Policy Analyst

Advocates for Youth
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Oct 22

Position description

The Policy Analyst will serve as one of the organization’s advocacy voices and promote policies for youth sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) on Capitol Hill, within the Administration and federal agencies, at international meetings and with colleague organizations; represent and boldly champion Advocates’ policy priorities on coalitions; analyze the impact of legislation and regulation on young people; develop materials, policy briefs, public comments, and reports; organize lobby visits for youth and adult activists and other staff members; and work closely with Advocates’ program, organizing and communications staff. The Policy Analyst will also collaborate with the International Youth Health & Rights department to support and inform Advocates programmatic work, as well as support the International Youth Leadership Council (IYLC) in their youth advocacy work. The Policy Analyst must be knowledgeable in the policy issues surrounding young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights at an international and domestic level, able to assert Advocates’ policy priorities, and able to develop forward-thinking and original strategy, while keeping track of details.

The position focuses approximately 75% of its responsibilities on US foreign/international SRHR policy and 25% on domestic policy, though these percentages may shift depending on various factors including political landscape, internal capacity, rapid response priorities, etc.


  • Work within Public Policy and International Youth Health & Rights Departments to develop and implement international policy priorities and support youth advocacy strategies, including developing objectives, timelines, and activities.
  • Monitor, cultivate, and manage relationships with agencies that administer U.S. foreign policy, including, but not limited to, congressional staffers, the State Department, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC).
  • Serve as Advocates’ organizational representative to key policy groups and coalitions working on international sexual and reproductive health and rights (e.g. International Family Planning Coalition), including major US policy efforts that affect young people’s reproductive and sexual health/rights domestically.
  • Provide support for staff working on domestic youth SRHR including access to comprehensive sex education and contraception services, abortion access, or LGBT health and rights.
  • Develop materials, policy briefs, and/or talking points for dissemination to policy makers, administrative agencies, colleague organizations, the media, and young activists, when necessary.
  • Support the advocacy efforts of the International Youth Leadership Council by providing the Manager of this program and council members policy expertise and analysis, timeline information, advocacy priorities, and opportunities for youth engagement in policy spaces.
  • Organize advocacy day trainings and Capitol Hill and administrative visits for youth activists, adult activists, or staff members.
  • Engage actively and provide leadership on policy and advocacy in high-level international or domestic policy meetings, as appropriate.
  • Conduct policy trainings and presentations for national and international audiences.
  • Support broad efforts and provide analysis of legislative and administrative activities to Advocates’ staff, Board of Directors, partner organizations, and youth activists, including on issues in the Public Policy department beyond specific portfolios.
  • Develop action alerts on policy issues as they arise.
  • Coordinate activities with staff across the organization, including other Policy, International Youth Health & Rights, Youth Organizing and Communications staff.
  • Carry out other duties as assigned by the Director of Public Policy and Division Director of International Youth Health and Rights.


Bachelor’s Degree with two to five years’ experience in international and/or domestic policy on youth reproductive and sexual health or a related field. Demonstrated knowledge of U.S. foreign policy, federal, legislative and policy issues surrounding young people’s reproductive and sexual health at the international and/or national level. Ability to develop “big picture” strategy while keeping track of details and thinking outside the box. Ability to digest large amounts of information quickly and turn it into concise, user-friendly materials for the Hill, media, colleagues, and youth. Ability to link policy with grassroots organizing and communications work of the organization. Must be a self-starter, able to prioritize and meet tight deadlines and a team player, able to work collaboratively with other staff. Strong analytical, writing and interpersonal skills required. Experience conducting advocacy trainings, running advocacy events, and working with congressional and/or administrative agency offices desired. A demonstrated capacity to work with a diverse group preferred. Willingness to set forth bold and creative ideas to advance reproductive health, rights, and justice. A commitment to Advocates for Youth’s mission and goals required.


This is a full time position (35 hours per week) and includes health/dental benefits, life and short- and long-term disability insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, and student loan pay-down benefit upon start date.

Application instructions

Please send a cover letter, resume, two writing samples (no more than three pages each), current salary and three references with subject line Policy Analyst and last name. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until October 31, 2019.

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