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Background
The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) works to improve the lives and defend the rights of refugee and internally displaced women, children and young people. As an advocacy organization, the Commission is dedicated to bringing about systemic changes that lead to greater respect for the rights of uprooted women, children and young people. The organization strives to effect policy and programmatic change with broad, worldwide impact.

Scope of Work

The development manager will play a key role in WRC’s fundraising operations ($10 million annual budget) as a member of an established, yet lean development team. Under the supervision of the associate director, individual giving and events, this position will provide essential support, including administrative, operational, and essential infrastructure support; database management; prospect research; processing gifts; and assisting with donor cultivation and events.

This role will be a part-time, temporary role to cover an upcoming leave. It is expected to begin in April and will last approximately five months. Time needed will be approximately 20 hours per week from April–mid-June, 15 hours per week mid-June–September.

Essential Job Functions

Support the development team’s efforts by performing a range of administrative tasks, including but not limited to:

Data Management

  • Manage all aspects of the Raiser’s Edge database, including manual gift entry, credit card processing of major gifts, Online Express gift batch entry, mailing list queries and exports, imports, and data clean-up.
  • Serve as the administrator and organizational point person for Raiser’s Edge donor database, update and maintain individual records and mailing lists.
  • Enter, update, and analyze development and organizational information in database, and generate reports, queries, exports, and lists for mailings and appeals.

Development Administration

  • Process invoices, credit card authorizations, and other relevant finance-related tasks.
  • Support “Voices of Courage Awards Event” and other planned donor cultivation events.
  • Manage administrative tasks, such as donor correspondence, including acknowledgement letters.
  • Conduct prospect research on potential corporate and individual donors.
  • Assist the associate director with cultivation and donor stewardship—preparing materials and packages for presentation; coordinating meetings; and responding to queries.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Strong computer skills with high-level proficiency in Word and Excel.
  • Strong Raiser’s Edge proficiency (must have experience with manual gift entry and Online Express, building queries and importing/exporting constituents).
  • Blackbaud certification in Raiser’s Edge preferred.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize competing tasks.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Flexible approach to work; the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive information in a confidential manner.
  • All employees must abide by WRC’s Humanitarian Accountability statement:
    wrc.ms/humanitarian-accountability.

Reports to: Associate Director, Individual Giving and Events
Location: New York, NY
Hourly Rate: $28 per hour

How to Apply

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume via this link.

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The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, veteran status or disability and qualified applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Women’s Refugee Commission is a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.

Background

The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) works to improve the lives and defend the rights of refugee and internally displaced women, children, and young people. As a research and advocacy organization, WRC is dedicated to securing systemic changes in policy and practice that ensure uprooted women, children and young people can fully exercise their rights to protection, services, and self-sufficiency.

Migrant Rights and Justice Program

Migrant, stateless, and refugee women and children around the world routinely face legal and human rights violations. WRC’s Migrant Rights and Justice Program holds governments accountable to their obligation to respect women and children’s rights, so they can find safety, access justice, and rebuild their lives.

Our rights and justice work includes issues of asylum, access to protection, immigration detention, family separation, and unaccompanied children’s rights.

Scope of Work

The Women’s Refugee Commission’s Migrant Rights and Justice Program is hiring an asylum campaign manager to develop and manage a campaign to restore and establish humane, fair, and accessible access to asylum in the United States.

The campaign manager is responsible for developing, managing, and implementing a campaign and advocacy effort to counter years of attacks on the asylum system, and to restore and defend the rights of those seeking protection at US borders and along the migrant route, advocate for the restoration of asylum rights in the United States, and create a more just, humane, and dignified approach to asylum. The campaign aims to mobilize targeted public allies and organizations, and, ultimately, policymakers.

The asylum campaign manager will work closely with WRC staff, including the communications department and the Migrant Rights and Justice program, and will coordinate closely with allied organizations to build and implement a strong coalition campaign that leverages partners’ strengths and magnifies our collective efforts.

This includes:

  1. coordinating WRC’s leadership on the campaign to ensure strong collaboration and partnership engagement;
  2. developing a campaign structure and coordinating roles for steering committee membership and partnerships with allies;
  3. working closely with the campaign communications coordinator on campaign communications efforts;
  4. working with partners to develop campaign strategy and activities;
  5. coordinating and leading campaign implementation with partners; and
  6. working with WRC leadership and partners to engage with funders in support of securing continued funding for the campaign.

