Humanitarian Policy Advocate, Latin America and Caribbean

Care.org
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 26

Position description

CARE is an international NGO with local staff and community partners in 100 countries. We create local solutions to poverty and inequality and we seek dignity for everyone every day and during times of crisis. These solutions have a broad range, from disaster response to food and nutrition to education and work for women and girls to healthy mothers and children. CARE puts women and girls at the center of everything we do because when they have equal access to resources, they lift their families and communities out of poverty. Our staff live where they work, which makes us effective at understanding the challenges they face. We’ve been doing this for 75 years, since World War II. It started with the world’s first CARE Package® of food for the post-war hungry in Europe. Our work today is as important as ever, we believe that poverty and inequality are historic injustices that we can end within a generation, for good. If you share our core beliefs: poverty is an injustice; poverty is solvable; and together, we have the power to end it, join us, and Fight with CARE.
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Work Location : US- Washington, DC* Type of Post : *Not Applicable
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Employee Duration : Short Term Contract

This is a 6-month contract position.
The Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Humanitarian Policy Advocate will jointly support the LAC Regional Office and the CARE USA Government Relations team. In this role the LAC Humanitarian Policy Advocate will support the development and advancement of CARE’s advocacy goals for the region, coordinate advocacy engagement on LAC across CARE members, and support advocacy engagement on LAC with US government policymakers.
In light of the US Administration’s planned $4 Billion investment in Central America and planned strategy to “address the root causes of migration” in the region, this position will specifically support with the development of recommendations for principled and rights-based US response and policy priorities and support engagement with policymakers as the Central America Strategy is further defined.

Responsibilities

  • Develop key products under the Humanitarian Advocacy Strategy in relation to the regional Venezuela crisis response (Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru).
  • Support the humanitarian strategy development and implementation process for Central America (Honduras and Guatemala), focused on migration, displacement and return, and develop the basic documents to support the strategy including talking points and policy positions in regards to migration with Country Offices and in coordination / informed by the CARE US Policy and Advocacy Department.
  • Identify relevant policy dialogue forum to promote CARE´s work and position in relation gender in emergencies, GBV prevention and attention, women´s and their organizations participation and agency (as part of the implementation of the She Leads in Crisis Campaign).
  • Support the Regional Management Unit, when needed, in broader advocacy related actions, including preparing talking points and advocacy materials, in coordination with the Communication Regional Officer.
  • Coordinate monthly or ad hoc advocacy calls on Venezuela and Central America for CARE member partners.
  • Serve as the focal point for USG-facing humanitarian and development advocacy on LAC, as member of USG Government Relations team with workstream under the supervision of the Humanitarian Policy Advocate.
  • Represent CARE in NGO coordination bodies including relevant InterAction working groups.
  • Work with issue experts on the Government Relations team to develop recommendations on US humanitarian and development policy in the Central America region, particularly as relates to CARE’s priorities regarding humanitarian protection and response, food and nutrition security, gender equality, climate adaptation, and economic empowerment
  • Liaise with colleagues in other CARE USA departments (including communications and the humanitarian team), advocacy focal points on other CARE members, and regional colleagues to ensure alignment on messaging.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required in social sciences and humanities including areas of social policy, public administration, gender in development, or international relations. Master’s preferred.
  • 2-4 years of relevant international development experience and/or policy and advocacy experience.
  • Proven record of knowledge and understanding of the region humanitarian scenario, institutions and processes.
  • Proven rknowledge and understanding of US Congress and Administration structure and processes.
  • Proven ability to produce advocacy materials and analysis and to develop mechanisms to share and manage advocacy information and knowledge.
  • Understanding of and familiarity with all relevant multilateral institutions, civil society and related decision-making processes as well as knowledge of the regional institutional environment,
  • Excellent writing, editing and communications skills in English. Spanish preferred.
  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office, photo editing software etc.)

Application instructions

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