The Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) is currently hiring an Advocacy Associate to support POMED’s advocacy team and its efforts to strengthen U.S. support for democratic principles and human rights in the Middle East and North Africa. This will include supporting POMED’s own advocacy work as well as participating in collaborative efforts with allies aimed at influencing U.S. foreign policy and legislation. The position will also include work to help strengthen POMED’s public advocacy and capacity in communications and public messaging. Under the supervision of POMED’s Deputy Director for Policy, and in coordination with POMED’s Advocacy Officer, the Advocacy Associate will:
- Oversee the writing, research, and editing of POMED’s daily and weekly regional news digests and the POMED Wire blog to provide information on relevant regional topics to policymakers and the broader public.
- Help supervise a team of interns to track, publish, and disseminate information regarding key policy debates, including the tracking of relevant legislation to monitor progress toward POMED’s policy objectives.
- Assist with coordinating logistics and scheduling for Washington advocacy visits by civil society leaders and other regional pro-democracy voices, as well as for advocacy meetings for POMED staff, fellows, and allies.
- Identify and assist in building and maintaining relationships with congressional champions of human rights and democratic principles and of POMED’s specific policy goals.
- Assist with building and maintaining key contact and distribution lists to broaden influence and distribution of POMED research and publications.
- Provide support for advocacy efforts by representing POMED in meetings with policymakers, NGO coalitions, the media, and other relevant entities.
- Contribute to POMED’s efforts to influence public debate and discussion around relevant issues of U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa.
Successful applicants should have:
- At least 1-3 years relevant experience in policy advocacy, policy research, U.S. foreign policy, and/or programs to support democracy and human rights.
- Excellent communication skills, a detail-oriented approach to work, strength as a team player, and the ability to multi-task.
- Strong analytical capabilities, writing and editing skills, and the ability to efficiently gather and utilize information from various sources to support policy advocacy.
- Experience in researching and analyzing foreign policy, including U.S. foreign assistance, and U.S. efforts to support democracy and human rights.
- Knowledge of the U.S. Congress and the legislative process, including an understanding of the roles of various Congressional committees and processes for appropriations and authorization, is preferred.
- Native (or equivalent) fluency in spoken and written English is required; knowledge of Arabic and/or French is helpful but not required.
- A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (e.g. public policy, political science, international development) is required; a master’s degree is desirable but not required.
- Ideal candidates will have a demonstrated interest in supporting genuine democratic change in the Middle East and North Africa and a strong commitment to POMED’s mission and principles.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample (preferably in the range of 750 to 2000 words) to [email protected] with your name and the position title in the subject line. Please include in your application materials the status of your authorization to work in the United States. We will begin reviewing application materials on December 1, 2017.
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