Head of Policy and Advocacy

Salary range: £50,000-£80,000
Closing date: 2 March 2021
Job Type: Paid
Location: Maynooth, Co Kildare, Ireland
The Head of Policy and Advocacy will ensure that the agenda both informs and is informed by our grass roots experience and a rapidly changing international policy context.

Trócaire works in partnership with local and church organisations, supporting communities in over 20 developing countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East to bring about lasting change. Trócaire envisages a just and peaceful world where; people’s dignity is ensured and rights are respected; basic needs are met and resources are shared equitably; people have control over their own lives; those in power act for the common good. 

Providing vision, leadership, oversight and management, the Head of Policy and Advocacy will deliver on the policy and advocacy agenda as outlined in the Strategic Plan. The post holder will drive an effective, co-ordinated response to policy and advocacy in close association with the Head of Outreach, Head of Communications, Head of Programmes, the Head of Humanitarian and Executive Leadership Team members primarily the Director of International, Director of Public Engagement and CEO. 

The Head of Policy and Advocacy will ensure that the agenda both informs and is informed by our grass roots experience and a rapidly changing international policy context. The Head of Policy and Advocacy will ensure that Trócaire is at the forefront of key public debates in Ireland and internationally on our priority issues, and influencing relevant policy decisions. A critical part of this will be ensuring that senior management are provided with timely and accurate advice on relevant policy issues.

For the candidate with the required experience and passion for the role, Trócaire offers a competitive package of salary and benefits. 

Reporting to the Director of Strategy, Programmes and Advocacy and working closely with the Director of Public Engagement, this is a Permanent Contract in Maynooth  with travel within Ireland and overseas. The incumbent will manage the Policy Advisors in the Policy and Advocacy team. Close co-ordination will continue with staff involved in international policy and/or advocacy elsewhere in the organisation (e.g. OPT-I officer) and with the programme and campaigns teams. There is also a dotted line management role with the team administrator who is shared with the campaigns team.

Safeguarding Children Policy:    Trócaire is committed to Safeguarding people within our Programmes from Exploitation and Abuse and has specific policies on this commitment (including a Global Code of Conduct) which outlines the expected behaviour and the responsibility of all staff, consultants and other organisational representatives.  Any candidate offered a job with Trócaire will be expected to sign Trócaire’s Safeguarding Policies and Global Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents. Specific roles may require police/garda vetting. Key Duties & Responsibilities Strategic Leadership •    Lead and develop a strategic vision for policy & advocacy in collaboration with senior managers in the SPA, Public Engagement and International Directorates (ID). •    Keep an overview of key policy developments of relevance to the Strategic Plan and provide timely and accurate advice to the CEO, Deputy Director, and other Directors and managers on appropriate action. •    Ensure the development of an appropriate programme of research and analysis in line with the strategic vision and goals with relevant managers in the SPA and ID Directorates. •    Keep up to date on key emerging trends within international development. •    Maintain an overview of engagement with the Irish/EU/UK political context & provide leadership on strategic direction in these environments. •    Provide timely high-level commentary on priority policy areas identified in the delivery of the Strategic Plan, including for publication in relevant online and offline policy forums and publications. •    Model leadership in accordance with the culture and vision of the organisation.  •    Participate in appropriate management groupings in the organisation.

Representation •    Represent the organization externally at a high level events on core priority areas, through active speaking and chairing roles, positioning Trócaire at the forefront of key policy debates relating to our priority areas, particularly in the Irish/EU/UK context. •    Act as a media spokesperson for the organisation on priority policy issues as required. •    Expand Trócaire’s policy influencing network in Irish and international contexts, through ongoing development of contacts with key stakeholders, including with Irish Government, Catholic Church, international bodies, NGO networks, partners and others as appropriate.  •    Support collaboration on key advocacy issues by building relationships with organisations and networks with whom there is a shared agenda. •    Support horizon scanning of key developments in the sector.

Policy and Advocacy Management •    Oversee the effective management of the policy and advocacy function, ensuring effective systems are in place for inter alia integration, coordination, monitoring and learning, and research development. •    Ensure the organisation is compliant with statutory compliance around regulation of lobbying and other relevant legal standards. •    Ensure systems and processes for sign off and approval of policy and advocacy are adhered to across the organisation and regularly reviewed. •    Feed into the organisational monitoring and departmental dashboard on a regular basis. •    Develop and maintain the reporting mechanisms for policy and advocacy through on-line platforms such as Salesforce.   Human Resource and Financial Management  •    Line manage relevant team members and foster a high performance culture of team-working and mutual support and resilience supported by strong performance management. •    Ensure that good human resource and financial management systems and processes are practised in the team.  •    Oversee the management of the budget for the Policy and Advocacy Unit, ensuring due stewardship of funds and resources.  •    Engage with the institutional funding unit to avail of emerging opportunities for co-financing of policy and advocacy work.

Support to Executive Director and Director of SPA •    Support and advise the CEO and relevant Directors on core policy and advocacy required to deliver on the new Strategic Plan and provide expert advice to other Heads of Functions on advocacy as required. •    Provide the CEO with ongoing support for external functions, including preparation for speaking engagements and drafting articles. Ensure strong feedback on processes and implementation of areas of responsibility.  •    Any other duties as assigned by the Director of the division.

The ideal candidate will have:  (E) Qualification    •    Third level qualification in Development or related field of study.  •    Post-graduate qualification in a relevant area, or significant experience beyond that outlined below.   (E) Experience    •    At least six years’ experience of Policy, Research and/or Advocacy within an international NGO or Development /Humanitarian Research institute. •    At least three years’ experience in a management or senior leadership role. •    Understanding of development and humanitarian issues.  •    A proven track record in delivering effective programmes of research and advocacy on development policy.  •    Demonstrable capacity and commitment to working with international staff and partners to build organizational capacity for effective advocacy at field level.  •    Expertise in at least one of the relevant priority areas in the Strategic Plan (Human rights, climate justice and gender equality, fragile and conflict affected states) •    Experience of engagement with the Irish/EU/UK political systems. •    Experience of media and communications representation. (E) Skills    •    Excellent written and oral communication skills and willingness to undertake media and public speaking work.  •    Strong policy and political analysis skills. •    A demonstrated ability to contribute to the strategic leadership of a high-performing organisation. •    Ability to work with and influence colleagues and other managers at a senior level.  •    Excellent English-language written, verbal and IT communications skills.. (E) Qualities    •    A strong commitment to a social justice agenda •    Empathy with the work of Trócaire as a Catholic organisation (E) Other    •    Ability and willingness to travel to developing countries and elsewhere on a regular basis. •    Flexibility and adaptability to respond to changing contexts.

Region: Europe
Location: Maynooth, Co Kildare, Ireland
Sector: Advocacy

Application notes

Please apply through Trócaire website; https://apply.workable.com/trocaire/j/F1DFB8B4CA/

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