Policy Officer - International Migration Initiative

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Apr 12

Position description

International Migration Initiative (IMI) seeks to reform how people move across borders in ways that reduce human suffering, expand access to justice, and promote social inclusion. Our work responds to critical trends that will shape migration over the next generation: the persistent exploitation of migrant workers, the increasingly transitory nature of migration, rising anti-immigrant sentiment, migration’s disproportionate growth in developing countries, and inadequate regulatory and governance frameworks.

Job Profile

The Policy Officer will support IMI’s strategy by leading the program’s policy and advocacy work to respond effectively to displacement crises and to improve how the international community protects refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants. 

Responsibilities may include any or all of the following and/or similar activities:

  • conceives, develops, and guides the implementation of initiatives related to migration policy and advocacy
  • plays a critical role in conceptualizing and managing high-impact and complex partnerships and coalitions
  • develops and drives advocacy strategies, in close collaboration with colleagues inside and outside of OSF
  • engages and advocates with politicians, decision makers, and other stakeholders 
  • provides pertinent research, analysis, and strategic thinking
  • writes and produces informative briefings, reports, email updates, and other materials on key issues related to migration policy and program advocacy
  • represents IMI at conferences, high level events, and meetings with multilateral, regional, and other institutions and EU Member States


  • bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study or equivalent experience/education
  • 7-10 years of meaningful work experience in public policy, international relations, or a related field (preferably with a mix of service in either the public or nonprofit sectors)
  • five or more years of experience working on migration issues a plus, but not required
  • aptitude to work with flexibility, creative thinking, non-traditional approaches, entrepreneurship, and diplomacy, both individually and as part of a team
  • proven track record of building trust-based relationships with internal and external stakeholders, working at the global and national level with policymakers, civil society, coalitions, and the media
  • deep experience in the conception, design and execution of policy and advocacy strategies, initiatives, and programs that persuade stakeholders to take action; demonstrated understanding of the role of communications in advocacy efforts
  • strong analytical, writing, and management skills
  • experience in project implementation, including partnering with grantees to define objectives, benchmarks, and deliverables, and conducting monitoring and evaluation
  • working knowledge of the European Union, United Nations, and multilateral institutions

Application instructions

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