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Senior policy and advocacy officer

Christian Aid (CA)

Christian Aid’s Humanitarian Division are looking for a Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer, with research and programme experience in international development, to join their dynamic team. This is a unique opportunity to lead the organisational policy and advocacy work related to humanitarian emergencies, resilience and disaster risk reduction.

You should have substantial experience in research, policy and advocacy in international development, in particular on humanitarian, sustainable livelihoods or related issues and be a confident and articulate communicator. You will have sound knowledge of disaster risk reduction, resilience and climate change debates, and first hand experience of working on humanitarian or development programmes, preferably with some at field level. You will be able to conduct primary research as well as manage research carried out in collaboration with academic institutions and development partners. You will be able to represent Christian Aid in relevant UK-based and international advocacy networks and turn research findings into clear programme advice and public policy recommendations.

You should have a relevant qualification in Humanitarian or Development Studies, or similar subject, and substantial experience of research for policy and advocacy. Additionally, you will require excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Due to difficulties in recruiting for this role, we would welcome applicants who have just graduated and who can demonstrate a good knowledge of these topics.

Please show your suitability for this post by giving answers to the following questions:


Please tell us about events or processes you have organised to ensure that you are able to keep in touch with key influencers in your sector and up to date with the latest developments.

Listening and dialogue

Tell us about an occasion when you had to verbally gather and analyse information from a number of your team members or different stakeholders in order to make and present an important decision.

Analytical thinking

Describe a time when you needed to think, not just one step, but several steps ahead, in dealing with a very broad and complex issue.

We value the contribution each person makes to the success of our organisation. That’s why you can expect a wide range of rewards and benefits, including a generous holiday allowance, an interest-free season ticket loan and flexibility that will ensure you enjoy a good work/life balance.

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    United Kingdom

  • Additional location info London
  • Closing Date 20 Aug 2012

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