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- Senior Researcher and Policy Analyst - Refugee Protection, DC, USA

Senior Researcher and Policy Analyst - Refugee Protection

Human Rights First

Washington, DC, USA

Over 1 month agoFull–time

POSITION SUMMARY: The individual in this role will conduct legal, factual, and policy research and analysis and advance advocacy efforts directed at the U.S. government to promote the protection of refugees, reform U.S. asylum law, policies and practices, and address deficiencies in the U.S. resettlement system. They will also bring other U.S. immigration policies and practices into line with international refugee protection and human rights law standards. This position will be based in Washington, D.C. preferably, but potentially in New York, NY.

Major Duties And Responsibilities
• Conduct research and prepare materials, including:
• desk research, interviews, and fact-finding trips, designed to help achieve the organization’s advocacy objectives
• analyze laws, policies, practices, and proposed laws and policies of the U.S. government as well as other governments or inter-governmental organizations affecting human rights, and draft specific and practical recommendations to improve the promotion and protection of rights
• draft reports, recommendations, web site content, fact sheets, written content specific to campaigns and ongoing initiatives, press materials, legal and other research memos
• Build and maintain relationships with journalists, legal practitioners, refugees and their advocates, faith groups, non-governmental organizations, foreign government and international organizational officials. Assist and coordinate with Human Rights First’s Advocacy Strategist, Refugee Protection and other team members in building and maintaining relationships with executive branch officials, staff and congressional offices, particularly with respect to Human Rights First research and analysis efforts
• Develop and supervise work of fellows and ensure appropriate distribution of tasks
• Represent Human Rights First as an expert with U.S. government officials, other governments, the media, intergovernmental organizations, nongovernmental organizations and other interlocutors
• Develop and regularly update U.S. policy recommendations and policy briefs on relevant issues, as assigned
• Participate in and generate ideas for Human Rights First events
• Contribute to organizational planning, strategy development and evaluation, including by promptly analyzing emerging challenges and trends in human rights and U.S. policy and proposing strategies to address these challenges as well as conducting research into possible new objectives and strategies, as assigned
• Participate in the development of advocacy strategies to achieve the organization’s objectives, as well as in advocacy meetings with decision makers in both the legislative and executive branches, as assigned
• Contribute to fundraising outreach, proposal drafting and reporting
• Other duties as requested based on department and/or organizational need

Required Knowledge, Skill And Experience
• Advanced degree in a discipline related to international human rights and at least 5 years of relevant human rights work experience; law degree highly preferred
• Significant knowledge of international human rights and refugee protection standards including as they relate to asylum and immigration detention and enforcement
• Fluency in Spanish required
• Significant knowledge of U.S. asylum and immigration policies and proceedings, as well as expertise on resettlement, immigration detention, and experience working with refugee and immigrant populations in the United States
• Familiarity with international refugee protection challenges, mechanisms and strategies
• Prior policy advocacy experience, including with the U.S. government
• Strong research, writing and policy analysis skills, including ability to monitor and analyze relevant national and international legal, political and other conditions
• Good written and oral advocacy skills and a demonstrated ability to translate highly technical material for a variety of audiences, including through the media and social media
• Demonstrated capacity to take initiative, to finish assignments under pressure and to work collegially with others
• Prior supervisory experience preferred
• Ability to work comfortably in a variety of settings, including legal, academic, and governmental
• Ability to work successfully across organization lines and with a diverse team of colleagues