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Senior Policy Advisor - Economic Empowerment

World Vision


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

The successful candidate will research, analyse and identify feasible policy solutions for children, families and communities as they rebuild their lives and livelihoods in the face of COVID-19, rising inequality and the increasing impacts of climate change. This will involve:

  • Researching the current context, emerging trends and good practice, including distilling insights from World Vision practitioners and economic empowerment 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, multilaterals, government and the private sector,
  • And influencing key decision-makers and policy debates, including conceptualising and organising policy-related discussion forums and dialogues.

In this role, you will build on World Vision’s extensive experience and field presence in economic empowerment to influence decision-makers to change their policies and practices, with a focus on how the Australian aid program can better support an inclusive economic recovery from COVID-19 in the Indo-Pacific region. You will develop and advocate for solutions to ensure that:

  • Vulnerable groups of people, especially women, have opportunities, skills, resources, services, and networks to sustainably lift themselves out of poverty; and
  • Economic systems are inclusive of poor and vulnerable groups, especially women.

Who we’re 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 economic development in the region, especially how to make markets work better work for the poor and how to support women’s economic empowerment.

In addition, we are looking for someone who has:

  • Experience in policy analysis, research and development
  • Expertise in economic development, financial inclusion, women’s economic empowerment, and/or market systems development
  • 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, economics, international relations, international development or similar, preferably at master’s level
  • Ability to translate complex policy for others to communicate, often in tight timeframes
  • Ability to design and deliver policy events, such as workshops, policy dialogues and related events

Experience in designing or delivering economic development programs or working in the Indo-Pacific region is desirable, but not required.

Working for World Vision means you are making the world better 

It’s not every day that a job comes along that lets you change the world. Working for World Vision means looking forward to turning up at work because you know you’re about to do something meaningful. It means working with 35,000 staff and 3.3 million supporters in 100 countries who will stop at nothing to help children live better lives. Join a team that is bold and courageous, and where job satisfaction goes beyond financial reward. 

The selection process 

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

We embrace diversity, employing people from a variety of cultural and religious backgrounds. We take our Safeguarding responsibilities seriously and we are committed to providing an environment that is safe for children. Our stringent recruitment procedures 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 vulnerable children and their families.

Who we are

World Vision is a Christian organisation that empowers everyday Australians to create meaningful change for children through relief, development and advocacy work. 

We offer great benefits such as salary packaging, flexible working arrangements, free on-site parking and an onsite café for our employees.

For more information on World Vision and the work we do, please visit our website: https://www.worldvision.com.au/about-us.

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