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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 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 U.S 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.

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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.

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: January 25, 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.

Migrant Rights and Justice Program

Migrant, stateless, and refugee women and children around the world routinely face legal and human rights violations. WRC holds governments accountable to their obligation to respect women’s 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 policy associate supports the Migrant Rights and Justice Program team in conducting research and advocacy to advance the Women’s Refugee Commission’s objectives to protect refugees by ensuring fair, safe, and humane access to asylum at the border and throughout the United States. Working with the senior director for migrant rights and justice and the Migrant Rights and Justice team, the associate will help organize and engage in federal and legislative advocacy, enhance collaborative asylum advocacy through existing and new partnerships with a variety of stakeholders, and help draft policy, communications, and other internal and external materials to support the policy and advocacy objectives of the Women’s Refugee Commission’s Migrant Rights and Justice Program. This is a 12-month position, with possible extension.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Spearhead efforts to organize advocacy meetings, coalition meetings, Hill briefings, and other advocacy efforts, at the direction of the senior director of migrant rights and justice and others in the Migrant Rights and Justice team.
  • Help organize efforts to involve other stakeholders and allies in WRC’s advocacy, including through organization and coordination of and participation in meetings and other external stakeholder engagement.
  • Represent WRC at meetings and events on Capitol Hill and with coalition partners.
  • Draft short documents, letters, blogs, action alerts, and other materials in support of advocacy efforts, conducting research as needed and collaborating with the senior director and other team members.
  • Track relevant legislation, hearings, floor debates, votes, and otherwise support the team’s government relations efforts.
  • Assist with Migrant Rights and Justice research efforts as needed, including through desk research and, potentially, on-the-ground research
  • Assist in data collection for evaluating and measuring progress, including relating to the Migrant Rights and Justice team’s detention and border visits, and by tracking activities and accomplishments for grant reports and board and donor updates. Track detailed lobbying activity for the MRJ team.
  • Help facilitate intern recruitment, as needed.
  • Support other organizational advocacy efforts, DC events, and organizational initiatives as requested.
  • Other duties as requested, based on department and/or organizational need.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field, advanced degree preferred.
  • Familiarity with the structure and function of the U.S. government and/or nongovernmental organizations; Capitol Hill experience strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated writing and proofreading skills, and strong attention to detail.
  • Research experience and proficiency in accessing relevant research databases.
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Capacity to take on multiple tasks simultaneously, meet deadlines on assignments, and function as an effective member of a team.
  • Solid communication skills.
  • Spanish language proficiency highly desired.
  • Demonstrated interest in human rights and dedication to WRC’s mission.

Reports to: Associate Director, Migrant Rights and Justice
Position: Regular, Full-Time
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.

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.