Senior Policy Advisor- Geneva, Switzerland

Mercy Corps

Location: Geneva, Switzerland – Versatile working environement
Place Standing: Full-time, Everlasting
Wage: Beginning wage for this function at 75,371 CHF – commensurate to skilled expertise

Legitimate unrestricted work authorization in Switzerland is required on the time of utility for this place.

Deadline: Please submit utility by April tenth

About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps’ mission is to alleviate struggling, poverty and oppression by serving to individuals construct safe, productive and simply communities. In additional than 40 international locations world wide, over 5,400 crew members work aspect by aspect with individuals residing via poverty, catastrophe, violent battle, and the acute impacts of local weather change. Mercy Corps helps communities and people most weak inside them to manage, adapt and thrive within the face of those challenges, with a precedence deal with bettering meals safety, water safety, financial alternative and governance and peace.

Mercy Corps is powered by the idea that a greater world is feasible. To do that, we all know our groups do their finest work when they’re various and each crew member feels that they belong. We welcome various backgrounds, views, and abilities in order that we might be stronger and have long run impression.

The Program / Division / Group

The Mercy Corps World Coverage and Advocacy (GPA) crew works to assist Mercy Corps’ mission by advocating for higher insurance policies and practices of bi-lateral donors, multilateral establishments, nationwide governments and different power-holders to allow Mercy Corps’ applications in fragile and conflict-affected international locations to attain higher impression. The GPA crew features a US-based crew centered on the US authorities, a European crew centered on European governments and different Europe primarily based establishments, and crew members primarily based in areas/international locations of operation.

The crew need to recruit our first Geneva primarily based advocate to affect the insurance policies and practices of UN businesses, authorities representatives and the broader neighborhood primarily based in Geneva.

The Place

The senior advisor will work in tandem with advocates throughout the coverage and advocacy crew to affect coverage and follow round Mercy Corps’ precedence humanitarian crises and broader humanitarian coverage, notably in relation to localisation, use of money and market primarily based responses, and the hyperlinks between humanitarian response and local weather change. The senior advisor may have a specific deal with partaking with and influencing related UN entities (UNHCR, UNICEF), humanitarian missions of main donor international locations represented in Geneva and key coverage boards (notably the Grand Discount).

Important Tasks


● Works with and helps the Senior Director of Coverage and Advocacy, the Humanitarian Coverage Director and the VP for EmergencyResponse to develop Mercy Corps total technique on influencing key establishments and coverage debates in Geneva

● Helps country- and region-focused advocacy efforts to have interaction with key UN/Geneva primarily based establishments on humanitarian points.


● Develops and manages advocacy and coverage engagement in Geneva via:

○ Monitoring related funding and insurance policies of key establishments

○ Implementing policy-focused advocacy and outreach methods

○ Drafting coverage paperwork and messaging in assist of coverage and advocacy objectives

○ Speaking info internally on Geneva-based establishments to relevantMercy Corps employees

● Leads collaborative work in Geneva throughout the NGO sector and amongst different NGO, Purple Cross, UN and governmental companions, together with via IASC teams and ICVA.

● Engages substantively with Mercy Corps’ coverage, technical, proof and programme groups to trace and perceive our expertise, proof and coverage positions round key humanitarian coverage points and to tell our advocacy and engagement in Geneva.


● Represents Mercy Corps with key establishments in Geneva, important coverage boards and public boards, suppose/coverage tank panel discussions and briefings, and related worldwide and multilateral institutional occasions.

● Builds and maintains sturdy relationships with senior stage officers in key Geneva primarily based establishments and Geneva primarily based representatives of peer organizations.

● Contributes to or leads on written items together with coverage items, thought management and different exterior dealing with communications.

● Helps Mercy Corps senior management’s engagement at excessive stage occasions and coverage alternatives in Geneva, together with via drafting remarks, creating coverage positions, and offering staffing help.

Supervisory Duty

None, besides for infrequent interns.


Studies Straight To: Senior Director of Coverage and Advocacy (Europe)

Works Straight With: The Coverage Advisor will work intently with and assist the Senior Director for Coverage and Advocacy (Europe), the Government Director for Europe, the Director for Humanitarian Coverage and Advocacy (primarily based in Washington DC) and the VP for Emergency Response.

