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Program / Department Summary
The Global Policy and Advocacy team believes that policy decisions can generate transformational change. We want to improve the lives of the millions of people benefiting from Mercy Corps’ programs, as well as their larger communities. We serve as a bridge between Mercy Corps’ impact in the field and its global influence; by relying on the insights and experiences of our programs and research, we generate and advance policy ideas to prevent conflict, to respond to humanitarian need, and to advance a more just, prosperous, and peaceful world. The U.S. Policy and Advocacy team focuses on the United States and select multilateral institutions to improve relevant policies, practices and decisions affecting vulnerable communities living in fragile and conflict-affected countries.
General Position Summary
The Senior Policy Advisor will lead Mercy Corps’ new policy portfolio on civilian-military issues, civilian protection, international humanitarian law, defense policy, and related issues. The Senior Policy Advisor will also lead Mercy Corps’ policy portfolio on the Americas region. This exciting portfolio includes migration, violence reduction, humanitarian response, and other policy issues. The Senior Policy Advisor will seek, in collaboration with Mercy Corps’ GPA team and relevant internal teams, to drive U.S. foreign policy and foreign assistance reforms in order to advance Mercy Corps’ global goals. Specifically, this will include drafting and helping to pass relevant legislation and engaging key Congressional leaders, as well as working with the United States government, particularly national security, defense, and Western Hemisphere experts, to advance key policies. They are a natural communicator who accepts direction and guidance, while proactively designing strategies that they can implement in collaboration with Mercy Corps’ global field leadership and in collaboration with other coalitions and stakeholders. The Senior Policy Advisor will also be responsible for raising Mercy Corps’ profile on policy positions including: representation at external events and panels, developing written policy documents for external dissemination, supporting Mercy Corps’ grassroots advocacy efforts, and liaising with and traveling to Mercy Corps field and HQ teams.
Essential Job Responsibilities
STRATEGY & VISION
INFLUENCE & REPRESENTATION
ACCOUNTABILITY TO PARTNERS
Reports Directly To: Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy
Works Directly With: Global Policy and Advocacy Team, Washington DC office staff, Research and Learning Team, Media Relations Team, Digital Team, Matrix Root Causes of Conflict Team, Regional and Country Teams, and the Technical Support Unit.
Knowledge and Experience
Ability to build and maintain strong relationships with colleagues, peer groups, officials and relevant stakeholders. Motivation to seek out and establish new relationships. Motivation to find new solutions to pernicious policy problems. A clear understanding of Mercy Corps’ mission and collaborative style of operation. Ability to work simultaneously on multiple tasks in a fast paced, sometimes stressful environment and meet deadlines under those conditions. Ability to work as part of a team and coordinate with both HQ and global personnel. Computer literate with strong organizational skills. Ability to operate with a significant degree of autonomy within agreed upon parameters. Flexibility, commit to transformative change, and sense of humor.
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
This position is based in Washington, DC with the expectation of travel up to 20% to field locations that may include insecure or harsh environments. Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/STA to a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues
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