Sr. Lead, National Aftercare Development Advocacy

Who We Are

IJM is the global leader in protecting the poor from violence in the developing world. Our global team of over 1,000 professionals are at work in over 25 countries. Together, we are catalyzing a global revolution that will rescue millions, protect half a billion, and make justice for the poor unstoppable.

Motivated by God’s call to seek justice for the oppressed, we believe that the way we work is as important as the results we achieve. We are a global community that cares for one another. We value joy and celebration, and we strive to provide professional excellence to all those we serve.  

The Need

The Sr. Lead, National Aftercare Development Advocacy position is responsible for co-leading the development of innovative policy advocacy and program development intersecting local, regional, and national levels with the Director of National Aftercare Development, in order to advance the National Aftercare System Reform goals in addressing Online Sexual Exploitation of Children.  The Advocacy Specialist will be strengthening strategic partnerships with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and other key government and non-government stakeholders in building robust and sustainable programs for the recovery and reintegration of OSEC survivors and their families.  Specifically, the Advocacy Specialist provides technical expertise  in implementing effective advocacy strategies that will lead to improved infrastructure and performance, increased funding, and adequate staffing in key government partners, the DSWD & LGU, to provide a holistic package of services to the survivors and their families.


Strategy & Knowledge Development & Implementation: 

  • In collaboration with the NAD and other Field Office Aftercare teams, develop a national aftercare advocacy objectives and operational plans;
  • Implement the advocacy plan effectively and ensure it aligns with IJM’s 2030 vision;
  • Regularly review plans and priorities with the team to make the most of emerging opportunities and potential tactics.

Policies and Procedures: 

  • Initiate policy and advocacy activities;
  • Organize advocacy conference, meeting and events when needed
  • Provide strategic consultation and develop advocacy resources
  • Apply advocacy and systems change approaches and best practices, when appropriate, to reach and influence a broad external partners
  • Maintain an advocacy activity calendar

Networking & Partnership

  • Establish a presence in the government and other critical networks among key stakeholders;
  • Engage and partner with existing champions, networks, and stakeholders to develop innovative community-based approaches to better serve the survivors and their families
  • Support and bolster leadership at the government level and identify areas of greatest need or opportunity.
  • Build awareness, educate and increase public and political will in support of our programs

Training and Development: 

  • In collaboration with the NAD Training Specialist, identify areas of capacity needs for the Aftercare team and partners; develop training resources and mentoring strategies;
  • Support the NAD Training team in proposing policies for institutionalization of the training program. 

Research, Program Management and M&E: 

  • In collaboration with the monitoring and evaluation team, monitor, evaluate, and report on the impact of advocacy activities;
  • Document effective advocacy approaches, methodologies, and activities for sharing as best practices;
  • Contribute to the development of annual work plans, performance monitoring plans, and reports.


  • Consult regularly with the NAD team, MFO & CFO Aftercare on advocacy needs, priorities, challenges and opportunities;
  • Coordinate with other teams like Comms and M&E on data and materials relevant for advocacy;
  • Conduct relevant coordination & meetings with government and NGO partners to give feedback, evaluate and recommend advocacy related matters;
  • Represent the team in specific engagement related to advocacy;
  • Facilitate knowledge sharing between and among the aftercare team and partners.

General tasks: 

  • Participate in IJM’s spiritual formation, staff care, and professional development programs
  • Perform other related duties and tasks as assigned by the National Aftercare Development Director. 


  • Bachelor’s degree as a minimum requirement.  Post graduate degree beneficial;
  • Minimum of five (5) years of relevant work experience
  • At least  5 years of experience in advocacy, policy, programs and systems building work with national and local government or closely related work required
  • Experience working on programs that serve survivors of abuse, trafficking, or other traumatic experiences preferred
  • Excellent oral presentation skills and experience
  • Significant networking and advocacy experience required
  • Knowledge of current child and family laws, welfare and protection trends, funding and policy climate in the exploitation of children especially Online Sexual Exploitation of Children
  • Outstanding advocacy skills and abilities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience in network coordination

Critical Qualities:

  • Mature orthodox Christian faith as defined by the Apostles’ Creed
  • Strong service ethic and passion to help people suffering injustice
  • Organized, detail-oriented, and disciplined with priorities
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and strong emotional intelligence
  • Patient, flexible, and persistent
  • Unfailing integrity and honesty
  • Effective team player and leader
  • Works well under stress and minimal supervision
  • Punctual, manages time and resources effectively
  • Professional, diplomatic, and mature in judgment and demeanor
  • Able to work effectively and appropriately in a cross-cultural setting, and
  • Able to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.

Send Job Application
(Resume, Cover Letter & Statement of Faith*) to:

*What is a statement of faith?

A statement of faith should describe your Christian faith and how you see it as relevant to your involvement with IJM. The statement can either be incorporated into the cover letter or submitted as a separate document and should include, at a minimum, a description of your spiritual disciplines (prayer, study, etc.) and your current fellowship or place of worship.