The ideal candidate will be a seasoned campaigner, an exceptional manager, and a collaborative leader. The candidate must possess a nuanced understanding of complex political landscapes (preferably with an understanding of the immigration landscape in particular), and be able to manage inter-organizational relationships.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage development of a campaign structure in alliance and coordination with partners.
  • Lead campaign strategy, oversight, and coordination in collaboration with partners, and coordinate and lead WRC’s role in the campaign with support from the WRC campaign communications coordinator and MRJ program and communications staff.
  • Build and manage relationships with coalition partners and stakeholders on an ongoing basis to ensure an inclusive campaign.
  • Work with partners and the campaign communications coordinator to implement rapid response and action plans.
  • Draft campaign materials, including but not limited to letters or policy advocacy statements, reports, website content, fact sheets, etc., in coordination with the Migrant Rights and Justice team, WRC communications, organizational allies, and issue experts.
  • Work with the campaign communications organizations, WRC communications and MRJ staff, and partner organizations to develop and employ strategic online advocacy activities, including online petitions, calls to action, and online and in-person organizing activities.
  • Possible role in speaking with members of the media on background and on the record when needed in coordination with the WRC’s communications director, the campaign communications coordinator, and partner organizations.
  • Support fundraising efforts and grant reporting as needed. Work with the Senior Director of Migrant Rights and Justice and development department on foundation proposals and materials.
  • Manage potential consultants, vendors, and interns.
  • Uphold WRC’s values internally and externally.

Skills and Background

The ideal candidate possesses many or all of the following skills and experiences:

  • Issue campaign expertise: Experience with diverse campaigning strategies and tactics, including focusing on private sector, civil society, and government actors. Knowledge of strategies for building public support, driving pressure on targets, shifting public discourse, and changing targets’ behavior. Experience with building issue campaigns, public mobilization, and online activism.
  • Advocacy experience: Experience in advocacy and lobbying, including working with coalition partners, drafting coalition letters and policy statements, and mobilizing pressure on decision makers.
  • Building coalitions and teams: Experience with recruiting allies, building coalitions, and working with allied organizations, networks, and communities.
  • Online campaigning experience: Experience with online strategies and platforms for recruiting, engaging, and mobilizing large numbers of people. Proficiency in online petition and organizing platforms, including Action Network and major third-party petition platforms, such as MoveOn, Change.org, etc. Proficient in major online marketing and social media platforms, including MailChimp, WordPress, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.
  • Offline campaign experience: Experience with strategies for building public pressure on campaign targets. These include media engagement; generating constituent pressure through grassroots phone calls, volunteer-led protests, and events; meetings with target decision-makers, etc.
  • Strong writing skills: Clear and efficient English-language communicator across multiple formats and styles – succinct petitions, policy statements, coalition letters, email alerts, activist materials, phone alerts, social media, etc.
  • Issue and regional knowledge: Demonstrated interest and knowledge of human rights, US immigration policy, and US migrant and asylum rights and policy specifically, including women’s rights.
  • Operations mindset: Comfortable building systems to measure and track success. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Commitment to anti-racist and intersectional campaigns that build power across diverse communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to use independent judgment and make good decisions in service to the mission, including recognizing when to bring issues or concerns to upper management.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, work independently, and function as a member of a team.
  • Proficient in basic office productivity platforms, including Microsoft Office, Google Suite, video and audio conference call platforms, etc.
  • Exceptional management skills and several years’ management experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead collaboratively across departments and agencies, and identify best-practices.
  • Highly developed strategic problem-solving and execution skills; ability to achieve excellence and meet multiple goals and deadlines within a complex landscape and fast-paced environment.
  • Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.
  • Ability to work in the US.
  • Language skills are a plus, including but not limited to Spanish and French.

Reports to: Senior Director, Migrant Rights and Justice
Position: Regular, Full-Time for two years with possibility for longer depending on funding
Location: Washington, D.C., or NYC
Starting Date: ASAP
Closing Date: Until filled

How to Apply

Interested candidates must submit a CV and cover letter via via this link.

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The Women’s Refugee Commission is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, veteran status or disability, and qualified applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Women’s Refugee Commission is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Background

The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) works to improve the lives and defend the rights of refugee and internally displaced women, children, and young people. As a research and advocacy organization, WRC is dedicated to securing systemic changes in policy and practice that ensure uprooted women, children and young people can fully exercise their rights to protection, services, and self-sufficiency.

Scope of Work

The Asylum Campaign communications coordinator is responsible for managing all aspects of a nascent two-year campaign on asylum rights in the United States. This position will report directly to the director of external communications and will work closely with the asylum campaign manager and the Migrant Rights and Justice (MRJ) team at WRC. The campaign communications coordinator will serve as the primary point of communications contact for a coalition of organizations involved in the Asylum Campaign.

The Asylum Campaign communications coordinator will help lead the coordination of campaign talking points and messaging documents across the coalition and will craft all WRC talking points, press releases, social media copy, and briefing documents for press related to the campaign.

Under the supervision of and in collaboration with the director of external communications and the asylum campaign manager, and in close coordination with the MRJ team, the Asylum Campaign communications coordinator will serve as the liaison for external PR firms and on all WRC asylum-related press calls; manage rapid response communications efforts, press briefings, and events; and work with the director of external communications on paid media content production during the campaign.

Essential Job Functions

  • Craft talking points, press releases, press memos, and official statements for distribution to media and other constituents.
  • Ensure coordination across a diverse coalition of partners to ensure message discipline, press coordination, and research-informed persuasion.
  • Craft and post social media copy; create digital toolkits.
  • Build and maintain WRC press contacts on asylum.
  • Proactive flacking: Engage and pitch media on asylum issues.
  • Serve as primary communications coordinator with coalition members.
  • Liaise with public relations firms and other external vendors.
  • Work closely with MRJ program staff members to identify opportunities and develop related communication materials.
  • Manage Asylum Campaign editorial calendar.
  • Manage all communications aspects of rapid response efforts (including crafting talking points, press releases, social media copy, media engagement).

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five to seven years’ experience in political or advocacy campaign communications required, experience in rapid response efforts preferred.
  • Excellent press contacts.
  • Knowledge of US asylum and/or international humanitarian and human rights work required.
  • Outstanding communications skills, both verbal and written, and the ability to grasp and communicate asylum policies for targeted audiences via traditional and social media.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including ability to conduct and coordinate multiple tasks under pressure to ensure rapid response deadlines are met.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.
  • Strong commitment to the mission and goals of WRC.
  • Spanish or French proficiency a plus.

Reports to: Director of External Communications
Position: Regular, Full-Time for two years with possibility for longer depending on funding
Location: Washington, D.C.
Closing Date: Until filled

How to Apply

Interested candidates must submit a CV and cover letter via via this link.

APPLY NOW

The Women’s Refugee Commission is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, veteran status or disability, and qualified applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Women’s Refugee Commission is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Background

The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) works to improve the lives and defend the rights of refugee and internally displaced women, children, and young people. As a research and advocacy organization, WRC is dedicated to securing systemic changes in policy and practice that ensure uprooted women, children and young people can fully exercise their rights to protection, services, and self-sufficiency.

Project Background

With support from the Government of Canada, WRC is working to advance equitable and inclusive transformative change in the response to crises and displacement, and specifically in the humanitarian sector, which has a mandate to respond to crises and displacement globally. This project is contributing to addressing the need for a systemic change to humanitarian response: to shift from an inherently externally and global north driven approach to one that is led by crisis-affected communities and, in particular, women, people of color, and other historically marginalized groups. Our vision of an anti-racist feminist response is one that addresses the systemic inequalities, based on gender, race, social class, ethnicity, ability, religion, age, sexuality, and other axes of marginalization, that shape the experience of, and responses to, crises and displacement.

