Advocacy Advisor (Maternity Cover Contract)

Mercy Corps European Headquarters
Salary circa £40,000, depending on experience
Closing date: 18 December 2017
Job Type: Paid
Location: Central London
Lead and deliver our efforts to influence policy makers and institutions around key themes and contexts, including the use of cash, financial inclusion and market support in crisis and fragile settings, and in supporting refugees.

Position Full-time, 12 month contract (maternity cover)

Reporting to Director, Policy and Advocacy

Travel Up to 30%

Mercy Corps Europe (MCE) has grown rapidly in terms of volume of activity and complexity. With offices in Edinburgh, London and Geneva, we now attract over £90m in income, and employ around 100 domestic and expatriate field team members. The breadth and impact of our programmes makes Mercy Corps a unique and truly rewarding place to work. Our teams are proud of what we achieve in the field and we are always looking for talented individuals who share our passion and commitment.

We are looking for an Advocacy Advisor to join our four person European Policy and Advocacy team for 12 months on a maternity cover contract. The role will work closely with Policy and Advocacy staff in Washington and Amman, and technical and programmes staff around the world. MCE’s Policy and Advocacy team has ambitious goals to influence policy and practice in the UK and continental Europe around our key priorities and contexts – whether that be raising the profile of major complex crises, persuading governments to invest more, and more effectively, in ending conflict and violence, or ensuring humanitarian response helps people to become increasingly independent and resilient going forward.

The Advocacy Advisor will lead and deliver our efforts to influence UK and European policy makers and institutions around key themes and contexts, including the use of cash, financial inclusion and market support in crisis and fragile settings and in supporting refugees, and improving the response to crises in Iraq, Somalia and other contexts as they arise.

You will be responsible for:

  • Representing internally and externally as Mercy Corps’ policy expert on these key issues;
  • Working with staff across Mercy Corps to hone our key policy objectives around these issues and to develop and deliver a clear strategy to influence policy makers globally;
  • Producing or commissioning reports, briefs and other materials, and hosting events to disseminate our research, analysis and recommendations to a wide and influential target audience, including through the media;
  • Tracking and evaluating the impact and outcomes of our influence work on these issues.

You will have:

  • A minimum three years of policy or advocacy experience, including high level influencing and representation on technical issues, and experience of developing and delivering advocacy strategy;
  • A clear understanding of technical and policy issues around responding to crisis, conflict or displacement;
  • Expertise in the use of humanitarian cash transfers, financial inclusion or market based approaches in fragile or conflict settings (desirable).

The successful candidate will not only have the right experience on paper - you will be someone who lives and breathes our culture and values, with a visible passion for the work we do and a desire to tell our story.

Candidates must have the right to work in the UK at the time of appointment.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis by CV and cover letter. For a full job description, please click through the 'Apply' link to see the role on our careers site.


Region: London and the southeast
Location: Central London
Sector: Advocacy Campaigning

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