Advocate/Senior Advocate – on U.S. practice around U.S. refugee admissions
June 28, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
Background to the position: Refugees International (RI) is a U.S.-based international NGO focused exclusively on fact-finding and advocacy designed to bring the voices and perspectives of refugees and displaced persons to the halls of political power. We press governments and the United Nations to improve conditions for vulnerable communities.
In light of increasingly restrictive policies and practices impacting the well-being of vulnerable refugee and immigrant communities in the United States, RI is recruiting for a new advocate or senior advocate position which will focus exclusively on U.S. asylum, U.S. refugee admissions, temporary protected status, and related issues involving U.S. domestic practices around refugee law and policy, including immigration practices that have refugee protection implications. The position will involve policy research, based on fact-finding, and advocacy. While it could conceivably involve RI involvement in impact litigation, it will not include regular work or litigation on individual cases. And while a law degree would be highly desirable for this position, it is not a pre-requisite for the job.
This will be a new Advocate (or Senior Advocate, depending on experience) position at Refugees International. The successful candidate will join a team of advocates and senior advocates, all of whom are focused primarily on field-based fact-finding, reporting, and advocacy on countries and regions of the world outside the United States. Like RI’s existing team of Advocates, the new Advocate/Senior Advocate will conduct field-based assessments, write reports, and undertake advocacy, but the new advocate’s focus will be on key policy issues involving domestic protection issues as reflected in U.S. asylum, U.S. refugee admissions, temporary protected status, and related policies. The new advocate/senior advocate will also help to develop and execute advocacy strategies. Because this is a new position focusing on domestic practices, the specific program of work will evolve in consultation with the Vice President for Policy and Programs, the President and other RI staff.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
Conduct research and, as appropriate, field-based assessments of U.S. policies and practices around asylum, refugee admissions, temporary protected status and related policies, and make recommendations for improvements. Assess impacts of policies on particular individuals and communities through interviews and focus groups. Conduct interviews with other individuals knowledgeable about the situation.
Prepare and publish analyses of policies in reports and issue briefs.
Devise and carry out advocacy strategies to assure the implementation of recommendations. Work closely with colleagues, including the President and Vice President for Programs and Policy and the Director of Government Affairs, to develop and carry out the agreed strategy.
Hold frequent meetings with U.S. government officials, state and local officials, and other stakeholders to advance the overall advocacy agenda of the organization and to carry out a plan of action related to a particular issue.
Write additional material for RI’s website; draft statements for Congressional hearings and briefings in consultation with the Director of Government Affairs and Communications team.
Develop media contacts, conduct interviews, and contribute blogs for the agency’s website as needed to advance the advocacy agenda of the organization.
Represent the agency at coordination meetings organized by NGOs, the U.S. government, think tanks, and other relevant institutions; lead RI’s efforts to build and contribute to coalitions of other advocacy and rights groups working on U.S. policies and practices in this area.
Collaborate with fellow advocates and other RI staff to advance agency thinking on key issues and to support achievement of the agency’s mission.
Collaborate with the Development Department on fundraising efforts by working on grant proposals, meeting donors, drafting/contributing to progress reports, helping to organize Board and donor missions, and giving public talks on refugee issues.
Perform other desk-based research as necessary.
Perform other reasonably related duties as assigned.
Salary level: $60,000 - $90,000 depending on experience.
“Please send a cover letter, resume, and one writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org before 16 July 2018. In the subject line write US Advocate followed by your family name. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Refugees International requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply.
Refugees International is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.”
Four years or more professional experience involving some combination of experience involving U.S. domestic law or policy on refugees or immigration;
Bachelor’s degree with academic experience in refugee or immigration law, political science, civil rights, human rights, or related issues; A master’s degree or law degree is preferred (a law degree is highly desirable though not essential);
Knowledge of U.S. laws and policy impacting refugees in the United States (or seeking to enter the United States), or others in the United States experiencing international protection needs;
Some experience working with or for US based NGOs and/or some direct experience with US advocacy and US policy highly desirable;
Familiarity with the US immigration court system is highly desirable;
Experience working with refugees in the United States or overseas is highly desirable;
Willingness to travel both domestically and internationally;
Collegiality, and eagerness to work closely with others in office environment;
Fluency in Spanish is highly desirable.
Salary level: $60,000 - $90,000 depending on experience.
About Refugees International
Refugees International (RI) is a U.S.-based international NGO focused exclusively on fact-finding and advocacy designed to bring the voices and perspectives of refugees and displaced persons to the halls of political power. We press governments and the United Nations to improve conditions for vulnerable communities.