Islamic Relief Worldwide is an international humanitarian organisation that provides development programs and humanitarian relief around the globe, regardless of race, political affiliation, gender or belief.
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Lead on the planning, implementation, coordination and review of Islamic Relief’s global advocacy work program on climate, working closely with our international offices.
Develop influencing strategies and plans to advance IRW’s priority campaigns by identifying and seizing relevant opportunities to engage, pressure and persuade relevant UN spaces and at international, regional, sub-regional, and national stakeholder level
To be responsible for COP strategies, drawing on evidence-based research from member offices
Coordinate and empower IR Partners and National Offices to implement advocacy climate strategies
Work with campaigners and communications staff across the Islamic Relief Family to ensure that policy, media and campaign ‘products’ and events are well targeted
Coordinate with regional offices to develop strategies for dealing with institutions
Assist policy/advocacy/capacity building campaigns staff in IRW country offices with strategic advice and knowledge on climate issues such as adaptation and mitigation
Develop key policy/advocacy, messages for the global family on climate change
Provide a voice to communities that IRW serves through compelling advocacy campaigns and reports, ensuring that they are at the heart of the process of Advocacy.
Occasional travel required globally
The successful candidate must have or be:
A Degree in a relevant field
Good diplomatic and coalition-building abilities, including being able to understand and value competing viewpoints and divergent interests and find common ground among them
Excellent communication, representative and persuasive skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, ability to inform and engage through written communication
The global humanitarian and development policy and institutional arena and frameworks, its challenges and blockages, and how they can be addressed
Knowledge of Islamic teachings in development/climate change and their representation externally (where possible)
Ability to manage large meetings and communicate complex concepts clearly
Pragmatic tactician, able to gather and analyse intelligence to identify the levers, interests and incentives that could make decision-makers more receptive to our calls to action and moving quickly to seize windows for change when they open
Comfortable with complex issues and ability to translate them into clear and actionable demands for decision-makers
Understanding of the media and working with journalists
Confidence in dealing with dignitaries
Strong ability to work calmly under pressure to tight deadlines and balance competing priorities
Sensitive to the complexities in working with wide and diverse civil society coalitions, in particular, NGO and social movements and media networks
Results focused – ability to plan, coordinate and deliver objectives and targets with a positive drive to achieve results
IT literate with a command of MS Office applications, in particular, interface presentation tools
International travel will be required as a part of the role
As international travel is required as a part of the role, we require applicants who are willing and able.