senior policy and advocacy officer resume example with 18+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
  • Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 609 Johnson Ave., 49204, Tulsa, OK
  • H: (555) 432-1000
  • C:
  • Date of Birth:
  • India:
  • :
  • single:
  • :
Senior international development professional 20 years work experience in Europe, United States, Latin America and the Caribbean; skills in portfolio management, programme design management with local country partners, programme cycle and budget management, evaluations and learning, gender analysis and mainstreaming; negotiation with multilateral, international, government and civil society actors; policy and advocacy, research, publications and communications on climate change and gender.
Summary of Skills
  • English first language
  • Fluency in Spanish, French; basic Haitian Kreyol (spoken) 
  • Gender analysis, mainstreaming, writing. 
  • Succinct mastery of English 
  • Strong leadership skills; collaborative team player
  • Co-chair of DC based, forum on policy and advocacy;
  • Grants, proposals, reports, blog writing.
  • Strong web, webinar, online communications tools.
  • Portfolio management; program strategy and development
  • Monitoring of social safeguards and gender policy of climate finance mechanisms.
  • Analysis, monitoring and evaluation, learning. 
  • Liaison with EU, DFID, US Government representatives policy;
  • Compliance with donor, institutional report requirements.
  • Organizer and leader of capacity building workshops for local organizations 
Professional Experience
Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer, 2011 - Current
Church World Service City, STATE,
Church World Service is an international organization that responds to emergencies, supports development projects and advocates for policies that address hunger and poverty relief in 30 countries.  In my role there, I have:
  • Developed strategies to incorporate climate change into CWS's existing advocacy work.  
  • Conducted research, produced briefs, articles, letters, blogs, policy positions on climate change, statelessness, housing,  practical and strategic gender needs in development.
  • Initiated in-house blog series for CWS website on climate change; promoted climate change and gender learning into existing programmes.
  • Co-Chaired and been fiscal agent for the Haiti Advocacy Working Group
  • Facilitated dialogue between civil society and state actors in Haiti and the Dominican Republic on housing, environmental management and climate change.
  • Been an interlocutor to US government, including Department of State, USAID; U.S. Congress, the United Nations on behalf of CWS and the Haiti Advocacy Working Group.
  • Managed and contributed to communications, press releases, information-sharing; social media accounts. 
  • Participated in various inter-agency networks on Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Gender Based Violence, Statelessness, Climate Change Finance Monitoring
  • Participated in inter-faith advocacy on Green Climate Finance and Architecture and advocated to the US Congress for continued funding.
  • Led outreach to US Congress, State Department, Multi-lateral Institutions, Government and Civil Society Organizations around climate, gender, democracy, housing, use of international development aid to further women's rights.
Snr. Policy and Advocacy Officer - Climate Change and Accountable Governance, 2008 - 11/2010
Christian Aid City, STATE,
Christian Aid is a UK based charity that works in 60 countries through local partnerships to fight poverty, respond to and prepare for emergencies, and campaign for climate and gender justice.  There I was responsible for:
  •  Development and management of advocacy strategies on Christian Aid programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean, specifically referring to climate change and accountable governance.
  • Communications of corporate priorities on climate change to Christian Aid's partners in Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Brazil, Central America and the Caribbean.  
  • Outreach to local partner organizations; programme development, monitoring, learning and analysis and partnership development.
  • Initiation and development of workshops for partner capacity building on local advocacy strategies.
Snr.Programme Officer - Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, 1999 - 07/2004
Christian Aid City, STATE,
  • Management of Christian Aid's $500,00 combined budgets for Jamaica and the Dominican Republic comprising more than 20 projects and partners. 
  • Grant management of projects on HIV, inner city conflict resolution, disaster risk management and preparedness, gender training for grassroots organizations, health and education, community mobilization projects. 
  • Leading on Christian Aid’s work in Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, negotiating between HQ and Christian Aid staff located in Latin America and the Caribbean; with other geographic teams on sectoral priorities, working within the corporate framework, agreed annual plans and reports, budgets and defined delegations of authority.  
  • Representative of Christian Aid's programmes in Jamaica while in London and on mission in-country; travel to region up to 9 weeks a year.
  • Development and promotion of country and programmes profile within the region or continent and across the wider organisation.
  • Contribution to priority setting and representation across the organization, engagement in networks and learning groups and to review and evaluate other programmes and grants across the region or continent as required.      
  • Member of Christian Aid evaluation team of Emergency Response to Typhoon Nargis in Myanmar.   Spring 2010
Professional Value Offered

Training done 
  • Programme Management Monitoring
  • Evaluation and Learning
  • Risk Assessment 
  • Humanitarian Accountability Partnership –
  • Gender and diversity mainstreaming
  • Incorporating HIV into project proposals
Climate Change and the Right to Food in Haiti
Church World Service and Christian Aid ​
On the Margins: Discrimination against Haitian Migrants and their descendents in the Dominican Republic (co-authored with Helen Collinson)   A Christian Aid Report, London, England, 2006
God’s Children are Dying of AIDS 
(co-authored with Rachel Baggaley and Mark Nunn)                       
Christian Aid Working Paper, London, England, 2004
Blogs published on CWS website:
: Course certificate - Capacities for Managing Development, Expected in 2008
Westminster University - London,
Status -
: Course Certificate - Development: Management and practice, Expected in 2007
Westminster University - London,
Status -
: Diploma in French Language and Culture , Expected in 1990
Université Catholique de L'Ouest - Angers ,
Status -
Master of Arts: Sociology of Development , Expected in 1988
The University of the West Indies - Mona, Jamaica
Status -
Bachelor of Arts: Spanish and Sociology, Expected in 1986
The University of the West Indies - St.Augustine,
Status -

By clicking Customize This Resume, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Your data is safe with us

Any information uploaded, such as a resume, or input by the user is owned solely by the user, not LiveCareer. For further information, please visit our Terms of Use.

Resume Overview

School Attended

  • Westminster University
  • Westminster University
  • Université Catholique de L'Ouest
  • The University of the West Indies
  • The University of the West Indies

Job Titles Held:

  • Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer
  • Snr. Policy and Advocacy Officer - Climate Change and Accountable Governance
  • Snr.Programme Officer - Jamaica and the Dominican Republic


  • Master of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts

By clicking Customize This Resume, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

*As seen in:As seen in: