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28 Jun 2016

Full-Time Policy & Advocacy Adviser – Refugee Resettlement

IRC – International Rescue Committee – Posted by admin Brussel, Brussel, Belgium


Job Description

Policy & Advocacy Adviser – Refugee Resettlement

The world is experiencing the worst refugee crisis since World War II. The IRC is working on the front line of the crisis – inside Syria; in the four refugee receiving countries that surround it – Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey; in other regions and major countries which people are fleeing from such as Africa and Afghanistan; and in Greece and Serbia. We resettle around 10,000 refugees each year in 22 cities across the United States.

Refugee resettlement must be part of the response to the ongoing global crisis. Implemented at scale, it should be one of the safe and legal pathways for refugees to reach safety and a new life in Europe. But Europe has created a displacement crisis in Greece, with over 50,000 people – primarily from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq – now trapped there and unable to move on to a more sustainable solution elsewhere due to border closures and the EU-Turkey agreement. Working in co-ordination with IRC colleagues in Europe, the US and globally, this position will work to influence the EU’s approach to refugee resettlement and integration, and to contribute to the wider global debate on refugee resettlement. This position will conduct detailed policy work, produce policy briefings and other products, and write and implement a plan to influence EU institutions and key European countries in their approach to refugee resettlement. Building new relationships with target policymakers, advisers and officials in relevant European capitals will be crucial to success, as will increasing IRC’s profile. Part of IRC’s European policy and advocacy team, this position will work closely with IRC’s European programmes and communications colleagues, with IRC’s US programmes and with the global policy and advocacy team. It will build new partnerships with like-minded NGOs and think-tanks to bring maximum influence to bear on those making crucial decisions regarding the scale, scope and means of refugee resettlement. It will also work with colleagues to develop a co-ordinated global resettlement policy in the face of protracted displacement.

This role will be based either in Brussels or in London, with frequent European travel and some international travel.

Scope and Authority


  • Act as the global focal point for IRC policy and advocacy work on European refugee resettlement;
  • Represent IRC at meetings with senior European advocacy targets;
  • Brief senior IRC colleagues on relevant issues.

Responsibility for Resources

  • Work with budget-holders to manage advocacy budget lines on priority issues/contexts;
  • Project manage the production of policy products and advocacy events within a set budget.

Key Working Relationships

  • Reports to the Associate Director of Policy and Advocacy;
  • Works very closely with the Refugee Crisis Policy and Advocacy Adviser, and with the Policy and Advocacy teams in London and Brussels;
  • Close collaboration with IRC programme colleagues delivering the humanitarian response in Greece, Serbia and elsewhere in Europe;
  • Close co-ordination with Policy and Advocacy colleagues in New York and Washington DC, US Programmes, and with IRC-UK Media and Communications colleagues.


Strategy development and implementation, including relationship-building and advocacy (50%)

  • Rapid development of a thorough plan for influencing refugee resettlement and integration in Europe, to ensure that the EU and key countries make and deliver the strongest possible commitments in this areas;
  • Implementation of this plan, including: building new relationships with senior stakeholders and advocacy targets in selected European countries, and in EU and other appropriate institutions – and providing clear evidence of influencing them;
  • Plan and oversee events as part of the above, including with think-tanks, other NGOs and partners;
  • Co-ordination with European and global colleagues on implementing this plan.

Policy advice and guidance (25%)

  • Produce public-facing policy products to raise the profile and understanding of the importance of refugee resettlement, and build the understanding of relevant policymakers and politicians as to how this can most effectively be done;
  • Work together with IRC colleagues in Europe and elsewhere to develop new IRC public policy positions from our experience and learning on the ground with refugee integration work, and bring these lessons to bear with policymakers in relevant European capitals;
  • Conduct research and write briefings/ short reports to fulfil the above;
  • Work with communications colleagues to ensure that this work has the greatest possible impact;
  • Work with colleagues globally to contribute to new IRC public policy positions on global refugee resettlement and responsibility sharing.

Coalition building, networking and profile-raising (25%)

  • Identify, create and act upon opportunities to build new networks and coalitions of NGOs, think-tanks and others with a shared interest in refugee resettlement and integration, and develop shared projects as appropriate;
  • Raise IRC-UK’s profile as a European thought leader and practitioner on refugee resettlement and integration;
  • Provide occasional support to fundraising colleagues, for example by making presentations and attending key meetings.



Skills, Knowledge and Qualifications

  • Relevant Masters degree or equivalent qualifications/experience;
  • Proven political judgment, and detailed knowledge of the workings of EU institutions and current EU debates;
  • Excellent writing skills and the ability to translate complex material and data into coherent narratives;
  • Strong understanding of the issues underlying the refugee crisis, and knowledge of policy issues related to migration;
  • Understanding of the main workings and issues related to refugee resettlement and integration;
  • Excellent negotiating skills, and the ability to communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Strong networking and presentation skills;
  • The ability to travel, to work to tight deadlines, and on own initiative;
  • Commitment to women’s rights and to IRC’s vision, missions and values.


  • Significant experience of working with senior contacts in European capitals, EU institutions, the European Parliament or in a relevant public affairs role;
  • Proven experience of developing and implementing successful influencing strategies – including in working closely with communications colleagues to shape opinion;
  • Experience of working on complex policy issues, ideally on migration, home affairs, humanitarian issues and/or foreign affairs, and in developing new policy positions;
  • Good knowledge of parliamentary systems, and how to influence them;
  • Experience of building effective coalitions between NGOs and similar organizations;
  • Experience of working as part of an interdependent team, and of quickly forming effective working relationships to deliver results;
  • Highly motivated self-starter.


  • Useful political and institutional contacts in the EU;
  • Experience of working in the German political system;
  • Fluency in German;
  • Working knowledge of French.

How to Apply

Job Categories: NGO. Job Types: Full-Time.

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