Policy Lead 10 months maternity cover

  • Anywhere
Organization: Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction
Closing date: 28 Mar 2023

We’re looking for a Policy Lead who is a member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and wider secretariat team and is responsible for leading all Policy work, including overseeing policy research and analysis.

Main purpose of the role

The Policy Lead will be involved in networking and representation at the global level; overseeing all GNDR’s influencing and lobbying on policy issues and supporting the Regional Teams at regional and national level; Coordinating GNDR’s thought leadership on “Risk Drivers”; coordinating all donor funded policy projects; and overseeing GNDR’s external communications; supporting the regional team in the recruitment and management of and communication with the members; overseeing the election of Board and RAG members; coordinating the member led capacity strengthening; and internal and external communication.

Overall scope of the role

The remit of this post will cover the following core responsibilities:

  • Policy analysis and research
  • Influencing and Lobbying
  • Support to regional and global advocacy
  • Networking
  • “Risk Drivers”
  • External Communications
  • Team Management

Policy and research

● Horizon scan emerging global and regional socio-economic, political developments and humanitarian situations, donor policies, and trends UN, NGO and civil society response in sector good practice to identify emerging policy issues;

● Oversee, support and commission the high quality research and analysis of selected policy issues, drawing on learning and experience from members, academic institutions and other resilience actors;

Influencing and lobbying

● Directly engage in evidence-based lobbying activities with key decision-makers at global levels on selected policy issues;

● Lead innovative advocacy campaigns towards set goals, linked closely with the findings from GNDR’s Views from the Frontline;

Support to regional and global advocacy

● In collaboration with regional staff, develop an advocacy strategy to contribute to the outworking of the GNDR strategy setting out priorities and targets;

● Develop messaging on selected policy issues for use by regional staff;


● Position GNDR as a leading Risk-Informed Development network working with civil society organisations dealing with issues of localisation, disaster risk reduction, resilience and sustainable development

● Develop and maintain strong working relationships with GNDR external stakeholders, including governments, UN agencies, institutional donors, media, representing GNDR externally as required;

Risk Drivers

● Coordinate the development of GNDR’s knowledge base on the 6 identified “risk drivers” and any agreed thematic area, and their interconnections, drawing information from GNDR secretariat, members and external sources;

● Coordinate and support the risk driver leads in developing GNDR’s knowledge base and capacity;

External communication

● Oversee the development of an external communications plan to maintain strong two-way flow of information with external stakeholders to support the outworking of the corporate strategy and support the implementation of our Policy work;

● Oversee the development and maintenance of GNDR’s brand and guidance, ensuring compliance across the secretariat;

Team Management

● As a member of the senior leadership team, assist with the overall coordination, management, development and representation of the secretariat team;

● Develop and model a team culture characterised by a shared understanding of GNDR’s vision and strategy and commitment to values;

Candidate requirements

We are ideally looking for candidates that have the following attributes and skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant subject (e.g. International Development International Relations)
  • Understanding of and experience of working with Sendai Framework for DRR and other post-2015 frameworks
  • Experience in advocacy, including the development of advocacy messaging and materials
  • Relevant experience in disaster risk management
  • Relevant experience in project implementation

How to apply

To apply for this position all applicants should send a brief cover letter and CV to jobs@gndr.org with the subject line referencing the role title.

As an international charity, GNDR strives to be inclusive in all its activities, and encourages applicants of Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds for all roles.

Candidates must have the legal right to live and work in any of GNDR regional hub locations. Currently the role is working from home with regular times in the office, as government guidance allows. There is a possibility that the FTC could be extended to 12 months.

For full job description https://www.gndr.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/JD-Policy-Lead-Mat-cover-1.pdf


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