Director of Advocacy

Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 19

Position description

The Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) is currently hiring a Director of Advocacy to lead POMED’s advocacy team and its efforts to influence U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). This will include not only leading POMED’s own advocacy work but also supporting POMED’s participation in collaborative advocacy efforts, including through sustained engagement in bipartisan advocacy coalitions aimed at influencing U.S. foreign policy and legislation. POMED’s Director of Advocacy will be a leading voice in the Washington, DC policy community in favor of strengthening U.S. support for democratic principles and human rights in the MENA region.  The position includes helping to strengthen POMED’s public advocacy and capacity in communications and public messaging. Under the supervision of POMED’s Executive Director, the Director of Advocacy will: 

  • Lead POMED’s advocacy team in developing and carrying out effective advocacy strategies, including representing POMED with the U.S. administration and Congress.
  • Coordinate advocacy meetings in Washington with visiting civil society leaders and other pro-democracy voices from the region, as well as with POMED staff, fellows, and allies.
  • Engage with and lead bipartisan coalitions to further both targeted, country-specific policy goals as well as global or regional policy objectives.
  • Publish regular analyses of the federal budget, foreign assistance appropriations and authorization bills; lead advocacy efforts to influence foreign assistance legislation and legislative directives for the region and global democracy and human rights accounts.
  • Develop and implement a strategic engagement plan with Congress, with a focus on maintaining strong relationships with congressional champions of human rights and democracy, as well as developing relationships with new congressional allies supportive of POMED’s policy priorities.
  • Draft proposed legislative text, official letters, public statements, talking points, and questions for the record for use by members of Congress and their staff.
  • Closely track all relevant legislative developments on Capitol Hill and monitor and engage with legislative initiatives from advocacy organizations, coalitions, and think tanks.
  • In cooperation with POMED colleagues, assist in development of proposals and concept papers, prospective budgets, and regular reports for institutional donors.
  • Manage a team of staff and interns to track, publish, and disseminate information regarding key policy debates.



  • Successful applicants will have at least 5 to 10 years relevant experience in policy advocacy, U.S. foreign policy, and democracy promotion. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in the democracy promotion and human rights sectors is strongly desired. 
  • Strong political and strategic skills, with a demonstrated ability to effectively advance policy priorities through leading and participating in broad coalitions are essential.  This should include a proven ability in researching, analyzing, and reporting on foreign policy issues, including on U.S. foreign assistance. 
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to effectively gather and utilize large amounts of information from various sources towards clear policy goals are required.
  • Excellent communication skills, a detail-oriented approach to work, strength as a team player, and the ability to multitask are essential. 
  • Experience working in Congress or directly with Congressional offices, including an understanding of the various foreign policy authorizing and foreign assistance authorizing processes, 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 democratic change in the Middle East and North Africa and a strong commitment to POMED’s mission and principles.

Application instructions

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample 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 upon receipt.

The Project on Middle East Democracy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the Project on Middle East Democracy not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, disability, or because he or she is a protected veteran.