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Vice President, External Relations

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.


  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.


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.