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Senior Policy Advisor - First Nations

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Work type: Permanent
Location: VIC - Metro
Categories: Technical Specialists

Why World Vision…

World Vision is a global community of millions, working together for one purpose: to change the lives of vulnerable children.

Our supporters, partners and staff join forces with communities on the ground to help children achieve good health, access education for life, experience the love of God and their neighbours and are cared for, protected and participating. Together we share proven, world-class development methods to bring food, water, education and economic change.

Our organisational culture reflects a "Partnership" of World Vision offices in nearly 100 countries and almost 37,000 staff working towards one vision: Our vision for every child, life in all its fullness. Our prayer for every heart, the will to make it so.  World Vision has profound global impact reaching one person every 10 secs with clean water, and every 60 secs a family gets access to tools and support they need to get out of poverty.

World Vision is committed to ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff are well represented and supported within the staff team. The Australia First Nations Program has a First Nations staff network that acts as a support network and safe space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff who are separated by distance but connected by culture. The network also provides advice to the Australia First Nations Program and the broader World Vision organisation regarding our work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, communities and families.


The Opportunity to be a Changemaker…

This unique opportunity as the Senior First Nations Policy Advisor will provide the successful candidate with the platform to be a major influencer and changemaker on First Nations policy, in partnership with local communities.

The successful candidate will research, analyse and identify feasible public policy solutions based on World Vision’s First Nations programming to create long-term systemic change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families. This will involve:

  • consulting and collaborating, within and outside World Vision,
  • producing briefs, thought leadership reports and policy analyses, and
  • amplifying First Nations voices to achieve policy change on selected focus issues.

Policy analysis and influencing will focus on First Nations issues such as:

  • early childhood development and education,
  • supporting First Nations communities to lead their own development through a community-led development model, and
  • developing solutions for First Nations youth employment and empowerment.

Policy work on such focus issues would involve researching the current context, developing field-based solutions, analysing systemic barriers, and engaging key influencers and decision-makers to overcome these barriers. It will involve defining ‘the ask’ (what policy change we want to see) and developing and implementing an influence plan (how we will achieve the policy change we want to see).


Who we are looking for…

Our dream candidate recognises this as their dream job.

They have high-level analytical and public policy development skills, the ability to persuasively influence internal and external stakeholders based on sound and logical reasoning and can handle media as a spokesperson on First Nations policy issues.

In addition, we are looking for someone who has:

  • A deep understanding of policy development processes related to First Nations policy and the key issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities
  • Strong stakeholder engagement skills, including the ability to build and nurture productive working relationships and partnerships
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications in public policy, community development, anthropology, international development, social or cultural studies, or a related discipline (or equivalent experience)
  • Experience in providing well-reasoned advice under tight time constraints where needed

What you need to know

This role is a full-time permanent position.  We will consider applicants based in Melbourne, Sydney or Canberra subject to the person having the flexibility to travel as required to fulfil the requirements of the role which would normally be based at our head office in Burwood East, Melbourne, Victoria.

This is an Indigenous-identified position. Applicants must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander decent.

For your information, the role may be filled before the closing date.

World Vision Australia takes our Safeguarding responsibilities seriously and we provide an environment that is safe for our child and adult beneficiaries. We have strong recruitment procedures to make sure the safest and most suitable people work with the children in our programs. All successful candidates will undergo a criminal record and Working with Children check prior to employment. We provide our staff and volunteers with ongoing supervision, support and training in their work with child and adult beneficiaries.


Why you should apply…

A career with World Vision is an opportunity to join a sector-leading humanitarian aid organisation. We collaborate in a high performing and professional culture, committed to partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities and organisations so that they can lead their own development and achieve their goals and aspirations.

We help build brighter futures for vulnerable children and are seeking to support the empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait families and communities.

Aside from the opportunity for broad and life-changing impact in the lives of the world’s most vulnerable, some of our other benefits include:

  • Access to professional development programs that include on-the-job learning, e-learning, workshops, forums, leadership development and internal mobility.
  • Policies that may accommodate flexible working and other working arrangements to tailor and encourage individual performance.
  • A highly engaged team culture that is dynamic, growing in agility and pace, and committed to serve beyond the call of duty.
  • A culture that encourages truth telling with grace that confronts challenges and issues to clear teams for success in a timely fashion.
  • Access to salary packaging tax advantages.

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World Vision Australia is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation that is dedicated to transforming the lives of children and communities by tackling the causes of poverty. We are dedicated to increasing opportunities for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people in line with our Reconciliation Action Plan

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