Senior Policy Officer

Syria Justice and Accountability Centre
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 14

Position description

SJAC is a leading Syrian transitional justice organization striving to prevent impunity, promote redress, and facilitate principled reform by documenting violations, processing and preserving data, and collaborating directly with policymakers, justice mechanisms, and victims to lay the groundwork for holistic justice.

Position Summary

SJAC is seeking a passionate human rights advocate to lead its justice policy portfolio. The Senior Policy Officer will collaborate closely with SJAC’s Executive Director to set policy priorities and produce impactful publications and outreach strategies. SJAC’s policy work is focused on producing concrete progress towards protecting the human rights of Syrians and pursuing justice for the most serious crimes committed during the conflict.

The ideal candidate will have expertise in the Syrian conflict and be well connected with relevant decision makers in the U.S. They will have expertise on human rights and transitional justice, and knowledge of relevant policy areas, such as sanctions, normalization with the Syrian government, and repatriation and accountability for former ISIS fighters and other combatants.

General Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversee SJAC’s policy portfolio, setting priorities and strategy, in collaboration with the Executive Director.
  • Draft policy white papers, integrating the findings of SJAC’s research, investigations, and field documentation.
  • Connect with policymakers in the U.S. and EU to disseminate SJAC’s recommendations.
  • Convene private round tables with stakeholders focused on priority issues.
  • Track and participate in global policy discussions on Syria and transitional justice, to identify opportunities to elevate SJAC’s goals and influence policy and decision making among governments.
  • Travel 2-4 times per year to New York City and/or the EU to meet with policymakers and participate in events.
  • Provide project management oversight to SJAC’s award with the EU, including approving donor reporting, overseeing budget management, and participating in periodic donor calls.

Skills and Experience

  • University degree (Masters preferred) in human rights, international affairs, or another relevant field.
  • Knowledge of the Syrian conflict, associated human rights violations, and transitional justice processes.
  • 5+ years of experience in policy, including a strong network with relevant policymakers in the U.S. Knowledge of the EU policy landscape a plus.
  • Collaborative team player able to work across SJAC’s various teams to integrate expertise from legal, documentation, and other work into policy discussions.
  • Expertise in how to design gender sensitive policy recommendations, ensuring the full inclusion of women and girls in justice processes.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English; knowledge of Arabic a plus.

Pay and Benefits:

Starting salary is dependent on education and experience within established bands of compensation. SJAC anticipates a starting salary between $85-95,000.

Other Benefits and/or Policies include:

  • SJAC has a hybrid work policy. While employees are occasionally expected to report to the office for in person events or meetings, they are otherwise free to split their working time between our DC office and their home within the Washington metropolitan area according to their preferences
  • Vacation Leave: 10 days in the 1st year; 15 days in years 1-2 and 20 days in years 3+; Flex Fridays, every other Friday
  • Family and Sick Leave: 10 days/year
  • Annual Holidays: At least 13 holidays including the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Savings and Retirement Plans: automatic 2% employer contribution, and up to 7% matching contribution
  • Pre-tax commuter benefits
  • Short-term disability and life insurance
  • Worker’s compensation insurance and unemployment insurance

SJAC is a diverse organization made up of 40+ team members around the globe. We pride ourselves on our ability to implement programming that is inclusive and responsive to the needs of all Syrians, and believe that our own team’s diversity of viewpoints and experiences helps us to achieve that goal. We encourage all interested applicants to apply, regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or age. The selected candidate must be legally authorized to work in the United States and willing to relocate to the Washington Metropolitan area.


Application instructions

To apply, please send an email with the subject line “Senior Policy Officer”, providing a cover letter and resume. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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