externally.

You will liaise with a broad number of stakeholders internally and externally, while directing World Vision’s efforts in response to this migration crisis across various refugee host countries and inside Ukraine.


Provide strategic direction and planning for World Vision (WV) advocacy response to the Ukraine Crisis by :

  • Leading the development, review and implementation of the WV Ukraine Crisis Response advocacy strategy and associated work plan, in close cooperation with the global and regional teams.
  • Developing a WV External Engagement plan for Ukraine Crisis Response
  • Leading and co-chairing internal WV advocacy and policy coordination mechanisms set to respond to the Ukraine Crisis
  • Provide internal & external engagement support by :

  • Identifying and engaging partners, coalitions, academia and faith leaders to support effective child focused advocacy
  • Representing the Response team on relevant INGO, Technical Cluster and donor Working Groups in close coordination with the Response Director, Regional and Global humanitarian advocacy leads, as well as supporting their external engagement with messaging, analysis, and set up of meetings.
  • Leading planning and preparation for events and engagements, as well as supporting senior leaders.
  • Establishing and strengthening strategic advocacy networks and alliances. Being abreast of local, regional and international advocacy initiatives on Ukraine and supporting WV leadership in engagement with the international community, humanitarian actors including Ukrainian civil society and authorities.
  • Advocacy and positioning materials

  • Develop and disseminate Advocacy messaging on key context issues aligned to IASC guidance, leadership priorities and WV global policy positions, and update when there are changes in context.
  • Support WV’s need for information, positioning, and messaging on Ukraine to facilitate other WV offices’ advocacy engagements on this crisis.
  • Produce timely and regular advocacy products such as briefing notes, fact sheets, talking points, research papers, and where appropriate, support field staff in the production of comms products, in line with country and regional priorities.
  • Policy development & research

  • Lead on development of policy and research relevant to WV’s advocacy response to the Ukraine Crisis with particular emphasis on child protection systems in host countries and migration policy in Europe
  • Contribute to the organizational policy development and research on the aftermath of Ukraine crisis and its broader impacts on children well-being and other crisis Perform site project financial checks.
  • Take appropriate action to address audit findings and recommendations.


  • Bachelor’s degree in International Development, Law, Social Sciences or a related field applicable to developing advocacy and policy multi-country strategy
  • Master’s degree in International Development, International Law, Policy, Social Sciences, Social Communication, Management or other field applicable to meet the objective of the position.
  • Minimum of 5-7 years of experience in Advocacy and Partnering with a thorough understanding of all areas of project management cycles in a complex, international organization
  • Good practical knowledge of the region, its socio-political dynamics and conflict background
  • Experience in Leadership role within the core strategic team
  • Proven multi-partner management skills, especially with the engagement at a strategic level with senior government, UN and INGO officials.
  • Strong networking and negotiations skills
  • Demonstrated contribution to the development of country-level strategy, directions and key priorities of an organization’s operations.
  • Proven experience in advocacy initiatives, coalition building and ability to rally coalitions and networks to take positions on specific policy issues.
  • Proven ability to lead a campaign and successfully achieve organizational objectives.
  • Computer literate in Microsoft Office applications, Lotus Notes or similar database, email and internet programs. Experience using computers for a variety of tasks.
  • Understanding of safeguarding policies, protocols and likely risks in humanitarian response environments
  • Ability to work under pressure and deliver in a fast-paced environment

  • Experience in policy and advocacy work on migration policies, preferably in the European Union
  • Work experience in Eastern Europe and / or Central Asia
  • Working knowledge of Russian and / or Ukrainian
  • Understanding of the local context and culture an advantage.
  • HEAT training or equivalent is preferred

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 40% of the time.
  • Excellent written and oral English; knowledge of Russian is highly preferred, Ukrainian is a plus.
  • Applicant Types Accepted :

    Local and International Applicants (IA's) Accepted

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