Internal Opportunity - Advisor, Policy

ChildFund International
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jul 03

Position description

This position will lead the strategy development and execution of ChildFund’s USG advocacy portfolio (including policy development and appropriations advocacy) on child protection and related issues. This position supports ChildFund’s visibility and positioning as a thought leader and partner of choice. The position will also be charged with mobilizing financial resources for ChildFund’s global advocacy portfolio, which will include the cultivation and advancement of donor relationships to fund ChildFund’s advocacy portfolio. In addition, the position will support policy communications efforts. and report to the head of External Engagement in the Program and Partnerships division.




Remain alert and responsive to any child safeguarding risks, acquire relevant knowledge and skills which will enable you to promote strong safeguarding practices, understand the child safeguarding policy and procedures, and conduct yourself in a manner consistent with the Child Safeguarding Policy.


Organizational Advocacy Guidance and Strategy Support:

  • Leads organizational advocacy strategy with the U.S. government.
  • Contributes to and supports overall organizational advocacy strategy, including global, USG and country advocacy.
  • Helps lead the global advocacy matrixed team.


Government Advocacy Strategy Development and Execution:

  • Develop and lead the implementation of ChildFund’s US Government advocacy strategy on child protection and related issues, including regular strategy updates based on political environment.
  • Lead ChildFund’s advocacy on the appropriations process for the International Affairs Budget and related child protection accounts;
  • Plan, host and participate in events (e.g. Hill briefings) related to child protection.
  • Leads alignment of US Government advocacy efforts with COs and regional advocacy, including elevating CO advocacy work to appropriate US government policy-makers and influences
  • Manage sign on process for advocacy letters with support of External Engagement Senior Director


External Coalition Leadership and Engagement:

  • Leads Ending Violence against Children (EVAC) Taskforce and related efforts (weekly meetings, Hill events, brief creation, Hill and Administration engagement).
  • Lead participation in external coalitions related to ChildFund’s work (e.g. Global Campaign for Education, Thrive, Big Ideas, InterAction Public Policy Committee).
  • Influence child protection perspective to external coalitions.
  • Share relevant information from coalitions with ChildFund staff (e.g. advocacy actions, events, intel related to business development of US Government priorities).
  • Join coalition events such as Hill days and briefings to profile ChildFund’s work and influence others, while increasing visibility for ChildFund.


Policy communications

  • Support the development of materials related to ChildFund’s advocacy efforts (e.g. provide content, revisions for policy briefs, collateral for donor/potential donors; draft/edit press release).
  • Lead and support social media outreach related to advocacy efforts in USG context.



Visibility Execution and Support

  • Support External Engagement Senior Director to execute visibility strategy, particularly in Washington, D.C.
  • Cultivate relationships with US Government officials
  • Cultivate new partnerships with entities that advance ChildFund’s mission and grow our impact.


Other duties as assigned

  • Support grant related advocacy efforts in country
  • Support team building of matrixed global advocacy team



Resource Mobilization

  • Leads the development of at least 1 cultivation strategies for foundations and other donors related to US Government and CO advocacy.
  • Research potential donors and develop individual plans for engagement.
  • Lead development of collateral on ChildFund’s advocacy efforts to share with donors and potential donors (in coordination with consultants and others)
  • Meet with potential donors.
  • Draft and submit proposals related to ChildFund’s advocacy efforts.
  • Conduct relevant follow-up and grants management of winning proposals.


  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in international development or nonprofit positions, public policy expertise of increasing responsibility;
  • Demonstrated national, USG or global level policy analysis;
  • Demonstrated understanding of advocacy theories of change, advocacy strategy development and experience executing advocacy trainings;
  • Experience planning and executing events with decision-makers (i.e. on Capitol Hill, etc.)
  • Experience and knowledge of issues and actors in Washington DC and the global space surrounding violence against children, gender and child rights;
  • Experience representing an organization to Congress or the Administration;
  • Knowledge in building compelling online and offline advocacy actions to engage constituents and build organizational brand;
  • Strong communication skills – both written and presentation skills including for advocacy audiences and social media (demonstrated ability to write blogs, policy briefs, advocacy agendas, etcs);
  • 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 ability to cultivate donors, draft proposals and cultivate strategic partnerships
  • Proactive work style, detail orientation and ability to multi-task.  Self-starter and team player required;
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally as required;
  • Experience in fundraising, writing proposals desired;
  • Experience in management or mentorship;
  • Fluency in English and excellent verbal and written communication skills; proficiency in French, Portuguese or Spanish preferred.



Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, Public Affairs or related field; post graduate degree preferred.


ChildFund International is committed to safeguarding the interests, rights, and well-being of children with whom it is in contact and to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for children.


Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.


NOTE: All interested applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. at the time of application.

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