Accountability to Contributors and Stakeholders

Mercy Corps crew members are anticipated to assist all efforts towards accountability, particularly to our program individuals, neighborhood companions, different stakeholders, and to worldwide requirements guiding worldwide aid and growth work. We’re dedicated to actively partaking communities as equal companions within the design, monitoring and analysis of our area tasks.

Minimal Qualification & Transferable Expertise

● Bachelors diploma in worldwide relations, growth, public coverage, regulation or associated fields of research.

● 5 years of related skilled expertise engaged on humanitarian/growth coverage points, ideally with UN establishments and processes.

● Sturdy political and strategic abilities, with a demonstrated means to develop and advance advocacy methods individually and thru coalition work.

● Sturdy analytical abilities and the flexibility to successfully collect and make the most of massive quantities of knowledge from varied sources in the direction of clear coverage objectives.

● Glorious verbal and written communications abilities.

● Demonstrated sensitivity, talent and expertise in working diplomatically and successfully inside totally different cultural settings and in public relations and correspondence with all kinds of public constituents.

Most popular Qualification

● Graduate diploma in worldwide relations, growth, public coverage, regulation or associated fields of research.

● Expertise working in coverage and or advocacy with Geneva primarily based establishments.

● Expertise with worldwide aid and growth fieldwork, and familiarity with rising growth and humanitarian points.

● Proficiency in a number of overseas languages, notably French, Spanish or Arabic.

Success Elements

Means to make use of proof, persuasive argument and perception to affect key decision-makers. Means to construct and preserve sturdy relationships with colleagues, peer teams, officers and related stakeholders. Motivation to hunt out and set up new relationships. Motivation to seek out new options to pernicious coverage issues. A transparent understanding of Mercy Corps’ mission and collaborative model of operation. Means to work concurrently on a number of duties in a quick paced, typically traumatic setting and meet deadlines underneath these situations. Means to work as a part of a crew and coordinate with each HQ and international personnel. Pc literate with sturdy organizational abilities. Means to function with a major diploma of autonomy inside agreed upon parameters. Flexibility, dedication to transformative change, and humorousness.

Residing Circumstances / Environmental Circumstances

This place relies in Geneva with the expectation of journey as much as 10-15% of his/her time to area areas which will embrace insecure or harsh environments.

Ongoing Studying

In assist of our perception that studying organizations are more practical, environment friendly and related to the communities we serve, we empower all crew members to dedicate 5% of their time to studying actions that additional their private and/or skilled progress and growth

Variety, Fairness & Inclusion

Attaining our mission begins with how we construct our crew and work collectively. By our dedication to enriching our group with individuals of various origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and methods of pondering, we’re higher in a position to leverage the collective energy of our groups and resolve the world’s most complicated challenges. We try for a tradition of belief and respect, the place everybody contributes their views and genuine selves, reaches their potential as people and groups, and collaborates to do the most effective work of their lives.

We acknowledge that range and inclusion is a journey, and we’re dedicated to studying, listening and evolving to turn into extra various, equitable and inclusive than we’re right now.

Equal Employment Alternative

Mercy Corps is an equal alternative employer that doesn’t tolerate discrimination on any foundation. We actively hunt down various backgrounds, views, and abilities in order that we might be collectively stronger and have sustained international impression.

We’re dedicated to offering an setting of respect and psychological security the place equal employment alternatives can be found to all. We don’t have interaction in or tolerate discrimination on the idea of race, shade, gender identification, gender expression, faith, age, sexual orientation, nationwide or ethnic origin, incapacity (together with HIV/AIDS standing), marital standing, army veteran standing or every other protected group within the areas the place we work.

Safeguarding & Ethics

Mercy Corps is dedicated to making sure that each one people we come into contact with via our work, whether or not crew members, neighborhood members, program individuals or others, are handled with respect and dignity. We’re dedicated to the core ideas relating to prevention of sexual exploitation andabuse laid out by the UN Secretary Common and IASC. We won’t tolerate little one abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our crew members. As a part of our dedication to a protected and inclusive work setting, crew members are anticipated to conduct themselves in an expert method, respect native legal guidelines and customs, and to stick to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Insurance policies and values always. Group members are required to finish obligatory Code of Conduct elearning programs upon rent and on an annual foundation.

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