Requisition ID: req5285
Sector: Advocacy & Government Affairs
Employment Category: Regular
Employment Type: Full-Time
Over the past 80 years, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has developed unparalleled expertise in responding to emergencies and helping uprooted communities to rebuild. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster.
The International Rescue Committee Europe is part of the IRC global network which has its headquarters in New York, London and Berlin. The IRC is on the ground in some 40 countries providing emergency relief, relocating refugees and rebuilding lives in the wake of disaster. Through over 20 regional offices in cities across the United States the IRC also helps refugees resettle in the US and become self-sufficient.
The IRC is committed to a culture of bold leadership, innovation in all aspects of our work, creative partnerships and, most crucially, accountability to those we serve. The IRC is a tireless advocate for the most vulnerable.
Europe is one of the fastest growing regions for the IRC and currently consists of offices in the UK, Belgium, Switzerland and Germany. In addition, the IRC has a partnership with Stichting Vluchteling (SV) in the Netherlands. IRC runs a number of country programmes in the Europe and North Africa region with IRC offices in Italy, Greece, Serbia, Libya and Tunisia.
The European Policy and Advocacy Team, headed by the Director of Policy & Advocacy, consists of 13 staff based across the UK, Belgium and Germany.
The core purpose of the Policy and Advocacy Department is to increase the IRC’s influence and profile, developing the IRC as a thought leader in Europe that can drive transformational policy change in the humanitarian sector. We aim to improve outcomes for people living in, and displaced by, conflict and crisis. The team works closely with IRC’s global team of policy analysts and advocates based in Washington DC, New York, Geneva, Amman and in other priority countries and regions.
IRC has developed a Europe Strategy to complement the five year IRC Global Strategy. Increasing IRC’s profile and advocacy impact with policy-makers in the European institutions and selected European member states is key to meeting our goal of becoming recognized as a thought-leader in Europe. The Head of EU Policy and Advocacy develops and leads implementation of this strategy vis à vis the EU institutions; builds on and delivers the EU-related objectives of the teams’ various workstreams, and ensures that we maximize the EU’s influence in international fora to advance our priorities. The role ensures provision of advice and/or support to IRC affiliates and field offices on EU policies and their implications; and is responsible for leading and managing the Policy and Advocacy team in Brussels.
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The deadline for this role is 9am on 21st June 2019.