Policy & Advocacy Advisor

ChildFund International
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Aug 02

Position description

This position will advance ChildFund’s organizational capacity to conduct advocacy efforts with a particular focus on ending violence against children – both with the US Government and within our 25 Country Offices. This position will contribute to organizational strategy on advocacy on all levels (US Government, Country Office and global). The position will report to the Sr. Policy Advisor and may include management of staff and consultants, as determined by the budget, strategy and Director of Advocacy and Partnerships. 


The incumbent will lead policy research and monitoring of existing and emerging legislation on issues related to violence against children. (ChildFund defines violence against children to include sexual violence, physical violence, emotional violence, abuse, neglect, and exploitation.) The incumbent will lead efforts for the team (including coordination with the business development) to investigate, prioritize and cultivate new funding opportunities for ChildFund’s advocacy work, particularly with foundations. 


The incumbent will help the Advocacy and Partnership team increase ChildFund’s visibility in Washington, DC and other advocacy and influencing circles. The incumbent will work with the Senior Policy Advisor to advance ChildFund’s U.S. Government advocacy strategy, including efforts to prioritize vulnerable children funding in the International Affairs Budget and support overall foreign aid funding throughout the federal appropriations process. 


  • Lead research, tracking and analysis of U.S. policies and legislation on issues related to violence against children
  • Lead research, tracking and analysis of policy in select countries where ChildFund is engaging in advocacy in addition to tracking budgets and policies in countries where ChildFund conducts advocacy work
  • Lead efforts on identifying relevant funding opportunities for advocacy and developing, executing and monitoring cultivation and influencing plans for relevant advocacy donors
  • Lead the development and execution of reports and presentations on policy and advocacy issues that relate to violence against children or related policy issues 
  • Support engagement with international efforts to end violence against children, such as the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children
  • In coordination with the Program Coordinator, provide technical leadership and training to ChildFund Country Offices that are engaging in advocacy planning development (including policy analysis, risk analysis, stakeholder analysis, policy implementation gap analysis, etc.) 
  • Assist the Program Coordinator in supporting advocacy risk analysis for relevant Country Offices as well as the development and execution of advocacy strategies
  • Represent ChildFund to strategic advocacy coalitions and in relationships with current and potential donors and partners with select Washington, DC- based coalitions and partnerships
  • Support Senior Policy Advisor in conducting advocacy with the US Government, including initiating and attending Hill meetings, supporting the Ending Violence against Children Taskforce, and attending and supporting briefings and other Hill events as necessary 
  • Strongly support planning and executing ChildFund’s Advocacy Day, an annual event in Washington, DC to increase USG attention to issues related to violence against children (lead some aspects of the day)
  • Monitor events, policy decisions, trends and other issues with implications for the policy and political landscape on violence against children issues
  • Collaborate with ChildFund Communications, Fundraising, Program Development and other key staff to extend ChildFund’s influence and visibility and supporter engagement within the international development community, including social media efforts
  • As needed, support efforts to engage ChildFund supporters in advocacy efforts
  • As needed, provide support to ChildFund Alliance and ChildFund International on international advocacy efforts (e.g., United Nations and regional bodies)
  • As needed, support the Director of Advocacy and Partnerships on identified activities, including visibility and influencing activities and updates to the organization on advocacy happenings


  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in advocacy, policy analysis and influencing/engaging stakeholders
  • Knowledge of the US, global and country-specific advocacy efforts
  • Experience with international development, children’s issues or related fields
  • Understanding of advocacy theories of change, advocacy strategy development, advocacy tools and experience executing advocacy trainings
  • Experience and knowledge of issues and actors in Washington DC and the global space surrounding violence against children and child rights
  • Experience representing an organization to multi-level stakeholders
  • Excellent communication skills – both written and presentation skills including for advocacy audiences and social media (demonstrated ability to write blogs, policy briefs, effective social media posts, advocacy agendas, etc.)
  • Strong networking, partnership and influencing skills
  • Demonstrated high-level interpersonal skills, including the ability to build strong international and external working relationships with a variety of stakeholders
  • Proven success in developing professional networks and collaborating with other organizations
  • Proven success in business development and cultivating donors
  • Proactive work style, detail orientation and ability to multi-task. Self-starter and team player required
  • Knowledge of regional advocacy bodies and regional advocacy movements
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally
  • Experience in fundraising, writing proposals and engaging donors
  • Experience in management or mentorship
  • Fluency in English; proficiency in French, Portuguese or Spanish preferred
  • Direct field experience in a developing country a plus


  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, Political Science, Public Affairs or related field; post graduate degree preferred.

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