Policy Advisor – Natural Resource Rights & Climate Justice

American Jewish World Service
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Aug 28

Position description

Position Summary

The Policy Advisor is an integral member of the AJWS advocacy department and is responsible for the strategy development and implementation of day-to-day activities related to AJWS’s natural resource rights and climate justice (NRR) advocacy portfolio. This portfolio includes strengthening communities’ land and water rights, ensuring equitable development outcomes and advancing climate justice.

Reporting to AJWS’s international advocacy director, the Policy Advisor will work closely with the Natural Resource Rights and Climate Justice team in New York, and collaborate with AJWS’s Washington D.C.’s advocacy office.  This person will also work with colleagues across the 13 countries in Asia, Meso-America and Africa where AJWS’s NRRCJ team has a presence.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Develop policy positions and strategy in coordination with NRR grantmaking staff on issues that fall within the NRR portfolio;
  • Monitor and assess state-of-play information and analysis relating to priority NRR advocacy issues and/or policy vehicles that affect our grantees and partners in international advocacy spaces, and also within the US government, to inform AJWS’s NRRCJ advocacy approach, and make recommendations about how best to respond or adjust as needed;
  • Cultivate relationships with key multilateral institution and funder network staff;
  • Support the Director of Government Affairs to respond to US policy developments relating to natural resource rights and climate justice that impact AJWS grantees and positions;
  • Represent AJWS in coalitions (including interfaith) and at conferences or other relevant NRR sector functions/spaces;
  • Write policy briefs, factsheets, talking points and other materials targeted to policy-makers;
  • Respond to requests, manage information from and provide project support on NRR advocacy to a variety of internal and external stakeholders including other AJWS departments, AJWS international partners, Jewish communal organizations and colleague advocacy organizations;
  • Provide NRR policy content for a variety of communications and development support materials (such as e-action alerts, direct mail, issue one-pagers, AJWS publications and funding proposals);
  • Support yearly budget and departmental planning and strategy development as well as ongoing evaluation;


  • Bachelor’s degree plus 7+ years relevant professional experience in issue advocacy and organizing at the international level (e.g. World Bank, UN), with additional experience in the philanthropic sector ideal; experience at the US federal level preferred;
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a high-level of organization, attention to detail and flexibility.
  • General knowledge of international issues required and a background in one or more of the issue areas within the broader NRR portfolio preferred (e.g., climate justice, development finance, natural resource rights, and corporate accountability);
  • Passion for and commitment to AJWS’s mission and values;
  • Willingness to travel domestically regularly; and internationally at least 1-2 times annually
  • Experience working with diversity of coalition partners, including development, faith, human rights and environmental groups;
  • Experience living or working in the Global South a plus; and
  • Fluency in Spanish or French a plus.


Additional Considerations:

People of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, trans and gender non-conforming people; women; and differently abled people are encouraged to apply. We also encourage applications from people of diverse religious, spiritual and cultural backgrounds.

Application instructions

Applications submitted without a resume and personalized cover letter will not be considered.

We thank you for your interest in career opportunities with AJWS. Due to high volume, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

AJWS is an equal opportunity employer and provides competitive salaries and benefits.


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