Research Analyst II - Human Rights, Civil Society, and Inclusion. Office of International Religious Freedom (IRF), Dept. of State.

Contracting Resources Group
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 04

Position description

Position Description: Human Rights, Civil Society, and Inclusion Research Analyst II, International Religious Freedom at Department of State

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Description: CRG is seeking a full-time Human Rights, Civil Society, and Inclusion Research Analyst II to support the U.S. Department of State's Office of International Religious Freedom (IRF), in the Undersecretariat for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights (J). The Human Rights and Civil Society Research Analyst II will provide services to support the mission of IRF in tracking global developments related to religious freedom and assisting Department of State officers in responding appropriately to such developments.


Candidates with a strong communications background and experience, particularly new media, writing for external audiences, speech writing, and coordinating events are encouraged to apply.


Human Rights, Civil Society, and Inclusion Research Analyst II Duties:

  • Monitor abuses of religious freedom or positive developments related to the state of religious freedom and/or role of faith actor engagement in assigned geographic area(s) of responsibility, including:
    • Reviewing media sources, nongovernment organizations (including religious groups), privately provided information, and classified reporting channels.
    • Travel periodically to assigned countries/regions in support of Ambassador at Large, Senior Official, or other senior official, or for purposes of information gathering and country conditions monitoring.
  • Undertake research (via both open source and classified systems) and prepare reports and analyses of the actions of foreign government officials who may be responsible for having committed or overseen the commission of severe violations of religious freedom and/or the religious dynamics and influential leaders and actors, share reports effectively to inform policymakers and programs, including:
    • Help compile comprehensive progress reports and summaries of reports, including the status of indicators and success stories for the Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom and related activities.
    • Preparing such information for entry into relevant computer systems and to inform policy determinations regarding statutory visa ineligibilities.
  • Analyze religious freedom-related and/or civil society and faith actor engagement developments in assigned countries/regions and areas of thematic focus, including:
    • Briefing senior officials and FTE officers of the implications of such developments.
    • Drafting and editing written products related to the state of human rights and religious freedom.
    • Providing periodic oral briefings for senior Department officials on these topics.
    • Responding to specific requests for information on religious freedom from the U.S. Department of State, USAID, and other government agencies or representatives of likeminded partners.
    • Help compile project results, develop strategic plans for outreach, and implement outreach events to reach out to the public, international organizations, and Congressional staff.
    • Participate in workshop training exercises and briefings to disseminate information about religious freedom, including best practices and religious actor engagement.


  • Experience in policy research and analysis in international relations/affairs, including policy issues, principles, concepts, and methods related to rights advocacy and/or social integration through interreligious and intercultural cooperation or to the dynamics of religion or religious institutions in community, society, or political systems.
  • Knowledge of laws, rules, policies, and regulations regarding human rights and religious freedom and/or social integration through interreligious and intercultural cooperation.
  • Familiarity of various religious traditions and dynamics.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English to prepare and present.
  • Analysis and research, to provide recommendations and technical advice and to participate in meetings and discussions.
  • Excellent organizational skills and multi-tasking abilities.
  • Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision, and multi-task in a high volume, fast-paced work environment.
  • Good familiarity with standard software, including the complete Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, SharePoint), and an ability to learn and work with other software, as well as database applications.
  • Knowledge of research and analytical methods to validate, evaluate, and interpret information obtained from a variety of sources.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize multiple assignments with tight deadlines that often require coordination with other offices, bureaus, agencies, and organizations.
  • Skilled in communicating effectively, both orally and in writing, to provide information and assistance, prepare correspondence and reports, explain policies and procedures, participate in meetings, and solve problems.
  • Sound judgment and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Flexibility and adaptability to adjust proposals, plans, and personal interactions as needed to account for new information, overcome obstacles, account for competing interests, and achieve the desired outcome.
  • Experience in WHA and Africa required
  • Experience working in Human rights and Inclusion required
  • Master's degree or other post-graduate degree p

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