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Temporary Consultant, Advocacy

The temporary consultant, advocacy will help coordinate and support PHR’s policy work in Washington, D.C. and its advocacy work internationally. The work will be 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 will also work in close collaboration with the Program and Communications departments.

This position is based in Washington, D.C., and has the potential to become permanent depending upon performance and department development, with a timeframe of three to six months and/or until such time as a permanent candidate is identified. The role will ultimately report to the incoming director of advocacy but in the interim, will report to the director of international policy and partnerships. Immediate tasks for temporary assignment will be made available to viable candidates.

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.
  • 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 partners.
  • Inform and advise on recommendations and analysis in support of PHR research reports. 
  • Draft compelling policy and advocacy communications 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 teams, and provide expert consultation and knowledge where advocacy policy is relevant and/or as requested. 
  • Draft monthly activities reports for staff on advocacy policy work to satisfy internal reporting requirements.
  • Perform specific task assignments as outlined and provided upon start of engagement.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree (J.D, M.A. in Human Rights or International Affairs) preferred but not required.
  • Prior NGO 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; comfort 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 who, excellent interpersonal skills, maturity, creativity, flexibility, patience and a good sense of humor.

Salary is commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter (with compensation requirements), and resume to, including “Temporary Consultant, 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