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Head of External Affairs (m/f/d)

World Animal Protection 2-3y Junior Level  England, United Kingdom 25 Sep 2019

Job Description

This is a unique opportunity to lead and champion strategic policy and advocacy work within the global programme department of a major international animal charity and increase the impact we can achieve for animals.

In this leadership role, you will collaborate with colleagues at all levels to shape the strategic direction of stakeholder engagement, policy and lobbying activity across our programme portfolio. You will manage a team of skilled professionals, who work flexibly through global virtual teams, to develop and deliver our strategic global campaigns and associated programme work.

We will look to you to communicate our positions and messages to external and internal audiences. This will involve developing innovative and inspiring stakeholder engagement approaches to ensure strategic campaigns are capable of influencing and persuading key opinion and political leaders. You will also act as a senior spokesperson and manage relationships with external contacts and partners too.

Important will be the ability to provide guidance and coaching to ensure that capacity and capability is strengthened within global virtual campaign teams.

Head of External Affairs (m/f/d)

Head of External Affairs – Requirements

  • Proven experience in leading the design and development of high impact (preferably global) external affairs strategies;
  • You will be effective at motivating and developing teams and inspiring them to produce amazing work. Your people skills will extend to building strong relationships with external stakeholders and other key players;
  • Experience in policy development and the ability to achieve policy outcomes through lobbying and influencing at all political levels and towards other key decision makers;
  • Expert in the operational and tactical delivery of (preferably global) external affairs approaches to a high standard, with evidence of strategic goal achievement;
  • Experience of working effectively with colleagues and external stakeholders in different countries and different cultural contexts;
  • An excellent communicator you will possess first class analytical and decision-making skills;
  • Knowledge of animal welfare or conservation and environmental issues would be an advantage.

How to Apply

If you want to be part of our dynamic organisation and help us move the world to protect animals then please send us a copy of your CV, salary expectation and cover/motivation letters addressing your skills and experience relative to the role to

Closing date: Midnight Sunday 6th October

Due to the large volume of applications that we receive, we will not be acknowledging receipt of your application. If you do not hear from us within 3 weeks of the closing date, please consider your application as unsuccessful.

World Animal Protection is an equal opportunity employer and committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background.

The successful candidate must have permission to work in the position location at the time of application. As World Animal Protection does not have an office in Brussels please note that this will be a remote working position and will likely require that we employ through a third party in Brussels for legal reasons.

Who are we?

We are World Animal Protection.

For over 50 years we have moved the world to protect animals.

We protect animals because we believe a sustainable future for the planet can only be achieved if both animals and people are part of the solution.

We stop the exploitation of wild animals for entertainment and profit. We protect pets and working animals in communities across the globe. We campaign for better farm animal welfare and fight against factory farming. We also help animals when disaster strikes.

Our vision is a world where animals live free from suffering. We are working to help people to see how important animals are to all of us.

We are determined to influence decision makers to put animals on the global agenda and inspire people to change animals’ lives for the better. Today we’re working on projects to end animal suffering by helping governments and communities to protect and care for their animals.

Why Work for us?

We move the world to protect animals globally but there are many other reasons to join our organisation. We are a truly global organisation with offices in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, India, Kenya, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Thailand, UK and USA. We employ over 380 people globally covering campaigns, media, fundraising, operations, finance, administration and human resources.

As well as competitive employee benefits we want our employees to grow with us and build their careers within World Animal Protection and therefore encourage internal applications. We have a strong track record of offering existing staff promotions as well as secondments and position changes within the organisation.

Please don’t forget to mention in your application!