Title: Program Coordinator
Div/Dept: Program Development, Advocacy & Partnerships
Location: Washington, DC
Reporting Relationship: Sr. Policy Advisor
The Program Coordinator is a member of the growing Advocacy and Partnerships team which is part of the Program Division for ChildFund International based in Washington D.C. The Program Coordinator provides oversight and coordination for ChildFund International’s expanding National Office policy advocacy work. The Program Coordinator works collaboratively across the globe with divisional, regional and field-based colleagues in support of effective advocacy efforts that align with the ChildFund’s program approach and the organization’s 4-year strategy, “Destination 2020”, which has a focus on child protection and advocacy. S/he will support the development of a compendium of tools for National office advocacy staff and will be responsible for creating and advancing knowledge sharing platforms and webinars to advance the organizational understanding of advocacy within ChildFund’s 26 national offices. S/he will also be responsible for supporting information sharing, systems and documentation for the Advocacy and Partnerships team. This includes promoting cross learning and collaboration among National Offices, maintaining internal and external relationships, and coordinating relevant aspects of the division’s knowledge management systems. S/he will also provide support as needed to the Advocacy and Partnership’s U.S. Government advocacy strategy and visibility and influencing goals of the organization.
- Executes activities to deepen National Office policy advocacy work. These activities may include disseminating advocacy frameworks, identifying advocacy tools and integrating advocacy efforts in to the organization’s program approach as well as supporting select NO’s advance national or regional advocacy efforts.
- Helps lead connection from the National Office advocacy work to the ChildFund Alliance Secretariat, including supporting information sharing cross-collaboration and advancing joint activities.
- Facilitates connections and shared learning between National Offices on advocacy activities including strategic check ins with Regional Program Managers, advocacy focal points and other key national office advocacy and communications staff.
- Represents Advocacy and Partnerships team in internal working groups and/or reviews of technical documents to support advancing advocacy, visibility and influencing efforts across the division.
- Represents ChildFund at external meetings, including coalitions, working groups, industry and networking events.
- Supports proposal development, project management and other special tasks as assigned.
- Supports Advocacy and Partnership’s US government tactics aligned with the organization’s annual Advocacy Day and overarching thought leadership and visibility goals.
- Supports the Director of Advocacy and Partnerships on specific activities as needed.
- Strong background in U.S. or global (or national) advocacy, related degree preferred.
- Ability to develop and help lead trainings for National Offices to advance advocacy capacity preferred.
- Ability to analyze national policies and support the development of advocacy strategies.
- Ability to adapt in a fast-paced work environment and prioritize and re-prioritize independently.
- Understanding of advocacy theories of change, advocacy strategy development and experience executing advocacy trainings.
- Direct field experience in a developing country preferred but not required.
- Social media and global advocacy campaign experience desired;
- Familiar with global frameworks related to child/youth focused advocacy including the Sustainable Development Goals, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, etc.
- Experience in cross-cultural environments and ability to adapt to working globally across a complex organization.
- Demonstrated high-level interpersonal skills, including the ability to build strong networks and working relationships with a variety of stakeholders.
- A minimum of 3 years international development and/or non-profit experience required, with some field experience preferred
- Experience in project management and ability to complete outlined deliverables with minimal support.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Some travel may be required.
- Team player, sense of humor and collaborative working relationships strongly desired.
BA required in International Development, international relations, public policy, economics or a related field. Advanced degree preferred.