Senior Policy Advisor- Africa, Europe & Eurasia

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Jan 08

Position description

Senior Policy Advisor- Africa, Europe & Eurasia. Washington, D.C.. Posting Date: 01/08/2020. Deadline: 02/07/2020

Do you want to help make the world a better place with your advocacy skills? We're seeking a Senior Policy Advisor to work on U.S. policies toward sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and Eurasia. The Senior Policy Advisor will be OSUS' expert on these issues and will advocate for open society principles in these areas.

As part of the Open Society Foundations' network, Open Society-US (OSUS) is committed to building a vibrant, inclusive, and just society in the United States and in its foreign and national security policies. OSUS and its lobbying affiliate, the Open Society Policy Center, conduct and support advocacy on a wide range of domestic and foreign policy issues, including strong human rights policies, cooperative global engagement, better access to public health services, and greater corporate and governmental transparency and accountability.

As a Senior Policy Advisor at Open Society, you will:

  • Lead OSF advocacy in Washington on issues related to Africa, Europe and Eurasia; develop strategies and materials to move US policy on related issues; including but not limited to position papers, letters, background memoranda, legislation, amendments, congressional letters, talking points, hearing questions, congressional record statements, and op-eds;
  • Partner with colleagues across the network to identify and create opportunities for advocacy & grant-making;
  • Convene meetings with partners, grantees & allies to identify strategic gaps and/or develop policy recommendations;
  • Maintain a network of relationships with high-level officials in the US government and other key players within the policy community;
  • Monitor US foreign policy relating to Africa, Europe and Eurasia as well as other key OSUS foreign policy objectives as needed;
  • Solicit, vet and recommend consultancies and grants and evaluate grantee organizations;
  • Interpret the US political environment and serve as a resource for other OSF programs and contribute to multi-program efforts in relevant areas;
  • Manage a senior policy specialist who leads on Eurasia advocacy;
  • Work with communications staff on media strategies and outreach on related issues.

What we are looking for:

  • Extensive knowledge of one or more African and European countries, good governance, human rights, development and related US policy;
  • Substantial practical experience, including 7-10 years' work relevant to policy advocacy
  • Excellent knowledge of the U.S. political process and experience working with Congress, the State Department, Pentagon, USAID, and relevant agencies;
  • Excellent written, research, and oral communications skills;
  • Substantial background in developing and implementing advocacy strategies;
  • Fluency in a second language and experience working in a cross cultural setting a plus
  • Willingness to travel as needed.

What we offer:

  • Ample opportunities to learn and grow, from annual professional development allowances to onsite trainings and brown bag lunches with visiting experts.
  • Top-notch benefits and perksdesigned for your well-being and a healthy work-life balance. With some variability according to location, this includes generous time off, flexible work arrangements, employer-paid health insurance, generous retirement savings plan, progressive paid parental leave, reproductive and family planning support, sabbatical opportunities, and much more .
  • A commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace that enables everyone to bring their full self to work and make a positive impact on the world.

Check out a day in the life of an Open Society colleague here .

If this sounds like the position you have been looking for, please submit your cover letter, CV and a writing sample; we look forward to learning more about you.

Competitive rates of pay apply.

We aim to build an inclusive workforce that is reflective of the populations we support, and actively seek applications from those who are marginalized and underrepresented. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and colleagues with disabilities.
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