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Senior Policy Advisor - Climate Action

World Vision

The Opportunity to be a Changemaker…

This unique opportunity as the Senior Policy Advisor (Climate Action) will provide the successful candidate with the opportunity to lead policy thinking on climate change and development for one of Australia’s largest international development and humanitarian organisations.

Although the poor have contributed the least to climate change, they tend to live in the most vulnerable areas and often have the fewest resources to bounce back from disasters and cope with climate stresses. The successful candidate will research, analyse and identify feasible policy solutions for children, families and communities in developing contexts around the world who are on the frontlines of climate change. This will involve:

  • researching the current context, emerging trends and best practice, including distilling insights from World Vision practitioners and technical experts,
  • producing briefs, thought leadership reports and policy analyses,
  • engaging with advocacy and communications experts to translate public policy proposals and solutions into advocacy products
  • building effective working relationships with counterparts in civil society, government and the private sector,
  • and influencing key decision-makers and policy debates.

In this role, you will build on World Vision’s extensive experience in climate action and disaster risk reduction to influence decision-makers to change their policies and practices, with a focus on how the Australian aid program can better respond to climate change. In particular, you will focus on policy solutions and advocacy concerning children’s experiences of a changing climate, nature-based solutions to climate change, and disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation. You will work with advocacy colleagues to design and lead the organisation’s climate advocacy and influencing work, in partnership with internal and external stakeholders. 

Who we are looking for…

Our dream candidate recognises this as their dream job.

They have high-level analytical and public policy development skills, the ability to persuasively influence internal and external stakeholders based on sound and logical reasoning and can handle media as a spokesperson on issues related to climate change and disaster risk reduction.

In addition, we are looking for someone who has:

  • Experience in policy analysis, research and development related to climate change and disaster risk reduction
  • Strong stakeholder engagement skills, including the ability to build and nurture productive working relationships and partnerships
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Relevant qualifications in public policy, environmental science, international relations, international development or similar, preferably at master’s level
  • Ability to translate complex policy for others to communicate, often in tight timeframes

Field experience related to climate change or disaster risk reduction is desirable, but not required. 

What you need to know

This role is a full-time permanent position based at our head office in Burwood East, Melbourne, Victoria, or in Canberra.

For your information, the interviews will start immediately, and the role may be filled before the closing date.

World Vision Australia takes our Safeguarding responsibilities seriously and we provide an environment that is safe for our child and adult beneficiaries. We have strong recruitment procedures to make sure the safest and most suitable people work with the children in our programs. All successful candidates will undergo a criminal record and Working with Children check prior to employment. We provide our staff and volunteers with ongoing supervision, support and training in their work with child and adult beneficiaries. 

Why you should apply…

A career with World Vision is an opportunity to join a sector-leading humanitarian aid organisation. We collaborate in a high performing and professional culture. Aside from the opportunity for broad and life-changing impact in the lives of the world’s most vulnerable, some of our other benefits include:

  • Access to professional development programs that include on-the-job learning, e-learning, workshops, forums, leadership development and internal mobility.
  • Policies that may accommodate flexible working and other working arrangements to tailor and encourage individual performance.
  • A highly engaged team culture that is dynamic, growing in agility and pace, and committed to serve beyond the call of duty.
  • A culture that encourages truth telling with grace that confronts challenges and issues to clear teams for success in a timely fashion.
  • Access to salary packaging tax advantages.

Why World Vision…

World Vision is a global community of millions, working together for one purpose: to change the lives of vulnerable children. We are an international humanitarian and development organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.

World Vision is committed to helping the world’s most vulnerable children, and we continue to do so in many of the world’s most difficult and underserved places. 

Our organisational culture reflects a "Partnership" of World Vision offices in nearly 100 countries and almost 37,000 staff working towards one vision: Our vision for every child, life in all its fullness. Our prayer for every heart, the will to make it so.  World Vision has profound global impact reaching one person every 10 secs with clean water, and every 60 secs a family gets access to tools and support they need to get out of poverty.

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