Since July 2020, WRC has worked closely with a Core Working Group on a virtual research project aimed at creating dialogue and collaboration between civil society and humanitarian actors for a more inclusive and locally driven response to crises and displacement. The Core Working Group comprises 20 experts from more than 10 countries, working in the areas of humanitarian response and policy, refugee networks, disability rights, sexual orientation and gender identity expression (SOGIE) rights, feminist movements, women’s funds, governance, and futures work. WRC and the Core Working Group have completed Phases 1 and 2 of the Project, which has entailed the following activities:

  • Co-design of a questionnaire using Active Sensemaking methodology, a technique that utilizes storytelling as a way to better understand complex phenomena;
  • Piloting, refinement, and translation of the questionnaire (into French, Spanish, and Arabic); and
  • Collection of qualitative and quantitative data in the form of stories and experiences from over 100 humanitarian and non-humanitarian actors responding to crises and displacement.

Phase 3 of the project will take place from January through March 2021, and will include the following activities:

  • Co-analysis of data using Active Sensemaking methodology;
  • Creation of a project report;
  • Co-creation of a Theory of Change for an anti-racist feminist response to crises and forced displacement; and
  • Advocacy and knowledge dissemination to influence policymakers and donors.

To this end, WRC is seeking a consultant to lead the process of co-creating a Theory of Change and draft recommendations for advocacy and knowledge dissemination.

Project Dates: 9 February-31 March 2021

Key Objectives of the Consultancy

  1. Engage with Core Working Group members and other key stakeholders to co-create a Theory of Change for an anti-racist feminist response to crises and forced displacement.
  2. Synthesize findings and outputs from all phases of the project to finalize the Theory of Change and accompanying policy paper.
  3. Provide guidance on advocacy and donor engagement at the global, regional, national, and sub-national levels.

Consultant Roles, Responsibilities, and Deliverables

The Consultant will be responsible for three key activities that are part of phase 3 of this project. Each activity is outlined below with specific responsibilities and deliverables.

Activity 1: Phase 3 Planning and Stakeholder Engagement (estimated 5 working days)

The Consultant will be responsible for planning Phase 3 of this project and ensuring engagement of key stakeholders. Specifically, the Consultant will:

  1. Design a detailed timeline for Phase 3;
  2. Outline engagement techniques for co-creation of the Theory of Change; and
  3. Identify and engage key stakeholders from the Core Working Group and beyond

Activity 1 Deliverables:

  1. Detailed workplan for Phase 3
  2. Final list of stakeholders to participate in co-creation of Theory of Change

Activity 2: Co-creation of a Theory of Change for a Feminist and Anti-Racist Response to Conflict and Forced Displacement (estimated 15 working days)

We would like to co-create the methodology for stakeholder participation with the Consultant. Some possibilities include: two half-day workshops with the identified stakeholders to co-create the Theory of Change. The co-creation process should stem from findings and outputs from Phases 1 and 2 of the project, as well as broader evidence and priorities of the field. Specifically, the Consultant will:

  1. Plan, organize, and lead at least virtual engagement with key stakeholders;
  2. Work collaboratively with stakeholders and utilize project findings/outputs to co-create a draft Theory of Change;
  3. Finalize the Theory of Change in the form of an infographic with an accompanying paper or policy brief;
  4. Solicit feedback from key stakeholders, including co-branding as is desired and appropriate.

Activity 2 Deliverables:

  1. Agenda and materials for workshops
  2. Completion of virtual engagement with key stakeholders
  3. Draft Theory of Change and paper
  4. Stakeholder feedback on Theory of Change (infographic and paper)
  5. Final Theory of Change and paper (by March 30, 2021)

Activity 3: Guidance and Recommendations for Advocacy and Donor Engagement (estimated 5 working days)

The Consultant will utilize the Theory of Change and other project findings to provide guidance and recommendations to local actors for advocacy and donor engagement. Specifically, the Consultant will:

  1. Liaise with Core Working Group members and other key stakeholders to identify opportunities for advocacy and donor engagement;
  2. Create a guidance document outlining how to utilize the Theory of Change and other project outputs for advocacy and donor engagement.

Activity 3 Deliverables:

  1. Guidance document on advocacy (by March 30, 2021)

WRC Role and Responsibilities

WRC will be responsible for the overall management of this project and coordination related to partner activities, spending, and deliverables to the donor (Government of Canada). WRC will also lead communication and advocacy efforts at the global level, and will be a collaborator, thought partner, and co-author on all knowledge products resulting from this project. WRC will provide all existing project materials to the consultant and support reaching out to key stakeholders who are part of the project’s Core Working Group. To ensure deadlines are met, WRC will be responsible for providing timely feedback on project deliverables.

