HUMANITARIAN POLICY SPECIALIST
CARE is an international NGO with local staff and community partners in more than 90 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 clean water to access to education; from microfinance to ensuring that everyone has nutritious food; from agriculture and climate change to disaster response. CARE puts women and girls at the center of everything we do because they have proven to be the best hope for creating lasting change in the world. Our staff live where they work, which makes us effective at understanding the challenges they face. We’ve been doing this for over 70 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.
The Humanitarian Policy Specialist plays a key role defining organizational humanitarian policy positions and driving an ambitious global humanitarian policy agenda through the delivery of deep and thorough analysis, advisory support and the development of superior quality written materials. Under the direction of the Humanitarian Policy Director and the Vice President for Humanitarian Practice and Policy, the Humanitarian Policy Specialist is responsible for developing high quality and relevant policy analysis that will inform organizational positioning and policy formulation. The Humanitarian Policy Specialist will lead the development of superior quality written materials including but not limited to policy papers that define CARE’s position on critical humanitarian issues, talking points and briefings to ensure deep understanding and consistent messaging on priority humanitarian issues. This position is expected to represent CARE at a high level at relevant global fora in Washington DC and other locations as appropriate.
- Policy analysis, research and information management
- Communication and documentation
- Humanitarian Team Strategic undertakings
- Other tasks as assigned
- Master’s degree in international relations / political science
- 5-7 years humanitarian policy experience or 5-7 years international humanitarian experience.
- Sound knowledge of the humanitarian system, including architecture, policy trends and major and emerging actors
- Demonstrated experience and understanding of CARE or a similar operational INGO, ideally with some field experience in rights-based programming
- Proven ability to get things done in a complex, international organization
- Excellent analytical skills
- Top-notch written and oral communications skills
- An ability to bring simplicity to complicated issues
- Strong understanding of global humanitarian architecture and major players
- Knowledge and understanding of current humanitarian issues, including a strong understanding of how to apply humanitarian principles in a policy setting.
- Strong Interpersonal skills.
- Highly organized
- Flexible approach to work
- Ability to work effectively in a decentralized model
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