Over the past 80 years, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has developed unparalleled expertise in responding to emergencies and helping uprooted communities to rebuild. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster.
The IRC is on the ground in more than 40 countries, providing emergency relief, relocating refugees and rebuilding lives in the wake of disaster. Through 28 offices in cities across the United States, the IRC also helps refugees and other immigrants resettle in the U.S. and become self-sufficient. The IRC is committed to a culture of bold leadership, innovation in all aspects of our work, creative partnerships and, most crucially, accountability to those we serve. The IRC is a tireless advocate for the most vulnerable.
The Policy & Advocacy Department is a dynamic team whose mission is to use IRC’s field knowledge, role as expert witness, evidence and solutions to shift the agenda and decisions of policy makers for the benefit of our clients. The Policy & Advocacy team seeks to develop the IRC as a thought leader, and drive transformational change in the humanitarian sector. Specifically, they work to achieve improvements in aid effectiveness through evidence-based solutions; speak out on challenges facing the people we seek to assist; and to promote solutions for protracted displacement.
Job Overview: The Senior Advisor for Legislative and Governmental Affairs will serve as a strategic Advisor within the Policy and Advocacy team in Washington, DC and will also interface directly with policy makers as an advocate. The Senior Advisor will design and implement a range of advocacy efforts on foreign humanitarian assistance aimed at Members of Congress and their staff, as well as key decision-makers within the Administration, while at the same time working closely with the U.S. programs advocacy team to ensure alignment and synergy with the IRC’s legislative and administrative engagement strategy on U.S. refugee resettlement issues. The Senior Advisor will work closely with the Vice President and three Senior Directors overseeing the international, humanitarian aid reform and U.S. programs advocacy portfolios, as well as with the Associate Director leading on legislative advocacy on U.S. resettlement. Together with this group, the Senior Advisor for Legislative and Governmental Affairs will help develop a robust strategic engagement and influencing strategy, enabling the IRC to position itself as a thought leader and strengthen its impact to achieve outcomes on behalf of the populations that we serve. This will be done by maintaining and further cultivating a strong presence on Capitol Hill, and with foreign affairs, defense and national security agencies of the USG. The Senior Advisor will help to shape IRC policy development and influencing strategies based on an expert knowledge of the political landscape in Congress and within relevant USG agencies.
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Position reports to: Vice President, Policy and Advocacy
Position directly supervises: NA
Internal contacts: Policy and Advocacy colleagues; Communications and Revenue departments; Technical Unit leads; International Programs leads; President’s Office
External contacts: Members of Congress and their staff; officials and staff in relevant USG departments (Department of State, USAID, Department of Defense, among others); White House staff; relevant non-governmental coalitions.
Demonstrated skills and competencies:
Working Environment: Standard office work environment. Up to 10% travel required.
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