Policy Expert, IDMC

Norwegian Refugee Council

IDMC’s authoritative work on data and analysis on internal displacement aims at informing policy processes at the national and global levels. The Policy Expert will support this objective by maintaining IDMC’s presence and voice in relevant policy fora, by identifying opportunities for informing policies and global initiatives, and by developing additional relationships with policy makers and relevant stakeholders.

Duties and responsibilities
Under the guidance of and in close coordination with the Head of Policy and Research, the Policy Expert will be responsible for:

General responsibilities:
1. Active monitoring and analysis of the political and policy landscape in Geneva and in other key international arenas in relation to internal displacement;
2. Representation of IDMC in relevant regional and global policy processes and active participation in related meetings, consultations and negotiations;
3. Identification and support to the creation of strategic opportunities for informing and influencing relevant policy processes, particularly within the UN system, among multilateral institutions such as banks and regional bodies, and with other relevant stakeholders with a role in internal displacement;
4. Drafting of official IDMC policy positions and statements in support of regional and global policy processes, preparation of inputs into international policy documents, and preparation of briefing papers and presentations for IDMC Director and Heads of Department in relation to such.

Specific responsibilities:
1. Ongoing assessment of the global and regional policy environment on internal displacement in Geneva, New York and relevant regional arenas:
2. Identification and support to the creation of political and strategic influencing opportunities within the UN system and among multilateral and regional bodies, in line with IDMC priorities;
3. Regular interaction, in person as well as in written and verbal communication with UN partners, countries and global civil society engaged in relevant regional and international processes;
4. Drafting of briefings, talking points and presentations in support of the external engagement of the Head of Department and other IDMC staff, as required;
5. Supporting IDMC’s engagement in global, regional and national policy processes on internal displacement, and enhancing its visibility and influence including in the High-level Political Forum for the SDGs, the High-level panel on IDPs, the Global Compact on Refugees, the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties and related work, the Global and Regional Platforms on Disaster Risk Reduction, international peace forums etc.;
6. Represent IDMC at regional and global events in line with the institution’s policy priorities;
7. Perform other duties in the department as appropriate.

• Master’s degree or equivalent in political science, diplomacy, security and conflict studies, international development, migration, humanitarian affairs, disaster risk and climate change or related field;
• Good knowledge of the UN system, globally and in-country, and experience of working within national and international policy processes;
• Excellent communication skills and proven experience of interacting comfortably with diplomats and senior representatives of governments, UN, and regional and multilateral organisations;
• Strong diplomatic skills and experience of working in politically sensitive environments;
• Strong initiative and collaborative working style;
• Fluency in English, both written and verbal – knowledge of another official UN language a plus.

Personal qualities
• At least 3 years’ experience of engaging in national, regional or global policy processes related to international development, peace and security policy, trade, climate change or humanitarian affairs;
• At least 2 years’ experience of actively engaging in public policy dialogue and processes with proven diplomatic skills;
• Ability to identify strategic political and influencing opportunities and capitalise on them
• Knowledge of human mobility issues in the context in conflict, generalised violence, disasters and climate change, or development;
• Proven ability to convey complex problems in accessible concepts and terms, both verbally and in writing and to adapt language and messaging for different audiences;
• Experience of engaging closely with senior government officials, UN staff, regional organisations, representatives of multilateral finance institutions, and similar bodies;
• Ability and desire to develop networks and engage with new partners for political influencing and informing policy;
• Proven ability to clearly communicate research findings and their global and regional policy relevance;
• Ability to apply judgement in cooperation with partners, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities and tight deadlines.

Start date, duration, working hours, eligibility
• This is a 12 months, temporary position, with expected start date 01 March 2020;
• The position is full-time, 40 hours per week;
• Please note that for reasons related to the procedure for work permits in Switzerland, only candidates with a Swiss/EU/EFTA nationality or a valid work permit for Switzerland can be considered for this role (non-Swiss/EU/EFTA citizens must kindly provide proof of a valid working permit for Switzerland in their application);
• Only applications received via NRC's recruitment platform Webcruiter will be accepted.

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22 January 2020

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