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Senior Associate, Advocacy

The senior associate, advocacy is responsible for coordinating and supporting PHR’s policy work in Washington, D.C. and its advocacy work internationally. The senior associate works in collaboration with the incoming director of advocacy to identify opportunities to promote and address human rights issues at the domestic and international level, and represents the organization externally, as well as works in close collaboration with the Program and Communications departments.

This position is based in Washington, D.C. and will ultimately report to the incoming director of advocacy but in the interim, will report to the director of international policy and partnerships.

Reports to: Director of Advocacy

Location: Washington, D.C.


  • Support the incoming director of advocacy in the development of the newly expanded advocacy department, providing feedback and input on strategic and other planning decisions regarding advocacy programs and initiatives.
  • Establish and cultivate collaborative relationships with a broad array of stakeholders including coalition and other partners, health professional constituencies, and donors, to help strategically advance PHR’s advocacy and brand within the U.S. and internationally.
  • Develop and sustain strategic relationships with relevant government officials and policymakers; represent PHR at select coalition and strategy meetings in Washington, D.C.; and forge alliances with partners to conduct specific policy and advocacy activities applicable to priority policy areas.
  • Monitor U.S. and world-wide policy and related developments pertaining to human rights domestically and abroad; alert PHR staff and constituents to strategic opportunities for targeted advocacy in Washington, D.C.; and identify opportunities where PHR can engage in strategic advocacy and analysis in coordination with staff, experts, coalitions and external partners.
  • Inform and advise on policy recommendations, legal analysis, and associated advocacy in support of PHR research reports implicating policy and/or obligations under domestic and international law. 
  • Draft compelling policy and advocacy communications as relevant to PHR research and analysis, targeted to specific policy stakeholders (e.g. Congress, White House, federal agencies, representatives of foreign governments, and intergovernmental organizations) to advance advocacy objectives.
  • Participate in internal policy and advocacy meetings with different PHR program teams, and provide expert consultation and knowledge to PHR communications teams, where advocacy policy is relevant and/or as requested. 
  • Draft monthly activities reports for staff on advocacy policy work to satisfy internal reporting requirements.
  • Hire and supervise the work of interns.
  • Ensure the smooth operation of the D.C. office as required with support from Operations.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree (J.D, M.A. in Human Rights or International Affairs) preferred but not required.
  • Prior NGO agency experience preferred; Hill experience and contacts a plus.
  • Experience conducting advocacy in the context of the U.S. specifically, D.C.-based advocacy.
  • At least 4 years’ experience in policy and/or communications, with demonstrated experience in research and advocacy.

Skills and Attributes

  • Passion and commitment to human rights and a demonstrated passion for PHR’s mission.
  • Knowledge of how the U.S. federal government and its branches function.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in teams as well as independently.
  • Excellent judgement and resourcefulness.
  • Ability to engage national law and policy makers, leaders and audiences in a credible, professional manner.
  • Excellent writing and message development skills, as well as, strong oral and presentation skills; comfortable with the media and public speaking.
  • An interest and capability in translating evidence-based research and knowledge into policy strategies and practices.
  • Energetic self-starter with outstanding organizational skills, attention to detail and follow-through, and proven ability to work effectively under pressure.
  • Strong team player with excellent interpersonal skills, maturity, creativity, flexibility, patience and a good sense of humor.

Salary & Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience. PHR offers comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including medical, dental, disability, and life insurance, a retirement savings plan, and generous vacation.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter (with compensation requirements), and resume to, including “Senior Associate, Advocacy” in the subject line. Please indicate where you saw this job posting in your cover letter.

PHR is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. PHR encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.

Date Posted: May 16, 2018