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Senior Policy Advisor (Climate Action)

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Work type: Permanent
Location: VIC - Metro, Australia Wide
Categories: Transformational Development, Technical Specialists

The position

This unique opportunity as the Senior Policy Advisor (Climate Action) will provide the successful candidate with the opportunity to lead policy thinking on climate change and development for Australia’s largest international development and humanitarian organisation.

Although the poor have contributed the least to climate change, they tend to live in the most vulnerable areas and often have the fewest resources to bounce back from disasters and cope with climate stresses. The successful candidate will research, analyse and identify feasible policy solutions for children, families and communities in developing contexts around the world who are on the frontlines of climate change. This will involve:

  • researching the current context, emerging trends and best practice, including distilling insights from World Vision practitioners and technical experts,
  • producing briefs, thought leadership reports and policy analysis,
  • engaging with advocacy and communications experts to translate public policy proposals and solutions into advocacy products
  • building effective working relationships with counterparts in civil society, government and the private sector,
  • and influencing key decision-makers and policy debates.

Who we’re looking for 

In this role, you will build on World Vision’s extensive experience in climate action and resilience to influence decision-makers to change their policies and practices, with a focus on how Australia can respond to climate change through its aid program. In particular, you will advocate for a green recovery from COVID-19 by supporting policy work on nature-based solutions to climate change, disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation. You will bring a child-centred approach to policymaking, amplifying the views and experiences of the world’s most vulnerable children when it comes to climate change and its impacts. You will work with advocacy colleagues to design and lead the organisation’s climate advocacy and influencing work, in partnership with internal and external stakeholders.

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 issues related to climate change and disaster risk reduction.

In addition, we are looking for someone who has:

  • Experience in policy analysis, research and development related to climate change
  • Strong stakeholder engagement skills, including the ability to build and nurture productive working relationships and partnerships
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Relevant qualifications in public policy, environmental science, international relations, international development or similar, preferably at master’s level
  • Ability to translate complex policy for others to communicate, often in tight timeframes

Field experience related to climate change or disaster risk reduction is desirable, but not required. Similarly, experience in, or an understanding of, nature-based solutions to climate change is desirable.

Working for World Vision means you are making the world better 

It’s not every day that a job comes along that lets you change the world. Working for World Vision means looking forward to turning up at work because you know you’re about to do something meaningful. It means working with 35,000 staff and 3.3 million supporters in 100 countries who will stop at nothing to help children live better lives. Join a team that is bold and courageous, and where job satisfaction goes beyond financial reward. 

The selection process 

For your information, the interviews will start immediately, and the role may be filled before the closing date.

We offer great benefits such as salary packaging, flexible working arrangements, free on-site parking and an onsite café for our employees.

For more information on World Vision and the work we do, please visit our website:  

Who we are

World Vision is a Christian organisation that empowers everyday Australians to create meaningful change for children through relief, development and advocacy work. We embrace diversity, employing people from a variety of cultural and religious backgrounds. We take our Safeguarding responsibilities seriously and we are committed to providing an environment that is safe for children. Our stringent recruitment procedures 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 vulnerable children and their families.


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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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