Estimated Number of Working Days: 25 days (from February 9 -March 31, 2021)
Location: Remote
Deadline for Application: February 5, 2021

How to Apply

Please submit a brief email describing qualifications for the project, resume/CV, and 1-2 examples of relevant work with the subject line: “Theory of Change” via this link.

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Background
The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) works to improve the lives and defend the rights of refugee and internally displaced women, children, and young people. As a research and advocacy organization, WRC is dedicated to securing systemic changes in policy and practice that ensure uprooted women, children and young people can fully exercise their rights to protection, services, and self-sufficiency.

Scope of Work

The Vice President directs WRC’s external relations unit which comprises the organization’s advocacy and communications teams. The Vice President provides overall guidance to the teams in the development and implementation of advocacy and communications strategies and annual work plans that advance the WRC’s organizational priorities. The Director of External Communications and advocacy team members in New York and Geneva report to the Vice President. This position also has primary responsibility for the WRC’s advocacy in Washington D.C.

As a member of WRC’s Executive Team, the Vice President helps lead decision-making on issues that are central to the organization’s mission, financial health, and organizational culture. The Vice President also supports the Executive Director in the management of the Executive Team’s meetings and plays a key role in the Executive Team’s strategic engagement with WRC’s Operating Team.

Essential Job Functions

Leadership of External Relations Unit

  • Provide direction on the development and implementation of an external relations strategy and associated work plans that build support for WRC’s priorities with target audiences and ensure synergies between the work of the advocacy, communications, development, and program teams.
  • Provide supervisory support to the Director of External Communications in the development and implementation of the communications teams’ strategies and work plans.
  • Support the Director of External Communications in the management of the communications team as needed.
  • Represent WRC at events and meetings with US and international policy makers, humanitarian leadership and other key stakeholders.
  • Serve as the Unit’s primary liaison to the Board of Directors on opportunities and issues critical to WRC’s mission.

Management of Advocacy Team

  • Lead WRC’s advocacy team in the development, implementation and evaluation of WRC’s advocacy strategy and associated work plans.
  • Supervise and mentor WRC’s advocacy staff and consultants in New York and Geneva.
  • Serve as WRC’s primary advocacy lead in Washington, D.C., engaging the Administration, the State Department, USAID, Congress, UN representatives, the NGO and academic communities and other key actors in support of WRC’s humanitarian priorities and issues related to the women, peace and security agenda.
  • Provide oversight to WRC’s engagement in the Call to Action on Protection from Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies, a global multi-stakeholder initiative to strengthen GBV prevention, response and mitigation in humanitarian response.

Executive Team Responsibilities

  • Support the development and implementation of WRC’s strategic plan and its organizational work plans. Play a leading role in regular reviews of strategies and plans and in decision-making processes of the organization.
  • Work with senior colleagues and staff to identify emerging issues that may impact WRC’s mission, visibility, and fundraising; help develop strategies to address them.
  • Together with senior colleagues on the Executive and Operating Teams, ensure that policies and process are in place to support a WRC work culture that reflects the organization’s core Values.

Requirements

  1. Demonstrated commitment to WRC’s mission, gender equality and refugee rights.
  2. Minimum of 15 years of progressive work experience in advocacy and external relations, ideally on humanitarian issues, women’s rights, or international relations more broadly.
  3. At least 8 years of management and supervisory experience at a senior level, with a demonstrated ability to lead within and across teams.
  4. Senior-level advocacy experience in the US and in international contexts, including significant experience in public speaking.
  5. Expertise on issues related to gender equality, migration, humanitarian assistance and protection and related human rights issues highly desired.
  6. Demonstrated ability to build and lead national and international advocacy coalitions on WRC’s program priorities with civil society, donors and governments.
  7. Excellent analytical, written, and oral communication skills, strong diplomatic skills, and excellent political judgment.
  8. Must have authorization to work in the United States.

Reports to: Executive Director
Position: Regular, Full-Time
Location: Either Washington, D.C. or New York
Closing Date: Until filled

How to Apply

Interested candidates must submit a CV and cover letter via via this link.

APPLY NOW

The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, veteran status or disability and qualified applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Women’s Refugee Commission is a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.