Advocacy Officer

Freedom House
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 10

Position description

Freedom House   promotes the spread of freedom and democracy around the world through research, advocacy, and programs that support frontline activists. We are a leader in identifying threats to freedom through our highly regarded analytic reports, including Freedom in the World, Freedom of the Press, Freedom on the Net, and Nations in Transit. With 13 field offices and two U.S. offices, we   support the right of every individual to be free.

Position Summary

The Temporary Advocacy Officer will implement Freedom House’s strategy to influence debates on Capitol Hill, coordinate Freedom House collaboration with other human rights organizations, and advise the President, Executive Vice President, and other staff on advocacy initiatives and policy positions taken by Freedom House. This temporary position will last from June to September 2017.

Principal Duties

  • Coordinates meetings on Capitol Hill for in-house experts and visiting activists and ensures effective advocacy in these meetings
  • Positions Freedom House to testify at Senate and House hearings and facilitates participation by Members of Congress in Freedom House events
  • Compiles bi-monthly newsletter
  • Prepares Freedom House input on policy issues for congressional staff, including suggested hearing questions, legislative text, and points for Members’ speeches
  • Drafts congressional testimony, advocacy letters, and Freedom House policy positions, and reviews drafts produced by in-house experts
  • Responds promptly to congressional staff inquiries and diligently catalogs Capitol Hill meetings, materials provided to congressional staff, and responses to congressional staff inquires
  • Maintains relationships with Freedom House’s main counterparts in the human rights community


  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, or related field; Master’s degree preferred
  • Three to five years of Capitol Hill and/or congressional advocacy experience
  • Strong knowledge of foreign policy, democracy support, human rights policy
  • Experience in identifying and analyzing complex issues and crafting policy recommendations
  • Ability to communicate persuasively in person and in writing
  • Skill in managing relationships and events with Members of Congress and congressional staff
  • Sound judgment in interacting with policymakers and addressing policy issues
  • Strong ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work, and multi-task to meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and to collaborate with colleagues

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


This job description is only a summary of the typical functions of the job. It is not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibili ties,   tasks  and duties. The responsibilities, tasks, and duties of the jobholder may differ from those outlined in the job description and  that other duties , as assigned, may be part of the job. Freedom House may add, change, or remove essential and other duties at any time. 

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