Advocacy and Campaigns Manager

  • Full Time
  • New York
  • Applications have closed

Website Crisis Action

Advocacy and Campaigns Manager – New York
Location New York
Department Name New York
Location: New York (applicant will require relevant authorisation to work in US)
Responsible to: UN Director
Salary: A competitive package commensurate with experience
Starting date: Late January 2020

Closing Date for Applications: 13 November 2019, 23:59 EST

Principle Roles

  1. Develop and coordinate impactful joint advocacy campaigns that strengthen the protection of civilians in armed conflict – a main focus of your work will be collaborating with our partner organisations, in New York and elsewhere, to develop and drive our advocacy and campaigns. This will involve consulting on strategy, proposing tactics and then implementing and coordinating diverse and innovative activities to achieve strategic objectives. Activities include direct policymaker advocacy, creative public campaigning, media work, mass mobilisation, social media engagement, and supporting civil society delegation engagement with senior policymakers. Working with colleagues in our other offices, you will also lead or contribute to international campaigns.
  2. UN political analysis and network – Focusing on actual or potential conflicts of most concern to our partners, you will ensure that Crisis Action supplements their understanding by investigating and analysing the policy positions of key Permanent Missions, members of the UN Security Council and UN Secretariat officials. You will ensure that Crisis Action builds up in-depth and sophisticated intelligence on the position of key actors towards relevant conflicts, the results of which will be top quality advice to partners on advocacy demands, strategy and suggestions for action. You will also be responsible for feeding this intelligence in our global campaign groups, and advising how it should shape our campaign strategies and tactics.
  3. Contribute to the strategic development of Crisis Action in New York and globally – Within the New York office, you will play a key role in consolidating and expanding Crisis Action’s relationship with key policymakers, journalists, core partners, new non-traditional partners and our global civil society network. You will bring an ambitious entrepreneurial attitude and will be asked to assist with devising and implementing our New York office strategy. You will also be a core part of the Crisis Action team, jointly strategising around both regional and international policy and how to change it. You will also help us reach out to potential partners in countries where we don’t have a presence and seek to engage and support them.

Person Specification

The following are essential:

  • A proven commitment to Crisis Action’s core mandate
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of international humanitarian law and international human rights law, how they apply in situations of armed conflict, and the role of the international community in protecting civilians in armed conflict
  • A track record in leading or developing and supporting effective public campaigns
  • 5+ years experience conducting high-level advocacy
  • Established relationships with key contacts in the UN system, Permanent Missions to the UN, UN press corps and civil society
  • Proven ability to convene coalitions and build genuine partnerships with civil society groups to ensure their expertise drives and determines the nature of our work
  • First-class interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to cultivate high-level contacts within government or diplomatic circles, the media and civil society
  • Proven ability to analyse complex political crises, identify impactful campaign opportunities, develop innovative campaign activities, and deploy a range of campaign tactics, to achieve policy change
  • Expertise in working with the media, including ability to draft opinion pieces, prepare media releases, brief journalists, promote stories, coordinate large-scale media drives, and effectively integrate social media into campaign strategies
  • Outstanding writing and editing skills
  • Excellent project management and administrative skills and a high level of organisation
  • Ability to work as a collegiate member of a small team, and with minimal supervision
  • High levels of efficiency, professionalism, energy, enthusiasm and ambition
  • Resilience and an ability to cope with multiple internal and external demands
  • Fluent written and spoken English

The following are desirable:

  • Experience in supporting and advancing gender equality and women’s full, effective and meaningful participation in all aspects of peace and security
  • Experience of working with geographically dispersed and culturally diverse teams
  • Proficiency in Arabic and other UN languages
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