Program Associate, US Foreign Policy

International Women's Health Coalition
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Feb 07

Position description

In the US and abroad, the Trump Administration and Congress are poised to significantly undermine women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive rights. In 2017, the Trump Administration reinstated and expanded the “global gag rule”; cut off funding for UNFPA; and proposed drastic cuts to reproductive health and family planning funding, among other actions, which would restrict women’s access to comprehensive reproductive health care and threaten their health and lives. This new, two-year program associate position will work in Washington, DC to support IWHC’s US Foreign Policy team to mount strategic and coordinated resistance to laws and policies that would threaten sexual and reproductive rights globally. The Program Associate will contribute to the development and execution of IWHC’s advocacy strategies, with a focus on developing highly strategic and impactful advocacy messages, campaigns, materials and events. 


Advocacy and Policy Program Support

  • Assist in the development and implementation of high impact advocacy campaigns to prevent and respond to attacks on sexual and reproductive rights;
  • Work with DC-based program staff to mobilize and engage in alliances and coalitions to advance sexual and reproductive rights, human rights and justice;
  • Keep IWHC staff informed about developments in U.S. funding, legislation, policies and programs related to sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and women’s rights and make recommendations for IWHC’s public policy efforts.
  • Raise awareness of Congressional offices and key government decision makers about IWHC issues and priorities;
  • Assist in the organization of public events, seminars and briefings in DC and at the United Nations;
  • Conduct research for and assist in the drafting of cutting-edge analysis on US foreign policy on sexual and reproductive rights;
  • Collect stories about how US foreign policy impacts the health and rights of women and girls globally and create platforms to give voice to IWHC partners;
  • Work with program and communications staff to develop clear and compelling messages for the media, decision-makers, and IWHC supporters;
  • Contribute to the development of strategies and work plans for both the Advocacy and Policy Program and IWHC.
  • Provide general administrative support, including, but not limited to, photocopying, filing, handling routine written and telephone communications, and keeping databases updated. 
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

Please note: This position will not conduct any direct lobbying, as defined by federal tax laws.


  • Passion for and demonstrated commitment to sexual and reproductive rights and justice.
  • B.A. and two to four years administrative experience required; Masters degree preferred.
  • A nuanced understanding of how to drive change within Congress and with US Government Offices.
  • Exceptional ability to think strategically and tactically, to communicate clearly and to persuade.
  • Willingness and ability to travel domestically (to NYC regularly) and internationally on occasion.

Application instructions

Send cover letter (including ref. #USFP2018 and salary requirements) and resume to: Liisa Sweet-Korpivaara @ fax 212-979-9009, or via email to: [email protected]

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